Not for Minimalists

September 18, 2015


By Judi Kauffman

This is the story of how an über-busy card evolved. But the story doesn’t have an ending because I can’t decide whether I love it or should hide it under a rock. The jury is still out.

What do you think?

It started out as a simple elegant card. I put a 3.5” x 5” piece of alcohol-ink altered Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz onto the front of a black A2 size top-fold card base and die cut the word Believe from dark wine red cardstock to place at an angle, using slivers of Power Tabs to add dimension.

But it was so boring and needed something else. I altered some lacy black border peel-offs with the same alcohol inks and put a strip at the right and left sides of the Shimmer Sheetz. Better, but still not very interesting.

I added a second die cut layer, this time the word Believe in soft beige, again held in place with slivers of Power Tabs to add dimension.


Things were looking up but the card remained kind of gloomy and I wanted something livelier. I die cut Ribbons & Jewels strips and Circles background from Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz, backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and positioned pieces around the top and bottom of the card.

Happy at last! And while I was at it, I added a bit more sparkle with Transparent Glitter Dots.



But this card is definitely Not for Minimalists. If your first response was that this card has way too much going on:


*Stop after the first step or two.

*Switch to a color combination that is more to your liking.

*Choose different peel-offs for the borders.

*Pick a different die for the sentiment.

(In other words, alter this card to suit your taste!)


Here is a supply list, just in case you like some or all of the elements and want to make your own version:


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

1049 Believe die

1028 Circles die

1070 Ribbons & Jewels die set

7018 Transparent/Gold Glitter Dots

Shimmer Sheetz in Red Metallic or color of choice

Any linear border peel-offs in black (plain or fancy)

803 Metal Adaptor Plate (needed for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz)

Clear Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet in size of choice


Other – Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs; Non-stick scissors (to cut Power Tabs); Alcohol inks in assorted dark colors, ink applicator tool; Cardstock in black, dark red, and light beige


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  • Mary Prasad September 21, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Wow! Just wow!

  • judi kauffman September 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you Wanda. It’s official. The card isn’t going to hide under a rock…

  • wandahentges September 19, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I don’t think it’s too much at all!!!!!!!! I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Christine September 19, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Absolutely love it!! It may not be minimalist, but everything about it says magic…..and believe! Congrats on your work being rewarded with a fabulous card.

    • judi kauffman September 19, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Thanks, Christine. The great comments I’ve received have turned things around for me and the card has definitely grown on me.

      • Christine September 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm


  • Denise September 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Although this may be termed a ‘busy’ card, it all goes together and blends well. I love it.

    • judi kauffman September 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you, Denise. It’s so funny that I mix so many things on cards but wear almost entirely solid color clothing. (Go figure!)

  • Janice September 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Judi, I just LOVE this card and especially how you have given instructions on how to alter it to suit different tastes. I would call you a MAXIMALIST based upon this card! 🙂

    • judi kauffman September 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you, Janice. I don’t usually get so over-the-top – though I do like to mix patterned papers a lot.

  • Patti Zawadski September 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Great card. Love the colors and love the dies used.

    • judi kauffman September 18, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you, Patti. I really enjoyed using all of those dies. Believe if so graceful, and the Ribbons & Jewels have such a playful quality. Circles is endlessly versatile.

  • Holly Young September 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I am not usually a fan of busy cards, but I actually do like this. Your background is using elements that blend in with the overall color so that it doesn’t detract too much from the main word element. It’s interesting upon closer inspection to see the detail and texture.

    • judi kauffman September 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thanks, Holly. The card is starting to grow on me. I’m probably going to keep it instead of sending it because there are design elements in it that I like and may want to use again in some way. I know I’ll be making some simpler versions.

  • craftyjoanna September 18, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I like it 🙂

    • judi kauffman September 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Thank you, Joanna. You and my goddaughter share the same first name so I smile whenever I see it.

  • Nona September 18, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I like it. The only thing I might have done different was to tighten up the shadow effect with the dark red Believe.

    • judi kauffman September 18, 2015 at 10:26 am

      I totally agree about tightening up the shadow effect, Nona.

  • Nancy Yoder September 18, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I like variety, & u surely gave me that! It stopped me in my tracks, I wanted to know more! I read instructions…I love it all! Detail…details, it’s all in the details! Thank u so much for sharing ea step!

    • judi kauffman September 18, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Thank you, Nancy. I’m glad that the instructions were helpful!

  • Raquel Mason September 18, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I like the altered lacy black border.

    • judi kauffman September 18, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Thanks, Raquel. I really enjoy using alcohol inks to alter peel-offs. And I frequently use the altered (background) scraps as well as the “official” peel-offs.

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