It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players. This week we are hosting a “Clean and Simple Thank You” challenge. Although my card did not end up looking so clean and simple, it was when I designed it in my head. I probably should not have scored the bottom…but at least I did not add pearls, as I would have loved to have done. Then we have the matter of the top panel. Maybe I should not have randomly stamped the Stippled image. And what about that bow…perhaps something a little more tailored would have been in order. But in the end, the card is what it is. Which brings us to an important caveat: If it is clean and simple to you, it is clean and simple to us. At the Paper Players, we are all about the fun.
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long.
- “Bow”-dacious! Early Espresso Seam Binding was spritzed with rubbing alcohol and then crumpled into a ball. When it was dry, it was carefully uncrumpled and tied into a bow. Strands of Gold Sequins provide a touch of elegance.
- Faintly floral! One of my favorite backgrounds is crafted using the Stippled image. For this card it was inked with Soft Suede, stamped off twice, and randomly stamped over Very Vanilla Polka Dot paper, from the Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack.
- Feather! For a touch of whimsy plus elegance, a gold embossed Feather from the Four Feathers stamp set was added. The addition of the feather certainly took away from the “clean with lots of white space” aspect. But I loved the organic feel it imparted to the overall design, so I left it on.
As they say, hindsight is twenty-twenty. Remove the feather, substitute a simpler bow without the sequins, skip the random stamping, and delete the scoring…and there you have my clean and simple card! As always, your comments are so very important to me. Won’t you let me know what you think of today’s card? And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…