Masculine Valentine Card for GDP022

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Sketch Challenge

With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day and a sketch challenge on over at Global Design Project this week, I thought I’d put together a Valentine’s card, but one that could be given to a guy – no flowers, no “feminine” colours, but still expressing love.  I think it’s still sweet and lovely (but don’t tell him that … shhhh).

Here’s this week’s sketch. Click on the image to head over and see all the fabulous inspiration from the design team and entrants, or to submit an entry of your own.

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And here’s my interpretation:

Masculine Valentine Card

Something Old, Something New

I set out to create a card with a bold design and when I was looking through my stamp sets the wavy line and dotted line images from the Sunburst Sayings set made me think of Australian Aboriginal art.  So I began with the band across the top layer.  I wanted a bold sentiment for the front as well and after searching through my collection decided on the “you & me” image from the Perfect Pennants set.  Embossed in clear over Early Espresso it is strong and bold – just perfect!

Non-traditional Valentine Colours

Usually the first colours that spring to mind when you think of Valentine’s cards are red and pink.  Well I made a conscious decision to not include red or pink on this card (or flowers either!).  I love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Early Espresso and teamed with Sahara Sand I think they work very well.

Masculine Valentine Card

Theme

The wavy lines and dots were carried through in the use of the dotted DSP (from the Neutrals DSP Stack) which I trimmed with the wavy blade on my Stampin’ Trimmer and the dots around the sentiment.  These were pierced using the Updated Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and then accented with a Stampin’ Chalk marker.  A few hearts from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers pack, backed with Mint Macaron cardstock provided the finishing touch.

Using Layers as a Design Element

Adding layers with differently sized borders can be utilised to add interest without “cluttering” a card with embellishments.  Used deliberately here, I wanted to highlight the colours on this card without overwhelming the other elements.  I think I succeeded.  What do you think?

XOXO Gail

 

Shine Bright Like a Diamond for GDP017

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Before I share my diamond shine card with you, I’d just like to say I’ve been a little quiet of late, but there is a very good reason.  I have taken the drastic step (well to me anyway) of resigning my Stampin’ Up! demonstratorship.  “Why on Earth would you do that?!” I hear you ask.  Well, you’ll have to stick with me to find out.  Until then, all I’ll say is I’m so excited for the future!!!  I’ll be announcing my happy news in the first week of March, but I won’t be posting to my blog on a regular basis until then.

Diamond Shine Card

So, back to today’s project.  It’s a Global Design Project colour challenge.  The colours were chosen by Brian this week and they aren’t colours that I (or it seems, a lot of others) go to very often when designing a project.  They are however featured colours (along with Blushing Bride and Whisper White) in the new 2016 Occasions Catalogue suite called Love Blossoms.  This suite is gorgeous, floral and girly; designed for Valentine’s Day but also versatile enough for other projects too.

There’s lots of gorgeous projects this week from the talented Design Team and the equally talented participants, so just click on the GDP picture below to go to the page.

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Inspiration and Design Process

Although it would have been natural to design a project around the Love Blossoms suite of products, I was inspired by Kylie’s card that I’d seen a couple of months ago and wanted to use one of the masks from the Happy Patterns set in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue.  These masks are fun and easy to use and let you create unique projects.  I decided to use the diamond pattern.  Maybe subconsciously I associated diamonds with love!

Diamond Shine Card

So after I’d sponged the background using the three challenge colours I flipped through the OC trying to decide what sentiment I would use.  Yep, this card was really created on the fly!  I got to the page where the Sunburst Sayings stamp set is pictured and the “Shine” sentiment popped out at me.  What a perfect complement to my diamond-background card!  So to continue the theme and tie the sentiment and background together I came up with the idea of using a diamond shape for the sentiment.  Happy day!

Diamond Shine Card

I like that this card came together organically.  The process was very satisfying and I think that, although it is very simple, it’s nonetheless “complete”.  What do you think of my diamond shine card?

Thanks for stopping by today.

XOXO Gail