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  • Writer's pictureKristine Vicente

Clean + Simple Sunday: Free as a Bird

Today I chose a new favorite stamp set to play with--Stampin' Up! Free as a Bird, in a cool. fresh color palette! You can see how I put this card together by watching the VIDEO, or just keep reading...

So I've been wanting to play with this stamp set for a couple of weeks and thought it would make a good one for Clean + Simple Sunday. I also wanted to show you that clean and simple cards can be created with patterned papers as well. Clean + Simple doesn't have to be white and boring.

So for these cards I worked with the Stampin' Up! color palette of pool party, smokey slate, whisper white and so saffron. I layered the DSP (designer series paper) from the 6x6 DSP packet in the "subtles" collection to a whisper white base card. I added a layer of smokey slate as a banner to help anchor the rest of the layers to the card. I used several punches to make this card:

* triple banner punch (to create the fish tail end to the smokey slate panel

* 2" circle punch to punch out the panel with the bird stamped on it

* the starburst punch to create the so saffron layer behind the 2" circle with the bird

* the leaf punch to punch out a vellum leaf trio as the accent on the card

Punches aren't cheap. They are definitely an investment in your crafting hobby. These 4 that I've listed above are probably my most used and I have never regretted the purchase. They make card-making very quick and easy.

Next, I stamped the bird image and the sentiment in Momento Tuxedo Black ink on whisper white card stock. I colored in the bird using the Pool Party Stampin' Blends alcohol markers with a little daffodil delight for his beak. I layered the stamped bird circle to the so saffron starburst punch with some dimensional adhesive, then glued on the sentiment strip. To decorate, I punched some vellum using the leaf punch and tucked those leaves under the bird panel. I added a rhinestone basic jewel as the finishing touch.

I hope you enjoyed the card today! What do you like about it? What color would you have chosen for the so saffron mat? This card design would be a great template for any stamp set. I hope you'll use it for a card today, as a recipe, and see what you can come up with using the stamps in your own stash!! That said, if you'd like to place an order with me, please use host code JZ7HR24S in the shopping cart and if you order before 8/10/19, you'll receive 3 free card kits in the mail! I'm offering a free Facebook Live class on 8/27 at 8pm and you're welcome to join in and make those cards along with me! Join my group at Queen City Stamp Art on Facebook. We'll be using the Crafting Forever stamp set #151231 ($20) and inks in Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Smokey Slate, but you can use any black or grey ink in your stash. You can also make the cards using any images you have in your collection. I hope you'll come visit and play along.

Thanks for spending time with me today! Until next time...

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