Category Archives: Clean and Simple

Thinking warm thoughts

Thought I would share something to warm us up!  This clean and simple card worked up quickly with reverse masking a circle and sponging 3 different colors of ink over it.  The palm tree image is from Creative Visions.   Kept the overall look of the card simple in order to keep the focus on the colors.  Stay warm and thanks for stopping by!

 

ice skates

It’s been many, many years since I’ve been ice skating.  As a child we would skate on the frozen ponds near the house – and then in the 70’s an ice skating rink was built in town so we did not have to be at the mercy of the weather! In college (University of Connecticut) there was an outdoor rink and one semester I took lessons with the skate club.  I remember it being so very cold.  Now that I live in Florida there are many roller rinks but no ice rinks but honestly I don’t miss the cold!!

But I want to reminisce about the wonderful winter activities so here is my ice skating card.

ice skate

It is done in a very clean and simple way – the coloring is just some blue-green copic markers with grey for shading.  A embossed background adds a little texture. The dark cardstock is grey a although it looks black in the photo.

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leaf background

Can you handle another card made with the Silhouette?  Can you tell yet that I am in love with this machine??   I just finished this thank you card…..

leafy background

I used a few features that the Silhouette machine offers.  First, I took the leafy branch image and copied it several times – flipping the image a few times as well.  Then drew a square around it and used the “Modify-Subtract” tool.  This takes the leafy image and “subtracts” it from the square.  The same was done with the rectangle across the front of the card and then added the sentiment.  There are a lot of steps to accomplish it but I learned how to use the tool to create this from the Kerri Bradford class “Oh the Places You’ll Go”.  I highly recommend her classes if you are in any way struggling to use this machine.  Her step by step videos are wonderful.

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working with watercolors

I’ve been playing around with my watercolors and will be showing some of the things I’ve created.  Today is something very, very simple to do.  First, here is the card:

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The simple but vibrant band of color on the side could not have been easier.  I took a Kaleidacolor rainbow inkpad – Desert Heat collection – and stamped the ink onto a long and narrow acrylic block.  With my mini mister I lightly spritzed water onto the inked block then pressed the block onto watercolor paper.  That is all there is to it!!

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The stamps are from Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse collection and were stamped with Memento black ink.

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using wood

I’m showing something a little different today.  I made this card for the last weeks SCS challenge which calls for using wood on a card.  That material may sound unusual for cardmaking but it did not require the use of actual wood.  However, I remembered that I had some wood veneer samples sent to me awhile ago from Dowlen Wood and Paper Crafts.   There were some small pieces of real wood veneer – some mounted on thin chipboard, some not.

So…I made this clean and simple card:

wood heart

I used a piece of wood veneer that had been mounted on chipboard and die cut a heart our of the center.  The decorative paper (from Basic Grey) was placed behind the panel  using foam tape to provide a bit of dimension.  The sentiment on the front and the script text on the back panel are from Papertrey.  The flowers are from prima.

 

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