Saturday, 18 June 2016

Less is More Week 281

Good morning, crafters!

Less is More has a great challenge for you this week.  We're back with a Theme challenge and this time the technique we would like to see on your submissions is...


Faux Bleach


I find this technique works best with Distress Inks.  These inks react so well with water and the colour lifting results can be really great.  If you don't have any Distress Inks just try what you have, you never know until you experiment!


My first card uses more stamps supplied by STAMPlorations, one of our lovely June sponsors.  Thanks again, Shery! x



On the card base I started by blending two tones of Distress Ink.  I then spritzed the butterfly stamp with water before stamping over the ink.  I held it there for a few seconds for the water to take effect and then blotted with a paper towel to remove the colour.  I then added a few splatters in coral and black to add some interest.  I die cut a white cardstock panel with a stitched landscape die to add a fun edge, stamped the sentiment in black and adhered the panel flat over the card base.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Dried Marigold and Abandoned Coral; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: STAMPlorations - Blossom Like a Butterfly
  • Die: Poppy Stamps - Stitched Landscapes

Challenge entries:

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #430 - Little Bugs/Butterflies
CAS on Sunday - Challenge #85 - Butterflies



For my second card I used a tiny amount of selected faux bleaching...


On a panel of white cardstock I masked off the corner section with some post-it notes, hand cut with wavy edges.  The water droplets were then stamped with a waterproof black ink.  I then took a paint brush and some plain water to paint inside each water droplet and blot away the colour.  Some accents were then added with a white pen.  The sentiment was stamped in black before the panel was adhered on 3D foam.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Inkylicious - Water Drops; BoBunny - Sentiments
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire; Archival - Jet Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Signo Uni-ball pen - white

Challenge entries:

STAMPlorations - June CAS Card Challenge - Anything Goes (Blue)
CASE this Sketch - Challenge #177 (I flipped the sketch)
Inkspirational - Challenge #111 - Masking






I used a stencil for the faux bleaching on my final card...


I blended three Distress Inks to create quite a bold inked area which I faded out across the cardstock panel.  Instead of placing the stencil down onto my project and then spritzing with water, I spritzed the stencil itself and then placed this over the inked area.  I wanted the positive design to be bleached instead of the negative design, you can get some great effects by using stencils either way. I carefully lifted the stencil and blotted away the watery ink with a paper towel to reveal the bleached design.  I trimmed the panel down slightly to trim away the dark inked edges (and a splodge I'd created from an inky finger! grrrr) and then stamped the sentiment in black before adhering the panel to the card base on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stencil: MFT - Funky Florals
  • Stamp: Altenew - Label Love

Challenge entries:


Virginia's View - Challenge #22 - All About Colours
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #180 - Anything Goes (create your own challenge - A2/Birthday/Stencils)
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More - June Challenge - Flower Power




And, just for fun I'm also going to link these up over at Happy Little Stampers, June CAS Challenge which is ghosting - no entry as I'm on the DT!


My LIM teamies will no doubt also have more inspiration on their personal blogs so if you have the time, please swing by and see what they've been creating.

Can't wait to see what you create this week :)


29 comments:

  1. Superb set of cards Anita and your card for Ink is perfect for our challenge and a sympathy card. Thanks for joining Ink

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  2. Great set. But the blue one is tops; classy and understated elegance. So apt for occasion. Love it, hugs Theresa xx

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  3. Love all of these! The shaped edge to the panel on the first card is a brilliant touch and sets off the vivid colours and that fabulous sentiment so well. The ink blending and water droplets on the second card are so beautifully done and just perfect for a sympathy card. And the third card... STUNNING. (You made me laugh about the finger splodge though - that's SO familiar to me!)

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  4. The composition on all your cards is amazing Anita! I had completely forgotten about using colour lifting for faux bleach. I love all your samples but that droplet one has really captured me because the drops look so 3D. I was convinced you had added glossy accents to them, until I read your description. Have a great week.
    Sharon xx

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  5. Had to check how you had done the water drop card, and yes it was as I had thought. Very very effective and perfectly CAS.

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  6. Love all three cards and the differing bleaching techniques you used, but the effect on those water droplets is amazing. The white highlights add so much dimension, It seemed that you had added glossy accents. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Oh my - you are the queen of this technique! I love the water drops and the dreamy flowers and butterflies. Beautiful cards, Anita. Have a fab weekend x

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  8. Beautiful examples to get started with !
    Annie

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  9. Three wonderful cards, Anita, but those water droplets are amazing.

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  10. Totally stunning and elegant use of the technique teamie. You are too clever. Love all the colour combos you used and great explanations on each one. Have a fun weekend. Sarah x

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  11. Such beautiful cards. I love how you created the third card, would never have thought to spritz the stencil.

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  12. Love this! The faux bleaching technique is gorgeous. Love the colors you chose as well. Thanks for stopping by to share your creation with us at 613 Avenue Create. We hope to see you again soon!

    Sara
    My Blog

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous, Anita! I've been having epic failures attempting to water-colour, but I think this technique - and YOUR inspiration - might change me feeling-down-and-incredibly-untalented attitude. Off to case...we'll see what happens!
    Hugs~c

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  14. Such beautiful cards here Anita,I struggled a bit until I read your tips,so thank you ;) Viv xx

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  15. Gorgeous collection of cards!

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  16. Three wonderful creations, love them all. Really must try these techniques and that water drop stamp is fantastic.

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  17. These are fabulous! Love al the explanations on this fun technique.

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  18. Wow...your waterdrops looks three dimensional...just perfect!

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  19. All your cards are so beautiful, particularly love the one with the waterdrops. The wavy edges of the blue ribbon are gorgeous and those water drops are so stunning. Thank you for playing along with the STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, DT, InvisiblePinkCards

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous as ever Anita, each one has a completely different feel and all are impeccably executed!
    Chrissie xx

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  21. OMG, Anita!!! Such beautiful cards! All three are amazingly done, but with water drops is absolute favorite. Thank you for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers! :)

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  22. Great cards but my fav is the water droplets, perfect for the occasion and beautifully executed.

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  23. Excellent technique use! All 3 cards are awesome! Thanks for joining in at STB~

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  24. Love your butterfly card!! And the other two cards are really beautiful...
    Thank you for joining our challenge at CAS on Sunday!

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  25. That blending is amazing. period. So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View “All about Colors” Challenge!

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  26. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  27. Hi Anita,
    three very beautiful card! The last of the presented card enchanted me. Its colors, the image that was created using a stencil and whitening techniques are dazzling. Great inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us.
    BozenA DT HLS

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  28. Fabulous group of cards! Love the purple/pink background of the last one. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

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