Thursday, 15 August 2013

Clean and simple???

Hello everyone and I hope you are all well and happy.

As you may have noticed, Fashionable Stamping Challenges are having a challenge this fourtnight with the theme of one layer cards or CAS cards.

Now anybody who knows me, also knows that I do not do CAS. Though I have been stamping for years I have only once in my life done a CAS card, and that was just recently for a design team piece which I will show towards the end of the month. Now I did really enjoy making that one and as I also felt I could well do with some more practice, I decided to play in the challenge, so here is my card.

I used a beautiful stamp from La Blanche, stamped it on their special stamping paper in black archival, masked it and then stamped an old Tim Holtz scrip stamp over it
I used an Inkylicious Ink Duster brush to blend some Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Bundled Sage lightly over and around it and then coloured the thistle and clock part with Distress Markers. I then blended a little bit of Bundled Sage through some sequin waste to add a bit of texture

A sentiment stamp and Remnant Rub finished it all off.

I had a really hard time just leaving it like that, it somehow looked unfinished, so in the end I mounted it on some green card. (Really, I had too, because I had totally messed up the back ...)
So, now it is really a two layer card, but for me it still is Clean and Simple, so I just hope the ladies will let me off....

Things I have learnt:
1. Clean your craft mat really thoroughly before starting (or in my case probably purchase a new one... :o(  )
2. Mask off the edges of your card, so that you don't mess up when blending ink
3. Use a sentiment with a really clean font (I think my sentiment does not look right with that font)
4. Keep practising to get better.....
5. These cards are loads of fun to do and are quite quick to make!

Well, there you have it, hope you won't think it's too bad and thank you for visiting!
I am adding this to the FSC challenge

40 comments:

Heather Rogers said...

Hello Astrid

This is most unusual for you but you have done it beautifully. I love the clean lines to it and the content. It does us good to do things we don't normally do I think. I look forward to seeing you other one later in the month! Have a good day!
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

It is an elegant , stylisch card you have made here, me myself love three differant styles and I try to practice them otherwise I forget, your card is a beauty !!I love it!!

Greetings
Maria

Paula Whittaker said...

I can give you a top tip of mine....cut a piece of copier paper or any other thin type paper to the size of your project and adhere to the back of the card or piece your working on - I use a tape runner that uses a re moveable (non permanent) adhesive. Anyhow....loving your clean and simple card...that stamp really makes the job easy - will have to check it out!

Brenda Brown said...

How beautiful this is Astrid, fabulous colours and stamping.
Hugs Brenda xxx

artwolf2009 said...

love your Card, and your tips made me smile seeing what we all have the same Problems once in a while

Rita said...

Good Morning Astrid. What a beautiful creation. I love what you've done and the stamp is stunning. I have not seen this one before. What an inspiration you are. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

chrissies said...

This is a stunning card and I have saved your tips as they are terrific. My efforts at CAS cards always look awful so maybe the tips will help. Thank you

Love Chrissie xx

annekescardart said...

This is so beautiful. Thank you for showing and explaination you put on your blog. Anneke. www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Maryann Laursen said...

I really don´t think, you even CAN make something that´s too bad. This looks just as gorgeous as all your work always do Astrid. I actually don´t think you ever do anything that looks bad, at least I have never seen it then. And this one look sooo great too and the way you´ve blended the colors together looks just fabulous. Boy if I could make anything look like this, I would be in heaven.

Aquarius said...

You've built up a lovely collage in the CAS style which I know I find difficult for all the reasons mentioned in your hints and tips!! It is good to step out of the comfort zone now and again but so good to step back in again LOL!!

Deborah said...

You've made CAS Astrid-stylee and it looks fabulous, even if you found it a bit of a trial getting there. Thanks for sharing your tips and observations too.

Shirley Chillman said...

Love the muted collage style Astrid very simplistic but oh so elegant.

With my FSC head on thank you for sharing and joining in with the challenge.

With my own head on it looks so striking but delicate and soft all at the same time.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Ros Crawford said...

I absolutely LOVE your card!!! Beautifully done and what is it they say ... "unless you try something you haven't mastered ... you never grow" Seems like you've now mastered CAS perfectly to me!

Meggymay said...

A fabulous CAS card Astrid and backing it on a base layer compliments the beautiful collage.
Loved your top tips.
With my FSC hat on, thank you for taking up our CAS challenge and joining the fun.
Yvonne x

Marianne said...

