There are times when I like the matching die sets more than I do the stamp set. The Dandy Wishes dies I used in this card are one of these times! I had a Demonstrator swap due and the theme was Sympathy cards. I wanted something cheery but simple. The graphics in these patterns from the Dandy Garden DSP really caught my eye the first time I looked at this paper set. I always think there is a lot of potential with monochromatic graphic paper designs.
By using the two patterns in the paper and piecing them, I was able to make enough cards the swap required with a 6″ x 6″ DSP paper stack. I simply cut the paper to the width I needed and cut each of those pieces in half and then pieced them to make the background. The ribbon hides the seam, mostly!
All the contrast for this tone on tone paper is provided by the ribbon trim, the die cuts and a layer behind the sentiment. Using a “dark-light” combination makes the contrast dramatic and eye-catching. A couple of enamel dots and the card was done! It’s understated enough for a sympathy card with just enough whimsy to make the recipient feel a little cheer.