Friday, 25 February 2011

Sweet Simplicity

Lately I've been doing alot of projects where I use lots of colours to colour a stamped image, and a fair bit of papers for backgrounds and things, but yesterday I had the urge to just simplify everything.

To make this card I literally used about one and a half sheets of A4 plain white cardstock, 2 Distress Inks (Dusty Concord and Forest Moss), 2 floral stamps, the sentiment stamp with black Staz-On, and a strip of plain white satin ribbon.

I think when you keep all the 'ingredients' simple and white, it allows for more creativity.

Firstly, I scored, folded and trimmed a sheet of card down to standard DL size. Then measured the stamp I wanted to use and found that it would fit a 2x3" panel perfectly. I cut 3 panels to follow the sketch over at Cards and Things.

I stamped the image onto each panel using Forest Moss, then used a wet paintbrush and smidge more ink to colour in the leaves.

The flowers themselves were stamped onto other card in Dusty Concord (I love how those two colours give a vintage feel without being really girly), using the same method to fill in the blooms. Once they were dry I cut them out roughly and layered them onto foam pads.

I cut 3 panels slightly bigger, and three more a little bit bigger still, then inked them with the Distress Inks, alternating the colours of the panels; then layered them up.

I drew a line across the base where I wanted the ribbon to be and masked off the top portion with sticky notes. I chose a small flower stamp that was easy to ink by pressing the flowerhead onto the purple and the stem onto the green, then blotted it on scrap paper each time before stamping onto the card.

I coloured the white ribbon with the Dusty Concord and stuck it down with DST as wet glue would've made the colour run.

Finally I added the sentiment in black to the right hand panel, and added all three on foam pads.

Incidently the theme at Lexi's Creations is 'flowers' so I'm entering it there too.

Wishing you all a great weekend; we're off for a family gathering so should be good fun!

Take care and happy crafting,
Charli x


LouDotMac said...

Stunning cards - I love all of the lilacs and the repeated image!

Thanks for joining us over at Lexi's Creations this fortnight in our 'Flowers' challenge - good luck.

Lou Mac. xo

Debs said...

Beautiful elegant card – thanks for playing along at LC’s this time & good luck.
Debs xx

Krista Driessen said...

Gorgeous card ! Thanks for playing along with C&T !


licking lovely lucious lilacs:)