Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Be Still

Today's card features two Graciellie Design digital stamp sets --- one old and one new!
I created a floral frame with the images from Life Happens and printed it on watercolor paper. After coloring with Prismacolor pencils, I fussy cut around the frame to make the flowers stand out a bit.

Here's a bit of behind the scenes in my creative process for you: 
I always "fuss" with my cards -- rearranging layouts (sometimes a dozen times or more), trying to match up papers to mat images with, adding and subtracting embellishments etc. etc.
For this card I really wanted that floral frame to stand out, and I tried several things - a plain white background, matting it on black, and then on green polka dot paper with black and white mats behind. (see photo below).
I actually photographed it this way, thinking it was going to be the final card BUT......the longer I looked at it the less I liked it! So, I ripped it all apart and went with something simplistic....no matting, just a clean and simple shape card.

I LOVE how it turned out in the end -- the frame looks so elegant around the verse!
So the lessons are these: 
Don't be afraid to rip things apart and start over
Sometimes simple is better
Keep trying till you get it right

Supplies and Tools:

This post linked to:
Little Red Wagon - Much Ado about nothing
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Love To Scrap - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - That dreaded one layer
PINspirational - Inspiration Board (all those bright summer colors)


Donna said...

Fab card Esther, those flowers are just gorgeous!
Thanks for tackling the dreaded one layer card with the crew from SHOPPING OUR STASH!!

JanR said...

Love that you changed it up so that you felt happy with it. You're right, it does look more elegant this way. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon again.

Patti J said...

Esther, this is gorgeous! Hard to believe it's a one layer card! Perfection, as always!

crafty-stamper said...

Great one layer card and love the beautiful floral frame.Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap
Carol DT x

Conniecrafter said...

It is just beautiful, and I think in the end you settled on the right way to use it, all on it's own it makes a wonderful statement!! Beautifully colored!

Deanne Saunders said...

Gorgeous! So colorful!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

cohenna said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the PINspirational Challenge this time and good luck :)