Sunday, August 25, 2013

1 Design...6 Cards!

I created these cards for  a friend of mine who runs a local photography business. She has asked me to join forces with her to create some designs for her business. She wants cards to give out to new clients who sign a business contract with her and she also wants cards to give out to those clients after she has finshed the photo shoot for them. After a creative brainstorm session, she has decided that the cards given to new clients need to be simple, yet elegant, a single cohesive design and done in the colors of her inside studio. The cards that will be given at the end of her contract (mostly for newly married couples) will be designed to fit that specific couple...i.e., their wedding colors, their personality, etc. (you will get to see one of those first endeavors in my next DT project for The Piece by Piece!) Anyhoo, here are the first set of 6 cards I created. They are all the same sketch design and color palette, yet different paper patterns and accessories...except the flowers. The flowers are the same on every card. I have used several different papers from DCWV, Recollections and G45. The paper pad used from DCWV is: The Immortal Love stack. The paper pads used from Recollections are: Portobello Road, Regent Street and Union Square. The paper used from G45 is Romantique. I didnt want the cards to be a normal open/fold card. I like to create cards with a twist sometimes. I created these to be a "flip-it-over" type card with a pocket on the back, where the 'thank you' note pulls out of the pocket. I started with a base of chipboard. I used a shape from the Bo Bunny "little miss" chipboard mini album. I traced about 3/4 of the design onto my own chipboard and cut it out for all the cards. I then used that shape to cut all my pieces for the cards. On the front of the cards, their are 3 paper pieces: the top portion is in creams, the middle strip is in reds, and the bottom portions is in browns, which creates the colors from the studio. The back side contains the red color on top and the same brown pattern on the bottom. I didn't distress the edges on these papers as I normally would (with the Prima paper distress tool), because I wanted to keep the elegance of the card intact. I did, however, sew all the edges of the papers and inked around the edges using chalk ink by Prima and Colorbox. In order to sew all the pieces together, I used a brown cardstock by Bazill as my main piece to sew to and then once the ensemble was completed, I glued this piece to the chipboard base.   I then added all my laces, flowers and embellishments.

 And here are the photos:

the back side of all the cards featuring the thank you note

closer look at the back

Here is a link to my 'Simply Design Studios' web site if you wanna check out the photography skills of this wonderful, talented lady! And fyi...she often entertains clients photo shoots locally and around the USA.


  1. Super stunning cards Linda. Love them all!!! <3

  2. Beautiful, simple yet elegant cards. Love your design and embellishment choices. Simply gorgeous.