Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Clean & Simple

We've  got a Clean & Simple (CAS) Challenge on I ♥ Promarkers  for #73 this week and our prize is sponsored by Joanna Sheen.

I struggled with CAS cards in the past, but recently I've become more comfortable with them.  It is so hard to resist the temptation to add just a little more to a design !   Careful placement of the elements is the secret to achieving balance and simplicity in your CAS design.

When we talk about 'white space' on CAS cards it doesn't necessarily have to be white, just clean open spaces.   For my DT card I opted to use a kraft base card on which I stamped the coffee/tea stain image, from Queen Kat Designs, using Memento Rich Cocoa ink - I suspect that most of us have images just like this one on our crafting table !!  The Relax sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and the teacup image is a freebie stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine.

I don't often use the masking technique but I knew that I wanted the three teacup images to look as though they were really stacked on top of each other - I hope I achieved this, what do you think?

The image was cut out with a plain rectangle nestie and distressed around the edges with Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  The image was, of course, coloured with Promarkers.

That's it from me today, it's over to you now, let us see your CAS creations.  Add a link to your card on the ILPM blog and we'll drop over to check it out, plus you will be entered into the draw for this week's prize of £10 to spend in the Joanna Sheen Store.


Debs M said...

i wouldn't have realised it was masked unless you said, looks fabulous, great card x

Paula said...

Mission accomplished - I didn't remember that it was only one cup - thought you'd just stamped it; very effective & realistic. Love the shading on those cups & saucers. The coffee/tea stain with RELAX is brilliant.
Paula (PEP)

Craftyrose said...

Ab Fab Wynneth! Love those tea cups!

Kathyk said...

Time for a cuppa!!! Fabulous card/masking/stamping and, of course, colouring - you are the queen of colouring

Happy Wednesday


Annie said...

perfectly CAS Wynneth! reminds me of you clearing up after our little get together .. .. ..
hugs, annie x

Kt_Dragonfly said...

Amazing card and LOVE the coffee ring stain stamp :D also very impressed that the tea cups are actually a single cup stamp, I honestly thought they were a multiple cup image!