You make my heart sing
~ Lyrics by Bryan Adams
You know that dream where you're just going about your normal business, running around like a crazy chick all over town . . .
and you suddenly realize you're stark naked?
Yeah. That's how I feel when I try to make a Clean and Simple (CAS) card. It's like someone ripped all my clothes off and put me in the center of the room. Exposed! I can't cover up with buttons, stickers, and layers and layers of cardstock and patterned paper. It's Shameless!
There's no room for mistakes in a CAS card. Every freckle and flaw stands out like a neon sign.
No sweat. I've got a tip for you to keep your cards spotless in my Tips & Techniques below.
When I cut out some of the Open Hexagon Borders Die-namics I got so many fun shapes from both the positive and negative aspects of the die. This card just kind of evolved.
Glory be, I stayed away from Pattern Paper. That's a possible first! The patterns (yeah, I had to have something) are actually from the Lisa Johnson Design Spring Backgrounds stamped on Whip Cream cardstock with Kraft ink. (Houndstooth is so uptown!)
I used the Open Hexagon Borders Die-namics to create a window in the card front that looks into the inside of the card. I glued a transparency sheet to the left and right side of the top of the card from behind, so the card front still opens and closes like a single piece.
Tips & Techniques
If you cut the Hexagon borders out of the same color of cardstock you're adhering it to, you can get this subtle debossed/embossed look. (I used yummy Pink Lemonade cardstock.) It's a great way to add some interest to a simple card.
A glue pen like the EK Success Zig 2-Way Chisel Glue Pen is a great way to adhere the Hexagon borders. Because it's a wet glue, you can wriggle your papers into place before the glue dries. But, a little run-away, on-the-loose adhesive will ruin your clean and simple card. I keep a hard bristle brush and an artgum eraser in my top drawer. You can get these artgum erasers just about anywhere office, school or art supplies are sold. They erase and clean the paper without scratching it. A hard-bristle brush sweeps the eraser powder away. Bam! Flawless and spotless cards!
Here are the rest of the ingredients.
Finished size is 4-1/4" by 5-1/2". Other ingredients include Tim Holtz idea-ology stampler, My Mind's Eye Funday twine, clear Spica glitter pen, transparency sheet, Canvas Home Basics Kraft Flute, and Prima Cotton Tape.
The My Favorite Things (MFT) Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature where the team is challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product or technique. Yes, this month the team boss challenged us to create a card with a clean and simple style. And, get this: the boss lady's instructions included "pattern papers are specifically excluded."
Yeah, just rip all my clothes right off me why don't ya.
At least I'm not alone up here, naked. I've seen a few sneak peeks of the other other designers' CAS creations and I know you'll be shocked and amazed when you see them, too. Not at their nakedness – seriously, now, behave – but at what amazing cards they can make with just cardstock and ink. They're all gathered here, for you to enjoy.
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