It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week, the lovely Claire has a Clean and Simple challenge that is so appropriate: Snowy Day!
What can I say? I’m looking at 7 inches of snow that fell late Friday evening into early Saturday. This is atop the 10+ inches we had last weekend. So yep…we have a snowy day, and it’s a perfect time to stay in and stamp! I hope you enjoy my attempt at a clean and simple snow card.
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Clean and Simple cards are always difficult for me. I’m more of a Dirty and Layered type of stamper…and this card was no exception. Here was my first attempt:
Two icy trees and a snow laden evergreen were cut from Sparkle Glimmer paper, as well as two billowy snow drifts. The little bird is from the Sitting Pretty set. I made him a cardinal. Believe it or not, when I was growing up, the cardinal was my elementary school’s mascot. The sentiment is from the retired Alpine Adventure stamp set.
However, this card just didn’t seem right. The sentiment “dirtied” my snow. The bird looked like it was floating on the surface of the tree. And those icy trees, which are usually gorgeous, were misplaced. So I followed MY number one rule of making Clean and Simple cards: When I think I’m finished, I start removing items. The first to come off was the sentiment. Then the tree on the right. But since that left me with an even number of trees, (I prefer odds), I removed the other one. And if that wasn’t enough, I cut off the legs of the bird. I know that sounds mean, but I nestled him in the branches of the evergreen so he could safely recuperate.
When it was all said and done, I ended up with a card which I think is much cleaner, and definitely simpler. I can’t wait to create a few more of these. Hmm…could I have already found my holiday card for 2019?
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Oh Ann, I know we both feel those struggles on CAS week. LOL! Your card is gorgeous, as always. I do have to say I also enjoyed your alternative “if it weren’t a CAS challenge card.” LOL! I have to admit that I do the same thing. I make a card, then try to strip it down a little. It’s a learning process, right? LOL! Big hugs!
Ann, you made perfect use of the snowfalling embossing folder and the gorgeous glimmery paper. the muted colors make this an even more elegant card. The little bird is the perfect finishing touch.
Ann, this is so gorgeous! I love the shimmery trees and snowdrifts. The pop of red with your sweet bird adds the perfect pop of color! Embossed backgrounds always make me smile! You rocked my challenge! Have a lovely weekend! Stay warm! XX
I am really loving your textured tree paired with the falling snow EF (one of my all time faves)! Yikes…you have really gotten a lot of snow! I don’t mind it now since I’m retired, but snow was a dreaded thing when I was still working as a nurse and didn’t get snow days!
I love the paired down version of your snowy card Ann – that embossing folder is an all-time favourite of mine and I almost used it on my card this week before I changed my mind and decided to get inky! Your card is a great example of ‘less is more’ – the textures really bring your card to life. I am almost disappointed that tree made the carryover list – I had resisted purchasing it, now it is still calling my name!!!
This was so much fun to read, Ann. I like how you eliminated items, and your finished card is fabulous!
Simply stunning! Love the little pop of red with the white and glimmer.
Very pretty! I love that big tree!
This card is just gorgeous!!! I love that embossed background and that textured and glittery tree is fantastic!
stunning & I’m sure you’ll come up with more variations of this card.
Love all the texture on this card…beautiful scene!
I love both of your cards Ann. They are both beautiful. I do like the way that you added the words “Let it snow”. Thank you for making the tutorial. I will be printing it out. Stay warm and safe in the snow.
The final result is just gorgeous. Love it. I have been working on simpler cards too. Not as successful probably but I like them. I would love to see this as your holiday card. That limited velvet paper would have been pretty too.
Enough with the snow already. As I write this, it is snowing here. At least the boxers are taller, poor Teddy with his short legs is having a terrible time even getting out the door!
That’s timeless Ann. And I know you live in a world of snow right now, so you are probably just looking outside your windows for inspiration!
I agree the bird nestled on the branch is more real like. Two many trees over did it on your first attempt, but this second one is clean, simple and classy.