Clean and Simple Card with Cats

A clean and simple card with a fairly simple pattern or image can be the perfect background for almost any subject or occasion. When I saw this background, Wrapped String, I instantly thought of Cats playing with a ball of string or yarn.  The simple pattern creates interest while allowing the cats and sentiment to be front and center.  I used the Inside Scallop Nested for the background layer and the sentiment is from the Kittie Says Phrases #1

A clean and simple card with a fairly simple pattern or image can be the perfect background for almost any subject or occasion.

The Clean and Simple Layer

  • Cut the Inside Scallop Layer using white cardstock.
  • Secure white layer and Wrapped String background stamp in the MISTI.
  • Apply Nocturne ink to the stamp and stamp the image.
  • Sprinkle super fine clear embossing powder on the stamped layer and heat emboss.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the stamped layer and attach it to the A2 sized card base.

A clean and simple card with a fairly simple pattern or image can be the perfect background for any occasion.

The Sentiment and Cats

  • Cut black and white strips of cardstock.
  • Use the Inside Scallop die to cut the black and white strips to create matching decorative borders to line up over the background layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Nocturne ink, sprinkle with super fine clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Attach the black and white layers together using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment layer and attach it to stamped layer.
  • Cut the cats using black cardstock.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of each cat and attach them to the sentiment layer and card base.

A clean and simple card with a fairly simple pattern or image can be the perfect background for any subject..

This clean and simple card with the “Just Because” would be perfect to send to your cat lover friend.  Recently I have been having lots of fun using background images to add another element of interest to my cards.  Check out my Black and White Background Card to see another example of a clean and simple card layout with a fun background image.  You can find so much clean and simple card inspiration over on Pinterest. I sure do appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great upcoming weekend.

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for my card.

 
5305D Inside Scallop Nested Dies
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Cats Die Cut 5142-09D
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1332 Wrapped String
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Here are the tools and supplies used.

 
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock,…
[ ELH ]
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
[ ELH ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]
 

A clean and simple card is easy to make.

 

Random Pattern Backgrounds on Clean and Simple Cards

Random pattern backgrounds will add interest to your cards and can be just the right touch to highlight your main focal image.  My black and white base sets off the colorful flowers and foliage and the random polka dots creates another element of interest for this simple card layout.  For this project I used the Rubbernecker Not So Many Random Dots.  Rubbernecker also has a background called Lots of Random Dots with a more dense pattern that would have been pretty on this card as well.  My flower arrangement was made using the Mixable Flower Stack 5109, Small Flowers #1,  Tiny Flower Buds and Large Ivy.  The decorative layer was made using Borders #3

Rubbernecker carries a full line of stamps with random pattern backgrounds that will add interest to your cards and highlights your focal image.

The Random Pattern Background

  • Secure the background stamp and white cardstock in the MISTI.
  • Apply Nocturne ink to the stamp and stamp the cardstock.
  • Apply super fine clear embossing powder to the cardstock and heat it with heat gun.  Note:  the Versafine Clair inks can be used with embossing powder but I find you need to move fairly quick before it dries.  Embossing with clear powder makes the black dots more pronounced.  You can also use black embossing powder but I find it harder to use since it sticks to the cardstock even when using a embossing magic bag.
  • Cut the cardstock to 5.25″ x 4.00″.

The Decorative Layer

  • Cut pieces of white and black cardstock 5.25″ x 2.50″.
  • Use the eyelet die from the Borders #3 set to cut the white piece and the stitched die from the set to cut the black piece.
  • Attach the pieces together using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the decorative layer and attach it to the pattern background layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the two layers and attach to the white A2 sized card base.

Rubbernecker carries a full line of stamps with random pattern backgrounds that will add interest to your clean and simple cards and highlights your focal image.

The Flowers

  • Use hot press watercolor paper to cut the flowers and brown cardstock to cut the tiny flower buds.
  • Squish the Citrus and Pumpkin ink pads on a palette and use the inks to watercolor the flowers.
  • Lightly mist the images with water to prepare for coloring.
  • Use a water brush to paint the flower sections and heat set.
  • Form the flowers using a round stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the flower sections together using small pieces of mounting tape. Note:  I usually attach flower sections together using glossy accents but I wanted these layers to have more separation.
  • Form the tiny flower buds to the flower center using glossy accents.
  • Check out my Flower Shaping Video Tutorials to see how I form my flowers.

