Sunday, October 4, 2009
Monogram Card #1
Kind reader Amy Kilbreath asked that I show some monogram cards. Way back when PTI released their monogram sets, I ordered both fonts and the Monogram borders set. I spent some time trying to make cards with them and got frustrated, and they've pretty much sat unused ever since. For World Cardmaking Day, I thought I'd give monogram cards another try. I'll show three--each very, very different--this week.
First up is a formal, girly monogram in pink and brown. The swirl is from PTI's Silent Night, which I originally bought just for the religious sentiments (hard to find these days). That swirl, though, has served me well and been very useful.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love PTI?
The card design is a bit unbalanced (too heavy on the left), but I don't care. The colors are lighter IRL than in the photo, so it's not really as noticeable when the card is in hand. I toyed with the idea of adding another swirl running off the bottom toward the right, but stopped myself. Wish I could tell you some brilliant design theory to back up my choice, but honestly, it was probably a combination of fear of screwing the whole card up and laziness.
Just keepin' it real.
It was an okay card until I added the pearls, which really make it special for me. Notice I put three larger pearls and two tiny ones around the swirl. Odd numbers generally work better in a design, and this is definitely a case of four being too few and six being too many.
Simplicity Tip: To add self-adhesive rhinestones and pearls to a piece, I use a craft knife to cut the bling off the adhesive strip and then lift it with the tip of the knife and place it where I want. BE CAREFUL! I haven't cut myself doing this yet, but it's just a matter of time. My tetanus shot is current so I am ready when it happens.
I like the square border with notched corners, which looks so elegantly clean. I cut it out by hand using small Cutterbee scissors. These are my favorite scissors for detailed cutting.
I hope this is what you wanted, Amy. If not, there are two more very different cards coming up in the next few days, so stay tuned!
paper: PTI vintage cream
inks: Versacolor old rose, brown
accessories: half-pearls, dimensionals