Lately I haven’t been making time to participate in as many different cardmaking challenges as I used to, and I’ve missed the fun of the variety.  This morning I decided I’d try to get back in the swing of some of them, and I’m starting off on that with the Cards in Envy sketch challenge that closes tonight. The premise of Cards in Envy is to make standard A2 sized cards that don’t need additional postage for mailing.

I stretched the layout for this sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle, and I used a rectangle with rounded corners for my focal panel instead of an oval.  Using washi tape for the angled strips kept the card flatter than ribbon or cardstock would have.  The washi tape lent itself to a monochromatic color scheme.  The “naturals” cardstock has little flecks in it that give more visual interest than a plain solid white or ivory would have.  The brads in the corners are the most flat ones I own.  I decided not to put a sentiment on this card, so it could be used as an any occasion card for Operation Write Home.  Sometimes I need to remind myself that not every card needs a sentiment on the front.

Thanks for stopping by today!  For me, now it’s on to another challenge…  well, maybe bedtime first, and then a challenge tomorrow. :)

Supplies:
Stamp: All I Have Seen (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Naturals White (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: washi tape (W R Memory Keepers); brads, small corner rounder punch (SU); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

6 Responses to “back, in black (and off-white)”

  1. Love this! So stunning in the black and off white and I love that you changed the direction of the sketch for this card! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

  2. ohhhh LOVE the black and white combo!!! so glad you played along with Cards in Envy!!!!

  3. Stunning card! Love the black and white! Thanks for playing along with us at Cards In Envy!

  4. Love the black and white! Your card is so elegant and could be used for many different occasions. Thank you for joining us at Cards in Envy! ~ Marilyn

  5. Congratulations Patricia! Your card has been chosen by the Designers of Cards in Envy as one of the runners up and IN THE MAILBOX! Send me an email at strefger{at}gmail{dot}come with “In The Mailbox” in the subject and I will send you a badge for your blog!

  6. Congratulations on being a In the Mailbox winner, Patricia. Your card is great. I’ve added your card to the Cards in Envy Pinterest if you like to view and follow. http://pinterest.com/songofml/cards-in-envy/

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