Monday, July 6, 2009

A couple of naked...


...Cards! And what were you thinking? Dirty Birdies! lol

Tonight I decided to try my hand at some clean and simple all occasion cards. I love clean and simple cards. I really do, but you would never know it because I don't ever make them. Why? Because it takes a master to pull together an elegantly designed card without it looking...well, naked! lol




I admire people for things that I cannot do or struggle with severely. Clean and simple card artisans are on the top of my list tonight! Would you believe me if I told you that this simple card took me at least an hour longer to make than my regular whole shebang style of cards? It was crazy I tell you! It's like I was hypnotized by all of the blank white space, and all I could think of is the various tools and embellishments within my reach to grab but the gravitational pull of this card wouldn't let my hand stray to any would be additions.



So here I am with my cards. The look like the need a little something. Pearls? Stitching? More layers? They seem kind of flat and lacking in texture. Hmph. Decisions, decisions. What is a girl to do?



I think that I will make a rational decision and sleep on it...or sleep on my hands so that they don't reach the embellies and thwart my attempt at a couple of clean and simple cards! I feel strong, and I know that I can do this.

Just say "no".

I see you, luscious embellishments and hear your evil whispers.

I will ignore you...

...I'm coming sweet luscious embellies! Wait and then throw yourselves all over theses naked cards! Do your magic and make them shine....er....

bad, bad thoughts.

Evil embellishments.

La la laa laaa.

I'm ignoring you... *grin*


Card Recipe:

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps - Summer Blooms Dahlia (Dreamtime Designs Line)
Paper: Gina K, Watercolour, Always Artichoke
Ink: Versa Mark, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Tombow Markers, Gold Embossing Powders, Ribbon, Sponges, Dimensionals, Gold Calligraphy Marker


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20 comments:

Rach said...

wow this is stunning, a fabulous and very elegant card. hugs rachxx

Patti J. said...

OMG, You are so sneaky! Beautiful job on your CAS project! I have to say that CAS scares me silly! You did a fantastic job!

Gloria said...

Kim, this is absolutely stunning. I am definately going to have to case this one. This was my favourite stamp this month. I love your style.

Butternut Sage Designs said...

this is aq stunner and I love the coloring and perfect bow!!!! Just lovely, I was trying to figure out how I was going to case this, I love it that much! Hugs ~Donna

Dianne said...

Kim it is a gorgeous card. It is so elegant.

I know what you mean about making simple and clean cards. It is extemely hard for me also.

You did master this one perfectly!!

the funkie junkie said...

Stay strong, Kim. You can do it!! I love your naked card. The way you have embossed and colored the image and the ribbon are enough. It has such a nice clean, crisp feel to it.

Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

Your card looks good naked! LOL. I know how you feel - I struggle with CAS cards too. This is a really pretty card though. The colors are so vibrant! TFS!

Loretta said...

I support you! Resist the call of the embellishments...

Becky said...

Girl this is gorgeous just as is. Love the cleanness of this, the gold embossing and coloring makes this stand out, along with that fabulous ribbon.

Wendy said...

As always a gorgeous card Kim, but I know how you are feeling. I can't seem to do anything without loads of embellies!! etc

Renée said...

These are absolutely stunning cards. Your watercolouring is superb!

Lori Craig said...

THUD....

Beautiful Greetings said...

I love this card Kim! You did a wonderful job. It is elegant and not overstated. LOVE IT!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Naked or "fully dressed".....everything you make is spectacular!!!

Jenn said...

Your cards are GORGEOUS!!! Leave them be!! I don't do simple cards very well so I understand your dilemma - but these are just divine!

Anonymous said...

STEP AWAY FROM THE EMBELLIES!!!!

They are gorgeous as is!!!!
Diane Cooper

Kim Nath said...

You are so funny! I totally agree with it being more difficult to do a CAS card. I have no skill at it whatsoever and I greatly admire those who do it so gracefully. However, I think you mastered it quite well, your card is just as beautiful as the others you have done.

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

OMG.............You are too funny. I understand your pain. This card is completely and totally lovely. Just right in all aspect. No worries my friend .........sleep tight.

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty, the embossing gives them that classy look, along with your beautiful ribbon!

Laurie tx stamper said...

You can even make a naked card look fabulous! You go girl