Saturday 8 October 2016

Less is More Week #297

Good morning, crafters

At Less is More this week we're back with our regular, dread-evoking One Layer Challenge.  Our theme for you this week is...


This wasn't an easy one for me this week but I do have two cards to share.

Here's the first...

I used Strathmore Bristol cardstock for my card base as I knew I'd be using my Zig markers to colour my image and they blend really well on this cardstock.  I started by stamping the cat before masking it and stamping the cushion.  I then stamped the thought bubbles, the small dots being from a leaf stamp set and the main bubble from a shadows set.  I then stamped the mouse and the sentiment in black.  To finish the card I coloured my image using Zig markers blended with water.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - You're Purrfect, Stylish Flowers (sentiment); Paper Smooches - Leafy Greens, Shadows
  • Ink: Archival - Jet Black; Versa Color - Sky Gray; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Challenge entry:

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #446 - Anything Goes

I'm not overly happy with my second card.  The watercolouring isn't great and it was very warped from the water and heat embossing but I managed to straighten it out under some heavy books and decided I would share it anyway...

I watercoloured the central area in two 'dreamy coloured' Distress Inks.  Once dry I flicked some water onto it and lifted some colour as well as adding a few splatters.  I blasted it with my heat gun and used some anti-static powder before stamping and heat embossing the sentiment and butterflies in white.  The images and sentiment didn't stand out as much as I had hoped so I went back in and added more watercolour.  Although I like the colours I'm not so happy with the hard lines and I think it looks a little 'overworked'.  I may have another go soon with a similar design.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Flutterby Dreams
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #214 - Clean and Simple
CAS on Sunday - Challenge #93 - Heat Embossing
Addicted to CAS - Challenge #98 - Watercolour
The Crafter's Cafe - Challenge #158 - Use Lots of Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
Time Out - Challenge #67 - Breast Cancer Awareness/Friendship + Embossing and/or Use Pink

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My teamies have created some fabulous one layer cards this week so please do pop over to their blogs if you have the time.  I hope you'll join in with us this week.


  1. Love both your cards Anita. They are so different! As always, your colouring on the cute kitty is superb and that was a clever use of the dots from the leaf stamp set. But WOW! What a dreamy watercolour background to those super butterflies and sentiment. Absolutely gorgeous! xx

  2. These are both gorgeous Anita, and I can't believe you're not happy with card 2 which I think is absolutely lush. So pretty! Love the cute kitty too dreaming of his mouse! You're so brave using watercolours for one layer week and the results are really fantastic! Have a good weekend x

  3. Gorgeous card Anita, I always associate you with kitties so it was lovely to see this little chap on your card!
    The watercolour on the second is awesome!
    Chrissie xx

  4. I love the sweet cat card, Anita! Crisp, CAS and cute :) Your watercoloured butterflies look fab - I really struggle to create watercolour backgrounds that are soft and pretty. They usually end up a sludgy colour. I hope you have a great weekend x

  5. 2 terrific cards.
    Love how you made up the speech bubble and your watercolour background is gorgeous.

  6. These are fabulous teamie, love that cute little kitten dreaming of his mouse! Too fun! And WOW! that second one is full of dreamy elegance. Gorgeous colour, watercolouring and stunning images. Sarah x

  7. Love this little kitty, so cute!

  8. Anita these are both so fabulous!! Love your dreaming kitty, he's so sweet. And I don't think your water colour looks overworked at all, its absolutely perfect. Especially love the colour combo. Always so happy to see you at ATSM!!

  9. Both of your cards are great. The little kitty card is so cute and I don't know why you aren't happy with your second card as I think it is beautiful and so delicate. x

  10. Two awesome cards Anita ! And you say it was not easy for you ?! I wish my cards were as beautiful as yours when I find it difficult ! As a cat lover I just Love the first one ! And believe me your background for the second card is just wonderful ! Thanks for sharing.
    Izzy Scrap

  11. I do like the second card too, it's a delight Neet. The first one is so fun!

    Love and hugs

  12. Anita, wonderful cards! I am always fascinated by your delicate clean style. A pink card with butterflies is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your card at Addicted to CAS - Sweet Kobylkin

  13. Love the second card, so glad that I'm not alone in dreading one layer! Its so hard not to want to layer :)

  14. Wow both of your projects are pretty nice but I love the one with the butterflies. Thanks for joining us over at CAS on Sunday.

  15. Love both cards Anita! that sweet little cat and the fab watercolouring on the second too. Well done you ;) Viv xx

  16. Beautiful cards you've made!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at CAS on Sunday!

  17. Beautiful cards! Thanks for playing with TO team!

  18. Love the soft water coloring. So beautiful!

    Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out!


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