Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Little Red Wagon # 221 - Keep It Clean and Simple

Hey everyone, it's Wednesday and that means another fun challenge over at Little Red Wagon.

For this week's challenge Joanne is asking for us to keep it Clean & Simple (CAS)! What exactly does that mean? Well to those of us that tend to be a bit "CAS challenged", it means we panic a little........okay a lot! What it really means is cutting back on the layers (a few layers anyway). It's a card that is not busy or cluttered and has more "white" space. 

For my card I wanted to play around with the chalkboard look. I recently used this technique on a sign for my daughter's upcoming "Art" party and I really loved how it turned out. So, although my card is "clean" with lots of open space (black in my case), it was not so clean in the literal sense. I did have quite the mess of embossing powder covering my workspace.

Using one of the clear stamps from Tiddly Inks called "Sweets for my Sweet" I stamped the image and sentiment on black card stock using Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

My initial card, was just the black and white layered with the pink card stock and the twine (American Crafts), however the card seemed too plain. I decided more colour would really finish this card, so the experimenting began. I tried a few different ways to bring colour to my card which included: heat embossing coloured powders on the black and on white card stock, on coloured paper, colouring the image with Copics, and finally using ink.

I guess with all of my experimentation, the "simple" of the CAS may have gone out the window. Oh well, it was fun (messy) and I now know which technique I like best.

I heat embossed white powder onto white cards stock and then applied Distress Ink (squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, salty ocean, shaded lilac and spiced marmalade) directly to the embossed image (no applicator tool). The embossing resists the inks. I cut out the newly coloured lollipop and letters and paper pieced them to my chalkboard image. Just a few layers, but still CAS.

To finish the inside of my card, I added my sentiment; this one is from Hero Arts (CL351 Friends) and I re-stamped the cute image of Wryn and her lollipop.

Please stop on over to Little Red Wagon and check out what the super talented Girlfriends have created for this weeks challenge. We would love for your to show us your clean and simple style and play along with this weeks challenge. Thank you for stopping by to check out my creation. I hope you will come back soon!

CAS-Friday: CFC126 Colour Blocks
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Through The Craft Room Door: January 21-27 Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday: #304 Warm it up (the pop of colour reminds me of spring/summer)



  1. Looks awesome Tracy, super technique.

  2. Wowzers!! What an awesome card! Such a cool technique.

  3. Fabulous! I love your chalkboard background and the look you achieved with the embossing!
    Joanne xo

  4. I agree, wow! fabulous technique and card!

  5. oh I like how you created your card....

  6. Hahaha, I love your "dirty" clean card! Those color blocks on the lollypop are a fantastic way to work the color in. Thanks so much for joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

  7. LOVE how you used colour on the outside of the card... and then white inside! GENIUS! LOVE your card!

  8. Holy Crap Tracy!!! I love this card!!! Wow! What a great job!!!! I love all the distressing colours!

  9. Hi Tracy!! Sorry for the delay in my visit!! I am here to play "ketchup" on all of the goodies that I have missed!!

    This card is a STUNNER ~~ inside and out!! You were very creative with your inks and I am not even sure I understand what you did with them, but I SURE DO LOVE the result !! It's fabulous!! :) :) Thanks for the inspiration!!

    RE: your blog follower button ~~ have you tried to fix it..? Removing the tool and then adding it again?? Not sure that to suggest, but that is such a big problem... because I am sure that people want to join and they may not see your note on how to go around the problem!! Any who ~~ much continued success on your awesome cards!! HUGS!

    Nicole’s Craft Nook
    Nicole’s Secret BLOG Candy

    1. Thanks Nicole, I appreciate you stopping by and offering support and encouragement.

      As for the issue with the followers, I have tried a number of things including removing the tool. My understanding is that it's effecting new blogs that have added this tool, because Google is no longer maintaining the Google Friends Connect. At least that is what my research seems to tell me anyway.

  10. Very cool card! I love the bright colors based with white on the black background! Very niceley done! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CAS-ual Fridays!

  11. What a great card.. I love it... thanks for joining us at TTCRD for our challenge..
    Laura DT

  12. Wow, Tracy... this is a stunner!!!
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays in our "Color Blocks" challenge!
    Sylvia xx


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