Tuesday 2 November 2010

Clean and simple ...

... cards have not always come easy to me.  I think that must be an understatement - I find them really tough.  Well, I think I can now say that I found them really tough.  Since I started doing the One Layer Wednesday cards at Simplicity, and now Styles Ink, I think I'm beginning to get the hang of them.  Which is sort of good as I decided to have a go at FTL113 posted on Clean & Simple on 22nd October.  Their layout is based on the "rule of threes".

Initially, I couldn't decide what to do.  I thought of doing something with flowers, but then I found a sheet of bright blue card in my stash and I changed direction completely.  The card had to be more masculine - so out came my faithful Waltzingmouse Stamps - Free Spirit - Boy.  I think these stamps are great - there are so many images in the set, and the little ones were just right for this challenge.  I used the coordinating sentiment set for the greeting and kept it really simple.  The striped backing piece is from a kit I got from QVC ages ago - I think it's by Dawn Bibby.  But it's just perfect for this card.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Card:  Blue card - from stash; Striped blue paper - Dawn Bibby (I think)
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Free Spirit - Boy, Free Spirit - Sentiments
Inks:  Versamark
Embossing Powder:  Stampendous - Detail White

That's all for now.  I've got a busy day lined up - have to head off to the shops for various bits, then there's the housework type stuff - ironing, cleaning, etc, etc!!  I have to do it - then I can play in my craft room.  I really MUST make more Christmas cards.  I've started, but I've got about 150 to make :)  See you later.


Jackie said...

I agree with you Deborah, CAS cards are the hardest sometimes. I think I am finally getting there too. Your card id fab :o)
Jackie xx

Clare said...

a perfect masculine card, love the simplicity!

Paula (PEP) said...

Snap - shopping awaits. Husband is decorating & I'm crying over my design principles......... I'm taking heart from this post so thank you & have a good day.
Paula (PEP)
Love the blue & white combination. Doesn't the white just zing with those stripes behind too.

Julia Aston said...

A super masculine card Deborah! love the white images against the great blue and stripes!

Vicky Hayes said...

I like the way you kept the images simple and let the vibrant electric blue of the card stock take centre stage.

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