Hello there! It’s been a busy week, aren’t they all? But, I have managed a few minutes here and there to make a couple of quick, clean, simple and under 10 minute cards that are really pretty with unique embellishments/cuts that add a little something extra to a clean and simple card. For a CAS card, you just need 1 WOW. That’s all folks.
I have been wanting to ink up the Simple Flowers stamp set by Altenew for a few weeks now and I’m still on my spring pastel thing, when in real life, I am SO NOT a pastel person. My style is clean and simple. I work best with that and certain illustrated images that fit my personal style that I like. When you find that mix, cardmaking is much easier on you. We all get into the slumps with no mojo or time, but that combination works best for me. Most of all, stay true to you and your creative style. I love to spread my wings to try new and different techniques. I have even made up a few techniques myself! Try a stamp set every now and then that you would never dream of using and just keep growing. If you stay in one place too long, you start to grow mold. Scientific fact. Most of all, do not get caught up in the cliques. That is certain death for 99.8% of cardmakers.
For this card, I used one color for the stems and other colors within the same family for my leaves. For the flowers, I used light pinks and purples and just stamped across the card. When it was off balance, I cut it down, but only on the front of the card. I did cut the back of the card too, only right where the point met the edge of the card so I could build my edge up. I used MFT Stamps Blueprints 5 to die-cut in the pretty edge on the right side. You would not expect that on this card. I cut 2 more pieces of cardstock of MFT Stamps Cement Gray and Stampin’ Up! Silver Glimmer Paper.
If I could do this again, I would not have the right edge so “big” to speak. I would have cut it so that the white, Cement Gray and Silver Glimmer Paper were evenly spaced. You’re always learning…like how I need to learn to really edit pictures and take better ones. It only took about 5 years to learn how to do a voiceover!
If you look very close, you can see that I sprayed retired MFT Stamps MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Spray. You can see the shine looking at the card. Perfect Pearls Spray is a good substitute, as well as making your own pearlized spray or using Stampin’ Up! Shimmer Cardstock. You always have options.
I am really loving Altenew products. They are so unique and have really carved out their market in the industry. While there’s a lot of stamp companies starting up, most of them have been able to find their own niche.
Before all of the techniques came along, and I’ve said this in my last few posts, remember when we were making scallop edges on our cards with a Stampin’ Up! punch – before their scallop edge punch came out? I’m missing those days of old a decade ago when card making and creating was just stamps, paper and ink. Anybody else? You were really blessed if you had the coordinating buttons and ribbon! It was simple and fun! On big time stuff, you had glitter and twine. Products from the scrapbooking industry went over to the cardmaking industry and that’s a lot of stuff.
Now everything seems so complicated. Artist grade alcohol markers from Japan (Copic) and a ton of other products from various crafting industries hit the cardmaking industry big time and the next thing you knew, we were using artist grade everything, but it also improved us as artists, not just a hobby. The industry has taken a lot of turns lately. Some good, some bad, but I still miss just stamps, ink and paper. I want to focus on that more. That’s just me right now with my schedule and life.
For my stamping, left to right above re the flower colors using Altenew Crisp Dye Ink, Puffy Heart, Soft Lilac, Rose Quartz and Lavender Fields. These inks may stamp a bit splotchy, but one the ink has dried, it will even out. The only image I stamped twice was the first flower on the left using Puffy Heart. For the leaves, Altenew Inks are divided up into 4 colors per family and this is due to their 4-step stamping and layering images. The ink colors are named by group and I used the Warm Gray Collection for my stems and leaves in the middle. Stamping off your colors can yield you 3-4 different colors per ink pad when you use your MISTI or a Stamp-a-ma-jig too. Again, there are always options and the longer you are cardmaking, stamping or scrapbooking, you learn more, and what you will use and won’t use, and more importantly, what you actually need, not want. Big difference. I am currently minimizing and scaling back to needs only, which is why you see the FOR SALE in my Nav Bar. I need to do about another 100 videos it seems. You do not need everything you see on the videos you watch. Become more creative by using what you have, because it will make you much more creative – trust me on that one.
Lastly, of course I had to add a few subtle embellishments of 2 colors and sizes of sequins. When I make a card or project, I am very aware of everything being cohesive.
Thank you so very much for stopping by today to visit me. Happy Good Friday.