Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Red, Off-white and Blue

That baker's dozen of packages sitting on the shelves has me itching to get the letters done and get them on the road - but I want to add a hand made card to at least half of them.  I have plenty of paper to write on, but wanted a little red, white and blue for that little something extra.  So I pulled out my pack of Heritage color cardstock from The Paper Company and let my mind wander.  Here's the first creation...

I love the "aged" look of the off-white with the deep colonial style red and blue.  Bright white just doesn't seem to do it for me {grin}.  Unfortunately the color is slightly off in the photos - it's dark and the lighting in the room makes it look a bit more golden than in real life.  And it fits the OWH mid-week throw down for a thank you card to boot!
I was really hoping to come up with something that would be easy to replicate with a quick turnaround.  As much as I like the card, I'm afraid it's not a quick turn-around style for me.  So I put all my toys away and sat with my sweet husband for a bit.  He was in the midst of an on-line poker tournament, so back to my toys I went. 

I decided to play with layering and my Spellbinders Nestabilities.  Using both the positive and negative spaces of the die cuts and a few small star punches I came up with the following two cards.

CAS, pretty easy to replicate, and my favorite part - minimal paper waste!!!  I left them blank so I can add whatever sentiment works for me on the day I write the letters.

Sending sunshine your way today!


Jen said...

Nice job! I like the embossed background!

Carol L said...

I love stars, and the labels eighteen is my favorite spellbinder, so all of these cards work for me! I love the minimal waste using positives and negatives! Brilliant!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Very nice, I love the stars too!

Thanks for playing in our Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps!

Denise Marzec said...

Great card!....I really need that embossing folder for backgrounds. Love it!

Kaylee Snyder said...

Nice work-love those bold colors. I especially like how those fun stars stand out against the blue background.