Bubbles & Cheers

Is the bubbly haze of good holiday cheer still hanging on for you, or have a few of your New Years bubbles already been popped?  I certainly hope it’s the former!

Over at Cas-ology the scene is sure bubbly, and since the last few days have found me feeling less-than-so, I figured a clean & simple card with just enough pink sparkle might help cheer the mood and chase away some serious Seattle gloom!

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I should mention, design-wise, I was inspired by Donna’s (of Three Umbrellas) card over at CASE Study this week.  So I am playing along with them as well.

 

I really liked Donna’s use of pastels, and attempted this with my Fresh Squeezed Stamps sequin stamp, but it just wasn’t working for me.  I was trying to keep this card very CAS (which I am still learning how to do, as I love clean and simple, but very much want that element of surprise; not an easy feat to pull off).

My decision to use Tuxedo Black ink for the sequin was due in  part to the stamp itself (very tricky to use pigment ink or Hero Arts Shadow Inks with this little guy).  The Tuxedo Black gave perfect detail and did not bleed, plus I was aiming for a clean black and white design with pops of color, so it felt right for this card.

So after experimenting with a few designs and different stamps, I settled on the card before you.  I do, however, have some other variations on this theme in the works, and hope to reveal them soon!

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I chose a tall & skinny card (3.5 x 6″) for this design, as it worked well the cascading effect of the sequins and the shape of the champagne glass. The front panel is cut using the Simon Says Stamp A2 Curved die.

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The sentiment and champagne glass are from Kelly Purkey’s set “Cheers“.  Initially, the card was going to read “Celebrate Love” using some PTI stamps, since I was going for a more Valentines-themed card with the pink-hued sequins; however, the Cheers sentiment not only fit perfectly width-wise, but the design really clicked for me.  And so a card was born!

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Alright, then.  I will raise my glass to you, dear reader, and hope your day is full of good cheer and inspiration.  If you are needing a good dose, then head over to CAS-ology and CASE Study.  Maybe grab a glass of rose, or a mimosa beforehand; it is Sunday after all and what better day to kick back with some bubbles before, during or after brunch?