Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Layering CAN Be Clean and Simple

If you don't cough up the $10 for the Hero Arts catalog every December, you're seriously missing out on some beautiful CAS inspiration. No, Hero doesn't pay me to say that, though I would be more than thrilled if they did. Tap, tap? Are you listening, Hero?

I didn't think so.

This card is totally inspired by cards in the Hero catalog. In fact, I'd go so far as to say this is in a definitive Hero Arts "style" (because I feel like using egregious quotation marks today). The flowers are actually from the Little Paper Shop, but still, the Hero Arts catalogue shows lots of cards with sentiment focal points, random stamping on a large white panel with simple matting, and a colored card base.

I've been challenging myself lately to use colored card bases but don't worry, I've got a major post coming at you tomorrow with ACRES of gloriously bare vintage cream OLCs.

I stamped the black sentiment first, then added the flowers in shades of pink. Then, on a scrap of cardstock, I stamped a flower to fit inside the curve of the sentiment, cut it out, and popped it up. The rhinestone added some bling, and the matte and card frame the panel in--yeah!--more shades of pink. After yesterday's very brown card, it feels good to show off some girly pink.

If you haven't noticed, I mainly purchase only three brands of stamps: Hero Arts, StampinUP!, and Papertrey Ink. Today's flower stamps came to me courtesy of Stampin' Annie (whose blog, BTW, is on my must-read list), who generously sent me blog candy earlier this summer. They are from the Little Paper Shop, and are so very cute...and incredibly versatile. Thanks, Ann!

stamps: Little Paper Shop, Hero Arts (sentiment)
cardstock: PTI white, SU pixie pink, pomegranite
ink: various shades of pink from VersaColor, Palette Noir
accessories: dimensionals, rhinestone


  1. I love that pink border between the stamped portion and the base! LOVE this card...interesting, too, that you stamped the sentiment first...

  2. Love how you placed the sentiment on here. Lovely card, Now, because of you I'm going to seriously try to learn Clean and Simple. I've tried it and usually fail. I'm going to try the challenges over on Splitcoast but even the one this week has me baffled. I'm such a fill-up-the-spaces-kind-of-a-girl. Now, I understand all about having favored vendors. I have my own 3. But, I'm going to challenge you - take that Clear and Simple stamp set (I know you have it!) and just use the apple or the heart and make us a card. Please. :0) And I'll challenge myself to make a Clean and Simple. It will take me a while though. I'll be sitting at my craft table, looking at things longer than normal.

  3. I love the pink, I'm not often a girly girl so don't really do pink (although the arrival of twin girls made me relent somewhat!). I like the way it's not overpowering, and I love the sentiment, a really intereting design complemented by the cut out flower. Heather

  4. I do love the shades of pink, and how you did the sentiment and the popped up flower.

  5. Beautiful!!! Loving the color! Isn't Ann the sweetest!!!

  6. This turned out so pretty, Susan! Glad you are enjoying the goodies I sent. :)

  7. Can I just say how much I LOVE how that flower is in with the sentiment .... sheer brilliance!!!!


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