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Are you ready for this week’s challenge?  You certainly rocked the last challenge – thanks so much for playing along!

This week, Heidi is hosting our challenge, and she has chosen ‘Clean & Simple – with a Water Theme’.


Just to refresh – the Watercooler guidelines for ‘Clean & Simple’ are as follows:

Either a single layer upon which we stamp or a base with a single layer upon which we stamp. Since we use embellishments for any other type of card, no embellishments or die-cuts or anything except the simplicity of stamping for the “clean & simple”. That gives a clear reason for its name. And what is simpler than stamping? That will allow heat embossing since, if one decides to use a colour, heat embossing would show better than simple stamping. But no Embossing Folder (dry) embossing. Clean and simple.

With CAS with a theme, just go ahead and incorporate the theme into your card, keeping it CAS.

Okay – I admit it – this was a tough one for me!  Actually, all CAS cards are, but this time, I’ve been totally distracted by not only the preparations going on for getting myself & son ready for heading to the U.K. next month, but also my Dad being in hospital with a broken hip (quick update – it’s been repaired, not replaced; he’s on the mend, and in fact I’ll be  picking him up & taking him back home tomorrow!  He’s been in hospital about 1 1/2 weeks, and has another 6 weeks ahead of him, without being able to put weight on that leg!).

So – after I created my card, I had to pull it from the challenge, as I didn’t follow the guidelines above!!

Here is my first card – can you see what I did wrong?

WWC80 CAS water

Well, perhaps I should ask – can you see how many things I did wrong!  I did dry embossing with the retired World Map embossing folder; I added banners and the anchor, which all count as layers.  *sigh*  I thought it was a brilliant card – until I realized  how far off the guidelines I went.  (I even heat embossed the anchor!).  Actually, I still think it’s a great card – just not for this challenge.

So, back to the drawing board I went!

WWC80 water

Well, no layering here, except for the inked panel on the Island Indigo cardstock base.

Want to know how I made the water background?  Well – I recently received the new Seaside Embossing Folder, so it was a natural choice!

I opened up the folder, and on the raised side, I dropped inks from the Pacific Point, Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay reinkers directly onto the embossing folder.  I then used a Stampin’ Spritzer, and sprayed water over the embossing folder and inks, tipping the folder to allow the inks to run.  I then place the Whisper White cardstock on top of the inks, closed the folder, and ran my hand back & forth over the closed folder, allowing the ink to soak into the cardstock.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out!

I then inked up the 1st sea star image from the Picture Perfect stamp set in Crumb Cake ink, and stamped it directly onto the ‘waves’.  I then inked up the 2nd layer of the image in Elegant Eggplant ink, and stamped over top of the Crumb Cake.

I have to say, in real life, the sea star does look like it’s beneath the waves!  The picture just doesn’t quite capture that effect.

I didn’t want to add a stamped sentiment to the front (and I couldn’t layer one….), so I left it with no sentiment; I can add something appropriate on the inside, when I use this card.

Considering this was my second card, I am just as happy with this one as the first!

I’ve also found that the Just Us Girls Challenges is having a ‘Water’ themed challenge this week, too -though theirs isn’t CAS – so I thought I’d enter both my cards into their challenge, as well!

You can find their challenge by clicking the image below:

Just us Girls challenge

Now, I  hope you’ll take up the challenge, and join us at the Watercooler Wednesday page.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Watercooler Artists have created for your inspiration!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

9 thoughts on “Watercooler Wednesday – Clean & Simple

  1. Your first card was beautiful! I think you can use an EF with a CAS card. The starfish on your second card does look like it is under the water. Both cards are spectacular!

  2. Wow your first card is simply spectacular Debra (love the colours and embellishments), your second card is equally so. I love the water scene you’ve created and the star fish looks as though it’s fighting the current. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Deborah, I love your card with the waves. Actually, I love both of your cards. Beautiful work! I want to try the waves with your instructions. I think my class would really want to know how to do this.
    Thank you for inspiring me on a weekly basis.

    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Susie! I’m sure your class will have fun inking up the Seaside EF and creating their own waves – I’d love to see what the do!

    1. Thanks for the kind comment, Sharyn! Now that I’ve ‘found’ the Just Us Girls challenges, I’ll be sure to join in again 🙂

    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Vicki! I’m glad you liked my ‘water’ cards; I’m looking forward to taking part in more challenges at JUGS!

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