I’m gearing up for Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Convention this week, so I spent most of my weekend preparing projects and blog posts so that the lights can stay on at StampWithBrian.com while I’m gone. As with other trips, I’ll be sharing new projects and ideas while I’m gone (no updates while I’m there because I really want to soak it all up while I’m there), but I’ll give a thorough recap here when I’m back and settled in. It’s really best for both of us that way. 🙂 That said, I will be posting pictures and updates on my Facebook account (so much easier to post live updates) – if you’d like to follow me on Facebook, please click here to “like” my Facebook page.
Today’s project is a combination of a sweet-and-simple sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and a color challenge from The Paper Players. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Border Consistency. The sentiment is punched with the 1-3/4″ punch and the border is punched with the 2″ punch. The difference that’s created governs the borders of Mossy Meadow throughout the rest of the card. The base of the card is bordered with an additional 1/4″ on each side, and the flower centerpiece is bordered with 1/4″. I believe this consistency of borders adds to the overall appeal of this card by adding repetition.
- Balancing the Banner. Since my Wisteria Wonder banner crosses over the flower centerpiece (that has two layers of cardsock and lays flat on the Lost Lagoon panel, I cropped another banner from the framelits, chopped off a portion of its side and then carefully glued it to the back of the Wisteria Wonder banner. Because the banners are exactly the same size, they fit nicely behind one another. This gives a little extra support to the banner so that there’s no crease or fold once it’s glued down to the card front.
- Honoring the Sketch Components. For the most part, sketch and color competitions provide inspiration for a design. There’s no rule that every aspect of the sketch or color combination must be exact. When possible, though, I make a concerted effort to honor every element in a sketch. I tried to add a Wisteria Wonder or Very Vanilla button in the top, left portion of the flower panel, but that didn’t work for me. Too solid and bulky. Instead, I added three Very Vanilla Candy Dots. While they add a bit of texture and create that additional element, they don’t add undue weight to that corner of the card. Score!
Stamp Sets: Love & Sympathy, Blessed by God Papers: Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Stampin’ Write Markers (Mossy Meadow, Wisteria Wonder) Accessories: 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, Banners Framelits, Neutrals Candy Dots (Very Vanilla), Stampin’ Dimensionals
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