Saturday 23 January 2016

Less is More Week #260

Good morning

Where do the weeks go?  Can you believe it's time for another new challenge at Less is More?  Well, it is and this week we have a Recipe challenge for you which is to...

Include a Silhouette
Please remember to keep you creations clean and simple.

I have three sample cards to whet your appetite this morning so let's get to it.

Some Distress Ink blending for my first card...

I used a circle die to create a mask and then blended Distress Inks to create the sun.  I then stamped the bird and branch silhouette in black ink.  I then messed up with my sentiment stamping, I tried to re-stamp it to create a sharper impression but didn't line it up exactly right (can't wait to get my hands on a Misti!).  So to correct it I embossed the sentiment in white onto a strip of black cardstock, adhered this over my blunder and then added some smooth clear gems to finish.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral; Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Card-io Combinations - Christmas Scenery 2; Clearly Besotted - April Showers
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

Challenge entries:

Creative Inspirations - Week 343 - Anything Goes

I tried a different approach with Distress Inks for this next card...

I masked off a horizontal section on a panel of white cardstock and used a circle mask for the moon.  I then blended with Distress Inks but instead of building up the colour to a smooth finish I kind of swiped back and forth horizontally to build up the blend.  I then removed the mask and used a wet wipe to swipe across, to gently remove some colour and to spread it across the moon to (hopefully) give the impression of a cloudy dusk sky.  I then simply stamped the dove and sentiment in black before matting and layering onto the card base with a black frame.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Paired Up; Uniko - Flower Power #1

Challenge entries:

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #159 - Anything Goes

And my Brushos had a little outing for my third card...

On a piece of white cardstock I sparingly sprinkled some Brusho crystals (and I mean sparingly - you only need the lightest sprinkling), spritzed with water to reveal these gorgeous colours and left it to dry.  Next I die cut a section of the cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and also die cut the dragonfly, before placing some black cardstock behind the negative space.  I stamped the sentiment, added some small black gemstones to create the flight trail and then mounted to the card base using 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Brushos - Purple and Emerald Green; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangles; Clearly Besotted - Dragonfly Die
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Just Fabulous
  • Accents: Hobbycraft - 2mm black gemstones

Challenge entries:

Stamping Sensations - January Challenge - Anything Goes with a Die(s)
Happy Little Stampers - January CASE the Designer

Inkspirational - Challenge #100 - Blast from the Past - Previous colour challenge (Purple, White, Green)

There are lots of solid stamps out there so I'm sure you have something in your stash that fits our challenge.  We'd love for you to join us this week.

Bye for now


  1. Yes you and me both on the Misti! Gorgeous selection of cards. Loving the colours and technique on the first one...enhanced by the sentiment x The second card really works with the baby wipe tecnique as it does give it a calm look to the card which is perfect for the sentiment. Loving the brusho's, always good for a play. When I looked at it I thought the dragonfly was a really rich black (then thought you don't need to buy the misti) but to die cut it out is genius...hold the misti! x Thank you for the inspiration x

  2. Gorgeous, stunning and fabulous techniques as always Anita! Superior inky blending on that first one and love the horizontal swiping on the second... Will have to give that a whirl as it's so effective. X

  3. Wow you've been busy! Lots of different techniques & loads of inspiration. Thank you. First is my fave. Love the colours & blending x

  4. Fabulous cards Anita, I like the simplicity of the bird silhouettes, and the colourful brusho card, they are my fave item to play with too at the moment!

  5. What a star you are Anita, these are all simply stunning, you have the magic touch with ink!
    Chrissie x

  6. Beautiful cards with a lot of inspiration for us!!

  7. So great to see three so different and jet each beautiful silhouette-cards! Love the warm colours on the first; the second is so sereen and the last so deliciously sunny! Enjoy the weekend!

  8. they're all amazing, i have a bird silhoutte stamp, so migh have to dig that one out !

  9. Three fabulous cards. I love the vibrancy of colour in the first card. I wish I could be as successful as you with brushos - your card is amazing and controlled with a medium that I just cannot control! It is a medium where clearly "Less is More"!

  10. It's fun reading how you did your backgrounds! I liked your explanation of using the baby wipe to pull the distress ink across your moon - it did come out as a wispy, dusky sky! Nicely done on all three of the cards Neets! Thank you for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C : [ ATG / Elegant]
    Owner: RubberMAD (

  11. 3 fabulous cards and I love how you mixed our purple, white and green together on that beautiful background. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

  12. A lovely selection if inkiness Anita, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations Challenge.

    B x

  13. Love all the different techniques you've used here Anita. Gorgeous blending, fab brushing, and those! Would love some of those but we don't get much crafty stuff over here in Portugal.
    Sharon xx

  14. All your makes are fab but I do particularly like the yellow/red option


  15. Fantastic inspirational cards , especially love the last one am googling the crystal business never heard of it but love the effect.


  16. Awesome bunch Anita and I LOVE your Brusho work x

  17. Fabulous cards Anita! I love the first one but am also intrigued by the last one - such a beautiful effect that you created.

  18. Lovely inky cards, I really like how you used the negative die cut dragonfly , fab brusho backgrounds

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  19. Gorgeous cards as always ..... loving the Brushos background! xx

  20. What a wonderful array of beautiful cards! Love the colors on the background of the third card. So fun! Thanks so much for joining the Happy Little Stampers January CASE challenge.

  21. Such a beautiful background! Great job CASEing! Thank you for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  22. Anita, in breath-taken-away awe at your beautiful array of cards! The background for the dragonfly card: stunning! Thrilled that you shared your artistry at Inkspirational!

  23. A fantastic creation! Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations this fortnight! xxx


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