I just love the look of a black-and-white card – there’s something so formal and crisp about it. For today’s project, I decided to give black-and-vanilla a shot, and I love it (maybe even more than black-and-white). The crispness is still there, but the vanilla feels so luxurious against the deep black. Here’s a special birthday card I made for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge:
And here’s the challenge banner that inspired my creation:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Typeset Specialty. Because I mostly work with Whisper White, I don’t naturally reach for papers with a Very Vanilla base (although Flashback is still one of my favorites). As such, I haven’t reached for Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper very often. But when I have, I’ve been very happy with the results. I’ve only made two more cards with this paper (and was very happy with both), and they can be found here and here. And I already have a couple more projects planned with this luscious paper. 🙂
- Mixing Patterns. I’m a big fan of utilizing the beautiful patterns in our papers, but I also believe you have to mix them carefully. There’s almost a science to it. One pattern has to take the back seat to let another pattern shine. When pairing a bold pattern (like the stripes on the center of this card) with another pattern, the second pattern MUST be weaker than the first. It sounds so unfair to this muted grid, but he’s not the star – he’s the supporting actor. You can’t add another bold pattern because then the two would fight for attention – and nobody wants that.
- Occasions Host Set. I love the new stamp set Because You Care from the Occasions Catalog – it’s one of the sets you can earn at a reduced rate when you place an order greater than $150 (or host a party and gather orders from others). This set is available in wood mount, clear mount and photopolymer. Yippee! Because it’s a builder set with crisp lines in the fonts, I chose photopolymer. So happy with that decision. And all these sentiments fit nicely inside the charming bracket that is easily cropped with one of the Chalk Talk Framelits. Bonus! If you want more information about how you, too, can earn this set, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stamp Sets: Because You Care, Itty Bitty Baby Papers: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Accessories: Banner punch, Chalk Talk Framelit Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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