Sunday, July 12, 2009

Beach Party Card

I haven't had much time to work with the "Life is a Beach" cartridge since it was added to Design Studio. Today, I finally got around to test cutting a design I created shortly after the update.

Even though there are two card options (photo card and square card) on this cartridge, I decided to create my own design. I used the alphabet and the pineapple drink to create a "Beach Party" A2 invitation card.

I did my first test cut on a patterned cardstock from the DCWV Summer Stack from 2008. I thought it was a bit difficult to read the words so I tried another cut using some cardstock from the DCWV "Citrus" stack with a more subtle pattern.

Here you can see the two test cuts. The patterned paper version is cute but the words are definitely more difficult to read.

I added a lining paper to each card using a bright blue for contrast on the patterned paper card and a more monochromatic choice for the second card.

Here is a closer view of the patterned card. The bright blue helps to make the words stand out and it is interesting to see which words from the paper are most noticeable after the cutting - "HOT" ended up nearly centered on the pineapple drink!

The second version of the card is easily read and the subtle pattern in each cardstock makes it more interesting than using plain cardstock.

I decided to add some Stickles glitter glue to the words cut in the patterned cardstock to make them pop out so they would be easier to read.

Here is a closer view of the "Stickled" letters.

I have the file to share but I noticed that the second test cut has a very thin line between the "e" and the "a" in "beach" even though the spaces appear even on my Design Studio screen. I used a new mat for both cuts and did not change the file between cuts so I am not sure why this happened. I want to test the cut again before I post the file. I will also write a short tutorial to show you how I created this file.

If you have been interested in joining a Design Studio class, please check the Let me Show you How to Do that blog (click HERE). We have posted classes for this week and then we will have a brief break next week. After the break we will be offering some new classes so this is the last chance for the Getting Started and Basic Cards and Word Book classes for a few weeks.

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