Monday, December 26, 2016

Complementary Pop and Thanks for Your Input

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday (we did!) and are looking forward to celebrating a new year full of promise and hope!

Want a simple way to add instant pop to a card? Just use two complementary colors. In today's case, I'm using yellow and purple. Remember that complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel.

Card size 3.75" x 7.25"

Altenew's Simple Flowers lends itself to bold, bright cards that carry high impact with minimum fuss. The images are quite large, as is that word beautiful, so I went with a long, low card and used bling to add more movement to the design. 

The two trios of bling seemed necessary because those blossoms are big. My original plan was to have two pairs of bling and a fifth dotting the eye (odd number, of course), but the pairs simply didn't carry enough visual weight next to those incredibly bold gold and purple blossoms. Adding two more rhinestones meant there is still an odd total number, but they sparkle and stand out more. 

Isn't bling wonderful?

Of course it is.

Anyway, I asked you to challenge me with what you'd like to see on Simplicity, and the answers I got were as follows.

  1. Explain design choices more. As time permits, I'll do this. See above.
  2. Throw-back days: revisit old designs for new inspiration. Awesome idea. Will do.
  3. Washi tape. I need ideas for this myself and will go looking for stuff to share.
  4. Patterned paper. Not likely. It makes me twitchy. 
  5. Fibonacci sequence in design. It's as easy as 1, 1, 2, 3.
  6. Using die cuts. Highly unlikely. I'm a rebel that way. My friend Karen uses them beautifully.
  7. PTI's Doodlie-Do. Can doodlie-do.
  8. Surprises, going outside the Simplicity box. Absolutely!

For those of you who missed making suggestions the first time around, feel free to send some more my way. As one year ends and another begins, it's natural to want to freshen up all areas of our lives, and my blogs are no exception. Constructive suggestions are always welcome!

stamps: Altenew Simple Flowers
ink: Hero Arts butter bar, Archival leaf green, violet, and black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: rhinestones


  1. I love this card with its bold complementary POP! Beautiful work, Susan.

  2. Perfection Susan. Those little rhinestones are the perfect little finishing touch.

  3. Thanks Susan. I'm really enjoying looking at your 'work'.

  4. I have a question for you, how do you decide on bling placement? I made a card that NEEDED bling (you understand) and was unhappy with my placement. I would appreciate any tips. Thanks Liz

  5. Love your card, love the colors, and love the stamps! Speaking of stamps...if I didn't have those particular ones, how could I duplicate them? Mask them with something? If so, what would you suggest? Or maybe carve the stamps?

  6. Whoa Fibonacci is going to make an appearance?!

    Great card, be bold! Make a statement.


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