Monday, October 11, 2010

The Rainbow


Sometimes we just need to be reminded... Reminded with a hug, a note, a prayer, a listening ear. Sometimes we just need to know that there will always be someone... Somebody that can give us a hug, a note, say a prayer or lend a listening ear... Sometimes we just need to know that everything will be ok, that the rainbow of life follows the storm...

When making this card, I felt like I was back in design school. "Your assignment is to design something to represent a meaningful quote." Quite philosophical-the black paper is the storm, the acetate the sky, the rhinestones represent tears of sadness, and then of joy. And the baker's twine-well, that represents happiness, the rainbow.


 The JUGS current challenge is to make a card with acetate, and that usually means a difficult card for me to photograph. There is an acetate layer underneath the black panel and in front of the white. I adore the brightness and thickness of the twine (which can be found here! Check back next week, I just might be giving some away for my birthday!)

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (White) Georgia Pacific, (Black) SU
Embellishments: (Twine) Divine Twine, (Rhinestones) Michaels
Tools: (Labels 8 Nestabilities) Spellbinders

40 comments:

Christina said...

This is wonderful, Karen. I love the way you've explained why you used each element, it's like seeing inside a bit of your creative process. This is really lovely and striking!

Tammy said...

I love how the twine is so bold and pops off the black! Well done! Just beautiful!

Ann said...

Amazing, Karen. I love every detail!

girlia said...

Very nice

Kelly said...

A very clever card!

Valerie said...

Gorgeous Karen - this is definitely one of my all time Karen Baker faves!
btw...just saw your green ghosties card on my Facebook feed via PC Magazine post :) Nice feature!

Courtney K said...

this is so, so cool karen. love the colors on the black background.

Sharli said...

It's a wonderful card, Karen! Even before I read the sentiment, I noted the rainbow of bakers twine! Another example of symbolism.

Nice job!!

yyam said...

Classic Karen Baker...I love that you put so much thought and meaning to your cards! Love the subtle use of color through the use of the baker's twine.

Indeed the rainbow of life follows the storm...:)

Michele Gross said...

At first glance I thought it was a pretty card. Then I read all the representations and now I find it fabulously beautiful! Love it and all it represents!

Michele Gross said...

At first glance I thought it was a pretty card. Then I read all the representations and now I find it fabulously beautiful! Love it and all it represents!

Dana said...

The symbolism is lost on me ( ;) ) but the card is uniquely pretty!

Angela Fehr said...

I dream of going to design school! :)
This card is lovely and I love baker's twine too! Just bought three rolls!

kasia c. said...

This is stunning! and so true. :)
Boy, I love your style!

Tenia Nelson said...

This card is sooooooo rad!!!

Lisa Petrella said...

Excellent work! Love the symbolic meaning of each element on the card!

Virginia L. said...

AWESOME design, Karen! Love the "Baker's" twine( do you own the baker's twine? --LOL) and acetate in this!

annieambriel said...

awesome card.. I have the twines too... lovely!

Sally Atkins said...

Simply stunning, Karen. I really love the way each element of your design has meaning, it just makes it even more special.

Fiona said...

Thanks for explaining the symbolism Karen, all that profound stuff is lost on me. (I don't think I'd have got through design school!)
Love the simplicity of this card.

Lindsay said...

What a great card Karen! The symbolism is a fantastic way to convey a message!

Jess said...

I agree with what everyone else has said - this card is just so CAS - love the symbolism which speaks louder than words.

:)

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

I think I will just say "DITTO". Love this card and the meaning behind it.

~amy~ said...

LOVE the card and this post...

Ayana Posadas said...

Love this card, Karen!
The twine looks great! :)

lynn said...

oh, karen, how awesome! and your explaination adds so much to this great card-love it:)

Andrea M said...

Karen, this is a STUNNING, graphic card and I love your explanation!! It really is absolutely beautiful :) What a wonderful interpretation of a quote! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!

Thanks so much for playing along with JUGS - we really appreciate your support!!!

Lisa Kind said...

Love your interpretation of this beautiful quote! Lovely card and great use of the acetate! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

jen said...

Very philosophical indeed! I never liked those type of assingments- always so hard for me to think outside of the box. Looks like you've always been great at them.... :)

alexandra s.m. said...

AMEN to that!
Love your thinking process, fabulous Card Karen!!

Alice Wertz said...

fabulous design, Karen. LOVE how your rainbow. amazing!

Sew-Ink said...

Fabulous! I think it goes perfectly with that quote!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love the story behind this one... and I've put in my wish list for baker's twine, might have just buy it myself... I think the photo is great! Continued birthday cheer from NZ wine country.

wendyp said...

LOVE how you used all the elements! Awesome card, Karen!!!

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Ryann Salamon said...

Truly an amazing card! I love all the little details that went into creating this fabulous little number. Great job!!

Stampin' Pam said...

THe symbolism is magnificent - I have a DD who is an Industrial Designer and I loved every single design project she did in school - yours reminds me of the type of thing she did - I love it. Thanks for making JUGS one of your stops along the challenge road!

Jo said...

Hi Karen, I love the design of this card! It's fantastic. Sorry I haven't been commenting much lately but I am still popping in all the time and you have been making some really wonderful stuff!! Happy Birthday for next week!

Emily Leiphart said...

Oohhh, I love this, Karen! It looks so rich and reminds me of expensive jewellery on a felt bust.

Janelle said...

Well, I'm finally doing some catching up on my blog reading and told myself I'd hold myself to commenting on just one post -- and this one is it. Looks like you learned your design lessons well at NC State! Love all the symbolism in this card and your explanation was stellar. Lots of great cards here -- sorry I've been away for so long, but happy to be caught up... for now. :)