Wednesday 10 August 2016

WWC80 - Heidi's Clean & Simple "Water" Challenge

I am thrilled to be the hostess for today's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!  I'm presenting a clean and simple challenge with a "water" theme.  Clean and simple is a much debated technique, but for this challenge it is cut and dry.  Our Watercooler Artists' team got together and created the following rule of thumb:

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 e f embossing. Clean and simple.

It's easy to follow and gives you a good idea of what we'll be looking for if you link up to our challenge.

There are so many awesome ways in which you can use water.  I found myself coming up with far too many ideas and had to get back to reality and think seriously about what could work out best for my clean and simple challenge.  Finally I decided that I would use the Gorgeous Grunge and Wetlands sets.  Together they work well to give the illusion of an beachfront scene, don't they?  I especially love the splashes of water at the two corners of my scene.  That's how it happens when the waters move in and splash over the rocks.

I only used four colours for my card and stamped them as well as used my AquaPainter with them to get this effect.  The corner water is Tempting Turquoise with a "splash" of the Craft Whisper White stamped over it.  The centre water is painted with my AquaPainter as is the sand.  Again, the water is Tempting Turquoise and the sand is Crumb Cake.  The reeds near the bottom are stamped using the Archival Basic Black as are the sandpipers and the sentiment.

The entire scene was created on a single sheet of Heavy Whisper White cardstock.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards created by the Watercooler Artists for our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.  Perhaps they'll inspire you to link up your own creation for this challenge.

Since the "Just Us Girls" Challenge has a word challenge this week, with a water theme, I am also linking to that challenge.


  1. Heidi, you know I'm a big fan of Wetlands, and I'm always looking for cards to CAS. This is certainly one of them. Love the way you've blended the colours and created your scene. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

    1. Thank you so much for those kind words, Penny. Wetlands is a set which I intend to keep for as long as I continue to stamp. I love those images.

  2. Heidi, this is a wonderful card. I love what you've done here with 2 stampsets, 3 colors and lots of white space.
    Thank you for the challenge this week.
    I would like to CASE your card for my class this month. I, too, love Wetlands. I will give you credit.

    1. Thanks so much, Susie. Of course I'd be honoured if you CASE my card for your class. Wetlands rocks!

  3. I love the Wetlands look and the splashes of water. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls!


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