Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WWC76 - Penny's Clean & Simple Butterflies

Welcome to another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. This week Penny has given us a Clean & Simple (CAS) Challenge with a theme of Butterflies. Since there are many ways to interpret what Clean & Simple is, the team of Watercooler Artists have decided to clarify our interpretation of Clean & Simple:

Rules for our Clean & Simple Challenges:
Either a single layer upon which we stamp or a base with a single layer upon which we stamp. Since we use embellishments for any other type of card, no embellishments or die-cuts or anything except the simplicity of stamping for the "clean & simple". That gives a clear reason for its name. And what is simpler than stamping? That will allow heat embossing since, if one decides to use a colour, heat embossing would show better than simple stamping. But no embossing folder embossing. Clean and simple.

Cardstock - stamps - ink - that's pretty much it. What I like about this, is that it shows it is possible to create beautiful cards with just the basics. Here's what I did:
I chose to go with just a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock. This CS is amazing. It's heavy enough to stand on it's own and it stamps beautifully. I have even watercoloured on it. For the butterfly image, which is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, I inked it up with the new Calypso Coral Ombre stamp pad. This stamp pad gives you various shades of one colour, from light to dark. It does work better with a larger image, but I still like the little bit of colour variance on these. You can see it better in this close-up:

To give a bit more interest, I used the little dots stamp from Timeless Textures with Peekaboo Peach, one of the new InColors.

The sentiment is also from Butterfly basics, and I did something different with it.
Instead of using ink, I coloured the stamp with the Gold Wink of Stella pen. It gives it a bit of sparkle.

And that's it! Clean & Simple!

Now it's your turn to give it a try. Visit the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog and check out what the other Watercooler Artists have come up with, then link your creation.




  1. Lovely card - I love the cut out butterflies

    1. Thanks Fiona! The butterflies, however, are stamped directly onto the Thick Whisper White cardstock. Must be the Calypso Coral colour that makes them pop off the cardstock!

  2. Gail this is such a beautiful CAS card. The ombre colour on the butterflies is a nice touch along with the Peek A Boo Peach spots. Thanks for the tip about colouring the sentiment with the gold Wink of Stella instead of ink. I'll have to try that.

    1. Thanks Penny! That's the first time I've tried using the Wink of Stella that way. I like the bit of sparkle from it.


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