Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Clean and Simple Leaves

 I truly believe I have NEVER made a card quite as clean and simple as this - which is probably why I went ahead and tried another less clean one below.  The challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week is for Clean and Simple - and I must admit that I do like this crisp gold embossed card.  

I made things even simpler in creating it but putting all of my clear-mount stamps on the large block and stamping them all at once.  I used the SIMPLY SCORED to create the subtle lines in the background.
With this second try - I did exactly the same thing as above except I coloured the leaves with sponge daubers, not minding if I went outside the embossing.  I was going to leave the background plain, but the leaves looked a bit odd.  The bit of ribbon is slipped through holes created by the retired double slit punch; I then used the crop-a-dile to punch through the cardstock and ribbon to put the brad on.  To be honest - I really think I prefer my first attempt.

It was gorgeous today - I was happy to walk to and from school today with my husband.  He walks almost every day - even if it means walking home to pick up his car to go to a meeting.  I think I may be able to keep up with him this year - Knees complain a bit, but the walking should make them stronger!  Hope your day was fabulous to - thanks for stopping by!
Joan

8 comments:

Krista said...

Joan, this is so pretty. The gold embossing is enough to make a big statement on a sweet, clean and simple card. I love the layout, too. Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments! By the way, I'm glad you are having great weather...we are having a HOT heat wave here in Southern California....spent the day in the pool. Have a great week!!

stampinbygenny said...

Joan, I love both of your cards. Your clean and simple card is beautiful with the gold leaves. The scored lines bring it all together. Your sponged card is also beautiful with the color. Thanks so much for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Bada-Bing Creations said...

Both are pretty but the CAS one does just stand out and look crisp! I like CAS more and more it seems. I love the way you embossed the leaves and the sentiment looks very classy! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Just a Thought.... said...

How elegant!!! I have to say, I had to try twice to make my card too. I wanted to layer, emboss, color and bling it!!! I finally stopped and started another card!! Too funny!! We were always taught less is more right? Anyway, lovely card. Thank you for participating on HSS!!! Amy

inkedx2 said...

Love how you took your first beautiful card and stepped it up. Love the embossed background and the embossed leaves are gorgeous. Thanks for playing with us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Robbie

Anne Marie said...

Joan, both of your cards are beautiful! It's awesome how you got two totally different looks with the same design. I really like the first card with it's clean lines (literally) and the embossing. That sentiment stamp set is so elegant, it really adds so much to your card. Hmmm, I am rethinking not purchasing that one now. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments! :)

Erin Gonzales said...

I LOVE both of your CAS cards! I have said this over and over- I LOVE CAS cards more than any other, I love the gold EP too, it totally adds that flair of elegance to every project! Thanks for sharing with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Mahmood Ali said...

Golden color is looking supper i like it...
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