Change Up Your Clean and Simple Card in 1 Easy Step

by Laurie Willison

Hello there, crafty friends!  It's Laurie here today with my usual clean and simple card.  Today I am using the gorgeous new set called Flowering Cistus.  I adore these blooms and love how easy they are to stamp.

Altenew FloweringCistus2I stamped out 4 of the blooms using the Golden Sunset Oval Ink Set. Those yellows are my favorite! Using the Tropical Forest Oval Ink Set, I stamped out the leaves. Just 3 easy steps for each image! I lay them all out in the arrangement above and realized that this would be my typical clean and simple layout. I love the white background to make those blooms pop!  But then I realized I needed to change one small detail to step it up a notch.

Altenew FloweringCistus4It is such an easy step to add patterned paper, but I never think of it.  Altenew has the perfect paper pack called Essential Black and White.  I love all the different patterns included but my favorite are all those beautiful stripes.

Altenew FloweringCistus6After cutting the top off of my white card base and removing one little bloom, I added the panel to a diagonal striped piece of paper from the paper pack.  I love how just a little touch of designer paper changed up the whole look of my simple card, while still keeping it quick and easy!

Altenew FloweringCistus5Next time you create a clean and simple card, I challenge you to take a look and change up one little element and see how it gives you a whole new card!

I hope you have enjoyed today's creation.  Thanks so much for coming by!



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Carol R. June 7, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Your card with the four blooms is beautiful. Your card with three blooms and the addition of the black and white patterned paper made your card gorgeous… WOW! Such a simple step made a big impact.

dawnnz June 8, 2020 - 4:22 AM

Gorgeous. It’s amazing what a difference adding the black and white PP makes.

Inkin' Chickie June 8, 2020 - 5:05 AM

Nice look at how the addition of the patterned paper changes the look of the card.

Vera Feldman June 8, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Love those cards – just a little extra makes the difference

Kathy Shortt July 17, 2021 - 9:50 AM

How did you do the shading on the flowers and leaves?

Laurie Willison July 20, 2021 - 11:47 AM

That is apart of the layered stamp set! Love the detail it adds!


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