Posts Tagged ‘clean and simple’

Tuesday with Tara {take 225} Pretty Poppies

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing another card with you that uses some of the same products I featured on my card last Friday in our Poignant Poppies Blog Hop. I chose to make more of clean & simple card (inspired by the current AAA Challenge to make a card with maxi white space and an optional geometric element). Here’s what I came up with:

I stamped the poppy images in black permanent ink & did some quick water coloring with a few shades of red Distress Ink. While the images dried, I selected a shade of red card stock to be my card base. Next I embossed a simple sentiment from the stamp set in white on a scrap of black card stock. I had a general idea of my card layout, so added some geometric stenciling (using a Life Changing Blender Brush) to the background in a rough L shape.

I did some loose fussy cutting (ie. not so “fussy” LOL) of the poppy images and played around with the arrangement until I was happy with it. Once I settled on that, I trimmed the sentiment strip and added a bit of red twine. I added partial dimension to the poppies by adhering part of them with a flat adhesive and part of them with foam squares. This allowed me to tuck the flat parts under other layers and give a bit more movement to the card. Lastly, I finished it off with Distress Stickles in the flower’s centers, a bit of gold tone bling and some dots of white Enamel Accents.

I’m loving challenges to do CAS cards these days as they allow me to focus on my card design and take some of the pressure off to create something over-the-top amazing! I hope you like what I came up with 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Clean and Simple With Birch Press

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I am here today, playing with a die set from Birch Press, showing that you can keep these very busy and intricate designs clean and simple. As an added bonus, if you visit my personal blog on Friday June 28th) you’ll see another card using the leftovers from the card I’m sharing here today.

I had some fun trying some different colours to put together for this card… I wanted something bright and fun so I used a deep purple/pink colour, a light blue and a lime green along with black and white.

While the Birch Press layering dies seem expensive, you have to remember that there are three dies in each set… and in many cases, the centres are cut free from the outside ring of the design and you can interchange them with other sets. I didn’t do that with this card… I used the entire Bali die, but I only used the cut out portion of the centre ring. I cut each layer out of a different colour of cardstock. I put all of the layers together using liquid glue to allow for a little time to play with the layers before they stuck together completely to ensure I could get the layers as close to perfect as possible.

I set aside the colourful ring and grabbed the Bali A die and put it through my die cutting machine with the embossing mat. This embossed the image in to my white panel instead of cutting it out. I then layered a piece of the bright green cardstock behind my white layer leaving a 1/16″ border on all sides and then layered it all on to a top fold white card. I then added the colourful ring to the centre of the design, lining it up as best as I could. I added a small dot of cardstock in to the centre of the design for a little more interest.

To finish off the card, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments in black VersaFine Claire ink on the blue coloured cardstock and cut it in to a strip. I put it on the front of the card, added flower centres from the Bali die layered together and topped it off with an iridescent gem.

This is a little sneak peek of the card that will be on my blog on Friday… I’ll hope you will pop by to see what I did with it….

Thank Ewe!

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Hi Everyone. It’s Susan with some Thank Ewe cards to share with you.

Some days you have cards you have to make but you’re not feeling well so what do you do? When that happens to me which it did this past week, I make simple cards. And while you’ve got your supplies out why not make a few? I made 5 and it probably took me all of 30 minutes to make them. I think they’re really cute and when you’ve got a great stamp set like the one I used – Tim Holtz Funny Farm set – you can’t help but make cute cards.

The trick to clean and simple cards is to do the following:
1) use minimal supplies
2) have a lot of ‘white’ space – or one color
3) have a main focus
and of course…
4) keep it simple
I added a bit of texture to the card above on the left with some embossing paste – it looks like sheep wool – or at least it’s supposed to haha
The card on the right has the simplest of simple coloring with my prismacolor pencils.
The card in the middle has zero coloring but uses the inside piece of the chunky blue frame from the card in the first pic popped up with some craft foam and the sentiment is also popped up with some craft foam.

To make the big chunky frames I used the largest and the second largest dies from the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables from Lawn Fawn. The pic below shows how I positioned them. I ran them through my die-cutting machine and…

…you get two pieces you can use. The big chunky frame and the smaller piece that I used as well.

To add some color I used Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks. I used a blending tool to add the ink. It looks like a mess in the pic above but when you add the chunky frame it cleans it all up. Check out the pic below.

And now I have 5 thank ewe cards I can send out.

Happy Stamping

and thanks so much for visiting!

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