With my last card for the week, I tried to create a card in a style I am not comfortable with. I’m known more for a Clean and Simple (CAS) style card, or I’ve even heard say, an American style card. It makes sense, that’s where I’m from originally and where I was when I startled learning to make cards.
I don’t know the exact term that is used for what I call the Norwegian style – lots of layers of paper, some extra bits of cloth or something, a picture and flowers – LOTS of flowers. I personally think it’s a mix of vintage and mixed media but I could very well be wrong.
Regardless, I am fascinated by this commonly used style. I look at every card and try to figure out why everything is where it is. I can’t make this style card to save my life. I’ve tried, and I’m sure I’ll try again, but it does not come as easy to me as the other styles do.
But I wanted to give myself a challenge, using patterned paper and a minimum of 3 layers. I don’t think I got as close to the norwegian style as I tried. First, I don’t actually own any dried flowers. And second, I couldn’t bring myself to rip any paper! I guess I like it when things match up nice and even too much.
So, just know that I really tried while I present you with my card:
I know, it doesn’t even come close but when you’re missing some key pieces, it will just not be the same!
I hoped the flowers on the patterned paper could represent the dried flowers commonly used on cards. And I thought this cute little cat holding a flower brought everything together nicely.
I even added some little pearls around 2 corners of each panel! I see pearls are used a lot on other cards so I tried to use them on this one too.
One thing that is similar between the 2 styles is using ink around the edges to tie in the pieces and soften the sharp transition of one color to another.
When it all comes down to it, the cat is the focal point and is just too cute not to enjoy this card!
I hope you enjoyed your time with me this week. Whether we make the same style cards or not, we do enjoy being creative with paper and making things that come from the heart. That transcends any style, language, or country.
Until next time!