Yesterday I shared how I used an older card that was just 3 years old as a sample to make a card with current Stampin’ Up! products. Three years is hardly a “throwback.” But it caught my eye, so I used it. Today I’m featuring another card with the same basic layout, but a totally different look. And can you say, “monochromatic”? This is about as monochromatic a card as you can get. It’s all white!
A Layout Coincidence
Earlier this week my sister-in-law shared a card for her upcoming virtual class that was all white. This happened at the same time that I was trying to decide what to make to CASE (copy and share with everyone) my 2017 card. Durned if the layering didn’t remind me of the card on which I was working. So, once I finished with yesterday’s colorful (red, green and white) card, off I went to create in white.
Oooh, Those Tiny Measurements!
What worked for me with this card is that the measurements in the layers are much closer to those in the layers of the original card. What doesn’t work so well is that the size difference in each layer is 1/16″. That means that, in order to make those four top layers even with their mats, I was looking at 1/32″. This was definitely one of those times that I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue as it allows me precious time to slide those layers into place.
Now About All That White
What really caught my eye about Deb’s card was all that white! From the white card base to the snowflake that topped it all off, it was white, white, white! For my card, I used Whisper White Thick Cardstock for the base and then Whisper White Cardstock for the rest of the cardstock elements. Also white is the Vellum Cardstock as well as the Square Vellum Doilies that I used to accent the Whisper White papers.
With all that white, I wondered if I wasn’t making a wedding card! But Deb used a snowflake embossing folder for her card, and I followed right along, using the Winter Snow Embossing Folder for the top layers on the front. That, along with the snowflakes in the middle – die-cut using the So Many Snowflakes Dies – and the sentiment helped to make this a Christmas card.
And the Snowflake
The “snowflake” in the middle of this card is not just one snowflake; it’s three. I did try just one snowflake. It wasn’t quite up to the artistic style of the rest of the card. Two was almost there. But when I added the one in the middle, it finally started to pop for me and really complement the card as a whole. The final touch was that Gold Glitter Enamel Dot in the center.
While I was making the snowflake, I wasn’t attaching it to the card. I cut the first snowflake and then laid it on top of the card. Then I repeated with the second and third snowflake. So I got to the point that I liked the snowflake when I started thinking about what else I might add to the card before I adhered the snowflake. In the mix were ribbons, most embellishments, sentiments and more paper. What I ended up with was a Square Vellum Doily. Is that not the perfect shape and texture to tie this whole card together? It echoes the Cardstock Vellum Layer at the base of the card as well as the four sections of the card.
Adding the Sentiment
Once I had this card done, I so did not want to “mess it up” with a sentiment. But I also realized that, snowflakes or not, it had started going back to looking like a wedding card again. For her card, Deb had made her rectangles as squares. So there was room on the vellum layer for a sentiment. I didn’t have that luxury. For sure I knew that I needed something small. Small = Itty Bitty, and I went right for the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set. There was the “Tis the Season” sentiment, and off I went to find my embossing supplies.
The Bottom Line
This goes back to some of my earliest posts of October. You all probably see lots of card ideas no matter where you go online. You’re here, so you probably also go to other blogs, to Pinterest, and to stamping groups on Facebook. When you see a great card do you think, “Great Card,” maybe add a like or a heart, and then move on? If you see a great card, ask yourself what you could do with that layout (or other design idea). If you don’t own the stamp set or the papers or the colors, undress that card right then and there and mentally dress it back up with what you already have. You’ll have so much fun when you make that very same card for yourself. You might not recognize it when you finish it. But it will be yours and you’ll have had a lot of fun doing it!
Happy whatever it is that you’re doing in the way of crafting this weekend!