Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Holiday Sentiments, Part 2

Yesterday's post showed a white-on-white layered card with a fresh red and green color combination. Today's card utilizes a similar "stacked" layout to yesterday's...a layout that stacks words or images vertically on a card...but has a somewhat different feel.

Well, different to me.

As you can see, there are four items stacked, just like yesterday's card. But instead of a wide, two-word sentiment, we have one short word. Smaller holly leaves and berries top it, and the base of the design is the slightly wider, flourished image.

I love how this set from Clearly Besotted has two different sizes of holly!

A few things to note. The wide base image lends stability to the design, sort of like a Weeble. Remember how they wobble but don't fall down? The holly points downward and really forces the eye onto the focal-point word, Joy, just as the strong horizontal line at the top of the flourish stops the eye from moving down. The traditional Christmas red of Joy (Hero Arts Red Royal) and the traditional green of the holly and flourish (Hero Arts Green) reinforce the theme and the focal point.

The fact that today's card is a simple, one-layer card makes it ideal for mass production and mailing. The rhinestones are affordable in bulk and add a shot of bling to give the card a little something special, but you could simply stamp the berries in red for a completely flat card, and it would still look fabulous.

Think of how you can use this stacking idea with stamps you already have. See if you can create a Weeble effect. It's extremely fun and, with the right words and images, can result in a lovely CAS card!

stamps: Clearly Besotted Holiday Sentiments
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: rhinestones


  1. Maybe I'm just crazy, but I see Santa on this card. He has 2 little eyes, a curly beard, his red hat says "joy", and for some reason, today he has holly on top instead of a pom pom!

  2. The stacking is fabulous, Susan! This is a wonderful one layer card.


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