A wedding is one of my favorite occasions to make a card for. I enjoy incorporating elements from the wedding, most often the color scheme. Sometimes, I find special pieces that fit the couple perfectly.
With this card, I was lucky enough to have pieces that fit the bride and groom’s interests perfectly: travel, newspapers (she writes for one) and globes … I don’t know the story about the globe collection, but I know that there were a lot of them at one point. And I just happened to have a wood die-cut of a globe with a heart, some vintage newsprint-inspired paper and sticky strip of a skyline.
One of my husband’s friends got married this weekend, and I was excited to create a card for the couple. As I’ve done with past wedding cards, I borrowed design elements from the invitation to use in my creation.
I created the patterned paper for this card by making the design in Adobe Illustrator and printing it on cream-colored cardstock. The black, magenta and cream are the colors of the invitation, and the pattern of the black hearts mimics a bold, modern font that the couple used. The design has repetition not just in the patterned paper, but also in the use of multiple chipboard arrows. I love using chipboard elements because they are an easily customizable embellishment and a quick way to add dimension. I also got to play with paint mist again, and I’ve really liked the outcomes with these paints, though the process can be messy.
Are you running out of time to create a valentine? Pining away for a quick design? Trying to find a card that’s divine?
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This valentine is quick and cute … what more could a crafter ask for? The alternative valentine color scheme offers some contrast, too. The red “talk bubble” heart really pops against the light-blue background. I’ve been gravitating toward blue-and-red combinations since Christmas. I like taking a different, unexpected approach to holiday cards.
Stickers, like washi tape, speed up crafty productivity. Just stick and move on … or not entirely, as with this card. I wanted to give my card more dimension (I feel as though I’ve been putting foam adhesive on everything I’ve made lately), but in order to apply dimensional adhesive to a sticker and not have the sticker … well, stick … to the card, I first placed the sticker onto cardstock and cut it out. The sticker has all kinds of swirls and corners to cut around. This may test another person’s patience, but I find it relaxing … as long as my cutting hand doesn’t cramp up.
To additional dimension, I applied pearl-like embellishments to my centerpiece sticker. A little “bling” always is a good thing.
While I have numerous sentiment stamps, sometimes I don’t have the phrase I’d like, or the stamp’s font isn’t the right look for my card.
That’s when I turn to my computer. The right font can be a powerful design element, and with so many fonts available online for free personal use, you can easily find a font that fits the theme or character of your project.
To tie the look of this Valentine’s Day card together, I used fuchsia throughout and repeated the polka dots on the washi tape by stamping the pattern onto the chipboard ampersand.
I’ve used neon colors for a summer-themed card, Christmas cards and a birthday card, so Valentine’s Day neon seems like a natural progression. This trend is not going anywhere. Neon is fun, retro (so many craft products are retro-themed lately) and screams, “Hey! Look at this awesome, happy project!”
I relied on brads instead of adhesive to attach the transparency to the card. Not having to wait for glue to dry is a bonus. To prevent the recipient from being blinded by love, I tempered my neon pink with layers of patterned transparency, vellum and cardstock in gray, black and white.
Doubt is the crafter’s enemy. I had this card’s concept in my mind for a couple of days, hashing out the color scheme, elements and design. Doubt crept in before I put ink to paper. I wondered if a background of pink hexagons would look better in yellow, if pool blue and light aqua would complement the background and if I should use blue at all.
I could wimp out and not trust my instincts or go with my gut. I felt that my gut would lead me down the right crafty path, so I dove in and made the background pink and used blue. The result is better than I imagined. One Valentine’s Day card down. Now, if I only had written down that other card idea …
When I create a card for a wedding, I take cues from the invitation, drawing from the color scheme and style.
I crafted the card below to congratulate the bride and groom, two friends of mine who had a beautiful ceremony and reception in Sycamore, Ill. The card follows their invitation’s modern, clean look in citrine and light gray. I added white and metallic dark gray to compliment the colors and used different textures of cardstock and dimensional adhesive to add depth. If you have a die-cut machine, a card such as this is very easy to make. No stamping or embellishments; just great, simple design.
In January, I began to think about Valentine’s Day and possible card ideas. I knew I’d use my Slice Elite, a portable die-cut machine by Making Memories. I’ve had it since June, and while the company has had to replace a Halloween-themed design card and the machine altogether (I’ve had great service experiences each time), this little machine is my crafting sidekick. I have the wedding-themed and “Je t’Adore” design cards and was eager to use them.
As I thought about what I could create, a light bulb turned on somewhere in the recesses of my mind. I could design my own patterned paper! I have a graphic design minor, so why not use it for card making? Why hadn’t I thought of this before?
After a little time spent in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and a little money spent on cardstock, vellum and transparencies, I had a set of 6-by-6-inch patterned papers. When I created them, I didn’t have particular card designs in mind, but I’m happy with the results (see my gallery).
I used the two Slice design cards mentioned and also thought of a use for the lobster on the “Bon Appetit” design card. Below is my card and a tutorial on how to make it. This design can be used for more than Valentine’s Day, such as an anniversary.
My husband loves the card, and I had fun making it!