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Hello, Altenew friends! Hannelie here today and I am so excited to share a new project featuring a set of three clean and simple cards made with the Botanical Honeycomb 3D Embossing Folder and simple coloring stencil set. The embossing folder and stencil set showcases two types of flowers, one smaller and one larger, of which the larger flowers are beautifully framed within a hexagon.

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This set is perfect for anyone who loves intricate patterns as well as those who prefer a clean and simple aesthetic. In this post, I'll show you how to achieve both looks! The beautiful pattern made me smile from the moment I saw it, making it easy to choose a theme and color combination for this set of cards.

I used the following color combination on all three clean and simple cards:

Let's dive into the combination of the embossing folder and coloring stencil set:

Card #1 : The more detailed look

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  1. Place a piece of cardstock in the embossing folder and run it through your die-cutting machine.
  2. Secure the embossed cardstock onto a sticky mat.
  3. Decide on a color combination for your design.
  4. Use the stencils and a mini blending brush to add color. You can color all the flowers and the hexagon frame, or selectively add color like I did, to create a variety of looks. I used stencil #1, coloring only the small flowers, and stencil #3, coloring only the dots, or flower centers.
  5. Remove the cardstock from the sticky mat and trim it to fit your card base.
  6. Use Instant Dimension Foam Tape to adhere the panel to the card base.
  7. Die-cut your chosen sentiment from white cardstock, using a die-cut machine. I used one from the Timeless Sentiments 2 Die Set, but any die-cut sentiment will work.
  8. Add color to the sentiment using your ink color of choice and a mini blending brush. Adhere the die -cut sentiment to the card with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. TIP: The coordinating shadow die works great to enlarge the sticking surface and makes the sentiment pop beautifully against the embossed surface.

I decided against adding embellishments since the card already has beautiful detail.

Now that we've explored the detailed look, it's time to create two clean and simple cards. For these designs, I didn't use the embossing folder, only the coloring stencils and a technique I call “selective inking.”

Card #2 : First clean and simple version

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  1. Secure a piece of cardstock onto a sticky mat
  2. Use stencil #1 to color only the four petals of the larger flower. By using a mini blending brush, it was easy to add color selectively and masking wasn't necessary!
  3. Use stencil #2 to complete the flower petals and stencil #3 to add the flower centers
  4. Remove the cardstock from the sticky mat and trim it to fit your card base.
  5. Use a circle die to cut out a corner. TIP : This piece of card stock can be used to make and even more simple card or tag!
  6. Die-cut your chosen sentiment from the cut out circle, using a die-cut machine. I used one from the Timeless Sentiments 2 Die Set. I combined it with a stamped sentiment from the Branching Roses stamp set, stamped with Obsidian Black Pigment ink. TIP : Remember to plan ahead and stamp the sentiment on the card base using the Stampwheel, before adhering the card panel to the card base.
  7. Adhere the card panel to the card base using Instant Dimension Foam tape.

Card #3 : Second clean and simple version

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  1. Follow steps 1 to 4 as outlined above for the first clean and simple card, but restrict the pattern to one side of the card.
  2. Use a large circle die to cut out a circle in the middle of the card panel.
  3. Adhere the remaining part of the card panel to the card base using your choice of glue.
  4. Die-cut your chosen sentiment from white cardstock, using a die-cut machine. I once again used one from the Timeless Sentiments 2 Die Set. Add color to the die cut sentiment using your ink color of choice and a mini blending brush . I combined it with a stamped sentiment from the Branching Roses stamp set, stamped with Sapphire ink this time. Remember once again to stamp the sentiment before adhering the die-cut sentiment.
  5. Adhere the die-cut sentiment to the circle cut out.
  6. Complete the card by adhering the circle to the card base with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. TIP: To make the die-cut sentiments pop , cut the sentiment 3 or 4 times and glue them together for beautiful dimension.

PRO TIP : By using selective inking, the possibilities for creating different looks are endless! Experimenting with different color combinations can also change the mood or feeling of the design.

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If you have more ideas for selective inking, I would love to read them in the comments below!

Wishing you a wonderful creative day. Thanks for stopping by!

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4 comments

Tara C Prince June 13, 2024 - 11:13 AM

so fun and cute

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Hannelie Bester June 13, 2024 - 10:54 PM

Thanks Tara!

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Maureen Reiss June 13, 2024 - 12:05 PM

These are Beautiful cards!!!

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Hannelie Bester June 13, 2024 - 10:54 PM

Thanks Maureen!

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