Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ATSM Challenge #209 - Clean & Simple...

Hi! We have a new challenge up on the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge blog. This time it is

You can enter any creation as long as it is Clean and Simple. This means that clean and crisp lines, minimal or no embellishments and lots of 'white' space should be used. Though White space does not need to be 'white'. It can be any colour. White space is a term used for the area of your card with no stamping, embellishments etc.

Our lovely sponsor is

QKR Stampede and Eureka Stamps was purchased by Stamp On It in 2013 from the state of Colorado and moved to its new home in Michigan! We(Stamp On It) had its humble beginnings over 25 years ago and is now a mobile(on-the-road) family owned and operated business. We travel coast to coast and attend as a vendor over 25 retail stamping and scrapping shows each year. 

Prize: 3 digital images 

Clean and Simple or CAS as it is commonly referred to is my favorite style of card making. Here is the card I created for this challenge.

I started with a piece of water color paper and stamped the images from the Peony Bouquet stamp set by Altenew with Versamark and heat embossed with silver EP. I colored the images with several distress inks, both Ranger and Artistry. Here is a close up of the bloom.

After the inks were dry I cut out the images with the matching dies and then arranged them to my satisfaction. I clicked a picture of the arrangement with my phone. This is a great trick. Especially if you tend to spread out your card making over a couple of day. 

Then it was time to create the base. I was very inspired by the current Stamplorations sketch challenge and decided to follow it. I took a piece of kraft cardstock and used the Die Impression background technique with my Lifestyle Crafts nested circle dies. This technique is explained in detail by Jennifer Mcguire and you can check out the post and the video here. I dabbed the Indian Jamun distress ink by Artistry before running the paper through my Big Shot. The result was a lovely, subtle background of concentric rings. I used another technique by Jennifer Mcguire (tutorial here) to add some silver splatters to my card. I simple flicked some plain water on the card and covered it with silver embossing powder. I then heat set it normally. It does take some time to set the EP, since the water needs to dry. But the effect is gorgeous. Here is a closer look.

I used some thin double sided tape and silver glitter to create the silver strip on the side and mounted the whole thing on a cream card base with foam tape. The sentiment is from the Big, The Bold and The Extras set by Winnie & Walter.

I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. Please do check out the Addicted to Stamps and More blog for more inspiration by my super talented and amazing DT teamies. And be sure to add your entries to our gallery here!

Entering my card in the following challenges:

Penny Black and More August Challenge - Anything Goes with a Stamp

AAA Cards Game #72
I used two new techniques - die impression background and using water to add splatters and heat embossing.



  1. Your card is so pretty Nandini!! Loved your coloring and accents of glitter! :)

  2. Wow this card is stunning. Love how you layered the leaves and flowers and superb colouring. Really like how the silver bursts look, great technique and fab to see you at AAA

  3. Love the background you created for your fab bouquet, I'd only seen that technique the other day and thought how cool it was.
    So pleased you linked up at STAMPlorations too. :)

  4. woow Nandini love the silver on your flower and how you coloring the flowers
    great splatter and I adore your CAS beautiful card
    see you around teamie
    biig hugs from teammate

  5. Very inspirational indeed, love this card and the fab background technique you used. Thanks so much for sharing with us again at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x

  6. What a pretty card Nandini and I love all the techniques you used! xxx

  7. A beautiful creation, love your coloring!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Penny Black and more!

  8. A lovely bright and cheery creation, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  9. Beautiful card, fabulous coloring! thanks for playing with us at AAA Cards!