My first attempt with it stayed super simple--not even a sentiment. This card is 5.5-inch square, and the ferns, stamped in SU's certainly celery on PTI's white cardstock, are accented with soft green half pearls. (The pearl placement idea came from last year's Hero Arts catalog, I think.)
Nice and peaceful, but a bit boring. As with the big cup of coffee, a good option with the big fern stamp is to stamp it off the edge of the card, creating a more interesting asymmetry, as well as a good place to put a sentiment.
See what I mean? The sentiment is in one of the sweet spots on a card. If you imagine two horizontal lines and two vertical lines dividing the card into a grid of nine rectangles, the two sweet spots are the upper left and lower right intersections. Our eye likes those two places, probably because that's how we read...starting in upper left, finishing in lower right. Sentiments placed in the lower right just feel right somehow.
I wonder if it's different for people who read other languages differently, say, top to bottom or right to left. Anyone who knows, please chime in!
By keeping most of the stamping in the lower portion of the card, there's a sense of stability and calm in the design, so I turned it into a sympathy card with a PTI Mega Mixed Messages sentiment. (Sadly, I have needed five sympathy cards in the last week. This one is going to my uncle, whose mother passed Monday.) I also changed the pearls from soft green to white, for just a bit more subtle contrast, and made the sentiment a soft brown.
The third card I made with this stamp went off in a completely different direction, so I'll save it for another post.
And please, if you can, hug, call, or email your loved ones today. Even when they are blessed with long life, they leave us too soon.
Stamps: Hero Arts three ferns, PTI mega mixed messages
ink: SU certainly celery, VersaColor brown
cardstock: PTI white