Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The quality of the day...




I was blurfing yesterday and stopped by Lauren's blog My Time. Her challenge this week is to do a one layer card. I really like the idea of toning my cards down a little. I can add layers just as well as the next stamper, but I will confess, it takes me a really long time to put cards like that together. Some days I feel a bit more productive if I can get several really nice cards done than one outta control card. I find also that these less embellished card are more my style. I really get caught up sometimes in the whole game of I need to add more to a card so it will get noticed. I know I addressed this a couple of posts back, but I really don't think I am the only one that feels this way. Don't worry I am not going to go to only one layer cards, I have way too much stuff to do this all the time:)


I used the stamps from Artfully Asian (SU!) for this card. I stamped the leaves in close to cocoa on watercolor paper and used my blender pen and close to cocoa ink and mellow moss ink pad to color them in. I stamped the flowering branch in choc chip and colored the flowers with ruby red and a blender pen. For the leaves I used old olive. I used Ranger Distress Ink to lightly ink the edges of the card and I distressed the bottom edge. The sentiment is from The Art of Life (SU!)

Thanks for stamping by!

Laura~

13 comments:

Lauren (mytime) said...

Truly gorgeous!
Love this! So elegant looking and great colors.

Yosha said...

This is lovely! Simple in the best sense of the word and very elegant. Love cards like this.

Carolyn King said...

Gorgeous...love your one layer card....a beauty!

pescbrico said...

Great classy card! I love it

Sandra Smart said...

really beautiful card!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,

your card is sooo beautiful! I always thought that I am the only one, who adores cards that are a bit mor simple. It looks so much more elegant and that suits some occasions just better! I subscribed to your blog and I am always looking forward to every new entry. Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas!

Nessie

Ashley said...

OMG! I love the layered effect you created using the Artfully Asian stamps! It's simple, but very elegant! Excellent combination of the other stamp to with the handwritten effect of the sentiment. I said I wasn't going to get into watercolor, but you just may have convinced me! More supplies I must buy!!

Katie said...

Laura,

I love that stamp and the font for the sentiment. Isn't it kind of fun doing "simplicity", although I noticed your list of materials isn't that small considering its only 1 layer ;) (haha)

Beautiful card!

Margaret said...

This is such a lovely card. Very, very nice.

Jessie/knightrone said...

This card is so gorgeous and elegant!! I love it!!

Stacy said...

This card is absolutely beautiful. I saw Lauren's challenge and I need to try it myself but I have been super busy scrappin my wedding photos. Thanks for sharing. Stacy

Meredith said...

This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I love this set and this just makes me love it even more!!!! Great job!!!!! I am going to attempt to recreate this one for sure :)

Lindsay said...

what a beautiful card! i never would have thought about layering the stamps like that, TFS!