The new release from i-crafter is available today, and I’m sharing a trio of clean and simple cards featuring the Purrfect Birthday, HedgeHugs, and Elephant Family and Phrases stamp sets! Each set features several sentiment options, some punny, some mix-and-matchable. You can use the images to build scenes, but I thought I’d share a quick and easy template that you can use with all three of these sets.
For each card, I stamped the images and Copic colored them with only a few shades, to create some highlights and shadows. The trick to making images not need a whole scene is to add a shadow underneath, to ground them. I used a pair of light grey markers to add the shadows on each of these cards. The Purrfect Birthday and HedgeHugs cards have portrait orientations, so I stamped the images higher up and added sentiments under, for additional grounding. Leaving more negative space below, rather than centering them, is more pleasing to the eye.
You can apply the same template to a landscape card too. For the third card, I stamped the elephants and a banner from Elephant Family and Phrases to create a partial scene. Again, some light grey shadows help ground them. Notice that the last elephant on the right is half off the panel. Don’t be afraid to stamp off the edges; it helps move your eye all the way across the card. And for landscape cards like this, I like to stamp the images closer to the bottom of the panel, leaving more negative space above.
To finish each of the cards, I popped my panels up with fun foam onto coordinating woodgrain card bases. A few white gems add sparkle without distracting you from the focal images. For clean and simple cards, make sure you are using nice, bright, heavyweight paper. With this much negative space, you will notice the quality of the paper.
Now, if you’re worried that the new release only has stamps, and none of the fun dies you’re used to seeing from i-crafter, set your mind at ease. There is a brand new wiper insert that is sure to bring a smile to you face, and a gorgeous hummingbird and flower set too! You’ll definitely want to check the whole collection out!
Speaking of fun die sets, I showed you a balloon wiper card recently, and promised a video for it. The start-to-finish video is live now on Create and Inkspire, a new online magazine. Just scroll down to Inkspiring Videos and you’ll see the Birthday Balloon Wiper (along with some other awesome videos)!
Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to know what you think of my clean and simple cards. Do you have any good tips for better results? Let me know down below. I’ll be back soon with more cards to share!
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