Here’s a handmade wedding card, using the new Designer Series Paper, Something Borrowed, from the spring Occasions Catalog. Since butterflies represent transformation and new beginnings, they seem the perfect touch for celebrating the new chapter in a couple’s life! And if you want the most elegant of butterflies for your cardmaking and paper crafting projects, the Butterflies Framelits from Stampin’ Up! are ideal!
The sentiment, with its elegant little flourishes, fits right in with the lacy background. It’s from the FREE Sale-a-Bration set, Simply Wonderful. If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! and don’t know about all the FREE merchandise you can earn between now and March 31st, take a look at this post: Lotus Blossom Stamp Set.
Here are some design notes on the Something Borrowed wedding card: If you’ve been following Stamping Madly for any length of time, you’ve seen posts on the challenges of using Designer Series Paper (DSP) in card designs. So many of us are drawn to the lovely patterns, but when it comes to putting them on a card, they’ll often overwhelm the focal point. You can read this older post that explores these challenges: Designing Handmade Cards.
I love this new DSP, and was determined to use the lacy background in the wedding card I was making. It took some experimenting to create a focal point strong enough to not get lost in the background. I tried a few options for the butterflies, but this combination worked best, as the Early Espresso provided a contrasting “frame” for the Whisper White.
I also needed a way to use the sentiment that didn’t compete with the butterfly. When I tried the “Congrats” on Whisper White, for example, my eye kept moving from the butterfly to the sentiment, back and forth, without knowing where to rest. What do you think? Leave a comment to let me know what you would have chosen! (Please ignore the ink smudge, I would have made a new one if I had chosen the white version.)
The Something Borrowed Embellishment added just the right amount of bling, but got a bit lost in the intricacy of the butterfly cut-outs. The punched circle of Shara Sand card stock gave more definition to the shiny embellishment without detracting from the butterflies.
Designing handmade cards and paper craft projects is truly an art form. I hope that the design tips I’ve been posting are helpful to you. How you see a design may be quite different than how I perceive it, but what’s important is that you learn to create the effect you want when choosing the card’s elements. Whether the choice is about which colors to use or how much to embellish your design, your cards will work best if you’re conscious of the choices you make. Learn more about choosing colors in this post: Using Colors Effectively, and keep coming back for more Stamping Madly Design Tips!
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Wouldn’t you agree? Butterflies and Something Borrowed DSP are the perfect combination for a handmade wedding card!