The Ivy Branches

  • Use hot press watercolor paper to cut the ivy sections.
  • Lightly mist the ivy sections with water.
  • Squish the Fern and Juniper ink pads on a palette.
  • Watercolor the ivy sections using a light layer Fern ink. and add darker shading using the Juniper ink.
  • Heat dry the ivy sections.
  • Place the ivy sections face up on the molding pad and form the leaves using the leaf tool.

Arrange the Flowers and Ivy

  • Attach the the large flower to the card base using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the ivy sections under the flower and attach using glossy accents. 
  • Use glossy accents to attach the small flowers to the ivy.

Rubbernecker carries a full line of stamps with random pattern backgrounds that will add interest to your simple cards and highlights your focal image.

Clean and simple cards can be enhanced using random pattern backgrounds. I love how my black and white card base allowed my flowers and foliage to pop.  Check out my Dimensional Paper Flowers card to see the same flower color combination but on a all white card base. You can see lot of inspiration for random pattern cards on Pinterest.  I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have an enjoyable day.

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
1338 Not So Many Random Dots
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5109D
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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5210-04D Small Flowers #1
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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5160-03D Borders #3
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Here are the other tools and supplies used.

 
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Peanut…
[ ELH ]
Hot Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12,…
[ ELH ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock,…
[ ELH ]
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
[ ELH ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Long Broad, ZIG Watercolor BrusH20
[ ELH ]
Sizzix Making Tool – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SZZ ]
Amazon.com: McGill Paper Blossoms…
[ AMZUS ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]
Ranger Mini Mister, Individual
[ ELH ]
 

 

Simple Birthday Card

I don;t know about you but I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand when an “emergent” need arises.  Those emergent needs happen to me more often than I would like to admit.  Since I have gotten a little older birthdays seem to slip up one me.  Ugh!  I hate to miss my loved ones birthdays.  This clean and simple card took just a few minutes to make.  Rubbernecker released several new background stamps recently and I couldn’t wait to get a few.  For this card I used the Birthday Background and the sentiment from the It’s Spring Time set.  The picture doesn’t show off the pretty gold embossing used for the images but I love the vibrant colors of the balloons water colored with Color Fuse inks. Oh……and don’t die of shock that there are no die cuts on this card.  LOL!

I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand to send out to my friends and family. This birthday background is perfect for fast and easy cards.

The Birthday Background and Balloons

  • Secure the white cardstock and Birthday Background stamp in the MISTI.
  • Dust the cardstock with the Embossing Magic Bag. Note:  Gold embossing powder sticks all over the cardstock if not well dusted.
  • Apply Versamark to the stamp and stamp the image. Repeat the stamping process to make sure you get a good crisp image.
  • Apply Superfine Gold Embossing Powder and tap off excess powder.
  • Use a heat gun to heat the embossing powder.
  • Stamp the balloon section of the background a second time and emboss.
  • Watercolor the balloons with Color Fuse inks and a water brush.
  • Fussy cut the balloons out. and set aside.

The Sentiment and Gold Embossed Layer

  • Stamp the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and emboss with gold powder.
  • Cut a strip of cardstock to fit behind the sentiment layer.
  • Apply Versa to both edges of the cardstock, apply gold embossing powder and emboss.
  • Attach the sentiment layer to the gold layer using double stick tape.

Assemble the Card

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the birthday background layer and attach it to the A2 sized card base.
  • Attach the sentiment layer to the birthday background using double stick tape.
  • Use glue dots to attach the gold string to the back of the balloons.
  • Tie the three strings together with bow made using a separate piece of gold strings.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the balloons and attach them to the card base.
  • Finish by securing the gold bow and strings to the sentiment layer using a rolled up glue dot.

 

I like to keep a simple birthday card or two on hand to send out to my friends and family. This birthday background is perfect for fast, simple and easy cards.

A simple birthday card is always nice to have on hand but I like making fancier ones as well.  Check out my Die Cut Birthday Cake and Birthday Card with Alphabet and Number Dies to see more birthday cards. And when in doubt, you can always count on getting inspiration from Pinterest.  Thank you for coming by today and I hope you have a great Wednesday. 

