happy birthday thinlits

I made 32 of these cards in varying color combinations for the birthday card ministry at our church. I think the recipients will enjoy getting one of these cards – and I know that I liked making them. I had lots of fun busting out some nice bright colors while making these cards – it was a nice break from the full-on Christmas crafting that I’ve been doing for a while. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love creating for Christmas (in fact, it is my favorite paper crafting holiday). But every once in a while you need a break so you can further enjoy what you love. KWIM?

I used this current sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch! site as the inspiration for my card design. I rotated the layout 90° to have a vertically oriented card. For the diagonal pieces, I actually cut a 3″x3″ piece of DSP and put the triangles in the corners of a piece of white cardstock that I used as a layer to build on. It was a great way to use up some DSP without creating waste, since the paper is 6×6, so you get 4 cards out of one sheet. Love it!

I used a color wheel for selecting the combinations that I used. All of the cards had a white base and black mats for the layers. For some color combinations I went with a triadic approach, and for others I went for a split compliment. Here are some of the color combinations that I used (the first one is the card shown here):

I definitely encourage you to do some experimenting with color combinations. I recently purchased a color tool for quilting, but this set of cards was the first project that I tried it with. I really had fun with this, and I think you will like it, too. And don’t worry if you create something that you don’t like – it’s only paper, so it’s not a big waste of $$ to start over again.

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