Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thanks Card - pattern mixing

Happy Saturday!  With the Fourth of July falling in the middle of the week next Wednesday, a lot of people are taking the entire week for vacation.  If you have travel plans, I hope you have a great time.

This is another quick and simple card I made using one of the My Mind's Eye card bases that I found at Marshall's.  I decided to get a bit adventurous and use only patterned papers and ribbon to make the card. 


I started with the plaid card that you can see in the center of this photo.  The cards were from the Lost and Found collection.

I didn't have any papers from the Lost and Found collection but I did have this pad of 6 x 6 paper - Jack and Jill from the Quite Contrary collection.  Some of the papers in this pad are similar to the colors of some of the card bases.

I selected several papers from the pad that had a similar color palette.  I cut the mat layer at 5 1/4 x 4 inches from the busiest patterned paper.  I created the "Thanks" sentiment in the Silhouette Studio software by combining two fonts, welding the word and making a shadow mat so it would stand out against the busy background.  I chose the bold red stripe for the mat to provide a high contrast with the background and used a tone on tone pattern for the word "Thanks."

I inked the edges of the mat layer with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added this piece of yellow chevron rbbon, taping it to the back of the layer before I adhered it to the base.  The stripes in the ribbon just happened to be about the same width as the stripes in the red paper.

 I also inked the edges of the sentiment shadow and added lots of foam dots to raise it on the card front.

With so many patterns on the card, I decided not to add any additional embellishments.  What do you think?  Is it too busy?  t was fun to try something a bit different for me and it was very hard not to add some solid colors!

It is very easy to use any font on your computer to create welded words in the Silhouette software.  I'll show you the fonts and how I combined them and shadowed the sentiment in another post.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Nice card and I like the idea of welding different fonts to create a word. Card is just right the way it is. Thanks for sharing. Happy 4th and stay cool.

  2. So bright and colorful! I love how the word Thanks stands out! Nice papers too!

  3. I like the different patterns. I usually play it too safe with patterns!

    Stay cool!

  4. Thanks Diane for your tutorials!! Because of you I began using DS after having it many months. These tutorials will help me become more creative with my new Cameo.

  5. Fabulous card - the mix of colours is awesome. TFS

  6. I love the colors you put together on the "Thanks" card and I understand your comment about it being hard to not use some solid paper. I find it impossible to mix patterns without having a layer of solid color separating them. I think not mixing patterns in clothing was ingrained in me as a child and it has carried over into my card making.


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