Basic idea: little butterflies from Papertrey's Beautiful Butterflies set for sympathy cards.
|Papertrey Beautiful Butterflies, Technique Tuesday|
One of a Kind, and Gina K Elegant Florals
Here we have a trio of little butterflies in a hedge of greenery...soothing, soft, and pretty. I wanted to put a metallic line across the division of stamped background and bottom white space, but the gold was too meh, the silver too bright, and neither worked. After looking for ribbon (no good colors), I decided on a bold strip of StampinUp old olive to provide an anchor and support for the design. It was a compromise that works for me. Sort of.
This variation isn't bad, but it doesn't really feel like a sympathy card to me. It might work better as a get-well card or thinking-of-you card with the current colors. If the colors were brighter (hot pink and orange, or pinks and purples), it might even work as a birthday card.
But it doesn't feel like a sympathy card to me.
Variation #2 (With Bonus Variation...Two-fer!)
|Beautiful Butterflies again, with sentiment|
from on of Uniko's Flower Power sets
My reaction to the dissatisfaction of Variation #1 was to strip everything to bare minimums except the idea of three butterflies. As you might imagine, these two monochromatic and super-CAS cards make me the happiest: clean and simple in the extreme, with a fabulously soft gradient to add to the upward movement. The curlicues on the butterfly wings work well with the Uniko sentiment.
Yep. These are better.
|Same stamps as first card.|
Finally, I tried to strike a balance between the busyness of Variation #1 and the minimalism of Variation #2. The third card uses the same elements as #1 but stripped and simplified. The sentiment makes sense quite literally at the bottom of a vertical card, and the branch rises up from the sentiment to send off the upwardly mobile butterfly. Sweet. Sad. Sincere.
Also crisp and clean.
And that's all I have to say about that.
My critique of these three cards is, of course, simply my opinion. What's yours? Does one variation appeal to you more? Do you like any of them? What works for you and what doesn't?
Inquiring minds, and all that....
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: craft foam, rhinestones, glue