(This was scheduled to be posted on Saturday, not Friday. Sorry for the mix-up. There will be another post on Sunday.)
Today's card, like yesterday's, only uses part of the background as a border, but the effect is completely different. It's amazing what a crisp look you get using only black, a touch of green, and lots and lots of white. This card is not the standard A2 size; it's 6.25" x 4.5" and fits a larger standard envelope.
The adorable tiny rick-rack was sent to me by Patti M., along with some other goodies. Thank you, Patti! I like how the zig-zag of the rick-rack contrasts with the straight lines of the stripes. For the same reason, I chose the sentiment (from Hero) because of the flourished Joy.
Three little green rhinestones (colored to match with Bic Mark-It marker) lead the recipient into the inside of the card, which says, "and I find joy with you." Made this one for George, of course, but it would work equally well for my imaginary Latin lover Juan.
George knows all about Juan, by the way. In fact, he's the one who invented Juan in the first place to explain why I was on Ramada Inn's preferred customer list. Really, it was because I worked in corporate at the time and got on every mailing list known to corporate-kind.
But I digress.
Simplicity Tip: Curves loves angles, and angles love curves. This is just a specific example of the idea that contrast makes things more visually interesting. If you're ever working on a card and feel it's blah, you can use this essential truth of design to kick up the interest on your card. If everything is all straight and right angled, try a swirly sentiment. If everything is organic and curved, try something right-angled and straight for contrast. This doesn't always work, but often it's the best design choice you can make.