Monday, 22 September 2014

i {heart} papers GD post #9/OLS#9 - Hip to be Square

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It's last call for this month's One-Layer Simplicity Challenge, where I'm hosting "Hip to be Square". The deadline is midnight on Wednesday, September 24.

Making this card, I was reminded of two things about stamping:

1) All you need is ink and paper to make a really fun and festive card;

2) Add grey to any colour combination and it will look very 'in'.

Ironically, I created my square out of circles. I wanted to create a fun bouncy frame (similar to Bev's birthday card here) and looked around for a colour combination. I stamped the sentiment across the card and then used a 2 1/2" mask in the centre, to create my frame. I stamped in yellow, green and aqua starting with the largest dots first, then filling in with the next size. I took my mask off and added a few more dots on the inside of the frame, so I would get a kind of random feel. Then I took a look at it and decided to add some grey - not only did it fill the frame in nicely, but I do think it changed the feeling of the card slightly - here's what it looked like before the grey:


What do you think?

Supplies used (all from i {heart} papers)


18 comments:

Jenni's Jems said...

I think you are right Ardyth the grey really added depth to your card, and made the rest of the colours pop and I am loving the cheery and fun look to your card!x

Lyndal said...

The grey ties it together perfectly with the sentiment Ardyth. Perfect to link up with Join in to Win @ Winnie and Walter too! http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/p/join-in-and-win.html

Gerrina said...

What a super design! Looks so simple, but before the balance is right... Hugs, Gerrina

Jen W. said...

That grey really does change it up doesn't it? Both versions are cool though!

Lynn said...

Love how you created the frame...and your tips are awesome!

Sheila H said...

Cool frame and great card - love the colors!

Geri said...

Wowzers! It's amazing how the grey "anchors" the design! The darker color seems to give the PERFECTLY stamped border a bit of strength! GREAT CALL!

Another fabulous card Ardyth :)

Happy Dance said...

I love gray. And on your card here, it's just the right "fill 'er up" color. What a festive card; might have to CASE this for my granddaughter's birthday...hmmmmm... Love this one! Bev

Anita in France said...

Wow, Ardyth ... what a difference a grey makes!! The original is fun and airy and lighthearted looking ... with the added grey it has all that plus a lovely touch of sophisication ... gorgeous! Anita :)

Jasleen said...

Oh wow! Love the creative way of making a square frame with tiny circles of various sizes. It adds a fun element to the card. And you are so right about adding the greys. Stunning work.

Joyce said...

This is absolutely perfectly done, and you are right that the grey makes a difference. I am going to remember that since I have about 4 shades of grey ink.

Kim Heggins said...

I love it! What a fabulous card, from the colors and your as always amazing design.

Karen Ashbrook said...

What a fresh, modern card. Karen x

Pam Sparks said...

I would've never thought to add gray! Amazing Ardyth! Fabulous design and colors!

Brenda said...

What a fun, festive and happy card Ardyth! I love the bright colors and you are so right, the grey adds something, something to the colors-just changes the whole look and one that I am in love with! I am so loving those circle stamps and what you do with them. Wow! Hugs, Brenda

cm said...

Most definitely a hip card and I agree: the grey adds to the impact. Wonderfully creative!
~c

Dee Miranda said...

What a beautiful card!! I would love to receive a card like this for my birthday! Whoever the recipient ends up being, I know they'll love this card!

Hugs,
-Dee

Julie Mogford said...

I absolutely love the way you used the confetti singles to make a border! So glad you posted your card!!! Thanks for using our stamps :)

Julie