Saturday 5 November 2016

Less is More Week #301

Hi there lovely crafters

Unbelievably, we are back at the beginning of another month, I've never known a year fly by so fast!  So, the first Saturday of the month means that at Less is More we are back with a Colour challenge.  And this week we would like to see...

Purple and Gold

I love the colour purple but for some reason my camera doesn't, and the shades always look bluer than they actually are.  Anyway, I have two cards to share with you this week...

I decided to have another play using the ghosting techique for this card, I just love the watery bleached effect you can achieve.  So I blended out two shades of purple Distress Ink up from the corner of a piece of white cardstock then when I was happy with the blend I placed a stencil over the top, spritzed it with water, removed the stencil, left for a few moments and then blotted away the water with a paper towel, which lifted the colour.  Once dry I die cut the stitched panel from this inked piece and another slightly larger from some plain white card.  I prepped the panel with some anti-static powder before heat embossing the sentiment in gold.  The panels were then adhered to the card base, the top one being on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac; VersaMark
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz - from Mini Stencil Set 10
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Stamp: Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich

Challenge entry:

STAMPlorations - November CAS Challenge - Anything Goes with option of Purple

For my second card I put to use some gorgeous gold glitter washi tape which I found in Sainsbury's of all places.  The photograph really doesn't show how beautiful it is...

I started by adhering a strip of the gold washi to the base of my card base.  I then cut a panel slightly shorter for the rest of the design.  I die cut the scribbles from some plum coloured cardstock (I've no idea why my camera hates purple so much, it looks really dark, almost navy here!).  I then adhered some washi strips to a scrap of cardstock and die cut the same scribbles from this.  Luckily the die didn't cut right through which made the next step so much easier.  I thought I would need to adhere the gold pieces within the purple outline but all I did was adhere the purple over the top in position! I love how these scribbles work well as flower heads.  I then stamped some stems and a leaf in grey and the sentiment in a co-ordinating purple shade.  The panel was then adhered using fun foam for dimension.

Materials used:

  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Scribbles
  • Stamps: Woodware - Doodle a Flower; Clearly Besotted - Fancy Sayings
  • Ink: Versa Color - Sky Gray, Grape
  • Cardstock: Bazzill Card Shoppe - Purple from assorted pack
  • Washi Tape: Sainsbury's - From Impressionist Printed Craft Tapes pack

Challenge entries:

CAS on Sunday - Challenge #95 - Flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by.  My teamies have created some wonderful projects using this beautiful colour combo (and their photography is better than mine!) so please do stop by the challenge blog and follow the links.  There is also some news for you over at the main post and you may also spot a familiar face over there this week...


  1. Well the purple is shining out for me teamie! Love both of these and I really need to have a go at the ghosting technique! You do it so well and I love the vertical sentiment on the card too ... super classy! WOW! I need to use my scribble dies! Think they've been in my polka dot wallet since I bought them! And I'm off to sainsburys ... pity it's 20 miles away!!!! LOL! Have a great week and hopefully not too busy for you. Hugs xx

  2. Beautiful cards Anita! Your ghosting technique is gorgeous, really soft and subtle but with masses of visual interest. Using the sentiment up the side was a great idea! The scribble flowers are so eye catching with the gold glitter washi inserts and base... I need to get myself to a Sainsburys! Love both of these soooo much. Have a fantastic weekend! x

  3. Oooooh! What wonderful cards you are delighting us with today Anita. The delicate panel with the ghosted flowers is so dreamy and the gold embossing looks super against it. Your glittery washi tape is stunning! I bet it adds a fantastic bit of glitz in real life. The stylistic flowers are absolutely gorgeous. Well, teamie - you rocked this challenge! xx

  4. I love the soft, dreamy effect that you have created with that ghosting technique, Anita - so effective, particularly with the sentiment gold embossed down the side! Those bold blooms on your second card really pop too. Beautiful makes with this colour combo :) Have a fab weekend x

  5. Simple and beautiful card! Love the scribbles for the flowers!!

  6. Two great cards Neets xx Jan

  7. Two simply beautiful your sweet scribbles flower.

  8. neets these are stunning... but the first is def my favourite... the panel is beautiful

    Jen xxxx

  9. Anita, Your cards are absolutely beautiful ! I didn't know the ghosting technique, so thanks for explaining ! I love your scribble flowers ! How beautiful they are with your gold washi tape ! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring.
    Izzy Scrap

  10. Your cards are amazing. Love that ghosting technique with the sentiment on the side, just perfect!

  11. Two more fabulous designs Anita, I love the ghosting technique and your stamping and embossing is immaculate!
    Thanks for all your work for LIM... it has been and still is much appreciated, it's a source of inspiration to so many!
    Chrissie xxx

  12. Love both your cards, they are so eye catching. Love gold and purple together mm mm.

  13. Gorgeous cards, I think that the first one in particular is a a stunner!

  14. Anita, I love both of your cards! Undoubtedly purple and gold is one of the best combinations, and ghosting technique you used for the first card brings so delicate result! Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge. - Sweet Kobylkin


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