This card, which was actually the first of my red snowflake cards I made because I happened to have a strip of white card stock lying on my desk. THREE layers, because it really seriously needed the red mat.
After making this one, I made the two-layer red snowflake card, and then I made the one-layer card. I made a fourth card, even more minimalist, but it's ugly and unbalanced and I shall not post it.
This girl's got standards.
But I often start with a more complicated idea (well, as complicated as we get around these here CASland parts) and gradually strip the idea down to its minimalist essence. In this case, between the three acceptable cards, my favorite is actually the two-layer card, closely followed by the one-layer version. The three-layer is nice, but it's too much.
You are, as always, entitled to your own opinion.
The comments on the last post regarding religious and non-religious sentiments for holidays cards were wonderful. Thanks so much to you all, but expecially to Sarah, Joyce, and Harriet, who let me know that I do, indeed, have Jewish friends in Cyberspace. That makes me happy. Very happy. Sometimes I really love the internet.
Tania reminded me in her comment that a nice font can trump the actual words, too. Size and style of font has to coordinate with the images to create a nice, balanced design. I sometimes change the sentiment for that reason and no other!
In the card above, I chose the sentiment for its size and the fact that its visual weight was about equal to the snowflakes, but its orientation was horizontal, like the strip of red card stock. Looking at the photo, I want to add bling near the sentiment, perhaps two small rhinestones on either side of "blessings."
But maybe not. There's quite enough going on here!
Anyway, thank you all for your comments, and have a wonderful weekend. Americans are celebrating Labor Day this weekend. May your holiday be safe and fun!
stamps: PaptertreySnowflake Serenade and Signature Christmas
ink: SU real red
paper: PTI white; SU real red