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Old 05-30-2007, 12:58 PM   #1  
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Default taking your cards from cute to classy.

Lately, I have realized that my cards are cute.
I would like to make them more classy, elegant . . . . . ya know?

I am placing a large order next week, and am focussing on getting color families OTHER then the BB (which i must admit, i ALWAYS use) . . . .


How do you make your cards more elegant?

What are your favorite elegant colors?

I feel totally obsessed with this right now, and I can't think of anything but SU! right now!

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I should also add . . . .

I do like cute.

I like it a lot.

But I also want to make pretty, classy and elegant . . . .

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I'm subscribing, I need help in this area too!
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Ok, so I am totally new to stamping and to SU. The other night I made a card using the K and CO matting paper that I bought at M's.The color is brown with subduded pastel circles. I used a piece on some confetti cardstock leaving about an 1/8 inch border. Then I used doodle this large flower with versamark. Then I sprinkled pink embossing powder in it. It came out really nice. Not too cute and I think its more calssy than not.
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I am the opposite. I find elegant cards easier to do than the cute. I like the Rich Regals and Soft Subtles. I use ribbon, grosgrain and organdy. I like more elegant sets as well. That is half the battle right there. Think Wild Rose, Baroque Motifs (preview mini), Natural Beauty. If you want classy I would stay away from bling and be more understated like tone on tone backgrounds and subtle color variations. Build up layers too.

I remember a while ago I found the galleries of flaxychick and waxyo. I can't remember if they are both elegant but I know at least one of them is. I don't have much in my gallery but I have one elegant card I made with Gentler Times.

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it could be that it is just YOUR STYLE!

(this is me)

i thought the same thing... that maybe i 'needed to evolve'. but have just realized that my style is different than others.

some times i make a card that seems really 'classy'- but still it is pretty simple. maybe it is just me... i HAVE evolved and i am still a pretty simple kind of girl.


in the end... you need to do what you like and enjoy doing!!! if it is cute- than there it is. if it is more elegant- than there it is.

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Just my opinion, but I would start by finding those stampers whose work I admired and wanted to emulate. Study their work and take note of the small things they do. Do they use a lot of layers or simple one layer cards? What are their backgrounds like? How do they incorporate embellishments? What type of images are they using? All of these factors can change a cutesy card into a classy elegant card. Practice what you see and what you like. Take a few elements from each and incorporate them into your stamping and then practice some more.

I'm sure someone else has some other ideas and thoughts that have worked for them. One thread that I have read over and over again and still refer to quite often is one started by JanTink some time ago:

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=141484

It doesn't quite relate to your question, but it does have some excellent information well worth bumping back up!
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Elegant and cards with class to me are simple, rich in color, and not too busy. I love a elegant card. I love burgandy, navy, olive green, greys, black, beige or tone on tone whites.

When I make cute cards I just never seem to like them as much as the "simple elegance" type.

They also are not overloaded with embellishments, having only one embellishment if any at all.
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Lately, I have realized that my cards are cute.
I would like to make them more classy, elegant . . . . . ya know?

I am placing a large order next week, and am focussing on getting color families OTHER then the BB (which i must admit, i ALWAYS use) . . . .


How do you make your cards more elegant?

What are your favorite elegant colors?

I feel totally obsessed with this right now, and I can't think of anything but SU! right now!

Help me!
My most colors of all for making elegant, classy cards are white or cream!

My favorite paper? Fabriano Mediovalis Folded Reply Cards and Arturo Note Cards. Their paper literally gives me heart palpitations! LOL!

I have found that when I make one layer cards, using the above as my foundation, the design naturally takes on a more elegant/classy aura, and makes boutique chic a snap!
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Just my opinion, but I would start by finding those stampers whose work I admired and wanted to emulate. Study their work and take note of the small things they do. Do they use a lot of layers or simple one layer cards? What are their backgrounds like? How do they incorporate embellishments? What type of images are they using? All of these factors can change a cutesy card into a classy elegant card. Practice what you see and what you like. Take a few elements from each and incorporate them into your stamping and then practice some more.

