Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Striking Color Combinations

With clean-and-simple design, striking color combinations are often the key design element that helps distinguish a basic, common design and make it more interesting. Let's face it: there are not a lot of ways to pleasingly organize images on a CAS card. By using exciting or unexpected color combinations, a card maker can keep things simple...yet interesting as well.

Such is the case with today's card, which combines a light pink (lighter than the photo indicates), dark red, and dark gray. It's a fun combination to use on a snowflake card!

Did you know that there is such a thing as pink snow, red snow, or blood snow? The coloring is caused by algae growth. Weird, eh?

I prefer thinking these pink and red flakes are just whimsical!

The snowflakes are arranged in a triangle, which is emphasized by the addition of bling in three sizes. This card was originally a standard 4.25" x 5.5" size, but it looked odd, so I trimmed it down to 4.25" square. The asymmetry of the design looks lovely on a square card.

Every winter, I find myself needing cards that aren't holiday cards, so I decided to make a few using the Hero Arts set Winter Wishes (and an additional small snowflake from Hero Arts CL469). What a nice surprise for someone who's not expecting a card!

Do you make seasonal cards that are unrelated to holidays? Why or why not?

stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Memento Luxe angel pink, rhubarb stalk, London fog
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: rhinestones


  1. This is beautiful! I like to make seasonal cards that aren't holiday specific so I have a longer span of time to send them. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card!

  2. Brilliant color combo, and perfect amount of bling :)

  3. My rule is never to make Christmas cards (which relieves a LOT of anxiety during that season.) However, I love making cards with all of my snowman/snowflake stamps during January and February. I find they are warmly received during those cold months...and they give me something to look forward to after the holidays are over!


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