I had a few moments to create a quick and simple card today, I admit it there was a purpose in mind- It’s TUESDAY which means it’s time for a NEW Challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments!! I think one of my most favorite things (aside from rhinestones and glitter) is being able to take a simple card to a WOW card. Granted, for me it doesn’t take much for it to become a WOW… but honestly that is the case for most people as well.
I created this simple and unconventional card for today’s project, and of course I utilized a sketch and color scheme to make the process SO much easier. I think it’s almost a handicap at this point, I rarely create something with out a plan or sketch in mind.
Like I mentioned I used a few helpers to make this project so much easier. I used the color scheme from Hand Stamped Sentiments and the sketch from Mojo Monday.
I find that I don’t always follow the sketch exactly but it really does give me the inspiration kick that I often need when I go to create class projects or creations. I followed this sketch pretty true to form, but I rarely do that- in fact that is what I find so challenging… now that I have been using them for so long they are usually just jumping off points for me rather than literal templates.
I used the sentiment for this card as the thin strip layer shown in the sketch… I also felt that the embossing pattern of the base layer was interest enough and opted not to add ribbon or anything else.
I decided that my heart needed some love letters on it, so I embossed that as well with a retired embossing folder. I think adding texture to your elements with embossing folders really does make them look more interesting and turns them into a real WOW card so easily. I used the SCALLOP TEXTURE folder for the background, and the SCALLOP TAG TOPPER PUNCH layer was embossed using the exclusive SALE-A-BRATION folder. Of course the one thing that I always add that makes any card a WOW is anything shiny!! I chose to use DAZZLING DETAILS on my raised embossed areas and covered my MIDNIGHT MUSE DAHLIA with it as well… that little baby will have some sparkle to it, AWESOME-SAUCE!!
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