Wednesday, May 15, 2024


Today's card uses one of the floral stamps in the Encircled in Nature Stamp Set that creates a bouquet of flowers which lays perfectly in the Wreath.

There is a lot of silver on this card which sort of messes with my camera.  Or maybe my photo skills just aren't up for the task.

The Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the Thoughtful Designs Collection.  This paper is very interesting as each sheet is designed with two different colors that are shaded in a diagonal Ombre across the paper.  The sheet I used today has Wild Wheat and Mossy Meadow ombre'd together.  There is an all-over pattern of silver leafy stems across the DSP.

For the main top layer of the card, I used a section of the 12" x 12" DSP sheet that is from the Wild Wheat area.  The two vertical strips behind the wreath are from the Mossy Meadow area of the DSP.  The wreath was cut from silver foil using two of the Encircled in Nature Dies.  The flowers were first stamped with VersaMark ink and then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder and die cut.  The two sprigs behind the flowers were die cut from silver foil.

For my first attempt at this card, I used just the simple silver wreath and the flower bouquet, but I thought the Mossy Meadow Specialty DSP dominated and took away from the pretty silver wreath and bouquet.  So, I added a circle of vellum inside of the wreath.  That toned down and softened the darkness of the Mossy Meadow DSP.

I'm still not sure I am 100% happy with the card, but as one of my former engineering managers told me early in my engineering career, "Sometimes, you just have to shoot the engineer, and put the thing in production!"  We engineer's always think our designs can be improved, but sometimes time runs out and we need to get the thing in production!

For the inside of the card I fell back on my "Go-To" Solution--I matted a strip of the DSP with Mossy Meadow and adhered it to the Basic White cardstock.  

I think I know what is "bothering" me with this card because I'm not really "crazy about" the inside either.  I think my lack of color-sense is telling me that Wild Wheat and Mossy Meadow would look better with gold foil accents rather than silver.  But, since I have an engineering trained brain and not a designer trained brain, who am I to question color combinations?  Design-trained people designed the DSP, so if they believe silver is OK, then it must be OK.  I learned a long time ago as an automotive engineer --  Engineers should never question designers on design and styling!  We can question them on fit, function and the laws of physics, but don't question them on style!  LOL

If you like the layout of this card, like I do, but question the color combinations, I challenge you to try your own color combinations!  You may still want the free tutorial so you have cutting dimensions and some step-by-step assembly instructions.  If so, just use this link to download a PDF.

What do you think about these colors?  Any other engineers out there?

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