353 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

07/10/2019

Wed 10

Thank You Kindly
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I am sharing a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card inspired by this month’s Stripes challenge, the beautiful Rose Flower Frame die and a lovely aqua smooshed background piece I had in my stash.

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Started by die cutting the Rose Flower Frame from a rectangle piece of Bristol paper.  

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Taped the smaller pieces that form the rectangle frame area from behind and removed the other pieces.  Placed a stripe stencil on top and blended Smoky Slate dye ink through the stencil with a blending brush.  

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I didn’t worry about blending ink on the frame or flower outline because it was covered up with a silver foil die-cut.

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Inlaid the frame back into the Bristol panel.  Attached the aqua background piece behind it.  Stamped the sentiment from Watching the World Bloom with Archival black ink, then mounted the panel onto a white card base to finish.

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I loved how easy it all came together, so I went through my stash for other background pieces to use and made these to send to crafty friends at the retreat I went to in May.

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Have you played in our Stripes challenge yet?  You have till July 30 EST to enter.  Thank you for stopping in.  Enjoy your day.

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06/22/2019

Sat 22

Ombré Watercolor Background
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I have a CAS tropical birthday card to share today featuring an easy ombré watercolor background technique that I learned from this video

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This technique requires two gradient colors of dye inks that are reactive with water.  For my card I used Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean distress inks.  Took a scrap piece of Mix Media paper from my stash, then blended Salty Ocean about halfway down followed with Chipped Sapphire about a quarter way down.

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Next, a flat brush was wet with water then dragged down the length of the panel.  The brush should be wet, but not soaking or dripping.

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I overworked my panel a little more than what was recommended in the video, but for what I was planning to do, it didn’t matter.

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Before negative diecutting the panel with the Hibiscus Collage dies, Stick It adhesive was added to the back.  When diecutting was complete, it was adhered to regular white cardstock cut to the same size as the panel.  For some shimmer, spritz it with Sparkle spray (wasn’t able to capture it in the photo).  

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To finish, heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout with white embossing powder on a strip of navy cardstock.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!

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06/13/2019

Thu 13

Layered Tulip, Layered Poppy, Layered Rose and Jotted Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Add a fresh look to simple notecards with the Layered Poppy, Layered Rose and Layered Tulip - then pair them with Jotted Cheers, Jotted Awesome and Jotted Thanks.  Mix and match these great new floral designs with a combo of pressure-embossed and diecut greetings and be ready for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a trio of designs for you today.

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Prep the cardstock to save time - tape turquoise, yellow-green and peach cardstock to green cardstock and cut the blossoms, leaves and stems all at once.  

Color the stamen with a black Sharpie and attach it between the layers of the poppy.   The flowers are designed to have the smaller accent sections layered over the main piece.  I just reversed that and glued the smaller sections behind the main sections.  

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Cut white cardstock with the 3-½"  4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  

Pressure-emboss the backgrounds of the Jotted Awesome, Cheers and Thanks greetings near the lower right corner of the rectangle using the plates and mats required for your machine.  I embossed the backgrounds instead of cutting them from contrasting colors to add just a bit of dimension.  It's also easier to attach the delicate script greetings to the embossed backgrounds - everything just falls into place.  

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Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Add matching gem stickers - or clear gems custom-colored with a Sharpie.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SUMMER SPLASH class at Impress!  Special thanks to Jenny for her sweet and savory popcorn assortment in those sweet spring bowls!  Hope you liked to bright summer designs and origami fish on our cards.   Thanks too - Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone shop and fill those baskets.  

No classes for me this weekend -see everyone again at the SEATTLE STYLE and OUTSIDE THE BOX classes at Impress on June 22nd.

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday!

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06/12/2019

Wed 12

Watercolor Vellum Daisies
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I have a clean and simple birthday card to share today featuring watercoloring on vellum - vellum diecuts to be exact.  Vellum is a beautiful product, but if you’ve ever tried watercoloring it, you know how much it curls and warps.  However, this isn’t always a bad thing.  On my card, the curling added dimension.

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A couple of key points for this technique: use heavy-weight vellum and use as little water as possible.  

The vellum daisies from Daisy Silhouette were watercolored with Zig markers and a water brush, then set aside to air dry.  Bristol paper was used for the remainder of the card.  The frame was die cut with the Rectangle Basics set.  The diamond pattern from Distressed Windham Collage was used to create the “trellis”.  The sentiment from Watching the World Bloom was white heat embossed on black cardstock.  

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Assembled the card onto a white top folding card base and Crystal Glaze added to the centers finished off the card.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

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06/09/2019

Sun 09

Thinking of You
by Melissa Rusk

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Today I have a sweet and simple card using the Scribble Leaf Branch dies. I cut the outline and the background in the same green paper and glued them together.
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I layered some papers that I had, a green stripe that is the same as the leaves and then a green speckle paper. It would be easy to make your own speckle paper with some watercolor paint and a paint brush. I added some gold washi tape and then stamped my sentiment from the Big and Little words stamp set. To finish it off I added some green hearts and it's ready to send to a friend.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
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06/06/2019

Thu 06

Watercolor an Embossed Daisy Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Adding watercolors behind the Daisy Flower Frame is quick and easy with an embossed background.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a timesaving coloring technique that will work for many other Memory Box dies too.

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¾" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss it with Daisy Flower Frame using the plates and mats recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - platform, die face-up, precut watercolor paper face-down, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

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Paint the embossed image with watercolors  - I  used Peerless Watercolors.  It'll look messy, but that doesn't matter because it will be covered.  Heat-set it.

 Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.

Diecut Daisy Flower Frame from smooth white cardstock.  Layer it over the embossed and watercolored background.  Add orange gem stickers.  Attach everything to a green A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.

It's a quick alternative to paper-piecing...and it's a very forgiving technique!

Join us for the SUMMER SPLASH class at Impress if you're in the area on Saturday June 8th.  Beachy scenes, origami fishes and lovable sea creatures create great summer cards for everyone you know.  

Thanks for visiting - see you soon!  

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05/26/2019

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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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

 

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

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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.  

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05/19/2019

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!

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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05/04/2019

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.

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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  

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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*  

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

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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.  

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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.

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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. 😉 

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

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04/20/2019

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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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!

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