Monday, June 27, 2011

SCS CAS: Red, Black and White

Todays' Splitcoast Clean and Simple Challenge is to use Red, Black and White.  I had just received an order from Papertrey Ink that included Gracious Vases - an absolutely perfect set to do in a clean and simple challenge!!

I stepped up the simple little vases with a coat of Smooch Pearlized Top Coat so they have a subtle shimmer.  The flowers have a small dot of black Stickles in the center. 

There are two lessons that I have learned from many wonderful cardmakers:
  • "Three" is a more pleasing number than two.  So, adding three vases is more visually pleasing than just two vases and I had to have three gems!
  • Create visual triangles.  This is completely related to the first point as it simply means you want three embellishments, points of color, etc. at three different points.  This helps the viewers eye travel across the card. After I had the vases and ribbon on my card, it looked unbalanced.  Simply adding the three red gems gave me three points of red color and I had my triangle!!
These are simple artistic principles, but they make a huge difference in any and all cards that I make!
  • Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Gracious Vases
  • Ink: Memento black and copics
  • Paper: black and white
  • Accessories: misc black and red ribbon, Smooch Pearlized Top Coat, Martha Stewart glitter glue, gems colored with copics


  1. Kim,

    I am always inspired by your work. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and tips!


  2. Kim, this just makes my heart go pitter-patter. I love the way you used the pop of red against the black and white, and the design is divine!

  3. Now I wish I'd ordered the vases...beautiful card!!

  4. Stunning!! Simple elegance - wonderful! I do like the splash of red!

  5. This is just beautiful! Perfectly balanced!

  6. CAS elegance! Love how they're sitting atop the red bow. :) Can't wait for my Gracious Vases to arrive!

  7. A beautiful & elegant card!
    You are always so generous in sharing your time, tips & talent Kim, thank you so much. :)

  8. Hi Kim ... I was about to say how generous and sharing you are ... and then noticed that others have left that comment ... so I will just say "ditto"! Hugs xxaxx


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