Clean and Simple Design with a Tone-on-Tone Twist | with Tasha

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Hey crafty people, it’s Tasha here, with more Saturday morning inspiration! Today I’m sharing a stepped up clean and simple design with a tone-on-tone twist. I’ve still got lots of white space, but with a super interesting texture & interest. This week I’m focusing on some of the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studios products that we have in store. As always, with a little help from my Catherine Pooler inks of course!


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Trial & error…

Today I’m using the Charming Wreath stamp & die sets.

After a few trial & error moments, I decided that if you are planning to die cut them, the absolute best way to stamp out these gorgeous images, is to do the die cutting first. Sometimes if you stamp first the very edges of the image may be the tiniest bit off and this makes die cutting impossible without losing the tips of the images.
Clear stamps are incredibly pliable, and they can be so easy to change slightly; this is brilliant when you need to bend a sentiment for example, but isn’t too great when you want to die cut the stamped image.

Stamp it out!

Pro Tip! I die cut a bunch of each image, then it’s so easy to stamp; pop the die cut negative into your stamp positioner (I use a MISTI) with some low tack tape across the back of the opening, then you can slot the die cut into place and line your stamp up correctly.
Then you work through all of the die cuts, stamping the first layer on each one, after this, line up the second layer and repeat. Do this for every layer in the stamp set, until you have a bunch of completed images! Perfect!!

Whilst I already hade everything out and setup, I actually made a few different coloured images. Now I have a pile of pre stamped images in pinks, purples & oranges! I slide them into the back of the stamp packaging, to use them at a different time.

Choosing your inks…

I love Pinkfresh’s fresh & pastel design aesthetic, so I chose some Catherine Pooler inks in colours that would work, the ones I used for this design are: Mint To Be, Green Skirt, Pixie Dust and Sweet Sixteen.

(I also created some orange florals using Bellini and pink florals using It’s A Girl!)

To get a really dark, crisp image, I stamped the line art portion of the wreath with Midnight, also from Catherine Pooler.


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Clean and simple design with a tone-on-tone twist ??

The general understanding of the term clean & simple is that you have a focal point, containing image/sentiments etc, and the rest of your design is ‘white space’.
‘White space’ doesn’t have to be white, it just means that there isn’t much of anything there. It is blank/free from details which could overtake your focal point.
Tone-on-tone means that you have the same, or very similar colour on top of itself.

I wanted to make a design that had that clean & clear ‘white space’ when you first look at it, but up close you can see some beautiful added interest. My tone-on-tone elements in this design are the additional stamping which is still white, but with added sparkle!

Making the background…

To get that clean and simple design with a tone-on-tone twist, so I grabbed the Pop Out Diamond, also Pinkfresh Studios, and I chose three of the diamonds to stamp onto an a2 panel of Neenah 80lb.
To get that tone on tone look I used some clear, sparkly embossing powder from WOW X Catherine Pooler, and I also embossed a strip of Neenah 80lb with the same powder.

I trimmed the panel to be 3.25in x 5.25in and added the embossed strip to get a final panel size of 4in x 5.25in. I used foam tape so that the larger portion would be popped up. The strip sits flat to my card base. (Neenah 110lb card base.)


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Sentiment & Accents!

I cut the hello word from black cardstock and the shadow from vellum, this die is from Pinkfresh Studios’ Phrase Builder – Hello set and I stamped an additional sentiment from the same Charming Wreath stamp set.

I added my two wreath portions, positioning them to allow my sentiments to sit between them. Without the hello die cut, the wreath looks very strange and ‘off’ but once the hello is in position it looks much more balanced!

A few Something New flat back pearls scattered round made the perfect accents.


I will be back at the same time next week for more inspiration!

Stay Crafty!!!



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