February 18, 2013

MFT Creative Challenge | Clean & Simple

The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique.

This month, we were challenged to create clean and simple projects - without the use of any pattern paper. 

I made a few clean & simple cards for you today - my first card uses a sentiment from Big Greetings

I let the sentiment do the talking here by stamping it repeatedly in different ink colors.  I started by stamping it at the top of the Sweet Tooth Card Stock square in Wild Cherry Ink and then without washing off the stamp, I inked it right up with some Lemon Drop Ink and stamped it underneath the Wild Cherry - it made a yummy orange!  Then I cleaned of the stamp and stamped it in straight up Lemon Drop Ink.  Next came Sour Apple Ink and I used the same process - I didn't wash off the stamp and then inked up some Sno Cone Ink and created the green-blue color.  Sno Cone ink is next and then Grape Jelly Ink at the bottom.

Don't those colors look so scrumptious?!  The card base is 4-1/4" square in Orange Fizz Card Stock and I used a corner rounder on the bottom corners of the base and the sentiment panel.  So fun!

My next card uses a sentiment from On the Line and I inked it up in Black Licorice Ink and stamped it on a thin strip of Sno Cone Card Stock.  I cut another thin strip of paper from a scrap of Orange Fizz Card Stock and placed it underneath the Sno Cone strip.  The background is embossed with the Polka Dot embossing folder from Quickutz.

I added a Stacking Stars Die-namics in Sweet Tooth Card Stock over the top of the strips and popped it up with some thin strips of foam tape.

I love how the colors from the paper strips show through the center of the star - it breaks up the white - love it!

My next card is a super easy card to mass produce and it also uses a sentiment from On the Line.

I started by stamping the polka dot background from Darling Dots in Sno Cone Ink on a sheet of 5-1/4" x 4" Sweet Tooth Card Stock, and then layered the sentiment right over the top of the dots in Black Licorice Ink.  I popped up the sheet with foam tape right over the card base.  This is one of my all time favorite clean looks - the monotone layer.  Yum!

Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a clean and simple project to share with you today.

You can find all of these fabulous clean & simple products in the MFT Boutique:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

congratulations card - 
stamps: big greetings (mft)
paper: orange fizz (mft), sweet tooth (mft)
ink: wild cherry (mft), lemon  drop (mft), sour apple (mft), sno cone (mft), grape jelly (mft)
accessories: corner rounder punch, foam tape

special day card -
stamps: on the line (mft)
paper: sweet tooth (mft), orange fizz (mft), sno cone (mft)
ink: black licorice (mft)
accessories: stacking stars die-namics (mft), polka dot embossing folder (quickutz)   

thank you card -
stamps: on the line (mft), darling dots (mft)
paper: sweet tooth (mft)
ink: sno cone (mft), black licorice (mft)
accessories: foam tape       


  1. These ROCK! love how you mixed the inks!

  2. gorgeous as always, Karen! love that first one, it's so striking!

  3. WONDERFUL cards. Love every one of them.

  4. You're great at everything! These CAS cards are wonderful! I love the first one the best... Hope you're having a great week! XO

  5. These are all so amazing! Love them!