Tuesday, 27 January 2015

CASology 131 - Birthday!


This week's CASology Cue Card is Birthday!



In fact this week is my husband's birthday, so this challenge is very timely! For this one-layer card, I chose an MFT image (do you ever buy whole sets because you're in love with one stamp? This was the stamp in this set!) and a Simon sentiment. They work together because they both have a heavy, solid, square-ish portion (the all-cap HAPPY and the gifts) and also a lighter, curvier portion (the script birthday and the ribbons). Keeping all 'the action' in the bottom one-third of the card preserves white space and makes the card feel very clean. I finished it off with tiny pops of colour by using enamel dots. They add a festive feeling!

Now it's your turn! Before you make your birthday card, make sure to check out the other DT members for more inspiration!

30 comments:

kreativekymona.com said...

Hey Ardyth!! I love all of those black gift boxes on your white card base. Those enamel dots are cute too! So pretty!!

Tracey McNeely said...

That is such a cool image and the enamel dots set it right off! Great card for your husband!

Geri said...

Definitely an off-the-chart "WOW" factor! The nice chunk of white space sure does a great job of showcasing the gifts...and the sweet enamel dots!

Geri said...

PS Happy Birthday to Michael!

Judy1223 said...

Ardyth, I love mixing stamp companies when they are similar -- the black, boxy images and sentiment are perfect together! Happy birthday to your DH!

Gillian R said...

I love that little row of presents with the pops of colour, gorgeous!

Joyce said...

I just adore this card, and thank you for explaining to my just why. I learned something here. Love that. And, yes--I have bought stamps sets because of just one stamp. And, not just once....

Barb Ghig said...

Such a fun design and I love the mix of pattern on the presents! Love those cute little enamel dots, too!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love the colourful pops of enamel dots on the black presents.

Anita in France said...

Crisp, fresh and fabulous, Ardyth ... those little pops of colour in the enamel dots are perfect ... and so fun! Happy Birthday to Michael ... enjoy the celebration! Anita :)

Kara Lynne said...

I love your design and reading your explanations of why things worked, thank you!

Shelly said...

Such a fun card! Love the enamel dots!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Super Festive is right!!!

Happy Dance said...

Birthday wishes to Michael! And you've made a wonderful card for him. Love the proportions of this. And I really like the white base with the black images and sentiment. Those pops of dots really set it all off. Great card, Ardyth. It's wonderful. Bev

Chriss Blagrave said...

Awesome card Ardyth! I saw the curves in the bows and the "birthday" and then read your post...your card elements are always artistic and so well paired/put together! Love this birthday card!

Hazel Hodgkins said...

I love how all the colour on your card comes from those cleverly placed enamel dots. So small, but so effective! Am always so inspired by your ideas!

Gabby said...

Great b.d. card! Like the design and stamps. The presents are just perfect with the brad pops of color. :)

Manuela said...

fantasic card, love the look, a true eyecatcher for me!

Brenda said...

I am loving this card Ardyth! Yes, I think we all have bought a stamp set for just one stamp in it. lol I love this stamp, so fun with all the presents! I love the sentiment too and love the colorful enamel dots that give this card such a festive feel!! Yes, this is a fabulous card. Hugs Brenda

KayM said...

OH this is wonderful Ardyth! I want to go buy this set for that one stamp too! haha! The black presents with the dots of color are perfect!!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Wow! Ardyth I was busy looking at how super monochrome and classy this card is and then wham bam in comes those glorious pops of sprinkles on the packages. Just takes it to another level. Love it. x

Shona Chambers said...

Brilliant idea!! I don't have many coloured inks and always shy away from stamping images like this in black, so this has totally changed my mind. Thank you for the inspiration!!

shirley-bee said...

Wow, it's amazing what a punch some little enamel dots can give a card - fabulous!

Lisa said...

Happy birthday to your husband!! This is fabulous Ardyth. The crisp white with the row of black packages is perfect for a masculine card. Then your little pops of color make it festive too...love ti!

Sheila H said...

Great fonts and colors, Ardyth!

Bobby said...

Love the pops of color on the black and white.

Wiebke Kommerell said...

Wow - very cute combination!
The colored pop make it!

Kim Heggins said...

Hope you hubby had a wonderful birthday. Your card is so festive and I love the black with the pop of bright colors on each package. So festive!

Karen Murray said...

I adore this wonderful card! The little spots of colour are perfect to give the black a lift in just the right way! Kx

Sherrie M. said...

Love the brightly colored dots against the white. Just so pretty!