Welcome to InkPaperStamps and the Stampin’ Addicts My Digital Studio Blog Carnival. MDS is a great digital paper crafting tool, helping you create digital and hybrid cards, scrapbook pages, calendars and more. My favorite use for MDS, though, is as a design tool for traditional (stamps-ink-paper) cards.
This week, I needed a card for the wedding reception of a long-time family friend. My parents and David’s have been friends since before we born–and we’ve been out of college for (gulp) years.
David moved to Nanjing, China several years ago, and his bride is Chinese.
Keeping with Chinese customs, I chose red, gold and black for the color scheme. David was born in the Year of the Rooster; his bride Meijie has the character ‘plum tree’ in her name. Real Red and Brushed Gold, a rooster amidst plum blossoms. . . . ideas were coming together for this card.
The biggest challenge? Making the card with eight layers to represent abundance and prosperity–a blessing fit for any wedding couple. (A secondary challenge: do it without shredding my entire stack of Brushed Gold cardstock before I was finished with the card.)
In about 20 minutes, I mocked up this basic design for David and Meijie’s card.
More Mustard stood in for Brushed Gold. . . . I expanded the scallop circle punch to represent the large diecut from the Sizzix Scallop Circles #2 die. . . . played around a bit to decide what color each layer should be. . . and came up with (back to front) RR-BG-BB-RR-BB-BG-RR-Shimmery White.
Yup, this gate fold card with a Chinese-style gate medallion would suit the occasion splendidly.
Armed with my mock up, I was ready to cut card stock, without fear I’d slice and dice up all of my Brushed Gold before the project was completed.
Some embossing here. . . a little aqua-painting there. . . a sprinkling of Stampin’ Dimensionals every few layers for heighth. . .
Et voila (click on photo to enlarge, if you’re ready to see one fine rooster up close and personal):
Some paper crafters juggle eight layers with aplomb before breakfast. Me, I’m a clean-and-simple girl. Left to my own devices, an eight-layer card could have been a train wreck.
Thanks to MDS, however, this card honors the groom and his bride in a manner reflecting the longstanding relationship between our families. And my stash of Brushed Gold? It stands ready for whatever the next celebration might be!
So, how do you like Rooster ‘Neath the Plum Blossoms? Wish you could see it shimmer in real life. . . .