Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Not So Clean Simpleton.
Look, I am not going to lie...I stink at Clean And Simple (CAS) cardmaking. So much so that it's kind of funny. I try and I try to stick to the pristine hand required to effectively execute the CAS style, but no cigar. This card base started life as piece of Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream card stock and look at it now. This base has successfully integrated into the Witness Protection Program for paper. It is definitely going to be at the courthouse on the day to testify and I'm going down.
I used a mélange of Tim Holtz Distress Stains, Distress Inks, a few unwieldy squirts of Tattered Angels Glimmer and Chalkboard Mists and Mister Huey's Calico White. I am sure the "less is more" mantra should have been more prominent in my thoughts when I took my hand at attempting to go CAS, but my evil crafting twin took over and the more grubby, stain-loving crafter in me was away.
Seeing that I had already gone off the rails as far as keeping things clean, I figured what the heck...I might as well add another layer seeing my chances of this being a truly CAS card has clearly gone to hell in a handbasket. The sentiment is from Embellishments stamp set from Papertrey Ink and the die-cut and the white embossed die-cut frame are both from Papertrey Ink's Photo Finishers stamp and die sets. The real hero of this card though is the Bahama Blue dye ink from Memento. What a killer color. Without it, I am not so sure those wonderful butterfly stamps from Darkroom Door would have remained so crisp and vibrant post the onslaught of the "too many to name" mists and stains used. But all in all, I had fun trying. I, somehow, suspect that true CAS is not on the cards for this crafter. But that's okay. I'll just have to live vicariously through you crazy cool CAS gals and enjoy your beautifully executed projects all the more. *wink*
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