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More Than a Thousand Words

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Sometimes there are no words.  Whether it be love, loss, or just a note, some cards convey a message even without a sentiment.  This card is clearly an “I Love You” card but, because I’ve used so many familiar icons for Valentines and love (hearts, arrows, etc.) a sentiment is not necessary.

[Editor's Note: Britt used a lot of circles in this card - but can you find the visual triangle that she made in the middle of it?]

Supplies | Cardstock: DCWV (pink), American Crafts (red). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (chevron, glitter, corrugated). Stamp: Jillibean Soup for Hampton Art (arrow). Ink: Clearsnap (Fireberry), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Antique Linen). Buttons: Forever In Time. Twine: Hemptique. Die Cutting: Silhouette Cameo (hearts), Spellbinders (circles).

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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Hey, You’re Awesome!

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Sometimes I find the most striking cards are those which use a very simple design scheme and focus on the sentiment.  Usually, a card’s purpose is to convey a message from one person to another in a visually pleasing way.  It is a pretty simple concept, but with so many wonderful artists interested in card making today, the pressure to use advanced techniques can be daunting at times. This three panel design is easy to execute and can be interpreted in lots of ways.  For my card I used patterned paper with bright, saturated colors, some simple stamping, and one trendy embellishment that gives the card a hip feel without too much effort.  The bold, black matting adds a bit of extra dimension and helps draw the eye in toward the sentiment.

Supplies| Cardbase: DCWV.  Cardstock: Recollections (Black), The Paper Company (White). Patterned Paper and “Hey” Badge: American Crafts (Soho Garden, AC Flair! “Exclamation”).  Stamps: Hampton Art for Bella Blvd. (Sand & Surf).  Ink: Tsukineko (Memento “Tuxedo Black”).  Alcohol Markers: Copic.

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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Love is Black & White

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 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.

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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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Happy Birthday! Surprise!

 

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Designer Britt Bass describes this fun birthday card as her “first really good experience with printable elements”. She attributes this partly to the image quality of the Elle’s Studio images, which printed “perfectly.” Also, Britt believes that using good quality, smooth, and most importantly bright white cardstock to print the elements really made a difference in the quality of the final result.  Using better cardstock also made these easier to cut out using a nice, sharp pair of scissors. The printable elements are more cost effective than their paper siblings (there’s no shipping, and the two-page set was only $3.99) and quicker (Britt had the printed elements in her hands in less than ten minutes from the moment she signed into the website).  Many companies like Elle’s Studio and Echo Park are offering collection-coordinated digitals, and they are definitely not just for digital scrapbookers. Hybrid crafting is awesome!  And, if you really love the collection you can print a digital element over and over – which is a great way to do some card mass-production without breaking the bank!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine “Noteworthy” Collection); Cardstock: DCWV (The Glitter Stack), The Paper Company (White); Paper Elements: Elle’s Studio ( “Everyday Greetings” Printables); Punches: Marvy (3″ Circle), Martha Stewart (Loopy Doily); Tools: Ranger (Ink Applicator), Fiskars (Scissors, Trimmer); Ink: Tim Holtz for Ranger (“Tea Dye” Distress Ink); Adhesive: Recollections (Foam Squares), Xyron (Mega Runner); Other: blue lace trim.

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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