Saturday 5 March 2016

Less is More Week 266

Hi there

Welcome to a new month at Less is More.  As most of you will know our challenges run in a regular weekly sequence so, being the first week of the month this week we have a Colour challenge for you, and this week we want you to use...

(Citrus colours please, you don't necessarily have to depict fruit on your creations)

We also have a new sponsor this month which is Happy Little Stampers.  So play along with our challenges this month and you could be the lucky winner of a prize from Happy Little Stampers.

My evenings this week have been a bit hectic making Mother's Day cards and some wedding stationery so, unfortunately, I only have one sample for you this week.

I watched a recent tutorial by the fabulous Jennifer McGuire, here, and decided to give this watercolour lifting technique a whirl.

I squished some Distress Inks onto my craft mat, added some water and created a blended background.  Once dry and treated with some anti-static powder I stamped the images with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  I then took some clean water and brushed it over the background to lift the colour away, and blotted with a paper towel.  The colour beneath the embossing stays true while the background fades.  I cut the panel down and mounted it onto some black cardstock to create a slim frame.  On some black cardstock I heat embossed the sentiment in white before die cutting with a stitched tag die.  I adhered the panel and tag onto 3D foam and added a glittered Doodlebug Sprinkle to the tag.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn; VersaMark
  • Stamps: WPlus9 - Happy Wishes
  • Enbossing Powder: Rubber Stampede - Clear; Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Traditional Tag Stax
  • Accents: Doodlebug Sprinkles - Fall Assortment

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - Game #59 - Embossing

NBUS Challenge #6 - Anything Goes (New Wplus9 stamp set)

We'd love for you to play along this week and, if you have time, please drop by to my teamies' personal blogs to see what they've been creating this week.  Our new DT members are now in full swing and here to provide more inspiration for you.

That's all from me today, have a great weekend.


  1. Love this emboss resist Anita, the shading of the colours is fabulous!
    Super card!
    Chrissie x

  2. Fabulous card, Anita. Another technique I must try! I love these citrus colours they are all about Spring and to me the end of the long dark winter days ... although as I write this it is snowing!!

  3. What a wonderful effect that watercolour lifting is. Your shading must have been immaculate to create this little beauty.
    Just gorgeous.
    Sharon xx

  4. Yummy, zingy, scrumptious and a clever take on JM's tutorial Anita! Love all the different shades of citrus you've created and a perfect design. Thanks for sharing at AAA Cards too and have a fun week. Are you shopping again today? Online at 10pm perhaps!!! ;-) Sarah x

  5. Another elegant design, Anita - the citrus colours really pop with the black frame! I love how you have lifted some of the colour....must give that technique a go. I am so excited to be joining you at LIM :) Have a great weekend x

  6. Gorgeous! The watercolour lifting video has been in my Watch Later list on YouTube for a while, so now I MUST go and watch it because the effect really is stunning. Fantastic card!

  7. This is fabulous Anita! I tried the same technique and my colour didn't lift very well, but I still ended up with two useable cards! Yours has turned out beautifully and I love the CAS design and fresh colours that make my mouth water just looking at them! Have a lovely weekend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  8. Lovely, Anita. I just did this same technique for a card I'm doing for CAS Mix-up Challenge.

  9. Beautiful embossed card Anita!

  10. Gorgeous panel you have created Anita! So mush shimmer! I sure appreciate you joining us over at Seize the Birthday for Anything Goes! Have a great day!

  11. Wonderful background! I will have to try this tech, thanks for sharing Anita.

  12. Beautiful background and card. Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!

  13. Great card, love your take on the watercolour lifting technique. Karen x

  14. Great card, love your take on the watercolour lifting technique. Karen x

  15. Gorgeous inkiness and that white on black tag is perfect for it x

  16. Oh Neets, your card caught my eye on the NBUS challenge and I totally cracked up at you using the same method as on my post except it was with water based markers. Love this card, super design. Great inspiration indeed.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x
    PS I have joined your blog, I hope maybe you might pop over to mine also and reciprocate. :)

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  17. Beautiful, love this technique and the colours you have used.

  18. Beautiful watercolour resist panel, Anita! Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

  19. Love the bright colours, stunning card!

  20. Love the panel on your card !!

  21. Gorgeous Anita! I've wanted to try that technique too, you've executed it beautifully here. Wow!

  22. You have rocked this technique, Anita! I've seen where the color is lifted from the image before, but not from the background and now I can't wait to try this!! It's fabulous!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #6!! Hugs, Darnell

  23. Hi Neets. Great technique. Your card is gorgeous. Hugz

  24. Fabulous card! love the colors! thanks for sharing with us at AAA Cards!


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