Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our Daily Bread January Challenge for OWH

Once again this month, Our Daily Bread designs will be making a shipping donation based on the number of cards in the inLinkz (only one entry per person!) - ODBD will sponsor one large box of cards for every 25 cards linked to the challenge post, with a maximum of 2 boxes per month.

So, what's the challenge you ask? Make a card using THREE patterned papers. My entry is shown below. [And, I actually think this one has six patterns -- but we'll keep that as our little secret and not tell ODBD!  :) ]

Bo Bunny Snowfall Collection, Hero Arts' A3079 Gratitude Stamp
(This is a card for a colleague at work. But, before putting away all my Christmas papers, I am making some cards for next Christmas using this paper, this design and a sentiment from Isaiah 9:5.)  

If you haven't checked out Sandy's tutorial on combining patterned papers, it is definitely worth a look. (I'm not finding the link right now. But, I'll keep looking and try to add it later.)

Sandy talked about combining three types of patterns: large, small, and tone-on-tone. She also discussed the need for your eye to have a place to rest.

Below are three cards I had for sell at the McGraw-Hill craft show -- each with the same design, each made from Bo Bunny's Father Christmas collection.

My strategy was to maximize the number of cards made from my paper packs in order to maximize profits. So, which two cards did I sell out of and which one did I have lots left?

Yep, the top and bottom went in no time flat. The middle card did not sell at all. I just should have trusted my gut -- I loved the top and bottom cards, but was not so crazy about the middle one. Now I know the design principle behind my gut feelings.

I think the following cards also work because they adhere to this large, small, tone-on-tone design principle.

Bo Bunny's Snowfall

Kaiser's Up, Up and Away Collection

Kaiser's Secret Bird Society Collection

My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose Collection

DCWV's All Dressed Up Collection

The great thing about the ODBD challenges is that we have an entire month to participate. Looking forward to seeing your multi-patterned paper challenge card.

Happy scrappin'!


Kathryn said...

I love that you took time to go back and look at your old cards to analyze them for the patterned paper "rules." Once I checked out the blog posts Kristina Werner did on the subject, I felt like I could make purposeful choices instead of just hope the patterns wouldn't be terrible together!

I like the way of offsetting the circles you used on your challenge card. It certainly brings even more attention to the sentiment!

Verna Angerhofer said...

All your cards are magnificient. What fun you must have had creating them.

adele holcomb said...

Six patterned papers? I think it should count twice! Lovely cards, all!

Ellen said...

Very pretty. Love your Christmas cards too.

Paula S. said...

You did a really good job picking papers for the ODBD challenge. This card is very nice! I'd forgotten about Sandy's tutorial but it's perfect advice about the types of patterns: large, small, and tone-on-tone.

Paula S.
OWH Blog Team

Cherie said...

So many great cards! I'm impressed that your doing Christmas cards so early. All my Christmas papers are already put away. My favorite one is the cupcake. I might have to CASE it.