Saturday, August 12, 2017

Live It Up....It's Your Birthday Card

Today I decided to try my hand at a CAS (Clean and Simple) card again.  I tend to use lots of layers, and pile on the techniques and embellishments on my cards.  CAS is a real challenge for me.  So...hopefully this is clean and simple enough to enter into a couple of CAS challenges.....
 It took every ounce of restraint to keep from adding just one more thing, just to fill in some of that space.  But I have to admit, I really like the simplicity of it.  I decided to get the picture taken and put it up on my blog, lest temptation to 'clutter it up' takes over.

I created the background on watercolor paper with some Tim Holtz distress inks and the watercolor 'smoosh' technique.  I just rubbed inks on to a piece of acetate, spritzed it with water, then smooshed it onto my watercolor paper.  I repeated until I reached my desired look.

The stamps are from Penny Black (Live it up! #30-289).  I used distress inks to watercolor them, then colored pencils to add highlights and shading.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Addicted To Stamps - Clean and simple

AAA Cards Challenge - Summer fun

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Happy birthday

I'm so happy you stopped by today.  Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy your summer weekend, and don't forget to take time for yourself.




  1. Fabulous hot air balloons, definitely a Summer pastime. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  2. Beautiful card in lovely colors and design! Thanks for joining AAA Cards! Hugs Åsa

  3. Fabulous background and balloons. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

  4. Lynda, what a beautiful card! Love the watercoloured background and the overall composition. Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at AAA Cards Challenge. - Sweet Kobylkin

  5. So soft and lovely colors. I like Your scene and the color backround.

  6. Gorgeous background! Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards.


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