I'm sure someone else has some other ideas and thoughts that have worked for them. One thread that I have read over and over again and still refer to quite often is one started by JanTink some time ago:

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=141484

It doesn't quite relate to your question, but it does have some excellent information well worth bumping back up!
Great advice Sherry! Thanks!
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I think using organdy ribbon has a more elegant look than other types of ribbon.
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Thanks for mentioning me, mazzygirl!

My style really varies - especially these days - but to be called "elegant" or "classy" is a huge compliment...sometimes my style borders more on vintage or old-fashioned...but I do think the two styles have a lot in common! I think your image choice is the main thing, and then keeping your layout and borders clean and simple. I like to throw in a touch of black or chocolate brown - both help ground images when they seem like they're floating. Black organdy ribbon, to me, is about as classy as you can get!

Fun thread...I'll be checking back in to see what everyone else has to add!
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The stamp set Heartfelt Thanks is very elegant. Perfect for birthday, sympathy and thinking of you cards. I tend to go with Rich or soft tones for my elegant cards. I like my girly cards, but find more of the elegant ones sell. Adding extra layers, ribbon, piercing, stickles or embossing all add that extra little something perfect for elegant cards.
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The classiest most elegant cards I see or try and emulate, are the ones that have very clean crisp lines. genie1314, and JulieHRR are great examples of this style. I also love the stamps that aren't all fuzzed out, but very simple lines, crisp. I agree that not alot of colors is good, and using the ticket corner punch on two pieces of paper with a 1/16th of border really makes a card look sharp. Also, Anna Griffin has a stamp set that I use for alot of my cards that has Congratulations, Best Wishes, With Sympathy etc, and it really has a classy elegant style to the typeface. Anyway, check out the two stampers mentioned above, they are my faves, and are very inspiring. They also have links to cool stuff.
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Gee, and I have trouble making cute cards. They just never work out the way I want. I wouldn't call my style particularly elegant or classy, but I think it's getting there. I agree with previous comments. Browse through the galleries of the above mentioned and favorite anything you think is elegant or classy and try to copy it. I should take my own advice, maybe then I won't have so many disasters LOL
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My most colors of all for making elegant, classy cards are white or cream!

My favorite paper? Fabriano Mediovalis Folded Reply Cards and Arturo Note Cards. Their paper literally gives me heart palpitations! LOL!

I have found that when I make one layer cards, using the above as my foundation, the design naturally takes on a more elegant/classy aura, and makes boutique chic a snap!
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I'll put in my 2 cents worth here, as elegant cards are near and dear to my heart -- doing an elegant card probably comes easier to me than any other type. I LOVE to do wedding cards. I have far more wedding cards on hand than weddings to attend -- LOL!!! Just off the cuff, when I set out to make an elegant card, these are things that I often incorporate:
  • Organdy ribbon, very often doubled up with satin ribbon -- love that combo!
  • Various shades/combinations of whites and ivorys, often dressed up with a subtle Pearl Ex glimmer or perhaps a Brillance Pad in a pearly tone.
  • Soft, muted colors -- I prefer the Soft Subtle type of shades, or soft, muted earthy tones.
  • I like a little something shiny -- not gawdy bling, but perhaps a strand of silver or gold cording, most often hanging down in a beautiful drape. Then perhaps a bit of gold or silver embossing, like the sentiment perhaps.
  • Depending on the style, I often like long, drapey ribbons hanging down, again, organdy and satin combined.
  • A simple layout, and as I think of it, I would have to say some of the most elegant cards I have done actually have very little stamping on them -- never thought of that before, but it's certainly the case!!!
  • I also love the Cuttlebug with the Textile Embossing Folder for elegance.
  • Anyway, that's my take on elegant!!! Fun thread!!!
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you've received some great advice so far. Look in the gallery at cards you feel have the classy look you are going for. You might notice color combinations-many times they are monochromatic), embellishments (I'm a ribbon addict), layering, stamp-style, and use of white space. I find after I case a few cards, then I learn those techniques or layouts, and then after awhile I become more comfortable with them.
I notice in your gallery that you are embossing, which I think really adds a bit of classy/elegance. You are on the right track- keep up the good work, and keep on posting
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*Waves* to Tonica! Get a nice floral/nature set. Lovely as a Tree is my favourite for really easy elegant cards - check out the gallery, there are so many lovely ones there. I too love the BB but I find the SS are my favourite for making the more "elegant" type cards.
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I think Julie's advice is (as always) right on the money.

