Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Turquoise Arrows and Asterisk on Gray

Bold graphic shapes with subtle background colors.  This card is for the "white space" lesson in Paula's Design Boot Camp on the Operation Write Home blog.  I used white (empty) space to draw attention to my focal point with the sentiment circle and the plain gray above it.  At first, I was tempted to do more with the background, but once my circles and arrows were strong enough, the plain gray looked just right to me.  Thank you so much, Paula, for your monthly design lessons!

Edited Dec. 31, 2013 to add:  My card was chosen as the model for this week's Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #205.  I'm enjoying all the variations as OWH card makers interpret my layout! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source peacock (turquoise), Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white, aqua mist (light aqua), soft stone (light gray), and bitty dots (aqua mist) and stripes (soft stone) prints from PTI pattern packs.
  • Circle punches are EK Success 2-1/4", 2", and 3/16".
  • Dies are PTI get to the point and Avery Elle icon fill-in-the-blank.  I used partial die-cutting to lengthen the shaft of the arrow on the left. 
  • Sentiment "Love you miss you" is computer printed in turquoise ink with Footlight MT Light font. 
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." (319)


Paula S. said...

Cindy this is terrific! Not only is it a great example of using white space as a design element you've created a super strong focal point and your layout uses the rule of thirds bringing the eyes directly to your intended focal point. The arrows are a perfect fishing touch as both a fun but also useful element. Fabulous job!

Joan B said...

this is lovely. having a strong focal point always works!

Sybrina K said...

Kudos on being featured on today's blog post. Great CAS card! Love the simplicity of the design and combination of colors.

Cheryl Claycomb Anderegg said...

Congrats on being a sketch winner, wonderful strong design. Love the focal point! TFS!