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.......
My new favorite "go together" colors: Distress Oxide Candied Apple and Peacock Feathers.......
I added a little Spectrum Noir clear shimmer to the whipped cream.....
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Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
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:
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:
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.
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.