Just Sentiments- Time to Celebrate

Sometimes I need an open-ended card, you know those cards that could be a birthday card, or a wedding card, or maybe a card to give to a friend that accomplished something hard like raising a family and graduating from post Grad school!? Right? how do you get that open-ended card?

Although I am all about creating the one card that will fit well with your receiver, it doesn't always happen so well!

Let me walk you through this process of creating an open-ended card for a loved one:

1. I have a daily painting practice of warming up and playing with my colors. In this case, I used Rose of Ultramarine from Daniel Smith. It's a new color that has intrigued me for a long time so I bought it and played with it! I like painting big (on a 9x12 watercolor paper) cut it down to size for an A2 card size (5.5x4.25)

2. Choosing the sentiment was a no brainer, I got out my Penny Black sentiments and found one that gave enough room for the rose to be the center of attention without feeling like it was suffocating with a sentiment. I knew I needed a small one that would work well with this style of rose.

3. Know your strengths as a card maker. I know that I like to make cards that are elegant, I thought for a long time I would never get that look, and I am happy to declare that I know I make elegant looking cards. I can't help it! It makes my heart happy! When you know your style open-ended cards can come easier than forcing it to look that way!

This Card was a study I painted by the Lovely Loose Floral class Angela Fehr teaches.