Saturday, 5 December 2015

MCV31 - Joy


This is my card for this week's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge where Chriss gave us this inspiration:



And it is a testament to how one small detail can really change how you feel about a card.

I started by cutting a 4x4 black panel and inlaying a Simon Christmas Tree die in white. I then cut a bunch of ornaments using a Stampin' Up Sizzix die and mirror cardstock. I was put it together and it felt blah and dull. Like I had done it before. I didn't have a sentiment and there really wasn't a place to put it that wouldn't throw the panel out of balance. And then inspiration struck! I used an MFT Snowdrifts die to cut an asymmetrical curve, leaving enough room for my simple (unknown) sentiment without sacrificing the graphic look and feel. In fact, I think it enhanced it. Thoughts?

I focused on Chriss'
-colour scheme (white, black with red and gold accents)
-use of white die cuts on a black background
-one word sentiment

ETA: Thanks, Sarah - also linking up to ATCAS.

22 comments:

Gabby said...

TOTALLY LOVE this inspired card! When I saw it, I immediately felt the simple "joy" it was meant to convey. Love the b+w and that you used the top piece after cutting the snowdrift. Sure wish I had the tree die, it's awesome. Great card, Ardyth! :)

Gabi MeWi said...

Love this cas-tree...

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Simply stunning, CAS and striking! Perfect combo of style and colour! Why not link up at ATCAS too as our codeword is joy! Sarah x

Vicki Dutcher said...

So pretty with the added gems!

Laurie said...

It always amazes me how a simple card can be so pretty. This is AWESOME!! Thank you so much for sharing. It's beautiful.

Geri said...

GENIUS!!! I hear you loud and clear with this die...struggled with the same issue last year. Will definitely be using the 'snowdrift' thing this time round! Thanks for the idea pal!

Saw Kate's note...totally melted my heart! She is one sweet young lady! Just like here mama!

Marilyn said...

Perfect and very striking ... always enjoy your inspirations (and sometimes I use them, too).

Barb Ghig said...

Beautiful graphic design, Ardyth! I love how you used the snowdrift die to create the curve, and your color combo is gorgeous! Stunning card, as always! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!

TK said...

Simply gorgeous!

Kathi K said...

You ROCKED this challenge! Thanks for the inspiration!

Ingrid said...

LOVE this Ardyth - absolutely stunning. Love that inlaid look and the curve makes the card. Great as always! :)

Gerrina said...

Beautiful CAS and great to see most of the BG in a colour; looks so great! Have a colourfull week!

creationsnz said...

Stunning card, great use of inlaid technique

Lindsey said...

I can't be sure without seeing the *before*, but I do think the snowdrift and simple sentiment make this card. So striking and elegant!

Joan B said...

fantastic. I can always tell which cards in my feedly are yours!

shirley-bee said...

The snowdrift is inspired, Ardyth! It adds so much drama, depth and movement.

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love the lines on this Ardythcard, my friend! It's mwah!! Hugs, Darnell

Birgit said...

As always you create such fabulous cards...this is simply striking!

Anita in France said...

What a perfect addition the snowdrift swoosh is, Ardyth ... this is soooo strikining ... and simply stunning ... LOVE it, mon amie! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Tanis Scott said...

This looks fab with a black background! Very striking.

Anja Curvers said...

Wow this is perfect, very striking. Thanks for joining us over at ATCAS.

swldebbie said...

Definitely eye-catching! I think you achieved exactly what you hoped to. Love it!