Clean and Simple Cards

Think Crafts Guest Blog Project: Stenciled Backgrounds With Kaleidacolor Ink Pads

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I am so excited to be guest blogging over at the Think Crafts Blog.  Here is a little peek at my project.  Head over to their blog to see more details on how this project came together.  

 

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Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge

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It's been awhile since I've participated in Papertrey Ink's Monthly Blog Hop.  This has always been one of my favorite challenges, so with Spring here, I'm ready to get out my Papertrey floral stamps and start creating!  Here is this month's challenge inspiration.

Here is my card:

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For these challenges, I like to pull colors of cardstock that match the colors in the photo and start from there if I don't have a particular design in mind.  

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I was thinking modern "squares" since I wanted to use my new Square Punch Board.


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I heat embossed the floral outlines from the Floral Sketches stamp set onto some vellum and die cut the shapes.


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To finish, it was just a matter of arranging everything on the front of my white notecard.  To pop up the vellum flowers, I used Glue Dots pop up dots.  They give dimension, but are clear behind the vellum.  I added a sentiment from the set and some Nuvo Drops to embellish.  I really like how the vellum flowers turned out.  Their softness offsets the sharp lines of the squares.  


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Thanks for joining me.  I have all the products I used linked below.  Have a great day!

 

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Papertrey Ink Cardstock:  Blueberry Sky, Lovely Lady, Classic Kraft, New Leaf

Papertrey Ink Vellum Cardstock

Papertrey Ink Floral Sketches stamp set and die set

 

 


Video: Addicted to CAS challenge: Good Luck

Hi Everyone!

Today I have a card for the Addicted to CAS challenge where the key word is "Lucky".  I love this challenge blog because you get to draw inspiration from just a word.  Plus, your creations need to be clean and simple--my favorite :).  You can scroll to the bottom for my process video as well as a list of the products I used.   I also used a sketch from my "sketch library to get started.  You can see more about how I use sketches in this blog post.  

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For my project, I was very product-oriented.  I knew I wanted to use my Big Day stamp set from Waffle Flower.  It has such nice,  bold images, and I wanted my sentiment to really stand out.  Green was a color I really wanted to use so I opted for my Hero Arts Ombre ink pad in Mint to Green to use with a stencil.  The ink blends so beautifully and smooth!

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I used a stencil from Crafter's Workshop called Gathered Flowers and did some light ink blending to create a soft background to highlight the sentiment.  I heat embossed the sentiment onto one of My Favorite Things' Stitched Arch Stax.  I liked this better than a full circle for some reason.  I love it when something works on a card but you don't know why and just go with it.  That's part of the fun!  I added a panel of kraft colored paper to separate the stitched white panel from the card base.  I liked the look of the brown with the green.  

 

Here is a look at the inside of the card.  Another sentiment from the Big Day stamp set.  


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I created a second version where I ink blended the sentiment arch, with green, but I do think I like the first one better.  


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Here is a video of my process--Enjoy!

 

 

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 CutCardstock:

Brown Bag A2 folded cards

Kat Scrappiness:

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Blick Art:

Gathered Flowers 6x6 stencil-The Crafter's Workshop

 

Ellen Hutson:


Video: My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge--My Process for Working With Card Sketches

Hi Everyone!

Today, I have a card for the current My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #372.  Last week, I had a post and video talking about how I like working with sketches because I'm more product-driven in my card making.  I thought I'd show you my process, start to finish, on how I use a sketch to create a card. 

Here is this week's sketch I'll be working with:

 

One of my favorite sentiment sets from MFT is Simply Fabulous Sayings.  I was thinking I wanted to use one of the large words at the focal point on the card with the smaller coordinating sentiments as a background.  

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I used a variety of inks from MFT to create the colorful background using my Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform.

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I channeled Laurie Willison of Soapbox Creations with my use of score lines to create the border strip on my card.  She has such a great CAS style and I love how she uses this technique.  

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 See how this card came together in the video below:

 

 

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Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

MFT Inks: Razzle Berry, Orange Fizz, Limeade, Blu Raspberry, Lavender Fields

MFT Pierced Rectangle Stax

 

 


Kat Scrappiness Design Team Project: Happy Heart Day!

 

Hi Everyone!

Today I have a card featuring the versatile Large Alphabet Dies by Kat Scrappiness.

The letters make such a nice focal point, I wanted to attach a few together to make an almost chipboard-like embellishment.  I first adhered black "fun foam" to the backs of 2 Xs and 2 Os.  This not only gives more thickness, but also gives a nice shadow effect.  You could use other colors as well and those would look great too!

