Can I just say ... I love how this card turned out.
I started with a rough sketch of the patterned paper shapes and that was it. Beyond that? I was flying by the seat of my pants. Without a parachute. Sometimes it's a really good thing to just wing it and see where you land.
See what I did there? I'm done now. Back to our regularly scheduled program.
ETA: I'm sneaking in with an update to this post so I can add this card to the newly announced Mixy-Matchy Style Challenge over at Moxie Fab World. Cath has provided loads of inspiration from the fashion/design world plus a few creative card samples as well.
The challenge is to follow the current (red hot) trend of throwing out the rules of matchy-matchy, and mix those patterns together. This card isn't as bold or daring as some of the examples, but if you're trying this approach for the first time or you're just plain adverse to the whole thing, it's a good way to stick your toe in and test the water.
To create the shapes, I cut 1-1/4" square and 1-1/4" x 2-1/2" pieces of patterned paper. (I used the Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper from the Spring Catalog. Have you seen it? CUTE paper!) I wanted a bigger curve on the corners, so rather than using the small corner punch, I used this little trick:
Yep, I used a circle punch! Simply insert the corner of the paper into the cutting slot as far as it will go and punch. The larger the circle, the more pronounced the rounded corner will be. Why buy another expensive tool (that only does one thing) when you've got circle punches?
The trendy woodgrain pattern found in the Natural Composition Specialty Paper collection was the perfect backdrop. The patterns are clear embossed on this paper, which adds interest and lots of texture, but the woodgrain pattern is subtle enough it doesn't steal attention from the other patterned pieces.
The butterfly element was created using both the Elegant Butterfly Punch and the new Bitty Butterfly Punch that debuted in the Spring Catalog. After sponging the larger butterfly (Marina Mist card stock and ink), I layered them both onto a Designer Builder Brad and added Pearl Basic Jewels.
The "hello" sentiment is borrowed from the Pennant Parade stamp set and adorned with a sweet vintage button from the Artisan Embellishments Kit.
How Time Flies!
Good grief. May is almost over and it seems like it just began. If you've got some items on your wish list from the Stampin' Up! 2013 Spring Catalog, you'll want to order now before it's too late. The catalog sales period ends Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:50 PM (MDT).
While you're at it, be sure to check out the retiring products - some accessories are marked down 25-40% off (while supplies last).
Please note: Online ordering will be unavailable on Friday, May 31, 2013 from midnight to noon (MDT) while Stampin' Up! transitions the system to the new 2013-2014 annual catalog. (Woo Hoo!)
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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Pennant Parade (W-122740, C-122742)
Ink: Marina Mist (126962), Melon Mambo (126948)
Paper: Lucky Limeade (122926), Marina Mist (119682), Whisper White (100730), Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper (126922), Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper (126917)
Tools: 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526), Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine (125572), Designer Builder Brads (129329), Artisan Embellishments Kit (129328), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
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