Monday, March 26, 2012

Circles and Squares Birthday Card

Challenges and patterned papers help me to develop my creativity. A couple of my friends think they're not creative. I know how that feels, but I decided to become more creative last year and challenges give me that little push to step outside what I used to do and try different things. Three challenges gave me the inspiration and ideas I used to make this card.

This morning I saw Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #112 to use Circles and Squares. I had picked out this Basic Grey paper to use with the color Challenge #112 at Cards & Things and realized it was perfect for Kaboodle Doodles' challenge.

Then I realized it also had grid lines and circles and squares arranged in rows (grids) which goes with the Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs. I decided that the design would look great if the circles and squares were popped up for extra dimension. I punched 1" circles out of the circle designs, stamped a red flower over the pink flower that was on the paper and pop dotted them over the matching circles, trying to match grid lines. I cut out the squares with scissors and pop dotted them in place. I had envisioned green ribbon so I left a space on the backs of the squares when I added the pop dots. However, red organdymade it "pop" and green didn't. Adding the ribbon and sentiment was my final step at this point:

I started to photograph the card and realized it needed just a little more pop and added the two colors of sparkles as a finishing touch. I seem to do that a lot. I think I'm finished with a card so I take a photo, then I think of one more thing. Most of the time I don't heed that thought, but today I'm glad I did.  I hope this thought process helps one of my friends who wishes she had more creativity. Happy crafting!

5" x 6.5" Birthday Card Recipe:
Paper - Basic Grey "Sugared;" Close To My Heart Autum Terracotta, Colonial White cardstock
Stamps - CTMH "Aspiration" (flower), "Card Word Puzzle" (sentiment)
Ink - CTMH Holiday Red, Olive
Other - CTMH Holiday Red organdy ribbon,  Red/Pink Sparkles; My Mind's Eye sparkles; 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, pop dots


Michelle Gilmore said...

This is such a beautiful card! I love the color scheme. The ribbon and the dimension are great! Your blog side banners are awesome. I would love to know where you found them. Thank you for joining us at Frosted Designs this week.

Cheryl said...

Love your card! Thanks for playing along with us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

Lori Apgar said...

What a beautiful card!! Love the 3Dness and that red ribbon!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Frosted Designs!!

Sassy said...

Sweet card! Great colors and the ribbon pops. Awesome grid idea! Thanks for playing at Frosted Designs.