Love is Black & White


 My usual mojo escaped me for this card so I turned to a favorite (and often free!) tool that I’ve been using since I first started making cards: card sketches.  I used the latest from one of my favorite challenge websites, Deconstructing Jen.  Sketches are great for jump starting creativity and, if you often find your cards lack balance or flow, following sketches can help strengthen your design sense.  I find that the more I see good design the more I use good design.

If you need some great resources for card sketches, try Mojo Monday, Pagemaps, and Cardabilities.


Also, I used a non-traditional color pallet for this Valentine because the craft-o-verse can get red and pink CRAZY this time of year.  I like to make a few Valentines that a husband or boyfriend wouldn’t be embarrassed to open at work!  These colors are pretty muted, so it’s important to give the layers some dimension so the card still feels dynamic and interesting.

Supplies | Patterned Paper, Cardstock Elements, Letters: Fancy Pants Designs (Country Boutique). Cardstock: The Paper Company (Black), DCWV (Cream). Washi Tape: Queen & Co. (Black and White Stripe), Martha Stewart (Gold). Die Cutting: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur, A2 Matting Basics A).  Sketch: The Deconstructed Sketch (No.84).

Designer: Britt Bass

Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.

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2 Responses to Love is Black & White

  1. Oak Pond Creations January 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Britt, absolutely love this card. I RT’d it on Twitter. Visited your blog and will become a new follower. Hugs and Happy Crafting! -Kim

  2. ashley January 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    lovelovelove this card! SO pretty but masculine at the same time. (can masculine be pretty?)

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