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OWH Design Bootcamp – Creating Relationships


The latest Design Bootcamp is up at Operation Write Home. It’s all about creating strong relationships with design aspects of your card.

Our homework was to, if possible, look back at a previous design and see what we could do to create a better design. I’ve actually already done this with a previous Design Bootcamp – Focal Point. I created this card originally –

I love rainbow order / ROYGBIV. I tweaked a pinwheel design and then added the squiggle strip to reinforce the colorway that I used. Even as I looked at it at the time, I knew something was off. It needed an extra bit but as I’d looked at it so long, I couldn’t see what it was.

In the end, the pinwheel and the squiggles were competing for attention. Paula suggested getting rid of the squiggles and replacing it with a black strip and brads. She was right.

Now, my card for today utilizes the squiggle strip that I’d cut off of the original card.

I used that as the base design element and used four diecut christmas light bulbs to create a pinwheel that could be layered on top. I stamped a simple sentiment and layered it on black as well. I think that the tilted placement of the pinwheel sort of leads the eye to the sentiment, thereby creating a strong focal point. I followed the rule of thirds with the placement of the strip and pinwheel. I used variation with colors and shapes.

Wausau Fleck cardstock, Xerox Flecs Cover, black from stash & TPC Corduroy. DP from DCWV The Stack. Solid colors from Colorbok. Brads from Recollections. Sentiments from TPC Studio Cupcakes & Whimsy Greetings in Memento Black. Squiggles from Doodlebug set in Distress Inks Barn Door, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans.

Focal Point Challenge Card Update


This ties in to my card from yesterday. The card was submitted to the OWH Design Bootcamp – Focal Point.

Paula is the most polite Drill Sergeant I’ve ever had. I was in the Army National Guard. I know all about Drill Sergeants.

She commented that even though I thought something was missing, perhaps removing that squiggle strip and replacing it with 3 embellishments on the lower right might be the thing to do.

I cut off the lower portion of the card – I like that squiggle strip but it was the wrong thing for this card. I adhered the remains of the card to a new base, added a new black strip to level out the playing field and then added 3 brads from Recollections. (3, not 4 because things look bettter in odd numbers.) This allows the pinwheel to be even more of a focal point than it was.

If Paula wanted to have a bootcamp class and it was anywhere near me, I’d sign up in a heartbeat. I’ve got lots of learning to do, I’m not even half a year old yet.

The Color of Money


Really – the paper I used with these cards is the green of money. 🙂

As I’m making an effort to use all the paper that I pull out for a card, rather than putting remnants of it back in its pad or pack, I decided to match these green and white prints with black.

I made several of these, alternating the prints vertically and horizontally. Sizes of the pieces were all different.

These two were one offs.

Wausau Fleck Cardstock, Patterned is from Me & My Big Ideas Family Pack. Black is No ID. Sentiment is Studio G Kolette Hall in Memento Tuxedo Black.

*Update. I actually made these cards a few days ago. I was just putting cardfronts onto card bases and decided to heat emboss all the “thanks” that were stamped on single layer paper. It adds a little something to each card.

**I say single layer paper because the first one I tried to do post cardfront construction caused much waviness of paper due to adhesive underneath.

Another Color Theory Card with OWH


Well, the Color Theory Design Bootcamp at Operation Write Home certainly makes it easy for me to stick to my “Card a Day on the Blog” Resolution. 🙂

Today’s card follows the idea of Complementary Harmony – colors that would be opposite each other on the color wheel. I chose purple and  green.

Purple is from Core-dinations Lap of Luxury Pack, Patterned is from Me & My Big Ideas Family Pack. White is Wausau Fleck Cardstock. Sentiment is from Word (Bradley Hand ITC 36pt Bold). Fiskars Corner Punch.