Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Ready for Spring
For such a simple card, this was really hard to make. I am making New Year's cards since I didn't get my Christmas cards out. This image from Heartfelt Creations was on the top of my pre-stamped images pile and I thought it was perfect for the sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers. Plus I liked the nod to winter with the cardinals and the splash of spring. Dogwoods tend to blossom very early here and I am desperately waiting.
I made the mistake of colouring the image first and then trying to find paper to match. I spent forever going through ALL of my DP. Then I tried to go completely CAS (clean and simple) with a simple white background but it just looked too stark. I hate Blush Blossom, the pink in the background so even though it matched the flowers, it just didn't work. I tried various oval mats but since the image isn't symmetrical, I went back to a rectangle. I then played with background stamps because the uninterrupted blocks of colour were still overwhelming. I must say, I am loving the crackle background, it's so versatile.
Finally onto embellishments. I tried every combination of flower I could think of. I even coloured my Prismas to look like the dogwoods in the image. I tried punches of butterflies and dragonflies but they just didn't go. Finally I found this ribbon. Normally I would never combine red with pink but I was trying everything. In the end I'm quite happy with the card. Next time I use satin ribbon though, I would put it on a cardstock backing first so you don't see the paper levels quite so clearly. Oh well, live and learn.
Challenges this Card Meets:
Friends of Speedy TV - New Year's Card
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Bright and Happy New Year