Stippled Blossoms for The Paper Players

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.

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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…

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  1. Gorgeous, Ann. The colors and the layered elements create such an elegant card. The gold sequins are the perfect finishing touch.

  2. Oh Ann, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the lovely monochromatic color scheme and the Stippled Blossoms is one of my favorite stamp sets! The details of this card make me smile! XX

  3. What a beautiful monochromatic card, Ann! I always love your use of this stamp set. Your stippled background is just beautiful and I love the bold look of browns against all that gorgeous vanilla!

  4. Very pretty done with the shades of brown.

  5. Absolutely delicious!! And those little “crossroads” on the bottom are crying out for your pearls!

  6. Simply beautiful! I was looking at my catalog the other day, and when I came to this set, I thought of you! I know it is a favorite. I love the color palette, the soft background stamping and the wonderful texture you added with those scored lines. You use this stamp so well. Just love it!

  7. Your work is always amazing! I love the neutral colors and beautiful scored details. Lovely card Ann!

  8. I’ll take your clean and simple any day, Ann. What a gorgeous card…as always. Another one of yours is getting CASEd by me!

  9. It might not be ever so CAS Ann, but your card sure is gorgeous! If you removed all of the things you mention, it wouldn’t be the card it is and it is beautiful for it! I love the background stamping on the polka dot DSP; I must try this, it adds real depth and interest to the background.

  10. Ann this is absolutely exquisite! It is just perfect the way it is and I wouldn’t change a thing. I love the neutral colors with a splash of gold. Gorgeous!

  11. Love the card, Ann; however you would decide to create it would be perfect! I have so much fun looking and re-looking at your cards because I always see something missed when first viewing it. All of your signature detail is so pleasing to the eye! Hugs

  12. So elegant. Love the stippling and the monochromatic look! Nice card!

  13. Simply gorgeous!

    Chris R. from Iowa

  14. This really is stunning!All the extra details are what makes it so gorgeous!

  15. a stunning card; we are our own worse critics; you could redo this card, using the same elements, or removing some, but it still would be beautiful! Thank you for my package I received in the mail….one of a kind!!

  16. What a gorgeous card, Ann! Those flowers are spectacular!

  17. Beautiful card. Love the neutral color scheme and all the pretty details.

  18. Love your browns which has such a sophisticated monochromatic look. You are too hard on yourself second guessing what if what if, but then, that’s what makes you such a great designer. My only change might have been to replace the sequin strands with linen cord and fray it for an even lighter look. Then did I see another version of the card with a gold metallic feather – which definitely needs the gold sequin strands. Happy card Ann and beautifully executed. I like the embossing hatch lines too.

  19. A beautiful card Ann. I love all the details!

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