Thursday, July 9, 2015
Many Thanks Mod
So, it's without much surprise that Thank You cards are both my favorite and the type of card I make the most frequently. You can pair any stamp with thankfulness - from happy, bouncy kids to serene flowers, or even go completely abstract and just play with shapes. For today's card, I decided to go with a mod kind of look, pairing a chunky black sentiment with some subtle abstract flowers and a piece of striped patterned paper.
I started by creating the front panel (in white). I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to measure 5½ by 3 3/4". I used Simon Says Stamp's Favorite Flowers stamp set to stamp 3 medium flowers. I used the new ink Duckling for the solid flower, then used Melon for the scribbled inside. These two colors are somewhat close on the color spectrum, so the result was a very subtle texture. Lastly, I stamped a bunch of small dots all around the flowers with Rosie Cheeks.
I stamped the sentiment from Many Thanks in black ink. The sentiment is from a set that Dawn (owner of WPlus9 - another one of my favorite companies) created in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp. The set itself has a lot of gorgeous watercolor flowers you could layer together - but I decided not to use them since I wanted a simpler and more subtle abstract look.
For my card base, I used a top-folding craft A2 base (4¼x5½"). I adhered the piece of striped patterned paper I found in my scraps stash about ¼" from the base's border. I then adhered the white panel on top, using my regular adhesive.
The transition between the white panel, the patterned paper and the base was a bit too smooth for my liking and didn't fit with the boldness of the sentiment. So, I grabbed a black pen and drew a thick line where each panel met with the other. This brought in that extra bit of contrast I really needed, but didn't bulk up the card in any way.
Lastly, I scattered a handful of sequins from Sparkle & Shine and Moonshine mixes around the front panel. I went with gold and clear because they mixed well with the other colors on my card.
Thanks for reading!