You made a beautiful CAS card. I can imagine that it's hard for you LOL.
xxx Marianne

Laura Turner said...

I also have a hard time with CAS, but you've achieved a BEAUTIFUL result! LOVE it! (I agree with your comnment on your sentiment type.) I've just recently purchased a few LaBlanche stamps and am looking forward to using them.

Maryanne said...

I think this card is beautiful! Really, you probably can't make something that isn't beautiful :)! But, I know what you mean about CAS. It's not how I work either. But, what a great exercise in keeping things simple, which is a good thing sometimes!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! Very different project for you Astrid but still totally gorgeous!! I don't think you could make anything bad even if you tried. I love the stamps and your ink blending as always is just perfect. Love it!! ox

Anne Kristine said...

Oh..my this is just gorgeous...love all the stamping and colors...beautiful together ♥♥♥
Hugs, Anne

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your blended colours Astrid and your gorgeous stamps...

Anne

Terry said...

Your CAS is still so beautifully detailed! Love the soft blending of colors and the clean edges! Hugs!

Dianne said...

Oh my goodness have I missed some fabulous creations, one outstanding make after another, even you clean and simple is stunning, I can imagine you having to stop LOL.The bag and card, outstanding work, the box, gorgeous, thanks for sharing and always putting a big smile on my face, its a pleasure to visit you, thanks for sharing..

May said...

Love your CAS card Astrid, Great image & colours Love the green too...I've never tired one..But will know... Thanks for the inspiration... Hugs May x x x

Dona said...

Love it-like the colors you blended for the background.
Dona

Sylvia Blum said...

love love love it, Astrid!!! Gorgeous card!!!
{hugs} Sylvia

Dorthe said...

Astrid, dear -untill reading this post I never heard about CAS cards- so I`m happy you "translated" for me to understand!!
Not knowing the term, and what is expected I might not be the right to speak, but I think your card is very beautiful, and truly clean and simple in my eyes!!- Such beautiful stamps ,too, and the soft colouring makes it so beautiful!! Thankyou for new knowlage :-)
Hugs from Dorthe

Redanne said...

I just love yoru gorgeous card Astrid, your tips gave me a giggle, I think we have all be there, but great to have a sensible reminder! Hugs, Anne x

Ellie Knol said...

You and CAS - hehe, you're right, I had to look twice. BUT - it turned out beautifully!

Zuzu's Blog said...

turned out beautifully. I need a lesson x

marda said...

Beautiful card..the stamps, the colors you've used. Guess I'm not the only one who can mess up the back of a card!!!! Guess I'll have to try Miss Paula's advice from above.

inkypinkycraft said...

simply stunning stamping!! hugs trace x

Fandhmum said...

It is beautiful, regardless of whether it is one or two layers,
Rosie x

Sue C said...

Beautiful card Astrid, love the stamping and the stencilling. I'm with you on CAS, I always want to add more too !

Thanks for joining us at FSC too !
Sue C
x

Buttons said...

Beautifully done Astrid. Can't do CAS for toffee so I'm very impressed. Hugs, Jenny x

Sandie Edwards said...

You made me sooooooo smile (BIG) with the 'should buy new mat' isn't it amazing how colour can remain - even after a good clean. Clean and keeping things clean can be quite difficult. I at times use butchers paper (or packing paper) because I just cannot get colour out of my mat - mind you, its probably 15 years old! Your card is beautiful ....

Mrs.B said...

Hi Astrid, A beautiful card and a very striking image, which I agree looks better matted onto the coloured cardstock.
Great top tips, just need to remember to actually put them into practice.
Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
Avril x

Claire said...

HI Astrid,well you've aced our CAS challenge, this is stunning. I love the stamps you've used and the colours are blended so beautifully. I agree about the craft mat, I always mess up the back of my projects lol. Hope you're having a good weekend and thanks for joining us at FSC
Claire xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Astrid
Sorry for taking so long to visit.
It might be CAS but it has the mark of Astrid all over it.
Beautiful stamps and I love the soft and dreamy use of colour.
Wishes
Lynne

butterfly said...

Love the delicate blending of the inks (may have to look in to duster brushes), and I agree with Lynne that, even though it's CAS - and lovely with it - it still feels like you! Glorious stamp too...
Alison x

Annick GUIPOUY said...

wouah! It's very beautiful card Astrid.
Love

Annick

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