Saturday 10 September 2016

Less is More Week #293

Hi there

This morning kicks off a brand new challenge week over at Less is More and dare I say's time for the shuddersome One Layer challenge!  Whether this fills you with dread or if you can't wait to play along, we have an easy peasy theme for your OLCs this week...

Favourite Flower

I only have one card to share with you this week but I've used images of my absolute favourite flower from my favourite season, Tulips.  I just love seeing Spring flowers after the dull, grey, wet winters we have here in the UK.

I started by masking off a horizontal section of my card base with post it notes and blending green Distress Ink up from the bottom of the panel, and blending purple down from the top.  I then stamped the tulips, the flower heads being two-step stamping.  I thought this had a lovely peaceful feel so I chose a sympathy sentiment.  I wanted to add a little more interest so I used a die to create the dotted rows above and below the inked panel.  I was a little worried the card might lose some stability by die cutting the dots but as the cardstock is 300gsm it's still nice and sturdy.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters, Dusty Concord; Altenew - Forest Glades, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - With Love (discontinued)
  • Die: Paper Smooches - Dots and Dashes

Challenge entries:

Just Add Ink - Challenge #328 - Just Add 'P' - I have used purple and perforations
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - STAMPtember Stamp It - apologies but I don't yet own any SSS goodies
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - STAMPtember Stamp It - no SSS goodies but wanted to enter here too :)

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge BlogSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog photo badge1_zpse398c447.jpg

My teamies have created some beautiful one layer floral cards this week so if you have the time please pop over to their blogs via the links at the challenge blog.  And I think any crafter will have floral images in their stash so why not play along?

Thanks for popping by, I hope to see you again soon.


  1. Die cutting the dots looks fantastic - what a great idea! I love the pretty and tranquil feeling of this card and the soft two-tone ink blending. Lovely card :)

  2. Your beautiful panel is stunning Anita. I was shocked when you said the dots were die cut as I assumed they had been stamped, but what a really creative way to add interest to a one layer. Hats off to you! That was so clever. The inking is superbly soft and dreamy and those tulips are sensational ( Hmmmm, looks like another 'must have' set.....). Love that you chose a sympathy sentiment because the card is perfect for that. xx

  3. I love these tulips, Anita! The soft inking gives them such a pretty look and the dotted line adds the perfect touch. I love that Paper Smooches border. I hope you are having a great weekend x

  4. Lovely and elegant. I love the background blended so softly and the tulips which are my fave flowers. Thank you for stamping with us ast SSS Monday Challenge! Hugs, Macarena

  5. Very beautiful card Anita ! Very soft and peaceful ! What a clever idea the die cut dots ! Thanks for sharing. Izzy Scrap

  6. Wow! Just beautiful Neets! Love that delicate inky blending and the gorgeous purples in those tulips! Those dots add brilliant detail to an olc! Stunning work as ever! X

  7. pretty. I love tulips too, such a beautiful flower.

  8. Such a lovely clean card Neets. Love the pretty purple and how clever to add perforations too..Well done! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

  9. Such a pretty that subtle background soft and pretty!

  10. I really like how you have used the masking and ink to create your panel. This is a very effective technique. Chantell JAI

  11. Perfect card for the sentiment. Love the tulips and subtle sponging on the background. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Stamp it Challenge. Gayatri xx

  12. So pretty Anita! From a quick glance I thought the dots were stamped on with black ink but how clever of you to die cut it!

  13. This is so pretty, Anita. I'm impressed with how many eye-catching features you fit onto a one layer card! Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week.


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