Friday, February 19, 2016

Geometric Patterns

Zuzana's challenge to the Daring Cardmakers this week is to use some kind of geometric pattern on our cards. Zuz says:
"You can choose your pattern as a background or focal point. It's entirely up to you."
I wanted to make some sort of overlay panel of "holes" raised above a coloured pattern which would show through, like the trellis window and doors that you get in warmer countries than this one!  

This would have been fairly straightforward if I'd had a suitable die to use, but I didn't, next I checked the Silhouette Design store, but didn't see anything I liked enough to buy - so I realised I'd have to make something myself. 

Google Image Search is my best friend at times like this, but still, it took ages to find something simple enough to make into a template - there are loads of lovely designs, but often too complicated to use on something as small as a greetings card.  I came across the "Flower of Life" patterns and loved the intertwined circles, then found this really simple version which I knew I could use - if I could just figure out how to cut it as a whole card front.  I think I was having a particularly "blonde" day, as it took several attempts before I eventually realised how to do it!

The background, on the other hand took a couple of minutes - just a piece of dampened card, a few scribblings with some Gelatos, then rubbing the colours around with a wet finger until I was happy with how it looked. 
I cut the upper panel to fit over the card, added a matching ribbon and double bow then adhered over the coloured background with silicone glue.
I think this will be good for MiL's Mother's day card, so I'll be adding a sentiment to that effect later.
I couldn't decide whether to add some pearls, but I quite like it as it is - what do you think?
 Tools and Materials
White card blank, extra for upper panel
Gelatos to make water-coloured background on card blank
Matching patterned ribbon
Silhouette Cameo to cut the pattern
Collal 3D glue

It doesn't look as though it took most of the day to make, does it?  Hey ho!  At least I have the template now and I'm sure there are other ways I can use it!

Thanks for visiting, it would be fab if you'd leave a message :)


Cathy Clowes said...

This is fabulous Kathy. I like it just as it is. The background is great and the ribbon finishes the design perfectly. Cathy x

Laine said...

Great die cut detail and colour Kathy!

Anonymous said...

Hi, A beautiful CAS Card, love the pattern and lovely colours.

Hugs Jen xx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a stunning card. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Lea Brawn said...

Beautiful x

Andree said...

A gorgeous card Kathy and a fabulous design. It was well worth your effort and time. The colourful background is lovely xx

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Lovely work, it's very inspiring, makes me want to try something like this with one of the dies that I have.

Dawn Lancaster said...

Fantastic card Kathy! I love the background too! Ver effective!
Dawn xx