Friday, November 19, 2010

Fun with Rectangles

I've been thinking a lot lately about my favorite design tricks, and my conclusion from all this thinking is that using shapes (squares, rectangles, or circles) as key design elements makes me very happy. You can arrange them in tidy grids or rows, you can get whimsically asymmetrical with them, you can pop or not pop them, or you can use one all by its lonesome for big impact.

So, when I decided I needed some birthday cards, I pulled out SU's Stem Silhouettes and Garden Silhouettes and played around with putting the images on shapes.. These two cards are what happened.

*squeal*


Same thing, different colors:


The rectangles are 2 1/8" x 1 1/2" and are, of course, popped up on dimensionals. I stamped each image in a light color first, then overstamped (but off-set) again with a darker shade of the same color. Really, you could just use a dark ink, stamp once, huff on the stamp, then stamp it again. But I had the ink colors so I used them. I stamped the sentiment justified right in gray because black looked wayyyyy too stark and dark. All inks are Memento.

I thoroughly enjoy experimenting and playing around and trying out new things, new products, new styles. But this crisp, clean, colorfully white look is more me than any other.

Up tomorrow, a Christmas card with circles...oh how I love my punches!

Supplies
stamps: SU Stem Silhouettes, Garden Silhouettes, PTI Birthday Basics
ink: Memento
paper: PTI white
accessories: dimensionals

44 comments:

  1. Simplicity at its best! Love this!

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  2. Oh what perfect pleasure! Nothing to mask. Nothing to fussy-cut. Nothing to sponge. Nothing to emboss. And I KNOW those particular stamps produce crisp images. I can hardly wait until daylight to try this.

    Thanks so much for inspiration.

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  3. I really love the look of the double stamping...... Your placement is spot on.....which really makes the difference. When I do this it looks like a mistake!!! OK need to practice..........

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  4. Wonderful, as usual, indeed more than wonderful!

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  5. Susan, these are just gorgeous! I'm totally going to have fun trying this out!

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  6. OH! I have these stamps! YAY!!! Love the way this looks...so, I'm definitely gonna give this a whirl! Awesome, Susan!

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  7. These are lovely Susan, the double stamping and your choice of colours is perfect.
    Another one for me to try as soon as I get the chance.

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea.

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  9. Wow, Susan, I love it when you play around with your ideas. Both these cards are lovely. I love the placement of everything, the double-stamping, and that the colors just jump out at you. What I'm REALLY excited about is that I have these stamp sets and can completely copy you! And trust me, I will! I love these cards.

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  10. Beautiful!! I love the rectangles and the way
    you stamped and overstamped each image.

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  11. Love these...simple, graphic, beautiful.

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  12. Beautiful! My birthday is in February--grin. I love punches as well-always room for one more. tfs

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  13. love!
    love!!
    love!!!

    you are so inspiring.
    thanks.
    marty

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  14. WOW!! This is what I love about you!! Simple, graphic, white on white and just perfect!! This was a great way to start my morning!!

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  15. squeeeel is right!! these are beautiful!!! thanks for the inspiration

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  16. Absolutely lovely! I wish I had those stamps, but I will try to create with what I have. I love the design and thank you for giving us the size details of the rectangles. It helps me so much.

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  17. Fabulous card! The idea of stamping on the rectangles takes away the fear of messing up my card front. Thanks so much for inspiration and tutorial all in one.

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  18. Well, you hit all my buttons. Shadow stamps, bold color combinations. Oh and I should mentions that the top card features my three favorite colors and I LOVE putting them all together.

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  19. I LOVE these cards! Love the 3 boxes. Love the double stamping. Really great!

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  20. squeal! right with you! i totally agree, these look really great. just so pretty, and i am happy for you. i love stamping, even tho i am pitiful at it, so i love looking at your work to keep me motivated, thank you for sharing.

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  21. These are beautiful, love your work and your writing, you make me smile a lot

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  22. Oh my - you never cease to completely blow me away with the elegant and gorgeous simplicity of your cards. All I can say to these two beauties is WOW! Thanks! ~chris

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  23. Love these... I shall be casing them for sure!
    Chrissie

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  24. So beautiful - thanks for the lesson!

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  25. Beautiful, Susan, just beautiful!

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  26. Susan, I just made exactly your two cards from this morning, and I loooove them! It's going to be hard for me to give them away!

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  27. These are both lovely. Amazing how something as "simple" as a rectangle (instead of a square) can be so fresh and different. Thanks for the reminder!

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  28. Holy Moses, Super Awesome!! Bravo Susan, Bravo!!!

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  29. These cards are so very, very, very gorgeous! You're getting a standing ovation from me along with shouts of more . . . more . . . more thrown in among the Bravos!!! You Rock, for sure!

    Carolyn

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  30. Love, love, love the two-tone stamping!!

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  31. Beautiful cards. Love the simplicity but they look special.

    Sally

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  32. Thank you so much for sharing this card - it's beautiful! I needed a card for my friends mom who is near the end of life and I was struggling. Your card was the inspiration I needed. I used Pocket Silhouettes, and backed each frame w/ the stamped color card stock. Sentiment was from Artfully Asian - 'Each day provides its own gifts'. I would not have come up w/ that w/o your example. Thank you!

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  33. Love these...the colors ROCK!

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  34. So pretty with the double stamping and fresh colours!

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  35. Seriously fabby card, I'm squealing too!!!! Love those colours and the depth of your dimensional stamping :)
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  36. Susan, these are 2 of my favorite cards ever. The colors, the stamps, the layout... yum!

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  37. I never would have thought of this and it's sooooo simple!!!

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  38. Gorgeous cards! I love everything about both. The colors are great.

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  39. I found these cards on Pinterest and just had to come looking. I was looking around on your blog and WOW! You have an amazing eye for proportions and colors, I'm just green with envy! I love CAS but can't pull it off ecause I chicken out and have to add something... Anyways, this blog will gor into my google reader so I won't miss a thing. Also I love your sense of humor, I usually just look at the pretty pictures while blog hopping but I'll read and enjoy this one :)

    Thanks for the inspiration! (and I will never look at pears the sama way again)

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