Hello crafty friends!
Today I’ll be sharing a quick card with a card technique I personally struggle with… clean and simple, one layered card, ha!
To start, I cut my card base to 4.25” by 7” because I originally was planning to make this card a lot more ‘complicated’ with embellishments, paper layering, die cutting the works!
I took a hexagon stencil that I have received for free from Honey Bee Stamps, so the exact name or price I’m not entirely sure of. Using an ink blending tool and some Lawn Fawn Lemonade dye ink, I ink blended the stencil pattern in the middle of my card panel.
I am using images and the ‘Bugs and Kisses’ sentiment from an older Lawn Fawn set called Bugs and Kisses. This is actually one of the FIRST stamp sets I’ve ever purchased when I was starting out in cardmaking (in 2016) and can you believe this is my first time using it ?!
Using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink, I used my MISTI stamp positioning tool to help stamp these images onto my card panel. I used some Tonic Studio Nuvo alcohol-based markers in 451 and 453 for the cute bugs, and 379 for that large heart in between them. Looking back, I could have masked the bugs prior to ink blending, but honestly, I don’t own the coordinating dies and fussy cutting was too much for me today, ha! I think others would want to have stamped these images prior to ink blending because doing the coloring AFTER stamping them on the background slightly affected the hues on their bodies, but I truly didn’t mind this time around. But it’s something I could keep in mind for the next time.
Finally, I was sitting there debating if I should leave it this way or add the items I’ve originally planned for. I thought in this case, less was more, and so I let it be.
Do you enjoy making clean and simple cards? Does it come easy for you or do you have to restrain yourself too? Let me know in the comments below.
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Thanks for stopping by and until next time!