Hey there everyone! I hope you are having a great day at Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-faire. I’m sitting down right now making a project to hopefully post tonight (if not tonight, then by tomorrow)! I’ve seen so many new and fresh ideas presented by the design team that I’m floored and inspired to create. But first, there’s one more challenge for the night. It involves taking a look back at some of our first cards and bringing them up to date.
Here are some details from Nichole’s blog:
A new twist on the popular “remix” feature we have had every year during SAF! This year everyone has the opportunity to make-over one of the first cards they every stamped!
Look through your card stash or even call your mother or best friend to see if you can get your hands on one of your very first handmade cards. The more *amateur* the better! Your challenge will be to make a new card that is a “made-over” version of your first card. Polish it up, make it current and now, but try to maintain some of the original “threads” of your early attempt at design.
Here’s my choice! Although this isn’t my first card I made using Papertrey Ink products, it is one of my earlier ones I made in 2010. I remember making this card and thought it was so awesome, but when I was browsing my files, I now think differently. Styles and trends have changed and so have I. I used the same stamp set and incorporated similar elements into the design.
The focal point of the original card was a spiral notebook paper. I recall using a spiral notebook punch to create this paper. Today, there’s a die for that! Ha! So, that is the first change I made and boy have we progressed since 2010 to have dies.
I sort of used the same color palette, but I updated it with my current bright and cheery style. I kept the blue and orange theme, but chose a brighter blue hue and added a pink. I felt the original card could’ve used a third hot air balloon and another color as well.
Speaking of the hot air balloons, I also cut them out completely. On the original card, I stamped the basket on the notebook paper and popped the balloon off. I like the entire balloon raised as opposed to a portion of it now.
I also chose to make the clouds a bit more realistic and used a blue hue instead of a khaki hue. We were really into distressing in 2010…that’s evident! I used aqua mist to stamp the clouds, but I stamped off first to get a lighter cloud color.
For the sentiment, I wanted it to pop a bit more, so I broke it up. I stamped it on two lines and added it to a pennant banner I hand cut. I like the way the banner adds another layer and element of design to the layout.
My last update to the card design was to use a confetti inspired polka dot stamping technique rather than a polka dotted dry embossed background. I think this really makes the card trendy and fit right in with 2014. The only thing I didn’t add as a clip and the jute twine. (Sidenote: Who remembers those mini library clips??!!) I felt the card had enough going on without adding those two additional embellishments.Supplies Stamps: Up, up & Away, Polka Dot Basics Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise Cardstock: White Dies: Monthly Moments: Spiral Notebook
So, what do you think? Does my new card look like it fits in 2014 than the original?
Now, let’s see how the rest of the team brought their old card designs into 2014!Nichole Heady Betsy Veldman Danielle Flanders Dawn McVey Erin Lincoln Heather Nichols Laura Bassen Laurie Willison Maile Belles