Monday, February 6, 2017

Just a Note to Lift Me Up!

If you received my newsletter over the weekend, you KNOW which Occasions Bundle is my clear favorite! If you didn't receive the newsletter, it was by far my best one yet! Check your spam box or sign up here! You don't want to miss out! (And I don't want you missing out!)

Here is another card using the Lift Me Up bundle. This one might be my favorite. Classic black and white (actually vanilla), hot air balloons, french script, simple yet stunning! This is my style FOR SURE!

You're probably wondering where I got that beautiful page of French writing from. It looks like an old French novel. Well, maybe not old. It may or may not be from an actual "Histoire de France" book from college that I may or may not have actually read back in the day. (I really don't remember if I read it or not, but from the looks of it, probably not. But it does make for great cards! Am I right? Don't tell my Professor.)

A couple tricks with this card. It's surprisingly well thought out for such a simple looking card.
(Would you like a video? Comment below if that would help. I will gladly make one.)

In design, odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye than even ones. So when stamping the hot air balloon, 3 is a great number. It also fills up the card front without being overwhelming. (Although in this month's class to go I have an overwhelming amount of balloons on one of the cards...and it's amazing.) 

You are going to work backwards on this card. First, figure out how much room you need for that cut out cloud. I set the larger balloon stamp on the paper and then decided where I wanted the smaller ones. Then I just moved the large stamp off the page, stamped two small balloons, then finished with the large image. (You'll want to stamp the SMALLER balloons first so they don't end up overlapping the large balloon.) (Ask me how I know.) 😏

Adhere the well-loved book page to a basic black scrap. (Or if you have any remaining pieces of that gorgeous Typeset DSP left, use that! Stop hoarding it. It's time to let go.) The size here depends on your book page (or leftover DSP). I just trimmed off the margins and cut the basic black cardstock to just about 1/4 inch larger all the way around. My black scrap ended up being 5" by 3-3/4".

Cut the cloud out of both layers and save it for the inside of the card. Lay the book page/cardstock layer (DON'T adhere it yet!) on your Very Vanilla card base and stamp "Just a note" through the cloud. I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color just part of my sentiment stamp. I do that a lot. Love those markers.

THEN adhere the stamped and layered cardstock onto your card base using dimensionals, making sure the stamped sentiment shows through the cloud. The dimensionals give that reverse die-cut cloud more depth and shadow to draw your attention down to the sentiment. 

Use your adhesive of choice to stick that pretty little cloud onto the inside of the card, and offset the inside sentiment just a touch to the left. Et voilà! I hope you like it!

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