Two of my favorite stamp sets, Work of Art and Artistically Asian meet in this new handmade card. It’s Asian simplicity is quite elegant, and the Work of Art brushstrokes set off the image and sentiment beautifully. You could use this design for almost all occasions: Birthday, Friendship, Sympathy, Thank You, and Masculine Cards. Work of Art and Artistically Asian are both from Stampin’ Up! as are the rest of the supplies used in the card.
This card is another example of how abstract stamps can be used to create lovely backgrounds.
I did a lot of practice pieces before I came up with a combination that made me say “yes!” I’ll share some of them with you to give you a peek at part of my design process.
I wanted to “paint” some ground and sky with the brushstroke stamps, and I started experimenting on 4 x 6 index cards.
Next I added the image in black to the ground . . .
And then added some sky. I also tried the sentiment to see how it would fit.
I decided the bottom line of Crumb Cake didn’t add anything to the design, so I ditched it in the next piece. I also tried the plant with Early Espresso instead of black. I switched to Whisper White Cardstock to get a more realistic sense of the colors and textures.
I was happy with this layout, but the Espresso looked like black. So I tried the plant in Soft Suede.
I thought there wasn’t enough contrast with Soft Suede, and went back to Early Espresso. With Stampin’ Up! Firm Foam Ink Pads, the inks will look very dark at first, but as the cardstock absorbs the ink, they’ll lighten up.
In the last practice piece you can see that the Soft Sky is much darker than the others. That’s because I re-inked the pad, which was getting too dry to keep working with. So in the next piece, I stamped off the Soft Sky first. I had also tried Crumb Cake for the sentiment this time, but it was too light, so I re-stamped it in Espresso.
At this point I was happy with the design, and re-created it without the two sentiments. The next step was to decide on the colors for the card base and mat. I chose Soft Sky for the mat and Early Espresso for the card base, which provides a nice frame to bring all the colors together.
I tried the colors the other way, with Soft Sky for the card base and Early Espresso for the mat. But the Soft Sky felt too light to pull everything together behind the Espresso.
Leave a comment and let me know if you like seeing the process, and if it inspires you to do practice pieces when you’re creating a new design.
When Work of Art Stamp Set meets Artistically Asian, the results are a simply elegant handmade card!