Saturday, March 6, 2010

Double Get Well

My sporadic blogging is bringing you two cards this morning.

My husband needed a Get Well Card for co-worker large enough for a group to sign.  This is what I finally settled on, but sometimes the design process is so taxing.

Let me walk you through my day yesterday... 

My first thought was to make a card similar to this one. This particular card is one of my favorites. It is a one-layer all-over  9 inch by 4 inch.  One of the things I like most about this card is that the flowers continue to the back of the card. (Flowers and words by Hero Arts)

After I stamped on the white card, I couldn't find anything to like about it.  I discovered this stamp set that I had to have, wasn't what I thought it would be.  I don't even think I like it at all now.  Not only was I going to have to color all those leaves, I just didn't like the flat monochromatic scheme. I set it aside.

So, it was time for Design B.

I thought about just putting a panel of the stamped leaved on the front of a card. I thought I'd bring in more color.
I love using Prismacolor pencils on dark  card stock. My favorite is dark brown. I like to add white highlights into anything colored on a dark background, because I can --you just can't do that on white paper-- and because I like the contrast.

I first stamped the message on the Kraft paper and cut it out with and oval Nestabilities die cut.  When I decided to cut a mat just a little bigger I realized that I didn't have the size I needed.  When I bought the Nestabilities Ovals, I was trying to be practical and didn't get both sets.  I didn't have what I needed so, I tried to cut it out... didn't like that either.  I can cut pretty straight, but I'm still no match for a die cut.  I finally settled on this label tag thing.

I finished the card and looked back at looked back at the mess on my desk and it was then that I got the idea to work with the first card a little more. I added a little glitter as a final touch.  Just a little. ; )

He chose the first card and it's my favorite too.

The second card will go up for sale along with almost three hundred cards I'm trying sell... I now have a page on Facebook Joyful Heart Art and I'm uploading them to my Flickr account in case someone interested in purchasing the cards isn't on Facebook.
I'll add the link when I get them uploaded.

I'm working on Mother's Day cards (gasp) ... Yes, It's that time already!


Monica Hunter said...

Gorgeous work Jacki! I always love green leafy cards, and yours are no exception. Have a great weekend! :)

Amy said...

oh my, I LOVE these cards Jacki!!!! Seriously, the leaves are fabulous!

Krissy said...

I have this same stamp set and I also have a hard time using it. Like you, it was one I HAD to have, then got it home and was disappointed. Your cards are beautiful- they have inspired me to blow the dust off that stamp set and try it again!

Have a beautiful day!