Minimal colors can sometimes yield maximum results. When the Paper Players extended a challenge to make a card that’s both monochromatic and clean & simple, I was ready to go. I’ve created a lot of black-and-white cards, but today I’ve created a card in brown hues. It also gave me a chance to use one of the new stamp sets from the upcoming Holiday Catalog (which, by the way, is AWE-SOME). Here’s my card:
This stamp set, called For All Things, continues the current trend of watercolored images. There’s this large, rectangular image, a large leaf shape and the three branches. There also some really beautiful, Fall-themed sentiments that are perfect all year round. This set is going to be on your “must have” list.
Here’s the banner for this week’s challenge from The Paper Players:
- Monochromaticity. Why use such a big word? Quite simply, it’s fun to say. Say it with me – monochromaticity. It’s fun to take the variety of colors out of a card and strip it down to the bare bones. Monochormaticity lets us do just that. I used three shades of brown in my card – and they are all tasty & delicious – Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla. Yum!
- Super-Simple Borders. The focal point of this card is the image created by the three stamps. To frame this image, I repeated the browns in a frame around the focal image. Although there are several layers, the overall look of this card is very clean. Here are the measurements for the pieces on the face of the card (from outside to inside): Baked Brown Sugar 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, Crumb Cake 4″ x 4″, Baked Brown Sugar 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, Very Vanilla 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.
- Balance. The three images are perfectly balanced on the front of this card – yet, the Crumb Cake watercolor spot is not centered on the card. The weight of the three branches on the left of the block balance out the weight of the words in the bottom, right of the block, leaving the three images balanced. To check balance, use my patented squinting technique – sit back, squint your eyes, check the balance, send me a nickel (the nickels have been rolling in this week).
Stamp Set: For All Things Papers: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla Inks: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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