Monday, October 10, 2016

The Difference Bling Makes

In honor of my friends in Canada who celebrate Thanksgiving today, I'm posting two versions of a Thanksgiving card. These two cards illustrate how bling makes a difference in a simple design, adding interest and kicking it up a notch.

First, the unembellished card.

This version gains interest from the three colors for three elements. The bright pop of gold accented with a burnt orange and dark brown sentiment keeps your eye moving. BUT the design is a bit flat and matte-feeling, so I added some bling to see what the difference would be.

There's more to look at, more movement with the bling. Note there are five total rhinestones, an odd number, and they are arranged in a visual triangle. The close-up photo shows the bling colors better than the full-card shot, and you get a feel for how the bling adds dimension and shine to the flat card.

Whenever you've made a card that feels a little flat or dull, sprinkle some bling around. It makes a huge difference.

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada! Y'all are great neighbors!

stamps: Papertrey First Fruits
ink: Hero Arts butter bar; Memento potter's clay; Memento Luxe rich cocoa
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: rhinestones


  1. The bling was the perfect touch to finish the card!!

  2. Susan, I've been remiss in telling you how much I appreciate the instruction you've been sharing in the past few weeks. You can suggest that a person to do such-and-such, but seeing the difference on a "real" card gets the point across. Some of us need more visual than others. Thank you!


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