347 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"


Sun 26

Cool Baby Wipe Technique
by Trina Pham

Happy Sunday everyone!  As I mentioned in my last post, I learned and played with different techniques at my retreat.  One very cool (and easy) technique was a baby wipe technique involving distress oxide inks (DOx) and photo paper.  There’s a video tutorial for it by Kia HERE.  Here’s my CAS card.


Started by ink smooshing Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers DOx inks one at a time onto a piece of photo paper.  Let the ink dry in between each color.  This resulted in a cloudy chalky look.  Now comes the cool part.  Take a baby wipe and buff away at the surface to reveal the bright glossy background.  I wiped away only the bottom half of the panel in the photo below to show the difference.


I’ve heard some trying this technique with glossy paper, so I thought I would do a comparison.  I used the same DOx colors for both and as you can see, my glossy paper turned out very different.   I was advised that certain photo papers do not work either, so it could very well be my brand of glossy paper.  


To complete my card, the Scribble Leafy Branch Background was die cut from the panel and from a scrap of white glitter paper to be inlaid.  The inlaid panel was adhered behind a window cutout made with the the Rectangle Basics set on a Bristol piece.  Stamped the sentiment from Big and Little Words stamp set with Archival black ink, then mounted with fun foam to a white top folding card base  to finish.


Now I couldn’t let that positive leafy cutout go to waste, so I made a CAS birthday card... possibly for a male?



Two more leafy branches were die cut from Bristol cardstock and the sentiment was white heat embossed on black for this second one.


This was another fun technique that I think you should give a try.  Having the correct paper is key.  And that’s it from me.  Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week.  






Sun 19

Rose Bouquet Card Set
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Sunday! Today I am sharing how to make a set of cards that would make a great gift for someone using two of the new stamp sets from the April Release. Let's get started!


I picked out 5 different colors of cardstock and used ink colors that coordinated to give the tone on tone look that I wanted. Then I stamped the beautiful Rose Bouquet stamp on each card. If you have a stamping tool like the Misti it makes this so fast.

Then on white strips of paper I stamped sentiments from the Big and Little Words clear stamp set. It had some perfect basic sentiments that everyone would love to have on hand in a set.

Don't forget the envelopes! What makes this gift set extra fun and special is the coordinating envelopes. I stamped a few of the smaller individual roses on one corner of each envelope to make it extra special.

This set would be fun done in white cards and envelopes and different colors of ink. Pick the favorite colors of the person you want to give the set to and make it extra special.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!





Sat 04

Happy Octopus Two Ways
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  I’m playing with the Happy Octopus die from the 2019 Spring Collection today and sharing two cards. For some reason, both cards gave me a bit of grief.


First up is a clean and simple (CAS) card and it was super easy since the background panel was a leftover piece I didn’t end up using for another card.  I had done some ink smooshing with a blue (can’t remember which one) distress oxide (DOx) ink and a piece of acetate.  I find picking up the ink with acetate gives me a little more control, which is helpful in preserving white space on CAS cards  


The octopus was die cut from watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a water brush.  Black cardstock was added behind the eyes.  Clear shimmer was applied all over for some sparkle.  Wasn’t able to capture it in the photo.  The sentiment from Oceanside Typewriter stamp set was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The panel was popped up onto a white card base with fun foam to finish. So how did this give me grief?  Normally I use top folding card bases, but this time I thought I'd switch things up and use a side folding one.  Well, I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally mounted the panel to the backside!  Aargh!  I guess I had a left-handed recipient in mind. 😂*lol*  


My next card is a clean and layered tunnel card.  And this time I went back to a top folding card base.  😂*lol  


The top folding card base was created from Bristol paper.  Next, two A2 size panels were trimmed from Bristol paper as well.  Chose two circle sizes from the Circle Basics set, then took the larger die and die cut a circle opening in one of the panels to create the top layer.  Placed this layer over the other panel and used it as a guide to die cut the inner circle opening with the smaller die.  Blended Mermaid Lagoon, Gathered Twigs, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass DOx inks on the layers and card base, then spritz with water.  


The fish and seaweed/coral are from the Underwater Scene die.  Just like the octopus, they were die cut from watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a water brush.  Used an archival black pen to draw in the the fish eyes.


Assembled the card by popping each layer up with foam mounting tape.  White heat embossed the sentiment from Oceanside Typewriter stamp set on a black strip to finish.  The grief on this one?  Darn ink smears... luckily I was able to hide them with one of the fish and the sentiment strip. 😉 


And that does it for me today.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.  







