Posts Tagged ‘clean and simple’

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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Orange You So Awesome Encouragement Card

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Orange You So Awesome Encouragement Card

Hello Everyone. Thank you for stopping by. Todays  project is an encouragement card;  Orange You Awesome .

Concord & 9th’s stamps and die are unique. They steer away from cutesy , or  child like characters and  focus on different innovative designs.  They have won numerous  awards for their  designs.

I used   Orange You Sweet Stamp Set and Orange You  Sweet Dies to construct this delightful card.

Ink to Paper:

Memories Black Dye Ink Pad was used to  stamp all of the images.  Orange rims first  and   then pulp section  stamps  inside  the rim. Both sizes were stamped  and  multiples of each  on  white card stock. Black and orange card stock sheets  from Bazzill Premium Paper  (100 sheet)  Pack  were trimmed  a smidgeon larger than the two piece  Awesome die ( from my stash).  A few oranges in both sizes were  cut with Orange You Sweet Dies. A press of the button and the images were cut  with  Crafters Companion Gemini Die Cutting Machine.

Sentiment Strip:

“Orange You So”  was stamped with Memories Black Dye Ink Pad on the edge of white card stock and trimmed to a .25 ” x 5.5 ” strip. MFT’s Black & White Stripes 6×6 Pad  and Silky Sky  Tonic Mirror Card were also cut into .25 x 5.5 ” strips. The white sentiment strip was shortened to 2.5 “.

 Be Creative 3mm tape  was applied to the reverse side of “Orange You So”  strip and then attached  on top of  Silky Sky Tonic Mirror Card ( this was trimmed to 3″).  The die cut word “Awesome” had  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive applied sparingly to the back and placed precisely over the black  word shadow die cut. Once dry this was applied   between the layered sentiment and the edge of  last remaining full size strip. (MFT’s  Black & White Stripe strip).

Card Assembly:

Three orange die cuts were formed  into a triangle on the left hand side of a  landscape card front  panel . Once I was happy with the placement they were adhered directly to the panel. “Orange You So Awesome” sentiment strip was applied centre horizontally to the front panel with 3 D Foam Squares  ( low profile).

The front panel was secured to a side fold landscape card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. An inside card panel was trimmed to 4.15 x 5.5″.   MFT’s Black & White Stripes 6×6 Pad    piece of  stripped paper  was trimmed to .25 x 5.5 ” and adhered to the bottom edge of the inside panel. ” I Could Just Squeeze You ” was inked with Memories Black Dye Ink Pad and stamped a tad higher than centre. The inside card panel was attached to the inside card base with liquid adhesive.

Sequins to match Silky Sky  Tonic Mirror  was attached above and below “Awesome” and a small sequin attached above the “e” to form a triangle.

Orange You So Awesome Encouragement card is now complete. Until next time. xo Karen

Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set – Clean and Simple Card

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set – Clean and Simple Card

Hello everyone. Todays   card is a clean and simple card featuring  MFT’s Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set. This stamp is part of the Pure Innocence line, (the matching die was not used ).

mft-pi-264_2333_thumbI started by selecting  a paper that would  work well with  oil based colour pencils. My main concern was that ideally,  the paper should  have a bit of tooth.  A panel was cut to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 “. The largest stamp in the set was applied to a block and inked with Black , Memories Dye Ink Pad. The image was stamped onto the ready made  panel  and  a 3M All-Over Sticky Post-it-Note (to be used as a mask).

Adding Colour:

Starting with the face,  the darkest shade was applied  along the hair line, where cast shadows would be , the fold of the arm and fingers.  The mid tone was added next to  the darker shade and finally the lightest, preserving a section of white ( or where no pigment was added to the surface) .  The  pencils were  blended from dark to light  with a blending stump and Gamsol in a circular motion. Between value changes the tip of the stump was erased on sand paper.

The arm, dress, leg, shoes , package  and bow where coloured in the same fashion. Once the ribbon was complete,  yellow polka dots were added.  A Gelly Roll StarDust pen added over the top of the dots.

A blending brush and Spun Sugar Distress Ink were used to add colour around the top and sides of the image. A MFT  Single Stitched Line Rounded  Rectangle Frame Die was cut with  a Gemini machine from white card stock.

Card Assembly:

A sheet of Lawn Fawn’s 6 x 6 Really Rainbow Paper Pad was cut  into  two  strips (1/2 x 4-1/4″ and 3/8 x 4-1/8″) to fit along the bottom of the card both the card front and inside panel. The wider  of the two strips was used on the card front.

Happy Birthday to You was centred and stamped above  the strip with black Memories Dye Ink Pad.

Be Creative Tape 3mm was added to the back of MFT’s  Single Stitched Line Rounded Rectangle Frame. The release paper was removed all at once from the Be Creative Tape and adhered to the  front panel.  The excess panel  was trimmed around the frame with scissors. Dimensional foam tape was applied to the back and  it was  attached to the white top fold portrait card base, 1/2″ from the score line. This too was centred. Three sequins from my stash were added to the card front. Nuvo  Crystal Drops in Rosewater were layered in the sequin centres.

An inside panel was cut to 4 – 1/8 x 5- 3/8″.  A second stamp from MFT’s Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set, “Spoiling You is so Much Fun ” was centred and  stamped  onto the   inside card panel. This was adhered  to the inside card base with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The card is now complete.

Here is a video: