Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Inspired by Laura. And Kate.


When I first saw Laura's card, I figured it would be one of the most-cased cards of all time. It's so simple, and yet so amazingly beautiful. It's one of my top 10 faves. (One day I'll have to figure out all my favourites and share them - sometimes, you just know a card is going to be classic the first instant you see it!)

Anyway, fast forward to last week, when Kate and her friends were in my craft room, playing with distress inks and stencils. They loved it! Kate made a polka dot background with Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers. That colour combination caught my attention and reminded me of Christmas, and this card has been working itself out in my brain ever since. I love that even though I used circles, I get a plaid or argyle feeling from the pattern.

There are 399 (who, me exaggerate?) of these in my recycling bin. Different sized circles, different orders of colours, but mostly with smudges from the acrylic block. The first 'finished' one ended up like this, with a black Stampabilities sentiment:


It looks better in real life, but it's pretty dark. So I went back to the drawing board (pencilling lines to help me position the overlapping circles) and then stamping a Papertrey sentiment with Unicorn White and embossing with White ep. Still not my favourite technique. Maybe I'll try one (hundred) more time, stamping the colours off for a softer effect? I'll let you know.


21 comments:

Joan B said...

love both of them

richardbreaks said...

Really like the white one. Very rich and complex, while still simple. Really nice.

Lindsay said...

Ohhh, Ardyth, these are awesome! I certainly love the CAS feel of both, but I love the way the white stands out! Great work!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Absolutely incredible! Such perfect lining up - heck even with pencil lines I can't accomplish it. Looks great with the popping white MC

Kate said...

Both are stunners - would like to see the other 399 in your bin to know what didn't work. You're right about the plaid/argyle pattern (which gives me an idea) - not sure I'd have your patience though.

Lisa Lara said...

Love love love this Ardyth. I too fell in love with Laura's card. I want some "just for fun" time to play and try this.

Jenni's Jems said...

Love how the white sentiment pops out against that background such an eye catching card.....and love your perseverance to even think about trying it again !:-)x

Jen W. said...

I cannot believe how perfectly lined up your circles are - they look amazing! I really like both of these. It's interesting how changing the order of the colours makes each one so different. I love that Stampabilities sentiment too!

Bobby said...

It's interesting that something that seems so simple can be so difficult to do. I would have given up after 5 or 6 tries. I'm glad you stuck with it because both cards are terrific.

Lynn said...

I LOVE this...the white sentiment on top of the gorgeous spectrum of colors is perfect. And I feel your pain on the 339 items in the trash. I'd be right there with you!

Jacquie Southas said...

just perfect {sigh}
I definitely like the color balance better on the white embossed card. I love Laura's card, but you truly took the idea and made it something completely different.

Brenda said...

I love them both Ardyth! The colors are great and I love the simple design. Hugs, Brenda

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Such a great take on the card, love the intense colours and the beautiful sentiment.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Jen said...

Absolutely brilliant!

Sheila H said...

Your circles are perfect. I love the pop of the white sentiment in particular.

Deepti said...

How brilliant this is!! Love the cool look of overlapping dots :)

Kelly Griglione said...

I've often wondered why I don't own more light colored inks. Maybe it's because companies don't sell them as much, thinking people will be disappointed that they don't "work" as well?! It seems on every other card I make I'm wishing the colors would be a little less saturated. Stamping off would help, thanks for the reminder.

All that said, I do love how your card turned out, and especially how you were inspired by Kate! Good call on switching to the white sentiment. Excellent stamping. I'm always happy to hear others making more than one or two versions of their cards!

Anita in France said...

Happily sighing, Ardyth ... I do love particularly the white sentiment against these gorgeous colours! Anita :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Hmm both are fantastic Ardyth! Yay for Kate, she has her mama's eye for design I am sure. If you would like I will empty your recycle bin for you! ;)

KayM said...

Oh gosh I just love this Ardyth! The overlapping colored circles with the embossed white sentiment looks amazing!!

Amber Holder said...

This turned out really great! I'm sure it was tricky to do. All those overlapping circles... I'd be sure to make many mistakes.

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Amber
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