I’m a little late posting today – it’s my father’s 83rd birthday and the first one since we lost my mother last year. He and I went for a fairly emotional walk to the nearby Arboretum which the two of them visited fairly frequently. He approved today’s card and said he preferred it to the one in the Paper Pumpkin May 2016 kit, so I’m calling that a win. I’m really enjoying playing with the die cut cards provided in the kit – I’m going to have a lot of the corrugated orange left because this is my third card that hasn’t used it (I have another all ready to share).
The colour inspiration came from CAS on Sunday – the directive is to use white cardstock and three of the following colours:
I’m surprised – and pleased – to find how well blushing bride and mint macaron go together – I’ll have to try them again some time. But, how did I make the sort of Mondrian inspired card? I say sort of Mondrian inspired because he was known for black lines with primary colour blocks – I tried primary colours first, but the white just wasn’t working. This was when I decided to try pastels and realised that the colour palette at CAS on Sunday was perfect.
So first I cut strips of mint macaron, blushing bride and bermuda bay at 9/16 inch wide (just one notch over the half inch on the Stampin’ trimmer) and made some of them 9/16″ long, other 1 1/8″ inch long and one 3 7/16″. I then took a piece of whisper white 4″ by 5.25″ and placed it inside the card and guessed where I wanted my squares and rectangles. I found that the paper piercing tool was awesome for nudging them around. When I had the colours where I wanted them, I opened the card and made light pencil marks at the corners of one of the blocks of colour. I then put a bit of glue on the back and stuck it down. After the third block, I noticed that things weren’t quite lined up and had to pull off a square to redo it. At this point, I had a “duh” moment and realised that I should stick my piece of whisper white to the card temporarily. So I used post-it tape for this – it worked perfectly.
Once I had all my colour blocks glued down, I added a few circles of post-it tape underneath the piece of whisper white to temporarily hold it to the card base. Then I added glue dots across the central piece and at the corners and the whisper white was perfectly placed. It was easy to open the card and remove the post-it tape.
I decided that the card needed a big Happy in mint macaron, using the Hello You thinlits dies as yesterday and the birthday from the Paper Pumpkin May 2016 kit stamped in Bermuda Bay. I finished off the envelope with last year’s in colors DSP stack and the envelope liners.
See you tomorrow,