Stylish Stems Layered Negative Space Friendship Card

by Joanne James22. January 2017 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the lovely Jaydee to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for us to work with:


I decided that for today's card I was going to try and come up with a CAS card that featured a single flower. I originally started out stamping and played around with lots of different combinations before settling on a card using the negative space created using the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. Here's my final card:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Unorthodox Floral Colour Combination - I took my colour combination from this week's challenge over at Fab Friday. I love how the pale blue and warm vanilla tone down the Sweet Sugarplum, which I sometimes find a little stark when paired with stronger colours. For the original card I was making, it worked perfectly (I'll share that card with you tomorrow and explain more then!) It does look slightly unorthodox here granted, given the simplicity of the design - what flower has a blue stem?! - yet I decided that since I love the colour combination and the card has a clean and contemporary feel, I would go with it. Who knows, maybe I'll start a new trend!

Layered Negative Space - When I first saw the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies in the Spring-Summer catalogue, I thought - do I really need another set of flower framelits? The answer though on closer inspection was a definite 'yes'; I'm a big fan of using the negative space created when using framelits and dies this set is actually designed with that in mind; the flowers and stem can be used both to cut a positive shape, by layering the outline with the inside shape together, but the inner piece can be used alone to make the negative space itself the focal point. So many creative possibilities! Using the layers of this week's sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch for inspiration, I cut through a single layer of Very Vanilla cardstock to reveal my Sweet Sugarplum flower, then cut the stem through both the Very Vanilla and Sweet Sugarplum layers to reveal the Soft Sky cardstock layer below. All that cutting makes this CAS card great for the challenge over at CASology this week too.


For A Good Friend - Lastly, I added a sentiment from the co-ordinating 'Special Reason' stamp set that is perfect for a special friend. My placement is not strictly as per the sketch, as I needed it to have more prominence so stamped it on the Very Vanilla top layer. My card is destined for one of my very best friends to say thank you for entertaining the James family for dinner yesterday evening.

A super-simple clean and simple card with minimal supplies - I just love this set!

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Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

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1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 


I look forward to seeing your clean and simple creations in the gallery this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (13) -

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
1/22/2017 2:21:32 PM #

Joanne, this is so pretty!  I love your gorgeous single stem and the way you used the negative space!  SO creative!  The sketch is just perfect for your card!  Such a pretty color combo!  Wishing you a fantastic week, My Friend!  XX


LaurieUnited States
1/22/2017 5:47:30 PM #

Hi Joanne! Beautiful CAS card..a single bloom is so striking. I really like the colors, I haven't used that combo yet....and that sketch is awesome. It all works together so well.

Have a great daySmile


Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
1/22/2017 7:45:18 PM #

Oh, you're making it hard for me to resist these framelits.  Wait, didn't I say that about your card last week too?!  You enabler, you!  Really though, I love, love, love the use of negative space here and the colors combination really makes it pop.  Gorgeous CAS card, my friend.  Smile


Heather H
Heather HUnited States
1/22/2017 8:09:16 PM #

What a perfect use of negative space - you've cracked the code on these colors I think - beautiful!  That little stem and leaves add such an elegant shape!  Thanks so much for joining us at Fab Friday!


sandymUnited States
1/22/2017 8:19:56 PM #

Joanne, this is just beautiful. Love the colors and your use of negative space, and you really aced the sketch!


Amy Koenders
Amy KoendersUnited States
1/22/2017 8:52:33 PM #

What a beautiful, clean design!  I love the layered panels and the colors work perfectly with your die cuts.  Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday, hope to see you again soon!


Leigh Penner
Leigh PennerCanada
1/23/2017 1:28:25 PM #

Very pretty take on the sketch!


Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
1/23/2017 3:11:39 PM #

Hi Joanne,
I think your card has knocked it out of the park for the challenges. I love the clean lines of your sketch combined with the soft colors in the challenge. Great design! Thanks so much for playing with us at Fab Friday!


hannelie Bester
hannelie BesterU.A.E.
1/24/2017 8:07:30 AM #

Oh I think the sketch works so well to show off your stunning cut flower Joanne!
Love the soft colors!
Beautifully done, so glad you joined us at CASology and CTS this week!


Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
1/26/2017 2:44:56 PM #

You are a superstar for being able to combine so many challenges so effectively!  Well done on all of them!  I love the blue for the stem!  Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!


Deanne @ Three Trees
Deanne @ Three TreesCanada
1/27/2017 6:30:43 PM #

Very pretty!  And that sentiment is just perfect!!


jaydeeUnited States
1/28/2017 4:07:33 PM #

Joanne, I love the soft colors and those framelits are beautiful.  Great sentiment, too.  Thank you for rocking my challenge this week with this lovely feminine card.


Brian King
Brian KingUnited States
2/2/2017 8:08:51 PM #

Such a sweet card, Joanne.  Love the combination of these challenges.  Thanks for playing along with this FabFriday color challenge!


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