I am usually not the greatest at Clean And Simple cards. I get nervous if there is too much white space, if there are not enough (or any!) embellishments, if it's too asymmetrical, and on and on.
For one of my Stamp-In Workshops, I had a hankering to create just such a card though. And I think it worked out pretty well.
And, being that it is a flat card, with no dimensional embellishments whatsoever, it is perfect for sending through the USPS.
Another plus with a card such as this design is that it would be appropriate for either male or female. Or for any occasion, depending on the choice of sentiments.
Following are quick and easy directions to make a card like this one.
Whisper White cardstock
Bermuda Bay cardstock
Crushed Curry cardstock
Designer Series Paper in coordinating colors
Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (page 77)
Bermuda Bay ink
Crushed Curry Striped Washi Tape (or any others that match your color scheme)
1 1/4" Circle Punch
Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
From three different sheets of coordinating Designer Series Paper, punch two of two designs and one of the last design with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch.
Starting with the center circle, adhere it to a 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" strip of Crushed Curry cardstock. Finish placing the other circles so there is equal distance between them, and trimming off the two end circles so they are flush with the edges of the strip.
Adhere this strip to one measuring 1 3/4" x 5 1/2" cut from Bermuda Bay cardstock.
Attach this finished strip to the card base about 1/4" from the bottom.
In Bermuda Bay ink, stamp "Make A Wish" above this strip, about 1/2" from the right edge.
Fill in the rest of the space surrounding the sentiment with strips of striped Washi Tape, cutting the ends neatly.
In Bermuda Bay ink, stamp "Happy Birthday" inside the card.
This would be an equally attractive card using virtually any combination of colors, coordinating with the DSP that is chosen.