Sunday Sketch

A trusty sketch is like a great friend - they're tried and true and they'll be there for you whenever you need them.

This is one of those sketches in my personal book of card design. It's simple enough to be incredibly powerful on its own, but it's also versatile enough to work in a hundred different ways.

Start with a double-matted background, then choose a contrasting side border. The more mats the merrier, I say ... or something like that.

The phrase or focal point is then overlapped onto the border, creating a balanced package. There's also room on the righthand side if you want to add a small accent like another image or embellishment.

For my card, I used the last scraps of some of my favorite black, white and cream paper. Then I triple-matted the background so there was both white and cream showing.

The border is single matted, as is the yardstick sticker phrase. If I had used a quieter pattern for the background, I probably would have used a small flower accent in the bottom righthand corner, but this card didn't need anything else, since the flower pattern was so busy.

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