Saturday, October 29, 2011

ZigZag Pattern - Brown, Rust, and Cream

Today's card has a rustic look, with strands of twine and a rust/brown zigzag pattern on a cream background. One of my many "medallion band" layouts.

The solid color card stock is PaperTrey Ink terracotta tile (rust card base) and dark chocolate (dark brown layered under the patterned paper and sentiment). The patterned paper and sentiment are computer-printed on Neenah classic cream card stock. (Details below.) The twine is rustic jute button twine, also from PaperTrey Ink. The circle punches are EK Success 1-1/2" (sentiment with rust border) and 1-3/4" (dark brown layer).

To create my zigzag patterned paper in PowerPoint, I overlapped two vertical "stacked" text boxes of V's in 34-point "Arial Black" font (bold). The text box of rust-colored V's is rotated 180 degrees. By tinkering with the text box placement, and the character and paragraph spacing within the text boxes, I was able to make an interesting zigzag effect.

The "Thanks" sentiment on its circular border is printed with same rust and brown ink colors using American Typewriter font (24 point). For the two dots, I used a colon (:) in very large font (110 point) in a separate text box, positioned over the sentiment's text box. A simple way to line up the dots where I wanted them.

Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (103)

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