Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Paper Players 429

This week it is CAS week at The Paper Players and it's exciting: to use shades of the same colour.


I chose blue and used only two shades: Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel. It was also a first outing for a new set Beach Happy from the Occasions catalogue.

The deck chair has stamped stripes but the umbrella is paper pieced. 


The chair and umbrella were masked off and I sponged over some Balmy Blue. After creating a horizon line with a Post-it note, I added in some Blueberry Bushel to delineate sky from water. Then I added in some stylised wave lines to give the idea of water.


I think it's an all-purpose card: encouragement, retirement, bon voyage, get well, birthday...

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Friday, 15 February 2019

As You See It 194 - Design Team Card


This week's challenge at As You See It gives us a starter to finish as we like. When I think of 'simple', I think of stamping without all the fancy equipment. So no Big Shot, dies or embossing folders, no heat gun or embossing. Just stamp, ink and paper.


Of course, simple doesn't always mean easy. If all you have are stamps, then they all have to be perfectly stamped and perfectly placed because there's nowhere to hide. 


I confess to having to do this card twice because I missed getting the trunks touching and had one foot off the ground first time round!


I picked these colours, rather than softer and sweeter colours,  to give the card a more masculine feel.

How do you see simple? You can see how the rest of the As You See It team saw it here. Why not visit then join in with us. You can play until Wednesday 27 February.

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Freshly Made Sketches 375

I was tempted by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

Rooted in Nature was my favourite set from the 2018 Annual Catalogue so it was a pleasure to get it out for this challenge. I like the combination of Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and copper.


The Corrugated embossing folder makes a good background for the centre panel, adding a slightly rustic touch to the glamour of the copper foil.


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Thursday, 14 February 2019

TGIF 198

I've been thinking a bit lately about simple stamping. What does it really mean? For me, it's about the kind of stamping you can do when you don't own all the fancy tools like a Big Shot, dies, embossing folders and heat guns.

Simple doesn't always mean easy: if all you've got is stamps, then each one has to be formed and placed perfectly because there's nowhere to hide! There are a heap of different techniques you can use for interest and variety and even more if you add in some inexpensive items such as aquapainters, some colouring tools and maybe a punch or two.

In this card, I was inspired by the sketch at TGIF Challenge, which I kept very clean and simple. I'm always a fan of CAS - I like to see lots of open space to let a design breathe.


I haven't quite worked out where colouring tools fit in the scheme of simple stamping. There are so many different ways to colour, there's a way for everyone. I used Stampin' Blends in this card because I have them but it would work just as well if you used a blender pen and ink, coloured pencils or Stampin' Write markers.


Because this is more of a notecard, I took it down to 10.5x10.5cm square. The vellum is folded around the card front and anchored under the small butterfly with a glue dot.


I'm confident that this card would sit happily in the simple stamping camp.

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