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by Laurie Willison

Hello friends!  It's Laurie Willison here with a new card and a video. One question I get all the time is how to create a clean and simple card. Well, so many times I have full intentions of adding all the layers and colors and details….but my brain won't let me. I definitely love the simplicity of white space with a bold focal point. One way to keep it simple is to add the color and/or detail in the background and leave the bloom or main image in black and white.

altenewfloralartlauriewillison2This card was so fun to make using the Sketched Lines Stencil. I masked off the edges of the card base and then added the color in. I used Frayed Leaf ink from the Green Fields Mini Cube Set. I also blended in Volcano Lake and Mountain Mist inks from the Sea Shore Mini Cube Set.

altenewfloralartlauriewillison4I used the large bloom from the Floral Art Stamp Set. I just love this bloom! It looks amazing left in black and white.

altenewfloralartlauriewillison1One of my most favorite Altenew stamp sets is called Thinking of You. This set includes LOTS of sentiments in different fonts. I grabbed one of the simple “thinking of you” sentiments and stamped it in the corner. I added the bloom up on foam tape and then finished it off with some black enamel dots.

altenewfloralartlauriewillison3Here is a quick video showing how I created this card. You can watch it below or on Altenew's YouTube channel:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day!

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Christine P Hawkins March 31, 2019 - 10:21 AM

This is so pretty! I am off to “steal” your idea!

evelinevanheijst March 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

I love the elegant black and white flower against the beautiful background.

Henriëtte March 31, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Clean, simple and gorgeous card Laurie. The lovely background make your black/white flower pop, that’s awesome. Thank you so much fro showing.

Tricia Podmore March 31, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Gorgeous simplicity and clean cards. Love just focusing on backgrounds and not coloring the image, love this technique. Thank you for sharing and inspiring so appreciate the time.

Margaret R March 31, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Such a lovely card! I’m just about to make a wedding card and you’ve given me some terrific ideas!

Pam Ryan March 31, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Perfectly detailed technique video! Thank you

Terrie D. March 31, 2019 - 2:06 PM

This is a beautiful card! I love how you added the black and white bloom over a colorful background. :)

Karen G. March 31, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Thank you for a great looking card and so easy!

knurse22 March 31, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Love the simplicity, your inking with the stencil, and your sentiment. Simple is beautiful! Thanks for the great video!

Sheila Bacon March 31, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Thank you for sharing your idea. Very eye-catching card. I have quite a collection of stencils so will need to give your technique a try.

Linda Huffman March 31, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Simple but beautiful!

Hamutal Shafrir April 1, 2019 - 5:35 AM

Beautiful card!

Pam Nichols April 1, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Simple, but beautiful card, love your technique!!

Cheryl Crenshaw April 2, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Lateness is a favorite of mine when it comes to building beautiful cards.

Jennifer Sears April 3, 2019 - 7:38 AM

Great versatile idea. I love your blending background.
Thank you for sharing!


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