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
1330 Birthday Background
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3309 It’s Spring time
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #8
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Color Fuse Set #6
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Here are the tools and supplies.

 
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,…
[ ELH ]
String by the Spool – Metallic Gold,…
[ ELH ]
VersaMark Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold
[ ELH ]
MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
[ ELH ]
Precision 5 Inch Scissors with…
[ ELH ]
Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4″
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper…
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]
 

Script Word Dies

Script word dies are so popular now in card making.  I like to use them on clean and simple cards and pop them up to create dimension and interest and embellish them with tiny flowers and leaves.  I created a soft pink stenciled background to enhance the script word.  For this card I used the Rubbernecker Love Script, Nested Square Scallop, Circle Lattice (stencil), Spring Leaves, Small Flowers #1.

Script word dies can make a big impression on a clean and simple card front. Come see how I use mounting tape to pop up large die cut words on my cards.

The Stenciled Background and Card Base

  • Cut a white 4.50″ square card base.
  • Cut the Circle Lattice using scrap cardstock.
  • Place the die cut layer on the platform, line up the die a second time and run through the machine.
  • Place the die cut over a piece of white cardstock and secure in place using masking tape.
  • Apply ink to the white layer using Rose ink from the Color Fuse Set #5 and a large blender brush.
  • Use the largest scalloped square to cut the stenciled layer.
  • Attach the scalloped layer to the green layer using strips of mounting tape.
  • Use double stick tape to attach the green and stenciled layer to the card base,

Large scriot word dies create such an interesting focal point on clean and simple cards. Let me show you how I embellish with small leaves and flowers.

The Script Word, Flowers and Leaves

  • Apply Rose ink to a piece of white cardstock using a blender brush.
  • Use the pink cardstock to cut the Love script word and small flowers.
  • Cut the tiny leaves using green cardstock.
  • Apply thin pieces of mounting tape to several key spots on the back of the Love word and attach it to the card base.
  • Place the leaves and small flower on the molding pad.  Form the flowers with the small tipped stylus and the leaves using the leaf tool.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the leaves and flowers to the word.
  • Use a green marker to color in a tiny flower center for each flower.

Large scriot word dies create such an interesting focal point on clean and simple cards. Let me show you how I pop them up and embellish with small leaves and flowers.

Do you like using script word dies on your cards?  I have used this large love script word several times. Check out my Love Sentiment and Die Cut Love and Floral Ivy to see more intricate cards with the same die.  And for more inspiration you can check out the script word die cards on Pinterest.  I appreciate you coming by and I hope you are enjoying a good week.

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
5174-02D
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Nested Square Scallop Die Cut 5027D
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Circle Lattice Die Cut 5026D
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5309-06D Spring Leaves Die
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5210-04D Small Flowers #1
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Color Fuse Set #5
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Tools and Supplies

 
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
[ ELH ]
Susan’s Garden Tool Kit, Elizabeth…
[ ELH ]
Peeled Paint, Ranger Distress Marker
[ ELH ]
3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

Script word dies are fun to use on card fronts.

Clean and Simple Flower Card

My project today is a clean and simple flower card made made using the Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Scallop with Holes, Mixed Flower Stack, Flower #5 (leaves) and the Wishes Your Way sentiment.  When it comes to making clean and simple cards less is definitely more.  The pink card base and white eyelet layer creates the perfect background to set off the beautiful flower and the big leaves.

Come over to my blog to see how I made this pretty clean and simple flower card using a die cut flower and foliage on a decorative white background.

The Clean and Simple Card Base and Sentiment Layer

  • Cut the card base using pink cardstock and the sentiment layer using white cardstock.
  • Stamp the Wishes Your Way sentiment using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape on the back of the sentiment layer and attach it to the card base.

Come over to see how I made this pretty clean and simple flower card using a die cut flower and foliage on a decorative white background.

The Flower and Leaves

  • Cut three sections of the flower using pink cardstock and one section of the leaves using green cardstock.
  • Place the flower sections face up on the molding pad and form the petals using a round stylus.
  • Begin attaching the layers together using glossy accents and make sure to offset each layer for a natural looking flower.
  • Place the leaves on the molding pad and score each leaf using the leaf tool.
  • Attach the leaf branch to the white layer using glossy accents.
  • Place a large piece of mounting tape to the back of the flower and attach it to the white layer.
  • Note:  Check out my Paper Shaping videos to see how I form my paper flowers.

