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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Ingredients

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