Oh, Hello There!

The sun is streaming into my office-studio, which is a wonderful thing after a weekend of torrential downpours!  I have to admit, though, after a very busy week, I felt fine embracing some rainy day laziness.  Don’t you love warm, darkening days when the rain pelts the roof and you can just lie there listening?  So I did a little bit of nothing and a little bit of something this weekend, which resulted in the card below and the one featured in my following post!

I’ve recently been following Cardabilities, discovered through Pinterest and some international card artists.  I really like the sketches, and found that working from a pattern that is multi-layered and more complex was really helpful in my design process.  You can find more awesome sketches on my Pinterest board.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, I struggle with visualizing and engineering designs in terms of perspective, proportions, and layout.  I may see what I want but I have to do it, playing with the elements, in order to figure out how to make it work. I use models and modeling in my teaching all the time– I guess it’s about time I practice what I preach to help me improve my visual art!

So I have been studying a bit of design theory, as well, and recently purchased Lisa Dickinson’s Design Workshop from Ella Publishing.  I am tired of looking at a piece knowing instinctually that something is wrong, but not knowing how to fix it, and thus spending a long time thinking and tinkering before I get it right.  Hopefully having some grounding in the language and theory will help my designs and make the process more expedient!

Here is the sketch from which I worked:

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And here is my card:

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I just have to mention before discussing the details of the card, that on Easter we went to a large outdoor Sunday flea/farmers market in Fremont, which is always so much fun, especially if it is not raining! Thanks to Laura Davis over at The Paper Poppy (and queen of amazing bows!!!), I finally figured out that the bed of nails on which my card is resting is called a “frog”.  Frogs were used for floral arranging and come in all kinds of shapes, designs and colors.  I found this gorgeous green one, and a tiny one inch ivory one!  Laura typically features them with her lovely cards and I had been trying to figure out what they heck they were after seeing them all over the place and asking people who didn’t know either!  Luckily Laura did! By the way, she has a new challenge out–Poppy Sketches!

Okay, on with the card.  I am really happy with how this turned out in terms of pattern, flow, repetition, contrasting elements, and colors!  All of the patterned papers are from a discount pack, so I don’t know the manufacturer, though I think some are from Crate.  One of the double-sided papers has different tags on one side that I just love!  I was really excited to use this particular tag and love how the woodgrain echoes the neon pink woodgrain of the bottom panel.

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The inside and back are finished with Prima Welcome to Paris washi in that amazing wasabi green!

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In the detail photos you can see some of the texture I incorporated.  I die cut my Hero Arts Fancy Floral Die in Bazzill black, embossed it with Versafine Dazzle and clear powder and heat set for a glossy finish.

The pink paper wheel is actually cut from the same die– I just cut out the center!  Double-timing die– love it!

The pink metal embellishment is from Basic Grey’s Spice Market pack.

I finished off the cluster with some Prima wood leaves and Fancy Pants resin flower.

Finally, my little wasabi polka dot strip was a scrap cut from the edge of Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader die– which has so many uses.

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Love all that gold?  I found these adhesive 8 1/2 x 11″ sheets by DuoTone at Joann’s.  They are awesome!

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So this card is headed over to Cardabilities as well as Curtain Call, whose theme this week is Pretty and Pink (I wanted to write “Pretty in Pink”  Ahh, Molly Ringwald!).  I think this card fits the bill!

Check out both challenges for some very pretty cards!

Please check out my second post of the day for more pink prettiness!

Hope you are off to a great week!

10 thoughts on “Oh, Hello There!

    1. Thanks, Keren!!! Lisa is great– her book is focused on scrapbooking, but can apply all the design ideas to cards. Love your Mama Elephant card! Sounds like you had nice, low-key weekend as well. The beach and water so restorative– hope all is well!! xo

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