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Stamper's First Aid...

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Whew!  Are you all still hanging in there?  Are you stamped out?  I'm here with my last post for the day! (For a full list of the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire events and challenges, click HERE)

This last challenge is called the Stamper's First Aid Challenge.  Customers were encouraged to submit a card of their own design that they felt needed a little extra something to really make it shine.  You know "those" cards...we all have them!  Something maybe doesn't feel quite right but you just can't put your finger on it.  Each Design Team member then selected a card to "remake".

I selected this adorable Strawberry Patch card by Kirsty Vittetoe.  I loved her color combo of Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy and black.  So striking!  


Here is my take on her card with just a few revisions.  I kept the strawberries stamped with black ink onto white cardstock, but I chose to add a colored diecut version over top of one, giving the card a little more of a focal point.  When stamping and trimming the strawberry panel, I made sure that the main strawberry cluster that I wanted to feature was in a "sweet spot" -- meaning that it falls at the intersection of two lines if you were to divide this card up into thirds vertically and horizontally (rule of thirds).


I also felt that the red and white polka dot behind the stamped panel was competing for attention, so I moved the polkadots into the background with a more subtle print in the tone-on-tone Summer Sunrise Pattern Pack and matted the panel with a red texture.  And lastly, I altered the sentiment treatment just a bit.  Kirsty had her stamped below the strawberry panel which leaves it feeling like it's "floating" just a bit.  I stamped it onto a Photo Finish diecut strip and overlapped it just a bit with the strawberry panel.  This brings it up and makes it feel like it's more "connected" to the rest of the card design.  You could acheive this same effect by simply trimming a strip of patterned paper if you don't own the dies.  :-)


Kirsty, thanks for the inspiration!  I loved your card and I hope you don't feel like I "picked" it apart!  (pardon the pun!) :-)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed all of the day's festivities!  You can check out Nichole's post to see all of the other First Aid cards HERE!