Saturday, 4 November 2017

Less is More Weeks #353 & #354

Good morning, lovely crafters

Well, from the post title you will note that I've included two week numbers.  That's because the new challenge just starting over at Less is More will run for a fortnight.  A few of the DT, including myself will be away having fun at the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat next week so we thought it would make more sense to have a two-weeker, and that will also give you more time to create, or of course create more than one entry if you like. 

As usual our first challenge of the month is a Colour challenge and here's our cue card...

Fireworks or firework colours are fine for this challenge,
just remember to keep your projects clean and simple.

And for the month of November our fabulous sponsor is Dies to Die For, so don't forget to play along throughout November for a chance to win the monthly prize.

Our September winner, the super talented Birgit is joining us as Guestie this week, so please do pop over to her blog and show her some love.

Just one card from me this time, using ink blending and emboss resist.  Unfortunately my camera doesn't show the vibrancy of the colours too well here, but hopefully you get the idea...

I began by blending different areas on some white cardstock with different coloured Distress Inks.  Once dry and treated with anti-static powder, I stamped the floral background with VersaMark before heat embossing with clear powder.  I then blended over the entire background using black ink, which revealed the floral pattern, trapping the colour underneath.  I then mixed some white mica powder with a little water and splattered over the design.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in silver sparkle on a vellum strip which I wrapped around the panel, before mounting on some silver glitter card and adhering to the card base.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Picked Rasperry, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Salty Ocean, Candied Apple, Black Soot; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Wow! - Chrysanthemum; Clearly Besotted - Sunburst
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss, Metallic Silver Sparkle
  • Mica Powder: Honey Doo Crafts - White Opal
  • Glitter card from stash

Challenge entries

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #283 - Sparkle
Simply Create Too - Challenge #133 - CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #266 - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - CAS Game #102 - Ink Blending

My teamies have created some great cards this week so please do pop over to the main challenge blog for more inspiration.

Thanks so much for visiting today, and I'm looking forward to the gallery for this one.


  1. This looks fantastic, Anita! Your card has a luxury feel to it and the emboss resist has kept all of the detail perfectly :)

  2. love this technocolor coat thing technique, until I read the blog I was wondering where the inkblending was lol. Thank you for linking up your elegant card to the AAA cards challenge

  3. WOW, Anita ! It is an explosion of colours, sparkling and glittering ! They just pop up so brilliantly over this black background ! An amazing way to showcase the colours of the fireworks ! Have a great weekend and a fabulous week ! Hugs xx

  4. Gorgeous card Anita, such a clever way to add colour, I wondered how you did that! Love all the sparkle too, Cathy x

  5. Such a pretty card. Love this design and pretty colors!

  6. Was this the Joseph’s Coat technique? I haven’t done this technique in such a long time. Gorgeous results. Love the silver sparkle. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week.

  7. This inking technique is wonderful and perfect for this challenge -your floral images look exactly like fireworks on a dark night sky! I love the glitter frame and shiny sentiment -this is very festive and fun! Have a great week!

  8. What a brilliant showcase of the emboss resist technique Anita! The black inking over the top really makes those colours pop. Love the idea of the white mica powder and that jaunty angle sentiment and the silver glitter card really pull everything together. Love this wonderful card! So looking forward to meeting you on Friday!!! xx

  9. Such a clever technique - isn't it annoying when your colours don't show up properly in the photo! Still looks amazing though!

  10. Ooozing firework sparkle and shine here teamie. Wonderful technique, classy, clever, CAS as ever. xx


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