There’s something so lovely about an Engagement card, I’m not sure if it’s the anticipation of joy for the couple, or the thought of a day celebrating them that makes me smile. Either way, engagements are so special and it’s always a privilege to be a tiny part of that.
This month’s Dream Theme is Engagement and I conveniently have three wonderful couples to make engagement cards for. I wanted it to be sparkly, shiny and a little bit special so I pulled out my beautiful Year of Cheer Specialty Paper and used that as the inspiration for my project. I had also been sent a lovely gift from my Stampin’ Up! upline Amanda, of the Happiest of Days stamp set. Whilst I initially thought this was primarily a birthday stamp set, there are some images and greetings that are perfect for Engagement or Congratulation cards or projects, so I was keen to use it.
Designing the Engagement Card
Often, patterned papers act as my inspiration and had a picture in my head of lots of white space, mixed metals and soft subtle, handwriting style greetings. I had the notion to sew Vellum over the top of the paper. This mutes the paper underneath, so you can get a more subtle appearance. To let the papers shine, I cut it down about a 1cm smaller than the papers to leave a little bit of sparkle and just sewed around the edge.
Then I played with my favourite dies (The Stitched Shape Framelit Dies) and layered them up with the Layering Circles Dies. These two are a huge must if you have a Big Shot and the reason for getting one (among other things!) if you don’t. I used the Champagne Foil for another subtle shimmer and some silver thread behind.
The greeting was from the Happiest of Days set below, as was the rose image. You can see that I stamped the image several times; once in Fresh Fig and twice in Pear Pizzazz and cut and elevated the rose to make it pop.
Finishing Off the Engagement Card
I played around with my background card colour, as I wanted it to complement the subtle colours yet still add something. Fresh Fig made it look less elegant and Whisper White made it look very basic. Basic Grey was better, but slightly too dark and overpowered the design. Smoky Slate was perfect, it matched the subtle silver shine and lifted the white even more. When I found the right colour I sighed and smiled a little, do you ever find yourself responding to your projects like that or is it just me? 🙂
So this is my Engagement card design for this month’s theme. Please tell me what you think in the comments below, I’d love to hear.
In the meantime, you can see the products I used below and I hope you feel inspired to break out some patterned papers and see where they lead you. You can keep going with the Dream Theme hop by using the arrow image or by clicking on Sarah in the link below.
Happy Stampin’ and hopping!