Before I share today’s card for Freshly Made Sketches, I want to thank Cindy Hall, amazing designer and friend, for selecting my card from last week as her runner up selection. I had a lot of fun with this card, and I’m so happy it was recognized, earning me the title of Perfect Prince. The King is a Prince this week, and that’s a good thing. 🙂 If you’d like to see my winning card, please click here.
The last thing I would ever want to do is to share the same type of project every day. SO maybe it’s not the LAST think I would ever want to do, but it’s up there on my list. Yesterday I shared a square Christmas card that featured lacy snowflakes and non-traditional colors. Would you continue stopping by if I shared a square Christmas card that featured lacy snowflakes and non-traditional colors today? I certainly hope so – because look at what we have here:
Today’s Tips, Tricks and Reminders all center around the use of White in this project. Although Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz are perfectly beautiful together, the white accents in this card really add a lot to the outcome of the design.
- Put a White Border Around it. When layering soft or muted colors, a thin border around each layer makes the pieces pop. Since Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz are each soft AND muted, it was inevitable that I would end with a multi-layered (but still clean) card. Not only do the layers of white help to define each of the components of the card, but the layers of white help to pull the Christmas greeting right off the front of the card.
- Let the Sentiment Shine. By now, you are probably sick of hearing me say it, but you aren’t going to make me hide my love of White Stampin’ Emboss Powder under a bushel. There’s nothing quite as crisp and beautiful as an image or sentiment that’s been embossed in white. Since the lacy snowflake from Letterpress Winter is stamped in Lost Lagoon on Lost Lagoon paper behind the white sentiment, the sentiment pops even more. Even with all the beautiful stuff happening on this card, shouldn’t your eye be drawn directly to the sentiment, anyway?
- Give ’em Candy. The sketch called for the top layer to be off-center a bit. I added three Whisper White Candy Dots to fill that space a bit. I’m a huge fan of Candy Dots. If you missed my Candy Dots Video Tutorial, please check it out here. I talk about using them and offer tips for lining them up properly on a card.
Stamp Sets: Bright & Beautiful, Letterpress Winter Inks: Lost Lagoon Papers: Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper Accessories: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Neutrals Candy Dots (Whisper White), Stampin’ Dimensionals
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Awesome Promotions. Bright & Beautiful is one of the stamps sets that’s currently available for purchase as a part of Stampin’ Up!’s Big Shot & Bundles Promotion. Stampin’ Up! is offering some really great promotions in August – from Big Shots to great bundles, check them all out here.
RETIRED STAMPS SALE IN ATLANTA
Do you want lots of stampin’ supplies but want to pay very little? Deb Cozzone, Pam Morris and I are hosting a Retired Stamp Sale at Deb’s home in Roswell, Georgia. We’ll have food, make-and-takes, and lots of entertainment. BUT…the real reason for the event is to get together with you (and to load our retired stamp sets and supplies into your car at bargain basement prices). I hope you will join us!
The event will be Tuesday night, August 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 in Roswell, Georgia (just north of Atlanta). If you are in the Atlanta area, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join us, and I’ll send over Deb’s address. Between the three of us, we have hundreds of stamp sets that date back to the 1990’s, so there’s a little bit here for everyone. My goal is to sell everything Tuesday night. Won’t you join us?