I hope you had fun being spoilt by having two weeks for the last Less is More challenge! While you had your thinking caps on I had a great time at the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat last weekend where I finally got to meet some of my wonderful teamies - the lovely Chrissie, Sarah and former designer, Anne. It was fantastic to spend the weekend with a wonderful group of ladies who share the same hobby.
So, now that you're finished with creating with tactile elements we have a fresh new challenge for you this week and as it's the first challenge of the month we are back with a Colour theme which is...
Brown and Blue
We also have a new sponsor for the month of August...
This is a great little online store that stocks those crafty brands that are hard to get hold of here in the UK. So why not play along throughout this month for a chance to win a prize :)
Now onto my cards. For much of the craft retreat we were experimenting with Brushos. The die cuts on my first card were cut from a piece of cardstock that I had smooshed into some Brusho colour crystals spritzed with water...
I masked a circle on a panel of white cardstock and blended within it with some blue Distress Inks. I then flicked on some clean water and blotted with a paper towel to remove some of the colour. The sentiment was stamped in dark brown, the panel popped up on 3D foam and the die cuts adhered overhanging the edge.
- Ink: Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky; Versa Color - Pinecone; Brusho - Dark Brown
- Stamp: Altenew - Beautiful Lady
- Dies: Tim Holtz Sizzix - Wildflowers
I'm also going to link up for fun at Happy Little Stampers August CAS Challenge where our theme is 'masking'.
For my second card I made a card using this cute stamp set by MFT...
I used watercolour cardstock for my image and card base. I stamped the bear image in waterproof black ink and then watercoloured with some Distress Inks. This was then die cut with a pierced square die. On some brown cardstock I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark, heat embossed in white and then die cut using a fishtail flag die. The sentiment strip was adhered flat and the image panel popped up on 3D foam.
- Stamps: MFT - Beary Special Birthday
- Ink: Archival - Jet Black; Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Vintage Photo and Tea Dye; VersaMark
- Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
- Dies: MFT - Pierced Square Stax, Fishtail Flag Stax
- Cardstock: Daler Rowney - Aquafine Watercolour