Sunday, December 17, 2017

Layers Do Not Have to Be Bulky!

Layers Don't Have to Be Bulky!!
Hello everyone! I have been doing a lot of self-talk lately about mixing the old and the new: specifically, mixing stamps and dies I've purchased in the past with recent purchases. Honestly, I think I finally have enough depth of purchases that I'm able to do so with good results. So this means I am getting to the point that I can actually design cards that have depth but aren't so bulky that there is a problem mailing them. For my card above, I drew inspiration from two challenges: Papertrey's Create Along With Us and Color Throwdown 473. 

Keeway Tsao for Papertrey Ink
First of all, Papertrey Ink has a totally new website, so if you haven't seen it yet, you are in for a big surprise! It is gorgeous and a lot easier to navigate. The December release has tons of Valentine-related items as well as Get Well themes. I decided to follow Keeway's gorgeous design above. I love the simplicity and balance the soft layers bring to her card. Below, I outline the process for my card as well as noting all of the supplies used.

Secondly, Color Throwdown's color scheme is perfect for Valentines or any occasion! This week the colors are kraft, green, pink, and white. The colors work well because of the complement of pink and green and the neutrals of kraft and white. The possibilities are endless with this combo! There still is plenty of time to play with Colorthrowdown, but Papertrey's window closes today. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Adding Depth Without Bulky Layers--
I follow a lot of awesome card designers all over the web including Papertrey, Color Throwdown, and many designers on YouTube. I've seen them create depth, seen them explain it over and over, but I've never worked on a 'formula' for my own designs, until now. My card above is truly a copy-cat of Keeway's design, but I've used the formula for several cards in the past. I think it's finally clicking! So, here's the breakdown:

  1. Choose a color scheme that includes at least one neutral. This will help pull the color palette together.
  2. Balance the color palette among the items in the focal point. For my card, I chose kraft to be the base card color. Then, following Keeway's suggestion of adding a subtle layer of vellum, I cut the same rounded edge and layered it under my focal panel. This adds a dimensional layer without bulk.
  3. Next, like Keeway, I used a stencil to sponge texture onto the background of my focal panel, adding another layer of depth without bulk.
  4. To add more depth, I finally decided it was time to stop stamping my images in one color only. For the leaves, I used three greens! Yes, three different hues of green add more depth, no bulk, etc. 
  5. After stamping the flowers, I decided to add a small strip of foam tape to the center of the flower. That allowed me to play around with adding the leaves and buds underneath. This added a little bit of bulk, but not so much that mailing the card becomes an issue.
Honestly, you all probably do this all of the time. But to actually write this process down helps me keep it in my own mind! 

Supplies [All Papertrey Ink, unless noted]:
Paper: White and Kraft cardstock, Recollections Vellum
Ink: Parakeet Green, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Classic Craft, and Cocoa Bean
Stamps & Dies: Gran's Garden; the sentiment is from Beautiful Berries: Spring; Reverse Confetti's Edgers Die
Tools: Quatrefoil stencil, small; Scotch foam mounting tape, die-cutting machine


  1. Beautiful, Cindy! Love the subtle bg stenciling.

  2. What a beautiful take on the inspiration card using our colors! I love it! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at the Color Throwdown!

  3. Simply beautiful, Cindy. I am also at that same stage where I can mix and match older products with newer ones to have a great design! You've done it beautifully here!


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