The Power of the Do-Over

Sunday, September 16, 2012

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There are times you need a quick and simple card, but you still want it to reflect your artistic style. And sometimes, it takes a few tries to get it right. Behold the power of the Do-Over.

Let me tell you the tale of this deceptively simple card design….

I sometimes struggle to create a quick design that doesn’t take multiple layers, special techniques and fancy embellishments. I chose purple, green and tan as my color palette. I created a few “duds” while working up this card until I finally got one to click.

Version #1 was on a white card base. Looked a little too stark and inking the edges just made it look dingy.

Version #2 I switched to a colonial white card base, the inked edges looked great, but I stamped my little birdy in cashmere ink and he just looked a bit too plain.

Finally, version #3 had everything I wanted. I used the “rock and roll” technique to create the two-toned bird. I blinged it up with some Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel on the branches and backed the rhinestone accents with Olive cardstock circles (punched using a standard office hole-punch).

A little bit of technique, a little bit of sparkle, and a card I can make in minutes. Now you’re talking!

Shop for the Close to My Heart supplies used in this card by clicking the links below:
Merry & Bright Stamp Set
Buttons, Bits & Bobs Stamp Set
Card Chatter – Sympathy Stamp Set
Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel
Clear Sparkles (rhinestones)
Close to My Heart colors: Olive, Gypsy, Slate, Desert Sand, Cashmere, Black, Colonial White

2 comments:

Lynn said...

Love the simplicity of this card.

Creatique Candy said...

I'm totally loving where this is going...

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