Nov 01

Clarity Challenge – Clean and Simple

Hello Everyone and welcome to another Clarity Challenge. It was great to see all your beautiful artwork for the stencil challenge and it certainly made choosing the top five difficult – again. It is wonderful to see the different ideas you all have. I do hope you’ll join in with this month’s challenge too. This month the theme is Clean and Simple – which means lots of ‘white’ space (or whatever colour your base is) and there is also less embellishments. Here is what I came up with this month:

CAS Card

I decided to go with an autumnal feel to my card using a variety of distress inks – peeled paint, fired brick, ripe persimmon and spiced marmalade with the Maple Leaves stamp set from Clarity. The leaves were stamped onto ivory hammered card from papermill direct.

Before I started on the card I did do a plan first onto copy paper. As my inks were very wet I used the ink, blot, plot method of stamping – as you can see in this image.


In order to get this waterfall appearance of the leaves I started with the largest leaf first, followed by the medium size and finishing with the smallest leaf, masking the leaves as I went, with the maple leaves mask, and alternating the colours.


Here is a close up of the leaves and the way the colours look when blotted before use. I was so wrapped up in my ink, blot, plot method and masking the leaves that I totally forgot to take any photos – sorry about that.

Once the leaves were done I stamped the Keats’ sentiment in ripe persimmon


Then I layered the card onto crushed curry and tangerine tango card from Stampin’ Up! before adding to an ivory base card.

You can just about see the hammered effect of the card, which is clearer if you click on the picture.

I hope this card has given you some inspiration. Please do checkout the samples from my design team mates – they are all gorgeous and bound to inspire too.

We all look forward to seeing your entry and you never know you could win the £50 Clarity gift voucher, so go on give it a go.


Stamps: Clarity: Maple Leaves
Ink: Rangers Distress Inks: peeled paint, fired brick, spiced marmalade and ripe persimmon
Card: papermill direct: ivory hammered card; Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
Other: Clarity: Maple Leaves Mask: Ivory base card




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  1. Carol morgan

    Love the lovely autumn colours you have used for this card. Xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Carol, I’m so glad you like it. I love the colours that nature produces at this time of the year get this would be a good way of replicating them. x

  2. Lesley Walden

    Beautiful autumnal design, Angela. All that masking must have taken you ages. I hope you are going to keep the copier paper with the first stamp images for use in another card. x

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Lesley. The masking did take a while, I enjoyed it though. As for keeping my copier paper – that would be a no!!! Doh! x

  3. Julie Dunn

    Love your card the leaves the colours work well xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Julie, I’m so glad you like it x

  4. Shelagh Metselaar

    Beautiful colours with lots of masking, Angela. A lovely card! ;@}

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Shelagh, it certainly was a lot of masking – I enjoyed it though! X

  5. Barbara Lancaster

    Such an appropriate card for this time of year Angela, with all the rich varied tones of the leaves. Really beautiful. Xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Barbara, I love the colours you see at this time of the year and just had to replicate them x

  6. Emma

    Hey there Angela. This is a very lovely card. I just adore those leaves and the colours. Brilliant design. Hugs xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Emma, I appreciate your comments, and am so glad you like the card. Hugs x

  7. Linda Page

    Oh my what a lot of masking but well worth the effort such beautiful colours and loving the waterfall effect you have created x

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Linda, it was a lot of masking, though worth it in the long run. x

  8. Jo. Rice

    Morning Angela, so sorry I am late…..but better late than never….
    As you know I adore autumn colours and your card uses them perfectly..such an inspirational design and a great DT piece…

    1. Angela Simpson

      Morning Jo, thank you for your lovely comments. So glad you like the card. Hugs xxx

  9. Naomi Mahon

    SOrry I’m so late a beautiful card. Wonderful combination of colours so life like. Hugs Naomi

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Naomi x

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