I used Rangers' Specialty Stamping Paper for my surface and chose a stamp for my focal image from one of Tim Holtz's Visual Artistry Collections. To give the piece some depth, I used another one of Tim's stamps, a lovely swirl, for a background image. I stamped the swirl using Clearly Better Ink in Aqua once on a piece of scrap specialty stamping paper and then the background images as a second stamping on the ATC. I then stamped my focal image in the middle of the card using Versa Fine Ink in Onyx Black. I framed the card using a 7 Gypsies stamp at the top and black band at the bottom made with an alcohol ink marker. Finally, I stamped my sentiment (also a stamp from one of Tim Holtz's Visual Artistry Collections), one of my favorites, at the bottom of the card.
Clean and Simple may be a bit of a misnomer. It wasn't so simple to do. I went through several cards because I kept smudging ink somewhere! Maybe that's why most of my projects are messy:) I really love the use of the vintage-look stamps. You still get the "imperfections" like the double characters on the sentiment and the slight rough edges on the swirls, but the overall look is clean and simple.