I know that I have a reputation for going slightly overboard on my cards, and that they can take quite a bit of time. With work keeping me very busy, I suddenly found myself in need of birthday cards, but I didn’t have time to sit down a day or two. So I forced the extravagant part of my personality to shut up for a change and let the clean and simple gal go crazy. Here’s what I created.
As you can see, it’s hard to keep the card even simpler! But it was really quick to put together, and I think it’s still super cute and fun and will make someone’s birthday. The key here is contrast: the pink bird from the MFT Birds of Paradise stamp set needed some context, some background to stand out against. If you don’t have the MFT Distressed Patterns set I used here, you can just as well create a blotch on watercolor paper yourself, or use a geometrical stamp to create a background.
With the white gel highlights from my Signo Gel Pen on the bird I added an additional element of interest – it’s not in-your-face obvious, but something that adds a pleasing character to the bird. I also like how the matching die set for the MFT Birds of Paradise adds that neat white border around the image, which helps to make it pop a bit bit more.
If I would have paid more attention to what I was doing, I might have actually stamped the sentiment in the same grey ink as the ink blotch, but I realized that too late.
For the final touch, I added a strip of patterned paper to the edge by simply running my ATG Gun along it. I was lucky to have some patterned paper in the same color as the bird, and it just balances the card out nicely. You can skip it, of course, but I think it looks really neat.
And that’s it! Totally quick and easy to do, and also easy to create in batches. I mean, those fun birds really beg for an afternoon color session, don’t they 🙂
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