Sometimes the best cards have the least number of elements. Such is the case with this masculine or appropriate for a child birthday card. It's created using the Builder Wheel system, Designer Series Paper, and a card stock base. A card like this can be modified in some easy ways, which I'll detail later in this post, resulting in several different looking cards using the same layout and supplies. Because May is a HUGE birthday month in my family--my sister, my sister-in-law, my brother-in-law, my nephew, and my other brother-in-law--I need to be able to crank out LOTS of birthday cards.
The color palette for this card was determined by the Designer Series Paper, Celebrations. It combines Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Real Red, and Old Olive. So, let's see, which colors should I choose? I like simple, don't you?
After cutting the Bashful Blue card stock and panels of the DSP to the size I wanted, I inked the wheel with Real Red and rolled it on Whisper White card stock. Mine was loaded with two wheels of Candle Crazy and Birthday in the middle. I pulled out the Pacific Point, Old Olive, and Bashful Blue markers and colored the candles and mounted it on a Bashful Blue mat.
Now, let's talk about some simple modifications that can be made to make this card appear different without creating a new layout.
1) Change the card base color. This automatically makes the card appear different, and you've hardly done anything!
2) Change the mat color. By using one of the other colors in the DSP as a matting for the main image, you alter the card without creating a lot of work for yourself.
3) Change the ink color for the wheel. You could go with one of the other colors in the DSP or use Basic Black.
4) Change the colors you color the candles. I could've chosen to color all the candles Pacific Point, and made the matting Old Olive.
5) Choose a different DSP! This keeps the layout exactly the same, but changes the feel, especially if you choose a DSP that has feminine colors.
6) Eliminate the DSP and roll directly on the card base. Paper, ink, and stamps is really all you need to make a great card!
I hope these tips will help you make efficient use of your crafting time, and let you focus more on being creative.