I tend to make most of my decisions based on a combination of both gut feelings and intellect, and that is exactly what I did as I designed the card for this post. The Case Study Challenge # 87 features an inspirational card by Laurie Schmidlin, which has a very funky design that I love. It's both romantic and fun. On the other hand, the Card Positioning Systems challenge CPS #261 sketch provided me with the structure for my design. Although I flipped the sketch sideways and adapted the oval, the sketch is the same. I combined both challenges, and came up with this structured, yet funky and romantic card for my wife.
I used half of a lime green sheet of card stock to make a card base, and textured it with a Fiskars Embossing summer plate. I edged it with both orange and red Color Box ink pads. Then, I cut a square from a K&Company Urban Rhapsody page that has a funky word and arrow print, as well as the right color scheme to pull my design together. For the long band in the sketch, I used a tag from a K&Company handmade die-cut cardstock set and tied a brown bow to it. I really like the tag, because it has the feel and funky lettering style of the inspirational card. I positioned the tag so only the word "wonderful" in the background is visible. I used negative space to simulate the oval shape by using photo corners on a photograph of my wife. The photograph, which I took last summer during an evening boating at Lake Amistad, has a very romantic feel with the silhouette of my wife's head and the sunset in the background. She's the "heart" in my card!
Although a little tricky, this was a fun card to make and I really like the way it turned out. Hopefully my wife will like it too. You are cordially invited to join my blog and/or leave a comment - that always makes my day. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!