Sat 20

Spring into Easter
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  No butterflies today.  I have a clean and simple (CAS) Spring card to share.  Since I love stretching my supplies and it is Easter weekend, I couldn’t help but bring back the Snow Much Fun stamp set to create this bunny in a field of tulips card. 


One great trick for preserving white space and keeping cards CAS is to work within a frame.  Here I took a square die from the Square Basics set and die cut an opening from a Bristol panel.  Used that same die with one that is two size up and die cut a frame to frame the opening.  Stamped the bunny from Snow Much Fun with Copic friendly black ink, added some light shading with Copics, then die cut out with the matching die.  Used scissors to cut around the arm so he could interact with one of the tulips.


The tulips from Springtime Tulips were die cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics.  Before assembling the scene, Shaded Lilac distress ink was blended directly onto the card base for the sky.  Adhered the back tulips directly on the card base then popped up the bunny, front tulip and the window panel with foam mounting tape to give it some dimension.  Stamped the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter in black on a strip of Bristol paper to finish.  


This could easily be turned into an Easter card by using one of the Easter greetings in the Springtime Typewriter set.  That does it for me.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate.  Have a wonderful weekend!







Sun 14

Creating the Shadow
by Trina Pham

Happy Sunday everyone!  It appears I am on a butterfly roll and have a couple more really easy clean and simple (CAS) butterfly cards to share today.  Then again, it’s not surprising since Memory Box offers so many gorgeous butterfly dies.  Some of them come with a matching shadow die, while some do not.  But there are two easy ways to create that shadow if the latter is the case.


For my first card, I took the butterfly die from Butterfly Heart Frame and created a DIY stencil from acetate.  


Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio distress inks were then blended through the stencil onto regular white cardstock.


The sentiment from Springtime Typewriter stamp set was stamped with Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The butterfly with antenna/body were die cut twice from white scraps and white glitter paper then stacked.  Mermaid Lagoon distress ink splatters were added to finish.  


My second card used an even simpler method to create the shadow.  Simply die cut directly from the card panel, then back the opening with color cardstock, pattern paper, or whatever you like, etc.


For my card, I backed the opening with a leftover alcohol ink piece.  


The butterfly this time was die cut from white scraps and silver foil paper.  The sentiment was heat embossed with silver embossing powder to match.  Besides being simpler, this second method allows dark cardstock to be used.  


And that concludes this post.  We are half way through our Clean and Simple challenge this month, so there is still plenty of time to link up your CAS entries.  Thank you for hanging with me.  Have a wonderful week.






Mon 08

Clean and Simple Cards with Blooming Floral Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

Maybe you'll recognize this first card from the introduction to this month's challenge.

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I chose to feature one die on a series of clean and simple cards for each season: BLOOMING FLORAL CIRCLE FRAME 94218.  

For this spring card, I used an aqua notecard, white cardstock cut with the Blooming Floral Circle Frame, cloud paper cut with one of the Wrapped Circle dies just a tad bigger than the floral circle as an underlay, and a scrap of pool distressed dot paper cut with a small circle die the same diameter as the inner circle of the frame.  I stamped "springtime wishes" from
SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a scrap of white cardstock.  I layered everything up using a glue pen, tucking the sentiment under one of the branches and adding the small cut-outs on the end of that tag.


Want an even cleaner and simpler version?


Here I covered the front of a pink notecard with plaid paper, added the white cardstock Blooming Floral Circle Frame, and glued on a bow and a few small pearls.  Summer card!

Here I've added fall and winter cards with the summer one.


For the oranges fall card (which I made as a birthday card with a sentiment from Bold Friendly Greetings CL5236), I used a gold cardstock and a darker orange one for the circle frames and layered them just a bit offset before adding the ribbon bow.  The winter dark chocolate card has a white cardstock circle frame over a kraft circle die cut to the same size and finished with a brown ribbon bow. 

I'm now thinking of other color combinations and celebrations appropriate for this design.  So many possibilities!

I also added coordinating papers to the inside panels of each card and also on the back--trying to use up some of the pretty papers from my 6X6 collections and scraps from previous projects.  

Happy Crafting!

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Sat 06

CAS Masking Tape Backgrounds
by Trina Pham

Hello there!  No surprise, but I’m loving this month’s Clean and Simple (acronym CAS) challenge.  As mentioned in the intro of the challenge, CAS is a simple card design that can be mass produced easily.  It is also characterized by minimal layers, patterns, textures, embellishments and plenty of white space.  So when I spotted my blue masking tape on my desk, I decided to use the simple masking tape technique to create these cards. 


