This was one of those "have to" kinda cards, like "I HAVE to make that card right now!" Even though it was 10pm, even though the Broncos got slaughtered in last night's game :( (as a side note, I SWEAR I heard my Papa yelling at them from heaven last night! ;) I was so inspired by this week's Tuesday Trigger that I HAD to play! Here it is:
When I saw this I couldn't help but notice the bright colors and the fun numbers pattern. I LOVE using numbers on birthday cards, it just seems to "fit." I also ALWAYS seem to be out of birthday cards! I thought the bright colors would be a good fit to make a card for anyone: man, woman, adult, or child, I think this would be a good, FUN card for anyone. I used my new fabulous new Build-A-Bingo set from TCP! I really think this set will be a major fave. It's just so versatile, and I love the graphic style. This isn't the last time you'll see this set here this week, as I used it more than once on my colourQ pages that you can see on Tuesday! **wink wink**
I folded the DP corner down, for two reasons. One: I wanted to emulate the different patterned edge that the quilt in the inspiration pic has. two: Anytime you are making something this bright, and this busy, you really must create a visual "blank," that is, a place for your eye to land and take a rest. Creating that blank, or plain spot, also helps direct the eye the way you want it to move. Keep in mind that the eye likes to move left to right, as it would when you are reading a book, so if you can create that clockwise flow, you'll find that your projects are visually far more pleasing than if you just laid stuff down. Keeping all that in mind is also the reason I used the vintage gold library clip, instead of black or silver, I wanted it to blend with the kraft cardstock behind it. Just a few tips of the trade, from my old set design and interior design classes!
Initially, I had planned to use a solid, thinner ribbon, but I had this one out already, and when I started fussing with it, I realized that this oversized, striped bow would give a real element of FUN to the card! Something I felt it was lacking until I added the bow. This is a hand-tied bow, unlike many of my bows which are made with wire. I felt the bow should be full, but not perfect, that's why I hand-tied it. The party hat was a last minute addition, but I think it worked beautifully, I used my pennant punch (pennant die would also have worked fine, or you could hand-cut a triangle, no biggie). I added some red glittery gems for the trim and ball on top of the hat.
Well, that is it for me today! So exited to see that I have reached 100 followers! Thank you ALL so much for checking in here. Hope your day is wonderful! :)
supply list: stamps: TCP; DP:MME; ribbon/pennant punch/solid cardstock/inks: Stampin' Up!; mini library clip: Stampin' Up!; red gems: Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards
DUST IT OFF!: Those library clips and ribbon have been in my stash a WHILE, still love them, still use them ;)