The first time I flipped through Stampin’ Up!’s 2013 Spring Catalog, I was immediately drawn to the prominent use of Pool Party. Perhaps I was always so in love with Baja Breeze that I didn’t even give Pool Party a second look (I’m loyal that way), but I must admit that it’s nice to see Pool Party getting her time in the spotlight. It must have been cold there in Baja Breeze’s shadow, to never have sunlight on your face…
More Amore Designer Series Paper features three gorgeous colors (Real Red, Primrose Petals and Pool Party) and two accenting neutrals (Basic Black and Very Vanilla). All of these colors work beautifully together, so I didn’t have to work too hard to complete this 5″ x 5″ card:
Before I reveal some tips and tricks, I want to tell you that I took this picture multiple times with lots of different light. It came out a little hazy every time. That’s when I realized that this beautiful card pulled one over on me and contracted for an Elizabeth Taylor-esque filter over the lens – everything looks so soft and young with a lens filter. Diva!
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Nesting. I’m an accountant. I love for there to be great symmetry and balance when I nest shapes inside of one another. A 1″ circle is ALWAYS the going to next perfectly inside a 2″ circle. A 1″ square is always going to next perfectly inside a 2″ square. Ovals and hearts, though, don’t have standard shapes. As a result, this lazer cut heart from More Amore doesn’t nest perfectly inside the Hearts Collection Framelit cutout (I would have loved for this framelit heart to have been stubbier and shorter), but I had to put my accountant ways aside and love these shapes for who they are. I had to look past the imbalance and just embrace the beauty.
- Balance. This card has several layers of rigid squares, followed by two layers of rounded hearts. When I was deciding what type of sentiment to add, I knew I needed to repeat the squared layers by adding a sharp-edged banner. I softened the banner a bit by curling the edge (a trick I learned from my good friend, Ann Schach). I simply rolled the edge tightly around my paper piercer and then flattened it a bit by rolling it back out.
- A Little Touch of Class. This More Amore DSP design strattles the fence between cooly modern and beautifully classic. How someone interprets the design will all depend on the way you dress it up. I selected this large Vintage Faceted Designer Button to really class-up the joint. This single accent, further highlighted by the gorgeous sentiment from Loving Thoughts, really sets the tone for the whole card. I tied in some thick vanilla baker’s twine from my Pop-up Posies Kit to finish off the look.
Stamp sets: Loving Thoughts Papers: Pool Party, Primrose Petals, More Amore, Very Vanilla Inks: Primrose Petals Accessories: Hearts Collection Framelits, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Pop-Up Posies Kit, Glue Dots
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Update on Jude’s card: You’ll be so happy to know that Jude’s card arrived safely in Pittsburgh Wednesday morning, just four days after Jonas’ arrived. Phew!