Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Holiday Card Week – Day 2 (BLOG CANDY!)
We are continuing our holiday card week with some of my favorite cards of all time. You'll notice a common thread with these designs. They pick a focal point, don't use patterned papers, don't shy away from white spaces, and use minimal layers. These are traits of one of my favorite card design styles: clean and simple! Often times, a simple card packs the most punch.
Kelley Eubanks created this "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" card from Peanuts Christmas Wishes Peel & Stick stamps. She stamped Snoopy and the sentiment using her PSA Essentials Stamper onto white paper. Then she colored the lights up to make them pop. She's used a 1.75" circle punch to cut out the stamp, then adhered that with a 3D foam to red cardstock cut with a 2" inch punch. This also pops off the page (even more so in person.) I love how Kelley has rounded the corners of the card. This really adds a professional touch.
Jennifer Holmes also used her Corner Rounder for this Winter Wonderland card. She's stamped the snowman from Smirk Happy Holidays Peel & Stick stamps. She's colored up his nose and tie to bring him to life. I love the shades of blues. This time of year, I get sick of red and green really fast.
Jennifer also colored up the reindeer, stamped from Smirk Happy Holidays Peel & Stick stamps, in this "Oh, deer" card. Wouldn't this be perfect to give to your spouse? She's done just a touch of layering here with the ribbon, the button and the twine. But it's all simple enough to be classified as clean and simple.
This next card appeared on Good Morning America! Jennifer's design is striking. I love the three trees stamped from PSA Whimsy Trees. She's colored them in a bit with red marker, which matches the red in the twine. She chose white as her cardstock base which serves as good reminder to us not to shy away from white. The card itself is also a good reminder that you can have a strong card without a lot of "stuff."
BLOG CANDY ALERT! Leave one comment per day all week long to be entered to win your favorite Peel & Stick pack! Which of these will you try to incorporate into your 2011 holiday cards? Is this your type of card making style?