clean & simple sunday #12

What a beautiful morning here in New England…couldn’t wait to share this week’s clean and simple card design.  This week’s design features a die cut, prominently centered on the card front.

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A|S has some very versatile die sets starting on page 98 of our annual catalog and inspiration guide. The butterfly featured in this card was cut from the largest die in the set of 3. We also sell dies in the shape of swallows, clouds, an Easter egg, pretty label shapes, a banner, grass, stars and tickets. In addition to shapes, we offer border strip dies as well in both a scallop and pinking sheer/zigzag pattern and a whole line of Nestabilities!  A shape for everything and everything in its shape!! If you’ve never worked with die cuts, its really very easy, you just need to purchase a die cutting tool, such as the Big Shot shown on page 103 in the A|S catalog. The die shapes are placed between the cutting pads on the card stock (or fabric or felt or foam) of your choice and then rolled through the die cutting tool to cut them out.

The card this week was created using a card base in the color of Lichen, cut to 8-1/2 x 4-1/4 and folded in half. I then used the 2nd largest circle stamp out of the Lots of Dots set to stamp a Sage circle a little higher than center on the card, to leave room for my sentiment. I stamped the sentiment out of the Essential Sentiments set using my Memento ink pad in black. Once the stamping was done, I cut the largest butterfly out of Papaya card stock. I snipped three pearls off of my pearl strip and placed them along the center of the butterfly shape and gently lifted the wings up on either side of the pearls. I attached the butterfly to the base card with small foam squares and placed the butterfly shape in the center if the Sage circle I had stamped earlier. A sweet, simple card with a little dimension and some pearls to make it special.


  1. “Simply” beautiful!!!