Hello there, folks!
Today I'm excited to be part of a fun Paper Crafts blog hop in celebration of the new special issue, Card Design Handbook!
Image courtesy of Paper Crafts magazine
The idea behind today's blog hop is to show how a project can go from 'Good to Great' by following the rules of design that are so well explained in this issue! Since Fun & Cute is my favourite crafting style, I wanted to work with the 'rules' of this style.
Some of Paper Crafts' tips for crafting Fun & Cute are to incorporate the following:
:: happy colour scheme
:: sweet sentiment
:: uncomplicated design
:: whimsy [i.e. cartoons and doodles]
:: simple shapes [i.e. hearts and stars]
:: friendly patterns [i.e. polka dots and gingham]
Here is my Before card...
Here we've got the uncomplicated design and cartoon. The addition of a friendly pattern would be nice, but the
main thing that looks 'off' about this card is the sentiment -- the font is a little too fancy for a Fun & Cute card.
And now for the card makeover!
Ba ha ha! That sentiment is WAY better, right? Punny sentiments and Fun & Cute are like the best friends of card making. ;o) I also swapped out the blue covering the card base on the Before card for a slightly brighter blue that's embossed with dots, and I stamped polka dots on the 'sky' to add more of that friendly pattern. I also decided to round the corners of the card to soften it a little.
Isn't that moose extra fun? He's a stamp from Starving Artistamps' Arctic stamp set from the DoodleFactory line, and the polka dot background stamp is also from Starving Artistamps. The sentiment from them is really "That's Amooseing", but I did some selective inking with it and a stamp from Hero Arts to get this sentiment. That super-cute die-cut frame is from a Framelits set from Sizzix!
I hope my card brought you a smile or a laugh today! :o)
For more card fun, continue on to Kalyn Kepner's blog! And here's the entire blog hop list, too:
Chan Vuong ----- you are here!
Angeline Yong Jeet Leen
Lorena Cantó Lavería
If you'd like to order a copy of Card Design Handbook, click here! You can also leave a comment here for your chance to win a copy! You have until Tuesday, August 28th to leave your comment [only one comment per person, please!], and I'll announce the winner on Wednesday! I have Comment Moderation turned on, so your comment will not appear right away. You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on the other blogs on the hop!
Also, be sure to comment on today's post over at the Paper Crafts Connection blog -- they're giving away a fun prize!
Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have a crafty weekend! :o)