Hello friends, Norine back with you again, just a couple of days after my last post! You wouldn’t know that the schedule originally had Laurie sharing her creative genius with you today, but because of a demanding summer schedule, we ended up switching posting dates. But since it was Laurie you were going to be inspired by, I thought you still should be, so I would create a project in the style of Laurie, which is to say, Clean and Simple!
While Clean and Simple is often a challenge for me, I made two cards for today’s post, both slimline; one regular and one mini! I wanted to invoke the aspects of Laurie’s style that she does so well – her uncluttered designs and soft, uncomplicated color schemes.
I began by die cutting several of each of the smallest leaf and flower shapes in the Simple Nesting Flowers Layering Dies set from white cardstock. If I could snap my fingers and have any wish granted, (after World Peace and No Children Go Hungry) it would probably be that Altenew make colored cardstock to match allll of the Altenew ink colors! (That’s not asking too much, right?) Until that happens though, I can make my own by ink blending my little white die cuts! (And to be fair, Altenew has a very good selection of Gradient Cardstocks – listed in the Supplies Used at the bottom of this post) but my stock is at home where I am currently not.)
I’m not good about planning colors ahead of time, so I just ink blended blooms in all my favorite colors; the leaves with Olive, and the flower centers with Warm Sunshine and Marigold. Then I glued together a variety of flower/center/leaf combos.
To create the colored background squares, I die cut three squares from a strip of cardstock using the smallest of the Fine Frames Dies. That provided me with three openings I could use as a stencil, as well as the thin white frame to glue on top.
I stenciled Cotton Candy, Lavender Fields and Iceberg Crisp Dye Inks through each square opening, then adhered flowers ink blended with Sea Breeze, Coral Bliss (although it looks a little more tomato-y in my edited photos) and Mango Smoothie. Finally, I glued the white frame die cuts over the edges of the colored squares and over top of the leaves where they ran into each other.
For my second card, I made a mini slimline size – 3 1/8” x 6 1/4”. To keep it ultra simple and striking, I ink-blended a single colored square and glued the thin white frame around the edge.
Then I chose two inked flower/leaf combinations and adhered them together on the yellow background. Both of today’s cards use sentiments from the Sentiment Strips 2 stamp set and are stamped with Permanent Black ink.
The background color on this card is Mango Smoothie and the flowers are inked with Hydrangea and Coral Berry.
I hope you like these cards, and the Clean and Simple way I’ve used this fun die set! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!