Are you ready for a Clean and Simple challenge from The Paper Players? The twist this week is to include a Plant or an Animal on your clean and simple card. And I will say right up front that my card is "Dirty and Simple". It is definitely a simple layout...but I just had to distress this Giraffe image from the Zoo Review stamp set. I hope you enjoy today's card!
- Make it! The Zoo Review stamp set was on my first order from the new catalog. However, it has taken me this long to ink it up, simply because I was searching for the perfect background for it. This past weekend, I finally viewed the Workshop Wow DVD that I purchased at Convention. And lo and behold, Julie Moenck demonstrated how to make animal prints using left over rubber. It was so easy.
- All I did was take the extra rubber from three clear mount sets and cut it into geometric shapes. I adhered them to my "F" Clear Block, and ta-da...instant animal print. Of course, this can also be used to create a stained glass mosaic for the holiday season.
- Color it! Ahoy there...are those Black Pearls I spy? A black permanent marker transforms ordinary Basic Pearls into colorful gems!
- Add the unexpected! French Foliage Leaves were heat embossed with Pewter Stampin' Emboss Powder. A sponging of Tempting Turquoise ink adds an unexpected "pop" of color.
Although this card could be used as a masculine card as it stands, you could easily remove the leaves and the pearls for a more rustic look. So what do you think? Won't you please leave me a comment and let me know. Of course, I LOVE answering your questions about the cards that I make or the techniques that I use. Remember...I am only an email away! Until next time...
The Paper Players Design Team
Stamp Sets: Zoo Review (W 122197, C 122199), French Foliage (W 120845, C 121166); Ink: VersaMark (102283), Crumb Cake (121030), Soft Suede (115657), Early Espresso (119670), Tempting Turquoise (100814); Card Stock: Naturals Ivory (101849), Soft Suede (115318); Tools: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Paper Snips (103579), Cutter Kit (106958), Sponge Dauber (102892), Stamping Sponges (101610), Heat Tool (100005), Clear Block F (118483); Glitz and Glam: Basic Pearls (119247), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132), Hemp Twine (100982), Antique Brads (117273)