Come over to see how I made this pretty clean and simple flower card using a die cut flower and foliage on a white background.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my clean and simple flower card.  Check out my Dimensional Paper Flowers on a Clean and Simple Background and Simple Handmade Card Designs for more simple card inspiration.  For even more inspiration check out the Pinterest Simple Flower Card link. I sure do appreciate you coming by.  Enjoy your day and stay safe.

Here are the dies and stamp used on my card.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes 5141D
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5309-10D Mixed Flower stack Die
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5175-05D Flower #5 Die Cut
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1319-03 wishes your way
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Here are the tools and supplies used.

 
Bazzill COTTON CANDY Card Shoppe…
[ SSS ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Easter…
[ ELH ]
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Sizzix Making Tool – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SZZ ]
Amazon.com: McGill Paper Blossoms…
[ AMZUS ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

Making a clean and simple flower card is fast and easy.

Dimensional Paper Flowers on Clean and Simple Cards

Today I’ve created a clean and simple card with beautiful dimensional paper flowers and a simple sentiment.  There is something so elegant about an all white card base with popped up colorful flowers and foliage.  For this card I used the Rubbernecker 5106D Mixable Flower Stack, Tiny Flower Buds, Large Ivy. Rectangle Combo One Piece and the Thinking of You sentiment.

Adding dimensional paper flowers to a clean and simple card really kicks the interest up a notch. Click through to see how I formed my flowers.

The A2 Card Base and Sentiment

  • Place the white card base in the MISTI and line up and secure the sentiment stamp in place.
  • Apply brown ink to the stamp and stamp it on the card base.
  • Use white cardstock to cut rectangle combination frames and attach the three layers together using double stick tape.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.

I love adding dimensional paper flowers to my clean and simple cards. Click through to see how I made my flowers.

Coloring and Forming the Flowers

  • Cut the flowers using white cardstock.  I cut three flower layers for each sized flower.
  • Apply Wild Honey ink to the flowers using a mini applicator.  Note:  I apply touches of ink along the back edge of each petal so the white edge doesn’t show through when the petals are formed.
  • Use needle nose pliers to roll the edges of each petal.  For the large flower I rolled one side of each petal backwards and one side upwards.  For the small flowers I clamped the pliers right in the middle of each petal and rolled both sides upward around the pliers.
  • Place each flower layer on the molding pad and push down lightly in the center with a small round tipped stylus.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the flowers together making sure each layer is offset to create a natural looking flower.
  • Use brown cardstock to cut the tiny flower buds, form them using a small tipped stylus and molding pad and attach them to the flower centers using glossy accents.

Arrange the Flowers and Ivy

  • Use green cardstock to cut the six ivy sections.
  • Apply glossy accents to the back of the large flower and attach it to the upper corner card base.
  • Tuck two of the full ivy sections under the large flower and attach using glossy accents.
  • Apply glossy accents to the two smaller flowers and attach them to the two ivy sections.
  • Cut the rest of the ivy sections apart and tuck them around the larger flowers to fill in the arrangement and attach using glossy accents.
  • Finish by using a shimmer pen to add a touch of sparkle to the tiny brown flower centers.

Dimensional paper flowers add so much interest to a clean and simple card. Click over to see how I formed my flowers.

Do you like to create dimensional paper flowers for your projects?  I sure do.  You can see lots and lots of examples of paper flowers project in my Flower Category.  I think there are more than 700.  Yikes!! I sure do appreciate you coming by today and I hope you are having a great week.

Here are the dies and the sentiment stamp I used for this card.

 
5218D Rectangle Combo OPC #3 Die Cut
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5106D
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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1319-05 Thinking of you…
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Here are the tools and supplies I used.

 
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Peanut…
[ ELH ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Easter…
[ ELH ]
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
Wild Honey, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Acorn
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Dykes Needle Nose Pliers Extra Long…
[ AMZUS ]
Susan’s Garden Tool Kit, Elizabeth…
[ ELH ]
McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat-8.3…
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
[ ELH ]
Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen 2 pk
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
12mm (1/2″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
Micro (1/8″), Glue Dots
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

Dimensional paper flowers add so much interest to a clean and simple card.