Saturday 28 May 2016

Less is More Week 278

Good morning

I'm here today to tell you about the new challenge at Less is More, and this week we've got a Sketch challenge for you.  I struggle with sketch challenges more than any other but this one is fab and after seeing my teamies' samples this week, it's proving to be a really versatile design.  Here it is...

I made two very different cards this week, the first is super bright and fun...

On a panel of white cardstock I positioned a stencil and masked off the diagonal edge before blending through some red, orange and yellow Distress Inks.  I was originally going to stencil directly onto the card base but the stencil was slightly too small.  Next I die cut some balloons, these also blended with Distress Inks.  On a strip of black cardstock I stamped the sentiment (made up from a multiple word stamp set) in VersaMark and heat embossed in white before adhering to the panel with the balloons.  The panel was then adhered on 3D foam and some accents were added to the balloons with a white pen.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: The Crafters Workshop - Mini Webbing
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Mowed Lawn; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Winnie & Walter - Big, Bold & Party
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: Wplus9 - Whole Lotta Happy
  • Accent: Uni-ball Signo pen - White

Challenge entries:

Just Add Ink - Challenge #313 - 'B' (bright/balloons)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - Game #65 - The 2nd Big Birthday Bash

And a more subtle design for my second card...

I blended some embossing paste with two neutral shades of Distress Ink before spreading through a brick effect stencil.  I then die cut the leaves from a scrap of cardstock blended with two shades of green Distress Ink.  This was simply adhered over the paste when dry, the die-cut 'Happy Wishes' then adhered and some smooth silver gems finished off the card.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Tim Holtz - Bricked
  • Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver
  • Ink: Distress Ink: Pumice Stone, Tea Dye, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Leafy Accents; Wplus9 - Happy Wishes
  • Accents: Gems from stash

Challenge entry:

Seize the Birthday - Adding Dimension

If you have the time please pop over to my teamies' blogs for more inspiration, they won't disappoint.  Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope to see your creations in the LIM gallery!


  1. Oh I love those bright colours on your first card and what great blending. Your second card is beautiful too. I've not got any stencils but seeing these cards have made me want to buy some!

  2. These are so fab Anita! The first one is gorgeously colourful and I love the small detail of the white highlights on the balloons. The second one is a fantastic theme card which really transports me to spring in urban areas with greenery sneaking its way up the side of brick walls... no idea if that's what you had in mind, but it does it brilliantly!

  3. Both of your cards are gorgeous Anita! I adore the ombréd bright colours and your stencilling on the first card and your balloons look so lovely and shiny. Such a joyful birthday card - and a great sketch too! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

  4. Oh not more stash envy for me!!! Loving the scribble stencil and what gorgeous vibrant colours. Amazing use of your embossing paste too with the brickwork and a classy take on the challenge. Great to see you share it at AAA cards birthday hop with that first one teamie. Thanks so much. Have a fab week. Hugs Sarah

  5. Wonderful cards, especially the first with its stunning colours.

  6. amazing cards, great ombre!

  7. Two great cards again Anita, the gradation of colour in the oblique panel of the first looks so rich!
    Just fab!
    Chrissie xx

  8. I love that stencil, Anita - it looks amazing! Your first card is so vibrant and the brickwork on your second card is just fab too. I feel really inspired having seen these gorgeous designs :)

  9. Awesome cards Neets! The balloons - how cute are the different shapes - are the perfect accent to the wonderfully bright stenciled panel. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  10. Awesome use of the sketch x 2! Love the bright use of color in the first card - Thanks for joining in at STB~

  11. Both cards are amazing, Anita! I love all the fun, bright colors on the first one, and that you chose embossing paste on the 2nd card...WOW!

  12. Terrific cards...the colors are so pretty and you can't beat embossing paste!

  13. Love the first card especially, Anita. Bright, bold and fun. Great use of masking and the stencil together. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards Birthday Challenge.

  14. Two gorgeous cards Anita - I love that bright background and the white on black sentiment is perfect for it x

  15. Bravo! What amazing blending with vibrant colours on the first card Anita - it is superb, and then you top it off with incredible texture on that subtle second card. My goodness! Your versatility knows no bounds. Great inspiration. xx

  16. love both of the cards! the texture paste is fabulous :) thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  17. Both are great cards. Love the brick and climbing vine on the second one! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!

  18. Both lovely Anita but I'm a brights girl so the first one totally ticks my box - that stencil is just fabulous!


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