I’m smiling today. How about you? It’s a great day to create a card and pop it in the mail. Make someone smile!
I’m also excited about guest designing for The Card Concept! Have you heard of it? It’s a fab challenge blog that highlights different styles of paper crafting all from one inspiration photo. How cool is that? So you can be inspired to create whatever you want, in whatever style you want. It’s amazing and so creatively freeing! If you’re looking for a great jump-off point to create something today, pop on over and join us for challenge #60!
For this challenge I was really inspired by the horizontal aspect of the chevron stripes. While I didn’t use chevrons, I did use some bold and beautiful patterned paper. It’s from My Mind’s Eye, the …. paper line 6×6 paper pad. In the pad there is a couple of beautiful bold stripe prints that are exactly the same but have a different color combo. Layering identical prints can be a really fun design feature. When you line them up exactly the color change adds interest but keeps the pattern going. In this instance the horizontal stripes really are a huge part of the design. The sweet note paper die-cut is cut with one of my favorite dies from Maya Road, Notepaper Die.
I’ve accented the horizontal lines of this design with these continuous stripes but also added a embellishments that add to the effect as well. Not only do the sweet tiny wood arrows accent the horizontal, they also add direction and draw your eye into the sentiment focal point. And the arrows aren’t just added randomly in that direction either. Each one is placed on one of the bold stripes for spacing.
Once again the focal point and sentiment area is a mix of this and that. I love to cluster it all together. My design style can best be described as Freestyle Collage and I almost always have a collage element of bits and pieces of sweet embellishments. The smile sentiment section is actually a small portion of a Black Framed Sayings Transparency Pieces from Maya Road. I can’t remember for the life of me why I had just this piece left but it makes a perfect sentiment to share on a card. I mean seriously…who doesn’t smile when they get snail mail?!
And just before I go, I thought I’d create a quick card sketch of the layout for you. Feel free to use it or Pin it for future use!
Keep it creative!