For this challenge, we were asked to find an old card we wanted to give an "overhaul" to. I chose this one that I made back in 2009. I had a really hard time deciding which one to use, because to be honest, my old cards don't usually inspire me that much. Do you feel that way too?
But this one inspired me today. I liked the blocks of interest. I decided to add more layers to my blocks, instead of just using a flat patterned paper in each. I love layers!
Below is my makeover card...
I stamped part of the sentiment from Life Is Beautiful in the lower corner and tied on red twine, like the original card. A flower sticker and little chalkboard tag were added to the top.
Last, I stamped and embossed "beautiful" from Life Is Beautiful on vellum, trimmed it out and adhered it over the chalkboard tag, and finished stamping the sentiment. The butterflies were offset slightly from the gray ones in the background, so you could see the touch of gray better back there!
What makes this card better than the original?
I suppose it's a matter of preference, but I love the extra layers of interest and the lighter, more elegant look. I also feel like the randomness of the tilted butterflies and title add a bit of unexpectedness to the card. Straight lines can sometimes feel too harsh and predictable to me. I think my style has changed in that I'm willing to put more thought into my cards, add more colors, patterns and interesting details now. Creating texture is important to me. In design, texture is an element that adds interest by creating depth. Layers and details give the eye something to soak in! Also, working with layers allows you to add more colors into your palette for that particular card. One note though: make sure you allow some white space for your eye to rest.
Thanks for reading, hope you are having a creative Stamp-a-Faire day!
Beautiful World card:
STAMPS: Life Is Beautiful, Beautiful Butterflies
INK: Sweet Blush, True Black by PTI, Soft Granite by Hero Arts
PAPER: Soft Stone, white, vellum - Michaels, green patterned paper - Open Road Drive In by Crate Paper
DIES: Beautiful Butterflies dies, seal die from Luxe Letterpress Make It Market kit
OTHER: machine stitching, white embossing powder, red twine, DIY Shop tag by American Crafts (chalkboard tag), Vintage Bliss Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers by Simple Stories (flower).
For more inspiration, stop by to see how the other design team members revamped their older cards as well: