"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
I really like this sketch. Simplicity itself, merely a horizontal band in the upper section of the card and a sentiment. I ended my post on Friday with that quote and it so applies to the designer's examples for this sketch.
Check out designer Chrissie's cards for some sophisticated inspiration. She's posted 3 fantastic cards using this sketch. And you will want to know how she created the beautiful background paper.
Starting with an ivory card base - I cased Chrissie's first example, by using a butterfly on the band, but instead of her beautiful (special technique) background I used a paper sample strip. It's gold embossed handmade paper and just right for this card. Beneath the strip is a gold scallop trimmed lace that I've used on several cards.
The black velvet butterfly is backed with gold and little wire antenna's attached. The sentiment was hand cut from a Just Rite round stamp then edged with a gold gelly pen. I decided the sentiment looks better against the black strip then if I placed it below the scalloped edge.
Even though it's simple, it took hours of trying different flowers, stamps, ribbon and punches until I came across the black velvet paper I've treasured (hoarded) for years. The gold and ivory really needed a dark element to add interest. I'm pleased and delighted for the inspiration that motivated this card. Thanks Chrissie for your lessons on "Less is More"
"I want to reach that state of condensation of sensations which constitutes a picture." ~ Henri Matisse
Be well ~ Carole