Clean and simple cards

Here are 2 new cards. They are almost the same, but not quite….

Here is the first one, Bonne Fête.  
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I got quite a few of these 6 x 6 background stamps by Impression Obsession before Christmas and I only tried one or two.  So I played a bit with inks and this birch tree stamp and came up with this.  I found that stamping with dye ink doesn’t give enough coverage to my taste.  So I stamped with Faded Jeans Distress ink, then sprayed directly on the inked stamp with Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold, then stamped on white cardstock.  It gave the background a pretty watercolour effect with a nice shimmer (can’t see it very well in the photo).  I feel you could almost see evergreen trees in the background besides the red bird.  But it could just be my imagination….  I trimmed the background to 5 1/4 x 5 1/4, matted in Stamping Up Red Cherry Cobler 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 (it is a little more bright than in the photo), then on a Blue stardream 6 x 6.  The Bonne Fête  stamp is from Bonnidée and I slightly distressed the edges of the white CS before applying with foam dots.  The bird was stamped separately on white card stock and colored red with a marker, then glued to the card with foam dots.  That’s it – Clean and Simple.  I am taking the class with Kristina, Jennifer and Julie, so I’m trying to make Clean and Simple cards.  Besides the time playing on the background, it was pretty quick putting together.
Thanks for visiting my blog!  Be back soon with the 2nd card.
Merci de visiter mon blog!  Je vous reviens bientôt avec la 2ème carte.

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