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i love you. i love you. i love you.

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This card by designer Kathy Martin is so full of bright pattern that it deceives the eye into thinking there are more elements on the card than there really are.

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It would be easy for a design with this much pattern to get overwhelming to the eye, but the cool expanse of white that serves as the card’s base balances the busy patterns nicely. It also helps that the elements are all from one coordinating collection – Bella Blvd’s Kiss Me – so the elements have a soothing unity despite all the pattern and color.

The green chevron tape shows here how perfect the scale of most washi tape is as an element for cardmaking. Just rip off a strip and stick it down and you have a super-quick element!

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The card doesn’t just have color – it has dimension too! Layering the chipboard elements gives the card a lot of dimension, first from the depth of the elements themselves and then the depth that comes from stacking them.

Supplies | All products used to create this card are from the Bella Blvd collection Kiss Me. (Ciao Chip, Miniatures Stickers and Designer Tape).

Designer: Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin resides in North Carolina with her husband Dan and her son Christopher. She’s been paper crafting since 2001, and is currently on design teams for Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Designs, Love My Tapes, and Pebbles. When she’s not playing with paper she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, antiquing, crochet and cat naps.


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Valentine’s Day Lovebirds

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How about not one but two Valentine’s Days cards from designer Kathy Martin? Kathy brilliantly demonstrates the current trend of layering with the multitude of elements on these cards – and it all works because she utilized coordinates from Doodlebug Design’s new Lovebirds collection!

121228-February-14-Key One key element to successful layering is dimension. Kathy used a lot of here, using dimensional adhesive to create space between the various layers. This creates visual separation that keeps the layers from melding together into one visually confusing and overwhelming mess. 121228-February-14-Details

The problem with using a lot of paper or cardstock layers is that it is easy for them to look “hard” with all the precise edges, and dull because there is no change in texture. Kathy solved that problem here with a few simple details that make all the difference.

121228-SweetheartThe stitching – on both cards – offers just a small change in textural depth, a softer edge, and some movement. The Doodle Twine offers even more softness and movement to the design, falling randomly down the middle of the card from the bow. Two hard elements also provide depth in different ways. The mini clothespin makes for a big chunky element to contrast with the flatter ones. The small jewels have big visual impact because they reflect light so much differently than the matte finish cardstock they sit on, attracting a lot of attention for their size. 121228-Sweetheart-Phrase


Supplies | All supplies from the new Lovebirds collection from Doodlebug Design.

Designer: Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin resides in North Carolina with her husband Dan and her son Christopher. She’s been paper crafting since 2001, and is currently on design teams for Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Designs, Love My Tapes, and Pebbles. When she’s not playing with paper she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, antiquing, crochet and cat naps.


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