Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Clean (& Simple)

This week the Dreamweaver Stencils design team continues our March challenge of creating CAS designs (clean and simple). Clean and simple is wonderful when you need a great card in a hurry, or to really highlight one our beautiful stencils. This is my favorite way to create, I just love letting the stencils speak for themselves. Of course, it really sets them off when you use beautiful papers too. Good quality cardstock and decorative papers "make" the card.  Here's my design for this week:

Clean and simple often equates to "simple elegance".  I think this card has that elegant feel not only from the stencil, but the colors and textures too...the sparkle of the glitter on the silver paste, the smooth satiny look and feel of the ribbon, the shimmer of the background paper...they all combine to create a simple but elegant card. Perfect for weddings, anniversaries, showers, really any special occasion.
Here are the simple steps for this design:
  • tape the Heart bouquet (LL425) stencil to white cardstock with removable tape
  • use the Paste spreader (LM2010) to apply Metallic Silver Embossing Paste over the design
  • remove the stencil and put in a pan of water (you can clean and dry it later)
  • sprinkle the wet paste with Ultrafine Crystal glitter from Art Glitter
  • set the image aside to dry (about 40 minutes, less on a warming tray)
  • cut a piece of white shimmer paper to match the front of an A6 (4 3/4" x 6") card
  • punch two holes near the bottom center of the shimmer cardstock, about 1" apart
  • from the front, thread an end of the silver ribbon through each hole
  • criss-cross them in the back (keeping them as smooth as possible) and bring the ends back through the opposite hole
  • wrap the extra ribbon around the edge and tape in the back (cut off excess)
  • layer the dry Heart bouquet on a metallic silver paper
  • use foam tape to mount the heart a white and silver layer
  • tape to the front of the card
Stop over to the other designers blogs to see more great ideas. Just click on their names to spring to their blogs. 

We would love to have you join our fun this month, just create a CAS card using the wonderful products from Dreamweaver Stencils, take a picture and load it on your blog or forum, go to the DREAM it UP! blog to add your link using the Mr. Linky tool, sit back and enjoy the praise!

Happy Creating,


Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Silver paste and the transparent glitter make a stunning mixture! Gorgeous card Louise! And very CAS too!

Wendy said...

This is beautiful Louise!! I am a fan of simple elegance and your hit the nail on the head. I hope you're well!!

Cherylynn said...

So very beautiful and elegant!!!

kristi said...

Beautiful as always! Love the blig to it!

scrappybetty said...

Your cards are the best.

Pam Hornschu said...

What a gorgeously elegant card. Love the sparkle on the paste and that luscious ribbon!

Lee Kellogg said...

Louise, a very elegant card indeed. Wonderful!

sommrstamping said...

Beautifully elegant Louise, I love the glitter on the silver paste.

Laura Drahozal said...

Beautiful, simple and clean! Gorgeous job, Louise.