I've only tried a OLC once before and it came out... badly. It looked cheap and flimsy, and confirmed to me that layers, embellishments and more is the way to go. More is More! Yay!
But no. LIM is stretching me creatively and I can see from the many gorgeous submissions so far this week that OLCs can look amazing.
I then went and did some googling to find help me crystallise my thinking on what I might like. So, things that inspire me in OLCs:
- Shaped edges, especially a shaped front edge that leaves a coloured inside of the card popping out from 'behind' it.
- Loose, colourful watercolour splodges and splatters with a vibrant stamp over the top. This seems to work best with text or a 'solid' stamp that can hold its own against the background.
- A masked and coloured/stamped strip running either the full length or full width of the card.
- Softly inked backgrounds and/or off-centre stamping.
- A coloured card blank - black, grey, red, Kraft brown... anything that stands out boldly.
- Doodling and hand lettering. So brave! So unique!
- Texture and dimension added through heat embossing, texture paste stencilling, Glossy Accents etc.
- Faux stitched edging to give clean lines, texture and a 'finished' feeling.
After looking online and seeing all the amazing challenge entries already in, I felt really overwhelmed with what can be done with OLCs, and totally inadequate for the task of creating something anywhere near as gorgeous as what I'd seen other people do. I'm certainly going to be practising more of these cards in future now my eyes have been opened to the possibilities!
Anyway, here's my effort at an OLC using Card-io Majestix Oriental Blossom stamps and their 'stamping off' technique to create the illusion of depth, Versa Color chalk inks in Pinecone, Grape, Peony and Green Tea, Promarker warm grey for butterfly shadows and hand drawn butterfly flight lines. It was a fun process - thanks for the creative push, LIM!
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