Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Clean and.... third time lucky!

There's a new weekly challenge at Splitcoast for "clean and simple" cards. Well, this one has the clean and simple look and really should have been easy but I managed to mess up twice so you're looking at the third time lucky!

This week's challenge is a sketch - I've turned it through 90 degrees and where the sketch has a cluster of three stars, I've used the out-of-the-box technique to make my trees both the stamped image and the corner treatment.

Minimal colouring and only two stamps should have made this fast - the first one was all finished, I turned it over to put adhesive on the back and turned it back to find I'd plonked it into a blob of ink on my work top. Try again! Second time, I jittered as I put the final sentiment in place and got a slow-motion blurred effect as if "Hello" was rising out of the black lagoon. Hmmm. Third time, I stamped the trees, stamped the sentiment, cut it out, coloured it in and then put a clean sheet of paper underneath while I added adhesive to the back - phew!

I've used stamps from two Kim Hughes sets here. The Be Creative blog has a challenge at the moment - mix stamps from more than one Kim Hughes set (or singles from different releases) for a chance to win some Kim Hughes goodies. Check out the details in this post, challenge closes 1st March.

Stamps (all Cornish Heritage Farms):
Spring Trees (Kim Hughes Collection)
Sentiment from Silhouette Blooms I (Kim Hughes Collection)

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)

Copic markers (Yellow Green and Brick Beige)
Foam tape

Thanks for dropping by, hope your day is clean and simple!


Unknown said...

It was worth the extra attempts Joanne. I love the simplicity of this card.

Di said...

Oh no Joanne, well as Rosie said, it was worth it in the end, it's fab. xx

Karen said...

hehe not laughing really honey X I love the simplicity of this card, its really striking XXX

Anonymous said...

well, thrid time lucky - fab card,love the simplicity of it.

Net said...

Well they do say third time lucky! That's a very striking card, simple can look bare but that looks perfect!

Hazel said...

I love the clean look of this card (glad to know I'm not the only one to do things like that) x

Janice said...

That sounds like my kind of crafting Joanne! Not sure I would have been able to persevere until it was perfect though!

Unknown said...

What a lovely card, simple can be so hard to do, I can never stop over-embellishing! I think it's stunning

All the best

Jan x

Kathy said...

Now this is fab - I love that simple funky tree image and the way you've designed this card. It's just great, I love it

Anonymous said...

A beautiful card Joanne, and so different to what you normally do - love it...x

Claireabelle said...

Fantastic! I love the simplicity of this

Lori Washburn said...

This is so perfect! I love your out of the box idea! I still remember when you used that as a challenge and I enjoy doing it myself now. You are a true artist! :)

Lori Washburn

Traceyr said...

I love the clean lines on this card and the cool looking trees. Fab Joanne. :)