Hello, Bazzill friends! This is Jennifer Ingle with you today sharing a fun holiday card along with some tips on keeping the color process nice and simple AND incorporating texture into your projects using dry embossing!
Being a clean and simple designer, I often use things like color and texture to add pop to my designs without a lot of fuss.For this card, I incorporated a bit of both!
When choosing colors for a design, I like to keep it pretty simple. There are two principles I have used to bring the color story to this card today. First, it should be known that I LOVE neutrals! I use white. A lot. And I love white. Other neutrals, kraft, black, navy, for example, appear often in my work as well. Beginning with neutrals gives you all kinds of space to play with color. They provide a sort of home base, a foundation for your design. The next design principle I often use when determining color is the Gallon, Pint, Ounce principle. No, unfortunately, you won’t end up with cupcakes, but you WILL end up with a very balanced design. This principle suggests that you use a ‘gallon’ of one color, a ‘pint’ of the second, and an ‘ounce’ of the third. In other words, lots of the first, some of the second, and just a touch of the third. In the card you see above, I have used a gallon of red, a pint of kraft, and just an ounce of navy blue to create a balanced design. While one could consider white in your gallon, pint, ounce, because it is a straight neutral, you really don’t have to. Again, it’s our foundation more than anything.
To add texture to my card, I used two different kinds of dry embossing. I love how beautifully Bazzill Card Shoppe and Bazzill Smoothies papers emboss. I created the striped embossed background, adding subtle texture without a lot of business, using a fabulous embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers. I also used some great Spellbinders dies that both cut and emboss to give the stars more interest. I also layered my die cut over Bazzill Self Adhesive Foam for a great dimensional look that holds up wonderfully in the mail!
I hope these ideas have given you some confidence in both color and simple texture! Happy Crafting!
Supplies: Bazzill Basics Red Self Adhesive Foam, Bazzill Basics Card Shoppe Wax Lips, Bazzill Basics Smoothies Coconut Swirl, Bazzill Basics Classics Kraft, We R Memory Keepers Stripe Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Sapphire Star Dies, Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Ink, Simon Says Stamp Happy Die