That is, if you want an elegant card, use the best materials available.
So go for the good stuff! The simple but beautiful charm, the rich satin ribbon. Really good paper is absolutely essential. Paris designers don't make dresses from cheap material for a reason. No amount of skill can surmount inferior materials.

And look at commercial cards - after all they are often designed by people with degrees in graphics/or design. Think about what makes elegant design. Balance and symmetry? (not that I spelled it right) Formal colors? When you think whites and creams, don't you think of a formal ELEGANT wedding? What comes to mind when you see an ELEGANT wedding cake?

Focus on a few items or themes that personally appeal to you and start your design there. And go for elegant.

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My most favorite colors of all for making elegant, classy cards are white or cream!

My favorite paper? Fabriano Mediovalis Folded Reply Cards and Arturo Note Cards. Their paper literally gives me heart palpitations! LOL!

I have found that when I make one layer cards, using the above as my foundation, the design naturally takes on a more elegant/classy aura, and makes boutique chic a snap!
Ugh. To my credit, I can (on a good day, and without a broken "O" key) type 130 wpm; but, when the brain, err cough-cough *my* brain, to be specific, cannot keep up, things are inadvertently omitted . . . Apologies.
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In my opinion you are what you are! That isn't bad a bad thing. What comes naturally to you you should go with. IF you force yourself it won't be as much fun just let your creative juices flow. Like so many talented gals have said browes the gallery and fine what you consider classy/elegant and emulate. The most important thing is to have fun!
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Interesting thread...some great advice here.

When I think classy cards, I think of cards not too busy, clean crisp lines, simple design with only a few embellies on it...cards that are not too "busy if you KWIM.

There is defiitely a lot of talent here to emulate so check out the gallery and find some that appeal to you to CASE.

I love cutesy and classy...its great fun to switch back and forth in styles and colors.
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Great advice so far...
To me a classy, elegant card also takes into account the purpose of the card and the audience (recipient). To me, a sympathy card is always going to be a classy card. A formal thank you card is a classy card, a dignified person's birthday card should be elegant, etc. So taking design inspiration from that, for me, requires quality product in non-trendy colors, understated embellishment, nothing tilted or smudgy or off kilter, and a central image that is not inappropriate.
I also think a classy and elegant card should appeal to adult men & women equally.
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If I am making a birthday card for a child, it will be colorful and busy but a 50th anniversary card or a birthday card for an adult card would be something else. Naturally, a symphaty card would be more muted and elegant too.

So - it all depends on the recipient and the occasion.
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I too think of the more muted papers and less embellishments. One SU set that I really like is Natural Beauty. It is retiring I believe. It's very versatile. I've even used it on some vintage style bookmarks that are collaged.
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Thank you so much everyone!

I am just cleaning and sorting my crafting area, getting my growing list for my next order ready, and thinking about everything that is said. . . .

I am planning on crafting this weekend, and I can't wait!

I will take everything said into consideration, and see what i can come up with!


Thanks again, and happy thursday!
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Thank you so much everyone!

I am just cleaning and sorting my crafting area, getting my growing list for my next order ready, and thinking about everything that is said. . . .

I am planning on crafting this weekend, and I can't wait!

I will take everything said into consideration, and see what i can come up with!


Thanks again, and happy thursday!
Show & tell, mebbe? When you're finished?
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