Abstract Clean and Simple Cottage Rose Birthday Card

by Joanne James17. April 2023 15:36

Happy Monday everyone! Today I'm sharing a card that I made for a few current challenges:

   May be an image of text that says '#141 Very Vanilla Gold Basic Black 1 retiring 2021-23 In Color COLOUR COLOUR SPIRATION CHALLENGES'      

I'm using Cecile's layout over at Freshly Made Sketches and the colour combination over at Colour Inkspirational (I chose my retiring in-colour as Polished Pink - love this pink!) and am also linking up over at Inkspirational where the theme is clean and simple. I'm also using a retiring stamp set - for the first time! Take a look:


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

When I saw Cecile's sketch, I was initially tempted to go with the 'clean and layered' look, however I decided I'd challenge myself to embrace my 'inner Cecile' and create something altogether more clean and simple. I already had the 'Cottage Rose' stamp set out on my desk as I wanted to give it at least one use before it goes away, so I decided I would use that for my focal point, masking and stamping in an extra set of leaves too, in black onto Very Vanilla cardstock.

If you too are a fan of Cecile's work, you will know she is the queen of clean and simple cards and lots to add colour to line stamped designs using a paintbrush and watercolours - her current Design Team cards both at FMS and at CAS Colours & Sketches are good examples of this. I wasn't sure I could pull this off though, so instead I decide to go for a more bokeh effect and using both a blending brush and sponge dauber to achieve different depths of colour, I added Polished Pink and (retired) Encore Gold ink using stencils made with a variety of circle punches and some leftover window sheet to the main flower. A simple gold-on-black heat embossed sentiment completes my card:

I added the same floral detail both inside the card and on the front and flap of my coordinating envelope to complete the look. I resisted the urge to add some enamel dots and just allowed the flower to take centre stage. What do you think? Have you ever tried this kind of technique before? Do leave me a comment below - I would love to hear your thoughts. I don't mind saying I just love this card!! A mix of traditional floral and modern, abstract colouring - so fun! Thank you Cecile for a fabulous sketch and design inspiration this week!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (7) -

Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
4/18/2023 12:44:06 AM #

Joanne, this is a stunning card. The stamping, colors and layout! I love it!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
4/18/2023 7:32:06 AM #

You already know I love this!

Cécile RIBON
Cécile RIBONFrance
4/18/2023 11:18:22 AM #

What a gorgeous card, Joanne! It's no surprise I'm totally in love with the way you added colors to this gorgeous floral image.   Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
4/18/2023 12:57:47 PM #

So glad you like it Cecile - thanks for the inspiration!

Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth StewartUnited States
4/18/2023 6:23:09 PM #

Great win!

Julia Aston
Julia AstonUnited States
4/21/2023 10:57:17 PM #

Oh, I LOVE this Joanne!  What a great way to add a little color with the circles - they look so pretty over the floral stamping!  Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!  Julia xx

Fran Wing
Fran WingUnited States
4/30/2023 3:25:49 PM #

Congrats on the win, Joanne - your cards are always lovely!

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