I then clustered the Xs and Os together so they fit nicely, adhering them with flat glue dots.  This bold embellishment would be really great on a scrapbook page too!  

I've been in love with Lawn Fawn's new How You Bean?-Conversation Hearts Add-On stamp set.  The little hearts are so fun to color with Copics!  This time, I went with bright colors to offset the black and white of the letters.

After laying out my design, I wanted to stamp a few of the open hearts and a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn set directly on my card.  I used my Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform to be sure I got everything straight and close enough together.  For a graphic card like this, being precise is very important for the look.  

Copics tend to show through cardstock if you color directly on it, so my remedy for that is cute patterned paper.  I took a strip of paper from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petit Paper Pack and added it to the inside of the card where the Copics ran through.  The paper coordinates with the front of the card and adds a cute detail to the inside.

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you'll try this clustering technique with your letter dies.  It's a fun way to make a bold statement on the front of your card.  All the supplies from the Kat Scrappiness shop are linked below.  Be sure to use my coupon code Heidi10 to receive 10% off your purchase.  

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Large Alphabet Dies by Kat Scrappiness

How You Bean?-Conversation Hearts Add-On stamp set-Lawn Fawn

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petit Paper Pack

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Scor-Buddy Mini Scoring Board

Black fun foam

Glue Dots

Liquid Adhesive

Copic Markers

White Cardstock

 

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Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

Hi Everyone!

I'm joining in this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge with a bright and graphic card.  

I was in the mood to use green so I broke out my Kaleidacolor Ink Pad in Fresh Greens.  

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I masked off a rectangle and blended the second lightest green over the area.

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I stamped another smaller rectangular panel of white cardstock using Versafine ink and flowers from Winnie and Walter's In Bloom-Eva's Favorite Flowers.

After heat embossing it with white embossing powder, I blended the 3rd lightest green over the top.
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Using a damp paper towel, I wiped off the excess ink from the embossed images.
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I love the graphic look of the crisp blended rectangles against the bright white card!
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Thanks for joining me.  The challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches is going on till Feb. 5th so there's plenty of time to enter.  All supplies are linked below.

 

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 Tsukineko 5-Color Kaleidacolor Dye Inkpad, Fresh GreensKaleidacolor Fresh Greens

Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White Cardstock

 


Video: All About Clean and Simple Cardmaking

Hi Everyone!

JANUARY-CARD-CHALLENGE

The January Challenge is up at the Kat Scrappiness blog!  I got to host this month and I chose the theme of Clean and Simple.  Here is a card I created for the challenge and I also have a video below showing my process.  Enjoy!  Products I used are linked below.  Scroll down further for more on "clean and simple" card making.......

 

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My new favorite "go together" colors:  Distress Oxide Candied Apple and Peacock Feathers.......

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I added a little Spectrum Noir clear shimmer to the whipped cream.....

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Morning Cup Craft Die-Poppy Stamps

But First, Coffee stamp set-Echo Park

Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Cut stamp set

Spectrum Noir clear pen

Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Scor- Buddy Scoring Board

Stick-It Adhesive Sheets

Inkadinkado Masking Paper

Metal Shim

(Ellen Hutson)

Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White Cardstock

 

(Scrapbook.com)

 

Be sure to pick yourself up one of these.......I have one, but thought I wouldn't need to use it for just a small project using 2 dies.  LOL!  I spent over 15 minutes looking for the little whipped cream die from above that was hiding on my table.  This magnetic helper is a lifesaver in keeping your dies all in one spot when you're crafting.  I highly recommend it!

 

 More on Clean and Simple Cardmaking.......

 

I found a great definition of "clean and simple" on The Card Concept Blog:

CAS:

One main image with lots of open space, very little embellishment, and easy to re-create. 

 

I've loved this style since I began card making.  I feel like my cards usually end up falling somewhere in the middle, with a few more layers and embellishments--I do like my supplies :).  Sometimes though, I manage to get that perfect balance of white space and a main focal point that really packs a punch.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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 If you're looking for other CAS designers, some of my favorites are Michelle Short and Laurie Willison.  Their designs make this style look so effortless.  Really, it's not always as easy as it looks!  The key is understanding and using the main principles of design.  You can find a lot online about this, or a book I recommend is The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams.  This is a great book to keep as a reference in your craft room.  

Some great challenge blogs to follow that involve CAS design are the Less Is More Challenge, CASology, and Addicted to CAS

If, like me, you fall somewhere in the middle, you would probably enjoy the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  This challenge emphasizes clean design, but encourages more embellishment. 

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Be sure to join in over at the Kat Scrappiness Blog for the January Challenge.  The prize is a $25 gift card to the Kat Scrappiness Shop.