October 15, 2009

A Simple Hello

With these cards I had every intention of posting them for the Sweet Sassy Sketch challenge but I just ran out of time to take the pictures and post them in time.  It also took two tries to get this card looking the way I wanted.  The bottom card is my first try.  I couldn't bring myself to post it without posting something better.  I wanted to use my new Flower dies and I figured the sentiment would work well using the letters from the SU! Billboard die.  That die is an excellent letter solution without spending a lot of money.   There's also a strip die called Naturally Serif for a different font solution.  You get both upper case and lower case letters.

Now I learned a few things the first go around.  Firstly, working with felt is difficult when your hands are really dry. Secondly, for small die cut letters it's best to apply envelope glue and then die cut when dry.  It makes less of a mess.  Thirdly, too many prints (whether stamped or embossed or on paper) can make it look too busy.  There was just too much going on in my first card.

My final attempt leaned towards the other spectrum, to very simple.  I even simplified my hello.  There is no print but there are a couple things that add some texture.  There's the felt flower layer, the embossed swirls and the Kiwi Kiss textured paper.  The bling always seems to add a little something extra and I've been wanting to work with this colour combo for quite a while but just never found a layout that could bring all those colours together.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something from my experiences.  My favourite parts are the colours and the die cut letters.  What's yours?  Have a fabulous day and you're likely to hear from me again today as I have a couple of Christmas cards to share with you for the Get Sketchy challenge.

Paper: Barely Banana, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories:  SU! Billboard decorative strip die, Flower Layer original die, scallop edge punch, embossing folder, blue felt, rhinestones


  1. I like how you showed two cards and the differences between the two...I agree that the second is very busy and takes away from the main image...totally awesome rework!! Love it!!

  2. I would completely agree with both you and Maureen....(like that's a surprise - you're both creative geniuses)

    Your card turned out beautifully. Great job!