Verve Visual Guest Designer

Well not yet?!?!?! But hopefully I have the card that will change all that. Verve Visual issued a new guest designer challenge on April 1st and I haven't been able to sleep since. Seriously, I'm not kidding. I either lay awake with ideas running through my head or I am dreaming about making the card. I actually woke up the other night and thought "How do you dream cardmaking", but this brain of mine wouldn't turn off until this card was made. Maybe now I can finally get some peaceful sleep.

This has to be my favorite card to date.....ever.......... yes EVER!! I have always been in love with my Verve Serenity set and almost turned to it when I sat down, but I withheld. After all, that would be playing it safe and I really wanted to challenge myself to make something different. I bought the Thankful Blossoms set almost a month ago because I loved the flowers. Then when I tried to use them I couldn't get them to come out quite the way I wanted. I normally LOVE to color but these flowers were not working for me. I couldn't get the color choices right and I finally gave up and fell in love with the butterfly and of course the great sentiments. I decided for this card to try one more time and really am happy that I did. I gave up on coloring them and just stamped them on decorative paper and finally got the look I wanted.

I usually follow sketches pretty closely and had every intention of keeping this card horizontal. While I was drawing the sketch I even thought I'm sure someone will have to flip this sketch but I don't think it will work. Not this one, NO WAY!!! Well TADAHHHHHHH!!

I didn't intend on putting stems on these flowers but I just couldn't leave my Serenity set alone. I love, I had to use it. To get the stems to fit I had to flip the sketch. And much to my surprise, it worked. I like the look of this card. I got in a major rut of a one size fits all card that this was such a breath of fresh air. I was worried about ALL the space but it really was no problem. This card is really huge. I used Laurie's dimensions of 3 7/8 x 9 1/4. VERY BIG!!!

So, lets break it down :) All cardstock was SU, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, and Rose Red. All my color inspiration came from the main sheet of decorative paper from My Minds Eye. I used eyelets for the center of the flowers and for the corners of the main image. I wasn't real sure which sentiment I wanted to use. There are so many good ones in both sets that I have. I decided to use two. One sentiments says "Thanks for you Kindness" and the other "You made me Smile today". Mine read's "Thanks for your Smile". I combined them by omitting the words I didn't want and love the way it looks. I liked the "tag" a little askew rather than straight like the sketch. It seemed to fit the space better. Below are a few closeup shots so you can really see the detail. I is hard to see the piercing on the main photo.


Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

This is super cool! Love the piercing, and the jumbo eyelets and the creative way you mixed the sentiments. Great job!

Bethany Paull said...

Beautiful! I like the addition of the stems.

Lorien Clark said...

Wow! That is fabulous. I love your fresh take on the sketch.

sheila said...

Wow, love everything about this card. I'm sure it'll turn heads because it is so beautiful with all the added details.