Started by trimming two panels measuring 4.75”x3.5” from regular white cardstock.  Inked the sticky side of a strip of masking tape by pressing onto a dye ink pad, then transferred onto the panels.  Repeated for the remaining colors... and that’s all there is to the technique.  Painter’s tape would work as well.  If the felt ink pad type is used, a more textured spotty look will result.


If the spongy ink pad type is used, then it will be more even and opaque.  


Because it is more opaque, white die cuts do show against it.

 The felt ink pad version looked better with black die cuts.


The diecuts are from the Butterfly Meadow die and the sentiments are from the Best Life Typewriter stamp set.  The panels were popped up on fun foam for dimension and clear shimmer was applied to the butterflies for some sparkle to finish.  Keeping these CAS, so no embellishments.  And that does it for me.  The challenge is open until April 29, 11:59 pm EST.  Thank you for dropping by.  Enjoy your weekend!






Fri 05

by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you that follows this month's CAS challenge theme.  It also includes a fun technique!


I saw a technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog using embossing folders with alcohol inked background papers.  It is so much fun to make backgrounds to have on hand for future projects. (for the background I used for this card, I followed Jennifer McGuire's video using the Pearl Alcohol inks) 

I used my die to dry emboss the alcohol ink background that was done on Yupo Paper.  You use your die with the embossing mat for your die cut machine, so instead of cutting the paper with the die, it embosses it.  Each machine is different so just follow the instructions for the embossing sandwich you will use. (there are many videos on YouTube on dry embossing with your dies).

Once I embossed my image, I took a sanding block and lightly sanded the raised image.  The ink stays on top of the Yupo Paper and can easily be sanded away revealing the white paper.  Tip: I did put the inked side of my paper facing upward when I ran it through my die cut machine because I wanted the flower outline to be raised.  I hand cut around the outside of the circle frame because the die only embossed the image, not cut it.


I die cut the image again from white cardstock and only used the circle frame portion of the die.  I glued that on top of my embossed piece.  

Using the extra piece of alcohol inked paper that was left over from my embossed image I die cut the shadow piece from the Happy Jotted Script die.  The script was die cut from white cardstock and glued onto the shadow piece.


I spattered a white cardstock layer with gold ink and glued this to an orange cardstock mat.  This was adhered to a white cardbase using foam tape.

To finish the card I used foam tape to adhere the circle frame to the card front and glued the word happy to the circle.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!






Tue 02

Splendid Rose Frame and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a contemporary Asian interpretation of this month's CAS Challenge theme - and it's quick and easy!  The Splendid Rose Frame is a very popular set for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this versatile design.

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Cut the Splendid Rose Frame circle section from black cardstock.  Cut the solid blossom from red cardstock.  Cut two of the Little Dragonflies from gold mirror cardstock.  

Cut a 1-⅛" strip of printed paper.  This beautiful pattern is from Shizen Design.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of Kraft cardstock.

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Make a set of notecards with flowers of different colors for a very special gift.  Add envelopes, pack it in a poly bag and tie it with gold cord for a quick and easy gift set.  It's sure to be appreciated - and used!

Thanks to everyone from last weekend's SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress!  The warm, sunny spring day matched our flowery cards.   Special thanks too - Ann and Lynne - for helping everyone find everything they needed for their spring cards and Easter projects!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow, and on Thursday.  Hope you won't get tired of me after three days!





Tue 26

Sea You Soon Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha  sharing a cute CAS card with you today. I also want to share how easy it is to layer various dies for added dimension and add colour to the die-cuts. Do you feel summer :)

For today, I decided to create a cute CAS card using various new dies. I kept this adorable Mermaid as my focal image as I really love this one!


I started by creating a white square card base. I then die-cut the"Mermaid Wonder Frame", "Happy Octopus", "Underwater Scene" dies using white cardstock. I colored the mermaid using copic markers and the applied some versamark to it partially. I then added some glitter embossing powder and embossed it. I sponged the water. I also added color to the underwater scene die and adhered it to a piece of vellum, which I coloured as sky. I then adhered this frame to the cardbase.

Now, I adhered the water where I wanted behind the mermaid frame die and cut the extra parts. I adhered this onto the previous frame die.

Finally, I adhered the mermaid using 3D foam.

Stamp and emboss the sentiment onto a black stripe. To finish add some sequins.

Here is a close up


Easy isn't it?  Have a wonderful crafty day!