Monday, 15 February 2010

Keep it Simple

So how simple is simple ? The new challenge at Cupcake is "Keep it Simple" and I am really hoping this one will fit the bill, no embellies, pretty border punches or ribbons just some strightforward inking and stamping.

The card is one I made for The Stampman using the new Kay Carley Funky Flowers stamp sheet which the lovely Jill sent to me recently. The stamps are so pretty and detailed I felt they needed a simple approach to show off the lovely images.

For the background piece I stamped randomly with one of the single flower heads using versamark and embossed with detail clear. I then applied Tim Holtz worn lipstick and dusky concord using a blending tool to reveal the images then spritzed with water and Glimmer Mist pearl.

I used the same inks to create a background for the main image again spritzing with water and GM to bleed and blend the colours. The main image was then stamped using versafine black and clear embossing powder.

I stamped the flowers heads of the main image onto crystal shrink plastic and placed the shrunk pieces in the centres of the large flowers and to finish added some white Liquid Pearls and a couple of Swarovski crystals.

46 comments:

Donna said...

Such a beautiful card Brenda, the simplicity of this card is amazing but beautiful...thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake :) Donna x

Sally H said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I have these stamps and have tended to just colour them in with either promarkers or Sakura stardust pens. This is so different and I love it. You are so inspiring!

craftymum said...

This is so elegant Brenda. Just Beautiful
Love sarah XXX

* Shaz * said...

A beautiful card Brenda x

Mervi said...

So stylish and elegant, well done;-))m

Rose Petal said...

Hi Brenda. As always with your cards, very stylish and elegant. Absolutely beautiful.
Happy Crafting.
Love Sandra xx

issy said...

It may be simple but its still beautiful, n I must keep a look out for those stamps.

x
issy

Clare said...

Another beauty Brenda. I love the background you have created for the main image.
Clare x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, wow thats gorgeous, simple but really stunning, the papers are beautiful. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Carolands said...

This is such a beautiful card, I think that flowers are my favourite. xx

Lesley said...

Beautiful card Brenda!
Lesley x

Guylaine said...

lovely card

Linda W said...

Beautiful card Brenda, I love the image and the colouring on the centre panel, very pretty!

Linda x

Fleur said...

Hi Brenda - beautiful card, simple and very elegant.
Hugs Fleur xXx

Francesca said...

wonderful card Brenda , simple but very elegant
Hugs
Francesca

Viv's Visuals said...

Gorgeous card

Sadilla said...

Hi Brenda,
that's so elegant in his semplicity...
lovely!!
Hugs
Sadia

craftymum said...

Hi Brenda. Me again. Forgot to say I have left something on my blog for you. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments
Love sarah XXX

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

simple but with such wonderful effects, vey beautiful. janex

Christine (Craftling) said...

Stunning card, Brenda. Love it.

Hugs,
Chris xx

Tracy said...

What brilliant techniques on this card and I think the simplicity of it is what makes it the most beautiful,
Happy crafting
Tracy x

lisa said...

Just stunning, Brenda. I love the flower head background and just keeping the stamp uncoloured on that beautiful paper looks brilliant. It's simply gorgeous!!!!

Lisax

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Absolutely gorgeous hun, love the resist effect on the background,

Emma xxx

Hope Jacare said...

Wonderful card Brenda - such fabulous colours! x

Catherine said...

What an elegant card ! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Craft ! Smiles from Catherine

Babs said...

WOW such a beautiful card, love the background
gorgeous
Babs x

Debs said...

Hi Brenda
This is simply stunning!!! Beautiful stamp and fantastic talent bringing it to life.
Thanks for such a lovely comment left on my blog - coming from such a talented person as yourself it really means so much.
Have a great week.
Take care
Debs xx

pinky said...

Keep it simple does not belong on this blog at all Brenda, this is just gorgeous and even though there is no embellishments it stands out beautifully. I just love.
Pinky

Lynda said...

What a beautiful stamp that is Brenda and I love the additional gems, shrinkies and liquid pearls - it finishes it off perfectly. It may look simple enough but I can tell there's a whole lot of work and love gone into it as always.

Love Lynda xxx

Beryl said...

No sorry Brenda - I think you've failed. Something this gorgeous can't possibly be simple - can it?
It's really beautiful - you've made a lovely background with the stamp head and the shrunk plastic to make the flower centres is brilliant - so effective.
Beryl xx

Cheryl said...

oh brenda hun this is just simply stunning love that stamp and the centre is brill too hugs cheryl xxxx

Anonymous said...

OH WOW this is so gorgeous, stunning!

Serendipity Stamping said...

This card is simply elegant!!

Sandra said...

THis card is just gorgeous! I love the colours and the repeating white images in the background!
Hugs,
Sandra

Sarah said...

This is a fab card Brenda! I love the image and the delicate patterns on the background. I find it really difficult to 'keep it simple'! I have had a go at this challenge too! Will post pic later on my blog!
Huggles and snuggles to your gang from Martha!

Silli said...

wow Brenda, your card is soooo beautiful. I love the darl flower...love the colors, so elegant!!!! Hugs Silke

Silli said...

*DARK*

Liza said...

A gorgeous card, I love the colours and design. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Kat said...

This is stunning Brenda, very elegant. I love it.

Kat x

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Brenda, what a gorgeous card. Love the image and papers. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Dragonlady said...

Hi Brenda

This is fantastic. I love the images and colours.

Hugs Ali x

craftimamma said...

What fantastic use of Kay's lovely stamps. This card is 'simply' stunning!

Lesley Xx

Biscuitlid said...

Fabulous simple creation, love it. You did a great job with our theme this week at Cupcake

Hugs Victoria
x

Diane said...

Oh this is gorgeous!!!

Wendy K. said...

What a beautifully simple card! I need to keep this in mind!

The Stamp Man said...

Brenda sent the original card to me and I can tell you, it ain't no simple looking card in real life!!!

I think Brenda has undersold herself on this one.

I also think you can tell from Brenda's description that a lot of work has gone into this card, it is truly stunning.

A fantastic card, thank you so much Brenda xx