Sunday, January 22, 2012

Kanji "Success" Card

Hi, Marge here!

I need to confess that I am almost embarrassed to post this. Not because I don't love how this card turned out -- I really do! But because of what you'll think of me. You see, my son calls me the "cacklin' crafter" because of the way the ladies laugh and giggle in my craft room. But I'm afraid that you might soon be calling me the "frugal crafter". You see, my first post used a recycled road map. My second post used a recycled bag from a store. And this post uses - well, it uses recycled gift wrap for the background.

But oh, what gorgeous and lush gift wrap it was, and I just couldn't resist. It seemed tailor-made for this Kanji image from Crafter's Companion. This card is just simple layers, with a black mat behind the gorgeous red and gold wrapping paper (blushes again). The bold focal image, Kanji 'Success' is offset by black and gold and cut with die cuts. Would it be wrong to tell you that the gold layer was the lining from a fancy Christmas card envelope that I received? Oh my, you'll never look at envelope linings in the same way again. That's all there is to the basic card!

Sometimes you just have to let the richness of the materials and the strong image carry the design.

I then embellished with a key in the lower right (the key to success, get it?). I added black floss and three tassels along the card's spine.

I really like it - simple but rich, and perfect for a high school or college graduate, or even a job promotion.

Hope you enjoyed the card, and are inspired to check your wrapping paper stash! See you again next week.

Marge Dady


Trena in Naperville said...

Beautiful card Marge!! I thought that was design paper. Way to be green!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

JLJ Designs said...

Beautiful card, Marge! I love the paper - good for you for recycling.


Paula Huiras said...

Love all the recycling-everyone should do that! It is very rich looking and what a great idea for a grad card.

Gvendalen said...

Beautiful card! Lovely paper.

Kathy said...

Wonderful card, very classy.The paper is awesome. Greay job!!!

Stacy H-W said...

I love that you are always looking at things with the eye of an artist!! Great card Marge!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

A true crafter knows to use stuff from where they can find it. LOVE the paper and it is perfect.
Love that your son has a name- My honey does the same thing

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

I love how you use recycled items for your card and I agree with Stacy that you are really an artist! This is an amazing card! LOVE how rich the colors and strong the designs are!