Here’s what I love about life – when one day is over, we can turn the page and start anew. I tried something fun yesterday – some of you loved it, some of you disliked it, and one of you absolutely hated it. It’s all good. In the end, you all had a reaction to my project, and that’s wonderful. A lot of you left comments, and I appreciate that. Today, I have turned over a new page and am sharing a project I made for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Pattern Balancing. I always say “the essence of a card is found in the pattern balancing.” OK, I’ve never said that before, and it doesn’t really make that much sense. On this card, I used the piece of Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper with little squares. Rather than saw off the squares, trying to make the card front piece a specific size, I cut the paper such that all of the square are included on the card front. See that?
- Lining up the Brads. After the card was almost complete, I decided to add three Tangerine Tango Candy Dots to balance the colors on the card. Although the dots are added to the Very Vanilla panel, I lined them up with the center lines of the three squares below them. Quick tip on lining up three candy dots: place the left and right ones first. The center one is much easier to line up between the two “posts.”
- The Shape of Things. While Cindy’s sketch has a rectangle panel near the top, left corner of the sketch, I chose to use ovals for that element. I tried many different shapes (banners, circles, window frames), but the ovals worked perfectly here. The ovals mimic the rounded edges of the squares in the DSP and add a softness to the layout on my card.
Stamp sets: Perfect Pennants Inks: Tangerine Tango Papers: Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper Accessories: Brights Candy Dots (Tangerine Tango), Linen Thread, Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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