Clean and Simple Cards

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

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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.

 

SUPPLIES:

My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.    

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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

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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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(Kat Scrappiness)

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.