Right now I'm trying to focus on creating a new eBook that's a set of basic card layouts that even beginners can like. So I'm really having to focus on keeping things simple. One of the masters of keeping things simple in the Stampin' Up! community is Mary Brown. If you follow her at all, you know that she is "Ms. Clean and Simple." Her cards are incredibly beautiful in their simplicity and I study them to see what I can learn from them.
I CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) today's card from a card that Mary made for a Create with Connie and Mary color challenge back in May. Only the layout is the same. I used different colors, a different punch, different embossing folder and different stamp. But the idea was hers and I loved it!
To begin, I had to select which colors I wanted to use. When I think of Butterflies, I think of yellow or orange, so I started with the tried and true orange, Pumpkin Pie. Then I went and started looking through my Color Coach.
The way I use the Color Coach may not be the way it was designed to be used. I don't necessarily go to a color and use one of the combos I find right away. Only one of the colors on the Pumpkin Pie card interested me for this project – Daffodil Delight. So then I went looking for Daffodil Delight. Hmmm. Still not what I wanted. But I just happened to see the Crushed Curry Card right next to the Daffodil Delight card, and there was the combo I wanted. Well, sort of. The combo I found was Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo. I just swapped the Daffodil Delight for the Crushed Curry, and there were my butterflies. Color Coach doesn't necessarily give me the answers, but it always leads me to what I want!
The Bitty Butterfly Punch was perfect for this project – just a nice size to have three of the little critters in the middle of the card. I cut the card to be 1-1/4" smaller than the width and height of the standard A2 card base and placed the butterflies just above the center of the card. Then I stamped the Just Because from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set, using Melon Mambo Classic Ink to match one of the butterflies – it was the color I thought would show up best! I added a Basic Pearl to each butterfly, but didn't do that until the whole card was put together.
I included a middle layer between the decorated layer and the card base, and ran that through the new Lovely Lace Embossing Folder before cutting it 1/2" shorter than the width and height of the card. I used SNAIL Adhesive to adhere both layers and then I added the pearls.
Not only is this simple in design, it's very simple to put together. Look at any of your smaller punches, and I'll bet you can see lots of ideas for a fun, easy card to make for your next card-sending occasion!
This won't be one of the samples in my new eBook – but working on some CASEing this week will help get me in the right frame of mind!