Friday, August 31, 2012

A Final Red Snowflake Card and Some Comments

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!

Supplies
stamps: PaptertreySnowflake Serenade and Signature Christmas
ink: SU real red
paper: PTI white; SU real red
accessories: rhinestones

11 comments:

  1. So pretty! I do agree with you - my favorite is the two layer card. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  2. Oh but I love this 3-layer card! Red & white is so stunning. Love the half-written sentiment with it, too. Add the bling, and yes, there's a lot going on here. But it's all good, it's all good.

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  3. And another gorgeous card. I realy like the way you make your cards. My style of making cards is completely different but sometimes, mostly once a week, I make a CAS card. And I have to say that I like to make these cards to, but.....your cards I think are much more subtile than mine. So, I'll keep following you and hope to learn from your examples. Hugs and have a nice weekend, Ankie

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  4. This is a super card and I love the sentiment....that is my choice for a christian greeting.....just love what you have done with the 'stars' - almost regret saying I'm going to buy my cards....but I am.....I want to have a 'Happy' christmas LOL!!
    Have a wonderful holiday time this weekend...we always tried to arrive in the U.S. after Labor Day so we knew all would be back to normal.

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  5. I love this design. So many ideas. Canada also is celebrating Labour Day so I hope everyone has a great long weekend prior to the hectic fall schedules.

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  6. My favorite is the two layer card. I like the three layers too .. but for me the sentiment should be below the matted part. :-) Your cards are always amazing....have followed your posts for a long time now. Cheers

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  7. My favorite is the two layer card. I like the three layers too .. but for me the sentiment should be below the matted part. :-) Your cards are always amazing....have followed your posts for a long time now. Cheers

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  8. My favorite is the two layer card. I like the three layers too .. but for me the sentiment should be below the matted part. :-) Your cards are always amazing....have followed your posts for a long time now. Cheers

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  9. Hi GF! All re-signed up~ Love that gorgeous bright red!

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  10. Heck, I'm going to CASE them all! They're all lovely. There's not a loser in the bunch. As I noted in one of the other posts, red makes me giddy with delight, so I've enjoyed all of them. Got any more? I'm waiting...patiently.

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  11. Hello Susan, I have been remiss of late and I apologise, life gets in the way of fun sometimes:{
    I love your red snowflake cards they are superb! My favourite is the two layer, the white space in it is simply devine!(hyperbole of course!)
    I am also loving your discussions on design, very interesting and elequently described processes. Have a great week, Gay x

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