Friday, August 26, 2016

Adding a feminine touch to your autumn cards...

Happy Friday to you all! As I was looking for inspiration for today's design team tips post, I found a scrapbooking page that really inspired me, which isn't out of the ordinary! I can always find little design details on scrapbook layouts that translate well to cards. 


While studying this inspirational layout below, I realized that the reason I was drawn to it was because it had a feminine, light, layered feel to it. I usually tend to lean towards adding a feminine look to my cards and thought it would be fun to show you ways to add this look and feel to any card theme, including the autumnal cards that I've made for today's post! 
First, how do you define feminine?  To me, it's florals, light soft colors, layers, details, cheerful prints and patterns, swirly fonts, texture, gold/shiny accents, ruffles, soft curves, asymmetry.

I was drawn to the circular piece on the layout and loved how it was white on white, loved how the doily was folded over and clipped. I also liked the layers of the flower and sentiment and how it was all tucked together. Instead of the scalloped circle, I immediately thought of a doily. Papertrey Ink has the Parisian Lace Doily die, which is what I used here. There's nothing quite as feminine as a doily, right! You can also find them pre-made in big quantities in the baking section at the craft store. I die cut some of these and gathered some gingham paper. I also gathered my Color Pop Autumn mini kit and used the dies in the kit to trim out some of the leaves and flowers.

What makes a doily feminine? Lots of fine detail and the soft, round shape. I love the color of the wooden clothespin with the pink on the layout, but I wanted something flatter to allow for mailing, so I found some gold paper clips that I thought would work well for a fall card.


The doilies were simply folded over and clipped with the paper clip, then I tucked in a couple of flowers, leaves, a bountiful die cut and sentiment.

Inspired by the white-on-white in the layout, I added a Vintage Cream "Bountiful" die cut over the white doily and stamped a sentiment to go with it in gray with the Color Pop Autumn kit, very soft and subtle. Then to add a bit more color, I wanted to try the gingham in the background.

You can add a doily and a few layered details to a card on any occasion to make it feminine! Change out the backgrounds if you'd like to make them even softer and more dreamy and romantic. I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a creative day!

Bountiful cards:
STAMPS: Color Pop Autumn
INK: Stormy Sea
PAPER: Color Pop Autumn, Chicken Scratch Gingham, white and Vintage Cream cardstock
DIES: Color Pop Autumn, Parisian Lace Doily die
OTHER: paper clips, enamel dots.

32 comments:

Holly Saveur said...

Super gorgeous sets of cards..LOVE it!!

Leigh Penner said...

I love these!

Carol Held said...

Such pretty cards. tfs them with us.

AnitaR said...

Absolutely lovely!

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes said...

So lovely, Danielle! Each layer adds to the soft, feminine feel. Can't wait to try gingham and lace on a card! Your cards always inspire me! ♡

Nancy said...

Gorgeously feminine! Love all the details and your idea of a flat pretty paper clip for mailing purposes.
I especially like the navy gingham background & the doily is perfect, great job, thanks for sharing.

maria f. said...

Lovely!

Sandy Kay said...

Can't wait to order Color Pop Autumn - it was already on my wishlist! I love how you use that gingham paper too. You're one of the reasons I bought that in the first place!

Cindy O said...

Very pretty - I love how the scrapbook layout inspired your cards!

Marybeth said...

Simply stunning! Love them and the gingham !

Diane Jaquay said...

These are lovely!!!

artful-notions said...

You just brought a note of joy to my morning! Thanks Danielle. Love every element and layer. Beautiful with the folded over doily!

JanetH123 said...

Great design. I love the Parisian Lace Doile. Papertrey Ink should also make a snaller version.

Kathy Mc said...

Oh, the possibilities are endless with this design, Danielle. These are truly stunning feminine cards!

Shelly said...

Love these cards Danielle! This would make a wonderful sketch and a go to layout for cards for sure! Thanks for the inspiration!

Nora N. said...

Oh Danielle!! I just adore everything you create. These are STUNNING!!

Luanne said...

Can't wait to give this design a try. They are gorgeous!

Janet said...

Gorgeous set of cards. I think I'll CASE this idea. Thanks for sharing.

Greta said...

Oh my goodness, Danielle--I absolutely love these cards! Would never have thought to use a large gingham paper, but it's wonderful & I love the gold paper clips which I now will have to find! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

Sharon H. said...

Such pretty cards. I love the doilie and gingham together. Your cards inspire me to try some of my own. Thanks!

Sandy S. said...

So nice, Danielle! I have all the ingredients for these and might try some this afternoon. It's been a busy week-plus, and I deserve some fun.

Helen F. said...

Oh Danielle, These are all so beautiful. Your layers and sweet design are simply delightful!

Lisa Petrella said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, Danielle!!!! Love them!

Marilyn in Michigan said...

These are so pretty, Dani! You're pushing Color Pop Autumn into my cart.

Diana K said...

I've been busy all day, but I saw this post early this morning and have been in a good mood ever since - something this pretty helps set the tone of the day. :) So Danielle feminine - the best kind.

nancy said...

These are lovely, Danielle, feminine, yet not in-your-face girly, which works well for sending a card to a family. I appreciate seeing how you went from the inspiration layout to your card. Your scrapbooking pages used to inspire me the same way, which is part of the reason I miss them. And I think you've convinced me to buy the kit if only for the "Bountiful" die. Have a great weekend!

Colleen said...

Awesome cards, Danielle!! Love the doilies and the great dies from Color Pop autumn! Thanks for the inspiration!

Ashwini Rao said...

Soooo pretty! Those layers and the pretty doily are so lovely! Gorgeous cards!!

Ann said...

So lovely, hope your doing well.

Maureen Chandler said...

These cards are wonderful - thanks so much for sharing your design!!

FunctionofLight One said...

Just beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful cards Danielle! So elegant! Thanks for the inspiration!