Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Clean and Simple Stamping - A New Feature!

Good morning stampers!
You may have noticed a few new features here of late and we hope you are enjoying all the extra opportunities to put your creativity to work. Another new, monthly feature will showcase Clean and Simple Stamping - a style that many have embraced not only for it's elegance, but for it's ease! One thing is true, Clean and Simple does not mean boring and sometimes it's actually a challenge to KEEP it Clean and Simple. Most of us are natural 'embellishers' so it's great to apply the principle of less is more once in a while in our art.

Today's card is not only Clean and Simple, but it shows non-traditional Christmas colors, something that I personally struggle with and I'm sure some of you do as well. It's hard to get the idea of what Christmas should look like to you personally out of your head when designing a project, but it's great for us to break out of our box sometimes.

Let me start with some measurements for you:
Whisper White card base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", folded in half to create an A2 sized card - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Concord Crush layer: 4" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White layer: 3 3/4" x 5"

You'll notice that for each layer, I simply cut the cardstock 1/4" smaller so that when it's layered, it provides a mat of 1/8" all around. These are great guidelines for any stamper to follow, especially if you are a novice. This 1/4" variance will become your standard over time and is easy to apply to any size of stacked layers.
Also, if you need to create multiple cards, a two color mixture and this layout are perfect for making the most of your cardstock. With just 3 pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" Whisper White and 1 piece of 8 1/2" x 11 Concord Crush, you can create 4 cards.

Now, let's get stampin'!
Using Pear Pizazz ink and the branch stamp from A Cardinal Christmas stamp set, I inked the stamp and stamped it multiple times on the top layer of White cardstock in the upper left corner. I re-inked the stamp between each impression for this project.

Next, I inked the greeting from Many Merry Messages in Concord Crush ink and added it across the bottom of the White cardstock.
At this point, I adhered my layers together with SNAIL Adhesive.

To create the ornament focal point, I first cut a strip of Whisper White cardstock at 2" x 11". Next, I chose my image from the Delightful Decorations stamp set and inked it up with Concord Crush ink. After stamping on the strip of White cardstock, I used my Ornament Punch to punch it out cleanly. Quick tip: I always stamp my image first, then punch it out. When you hold the punch with the punch window showing up, it is super easy to line up the image creating an almost perfectly punched image every time!

This ornament was dressed up a bit by punching a small hole in the center (I used my Paper Piercer) and adding a Rhinestone Circle Ice Brad to it. It was then easily attached to the card front with two Stampin' Dimensionals. You could also add Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with a 2 Way Glue Pen or the new Rhinestone Jewels if you don't have the Rhinestone Brads.

Once the ornament was adhered to the card front, I took a 5" piece of Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon and tied it in a simple, single knot. The ends were trimmed with my Paper and Craft Scissors (which NEVER see paper in my studio - only ribbon and cloth so they don't dull).
After adding two Mini-Glue Dots to the center knot, I adhered it to the card front, just above the ornament, creating the look of it hanging from the tree.

This last photo shows just a peek at the inside of the card - I simply added a touch of the branch image to the lower right corner to give it a little color there. This is also a great way to dress up the envelope front as well!

So, there you go - a Clean and Simple project that's neither boring nor traditional!
If you wanted to, this card would be easy to step up by adding embossing - either heat or dry, glitter, more cardstock layers, a punched border - really, the sky is the limit! But really, isn't it nice to see that you can have something lovely without having to use all the tools in your toolbox? This project took less than 10 minutes to create from cutting to finish - and that's something we ALL can appreciate!
We at Stamping 411 hope you will enjoy this new monthly feature and will share your Clean and Simple projects with us as well! Be sure to leave a link in your comments here and show us your stuff!


  1. I like the colors you used.

    I might use this one for an upcoming SAS.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. beautifully done Robin, I love the look of it.

  3. I LOVE it! Looking forward to your new CAS feature...sounds great!

  4. This is just stunning! Clean and Simple, you rock!

  5. Lovely....and I love CAS, it's my favorite!!!

  6. Love it! I'm a "natural born embellisher" by nature...this card makes me want to go clean & simple for sure!!

  7. Just beautiful Robin!!! And so well written!! You ROCK girlfriend!!

  8. Love it! I have cased this card (but in different colours) and then because I had my supplies out, I had to play as well.... Find it at my blog:

  9. Lovely. I'm glad you are adding clean and simple - I need more ideas for my Iraq cards. Thanks for blessing my evening. :)

  10. This is a gorgeous Xmas card and I love your color choices! I see you have several different challenges for us to join in on...are they all one week challenges or are some two week? Just trying to fit some of your challenges into my schedule....timewise ,,,if you know what I mean:)

  11. Plain and Simple is great. Sometimes it's way to much with all the extra things on cards. Also hard to mail. Thanks. Edna

  12. This is just stunning Robin. I love the simple Elegance of it. The color choices are wonderful as well. Thanks for sharing this wonderful card....I'm sure I'll be using it.

  13. Love this card!! I have a friend that wants some Christmas cards again this year and I know she'll love this one! (PS and she works at a card store that we all know! ) :)

  14. Very pretty card with non-traditional Christmas colors. I've been into CAS lately and here's one I made:
    Thanks for all your inspiration!