Sunday, February 10, 2013

Words To Live By

Hi everyone,

Hope all of our east coast  cardmakers are warm, safe, and sound.

Today's Card: Words To Live By

Today's Any Hero card was inspired by OWH Sketch #159 and the Declaration of Independence.

paper: blue, sanded Distress Ink Core, kraft: AC Neutral
stamped sentiment: ???? in Distress Ink Fired Brick
other text: computer-generated in various font styles and sizes (red: 128, green: 0, blue:0)
embellishments: garage sale brads

This card feels like a bit of a departure for me, although I'm not quite sure why. Maybe it just feels more rustic than my usual cards.

The sanding of blue core paper was a happy accident. There was a small misstep that resulted in the decision to distress the paper so the misstep would blend in rather than stand out. I really like the texture and dimension that the distressing brings to the top layer.

There was a shade of Distress Ink core that I would've preferred to use for the center. However, the remaining piece that I have isn't large enough to go through our printer. But, I do like the font color on this kraft neutral.

I played with different inks for the stamped sentiment, different gems and brads for the bottom, and a variety of embellishments for the top. I ended up going with a single stamped star in the top left corner to balance the sentiment in the lower right. Finally, the blue paper is adhered with 3D dots.

The computer-generated text is something I've been playing around with for a couple of days. The full image is shown at the right. When I saw the sketch, I decided to use it as the bottom layer of this card. I initially had another idea in mind for this text. So, it may be making an appearance on another card sometime in the future. :)

In the end, I'm struggling with whether this little card needs something else or if it's okay as is. Hubby didn't have much of a reaction either way.

Parting Thoughts

I had to smile when I read Donna's and Carol's comments about the amount of work that went into the little cupcake card. They are absolutely right! The original plan was to make a simple, quick birthday card for a kiddo -- and then one thing led to another. But, we've all had cards like that, right?!

Stay safe and warm. Thanks for visiting and happy scrappin'!


Angela Boutiller said...

Very nice. So patriotic! And yes, I know that feeling, too!

Linda said...

Nice card...the line of brads is a great touch! tfs!!!

Donna Hanley said...

Great card all the right words.

Carol L said...

It's a great card, and very patriotic. If it were my card, I'd be adding a touch of white, perhaps outlining the star at the top or the letters in USA with a white gel pen!

BobbisTreasure said...

Way to stretch your creativity!!! Love how it is so different from your other cards - great job!!!

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Sybrina! Kudos for making your own background text paper! I think your card is great and is an awesome design for heroes!

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Very nice patriotic card Sybrina. Love the word art you created, nice job. Thanks for playing!