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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stampin’ Up! Australia - Stampin’ Up! Build A Birthday - Clean & Simple Card


Welcome to this week's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.

I wanted to make a Clean & Simple card as I knew this colours would be bright enough to carry a design by themselves.

What is “Clean & Simple” you may ask?

Well, for me, it is a card that uses lots of white space, minimal layers and embellishments and a simple unfussy stamped design. It is my favourite style of card as I like how sometimes just colour and clever design can make a card dance!

I hope that is what I have achieved here. This card uses just ONE stamp set...in fact each stamp from this stamp set is showcased across the card and the envelope. :)

Here are the essentials:

  • Build A Birthday is a photopolymer stamp set which is great because it makes placement of the cake layers SO easy! Use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat under your card stock to get a perfect impression with photopolymer stamps. 
  • The candle and the cake topper bunting don’t have very long ‘stems’...but if I just stamped them as they were then the cake looked too cluttered at the top...I wanted the bunting to be higher. Solution....use a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker to extend the stems down to the cake! Similarly use a Hello Honey Stampin’ Write Marker to extend the candle stick down to the top of the cake. 
  • Rhinestones Jewels....if you seem to collect/hoard the long strips of the tiny rhinestones, then be a crafting boss and use up a WHOLE STRIP! It’s empowering believe me. This stamp is perfect for it and it brings the eye down to just below the sentiment. I balanced it with a tiny rhinestone in the centre of the candle. 
  • Double mounting. What’s this? Add a second very narrow white mat behind your main stamped layer and it will make your card look SO professional and finished. The top layer should adhere to this narrow layer with dimensionals so it floats. Trust me on this!
  • Stamp your envelopes! Make full use of your stamps and stamp your envelopes. It is also a beautiful little hint to the recipient that they are about to receive a hand-stamped card from a master crafter! ;)

Here are our colours for this week:

I took card inspiration this week from Seize the Birthday - Clean & Simple is the theme!

Card recipe

Stamp - Build A Birthday
Ink - Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Real Red
Cardstock - Whisper White
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL, Stampin’ Pierce Mat
Accessories - Rhinestone Jewels

I hope you will join in and create a card with us.....and please feel free to leave me and the other CCMC participants some comments! :)

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  1. I forget to take this set out and use it! I love it, but it seems to get lost in the shuffle sometimes! I love your card! These colors are perfect for the cake! Great job!

  2. Beautiful Alison and a great lesson in clean and simple design! Great mileage from a single stamp set too!

  3. I think you absolutely made your card dance and I agree with your card theory too! You rocked the challenge this week, my friend.


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