Wednesday, December 28, 2016

One Little Thing

Being a minimalist, I am drawn to cards that have just one image and one sentiment, but with such a simple design, there must be something interesting about the image...and if possible, something to anchor the image visually so it's not floating on the card.

Consider this rough draft, if you will:

The added interest comes from the Kaleidacolor ink pad used to ink up the to hot pink to purple. The purple is continued into the sentiment for added unity of the design. So far, so good. But that lantern is floating in space (not typical behavior for your average lantern in earth's gravitational influence), and even if the light were better in the photo, you'd still think something is missing. 

What about a simple purple bow? Yes, the lantern is still floating in space...the only way around that would be to create a line across the card from which to hang it. But the bow adds a bit of dimension and gives the illusion of support for the lantern. The fact that it's purple unites the design even further. 

Sometimes, all it takes is one little thing to bring a clean-and-simple design together. 

On another note, I just read online (so it must be true) that a GoFundMe page has been set up to protect Betty White from 2016, and it's raised thousands of dollars already. This has been a terrible year of loss for entertainers, but the combined mother-daughter loss of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher within a day of each other seems particularly sad. My heart goes out to their family and friends and to all who are grieving loved ones lost this year. 

May all who are grieving find comfort. 

Mercy, grace, peace, and love as we say farewell to 2016. 

stamps: Hero Arts Konnichiwa Lantern, Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental
ink: Kaleidacolor 
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: purple craft floss


  1. It is heartbreaking! All I can think of this evening, is how a young woman my daughter's age lost both her mom AND her grandma in the same week.

  2. I saw the Betty White Go Fund Me when searching for a friend's Go Fund Me, so yes true. I'm not sure what raising money will do to stave off Death, but there you have it.

    Great card with such warm colors. I understand the floating in space thing, I just don't always know how to anchor things, especially something that would be hanging anyway, like your lantern.

    1. I'm with you on the GoFundMe thing. Death doesn't care how much money you have. But it was a an interesting sort of response to the rash of beloved celebrities' deaths.

  3. I have long been your followers. I love to read your thoughts and the way you come to the final images of your cards. But your present post I am particularly close because of the last sentences that you wrote. I this year I lost my brother, he was an architect, a painter, an artist with a big heart. I also want to make this year already ended as soon as possible ...

    1. I'm so sorry for your loss and am praying peace for you and your family. May 2017 bring comfort to you.

  4. Beautiful work! I too am reeling from the losses in the entertainment world, Jo x


Thank you so much for taking time to comment!