Saturday, 9 June 2018

Less is More Challenge #373

Hi there

It's new challenge day over at Less is More and we're back with a Theme challenge for you for the fortnight ahead.  I'll get straight to the cue word...

Our sponsor for the month of June is Uniko, and one lucky winner will receive an in stock stamp set of their choice, so be sure to play along this month to be in with a chance!  And Uniko's lovely lady, Bev, is joining us as a Guest Designer this week so please do pop over and say hi.

I've got two sample cards for you using the Friendship theme, here's the first using a sentiment from Uniko...

I recently bought a few Distress Oxide ink pads (yes, very late to the Oxides party!) so wanted to give them a go with the ghosting technique.  On a panel of white cardstock I blended three colours together from the bottom corner, fading them out.  I then laid a floral stencil over the panel, spritzed with water, removed the stencil and blotted with a paper towel to remove some of the colour.  I love the subtle effects you get with this technique and it works great with Oxides as well as regular Distress Inks.  Once dry I prepped the panel with anti-static powder before stamping the sentiment and heat embossing in white.  The panel was then adhered to the base on 3D foam before adding some little trios of Nuvo drops. 

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio; VersaMark
  • Stencil: Dutch Doobadoo - Flower Swirl
  • Stamp: Uniko - Originally Organic Additions
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Accents: Nuvo Jewel Drops - Key Lime; Nuvo Crystal Drops - Caribbean Ocean, Crushed Grape, Morning Dew

Challenge entries:

The Flower Challenge - Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge (I chose Challenge #14 - CAS) 
CAS on Friday - Challenge #134 - Embossing

For my second card I chose a cute image from Clearly Besotted:

On a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped the image and then watercoloured with my Zig markers.  The image was then masked to blend the grass and sky with Distress Inks, and I used a stencil to create some subtle clouds.  I stamped the sentiment, trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a green card base.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Best Friends
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass
  • Stencil: MFT - Cloud
  • Water coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Green cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Stamping Sensations - June Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative with Stamps - Challenge #27 - Cute Animals

My teamies are sharing some lovely makes over on the main challenge blog if you need some more inspiration.

I hope you can play along over the next two weeks, it's always lovely to have cards for friends in your collection...just because :)


  1. Yay! Anita has Oxides! Well if this first card is anything to go by we are in for some real treats when you use your new purchases! What a beautiful and delicate card; it is so, so pretty and a perfect showcase of the technique. Your water colouring is gorgeous on the second card and that image is just the cutest. Fantastic work. Have a great weekend xx

  2. Beautiful example of the Ghosting Technique, love the subtle sponging of this pretty colors, the heat embossed sentiment really pops.
    Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you play again soon.

  3. A sweet little image and you've coloured it beautifully Anita. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations and good luck. Sandra x

  4. Soft and lovely...perfect!

  5. You did good!! Love your Distress Oxide card. They are magical inks. Your animal card is delightful!

  6. Love the card. the background is great and so is the image. Thanks for joining the challenge at Creative With Stamps. Dorlene CWS DT

  7. Totally awesome card with a fun technique! The kitten and mouse friendship is just too cute, Neets ;-) Thanks so much for linking up to Creative With Stamps this month! :-)

  8. Two beautiful cards, Anita! It's been ages that I did the ghosting technique, thanks for the reminder... I love the results! Such a soft, subtle look. The cuteness of your second card makes me smile big time and I love the simple use of inks for your CAS background. Have a good week!

  9. Hooray! thrilled to see you've dipped your toe in the oxide pool! And what a stunning technique to showcase - love your ghosty cards and such delicious blend of colour in subtle tones. Your sentiment pops perfectly too and I'm interested in your thoughts on the Altenew EP!!! That second one is just bursting with cuteness. What a perfect set to use and an adorable little scene. The delicate cloud details is so effective too in the background. Fab as ever teamie! x

  10. Just adorable, love your colouring too. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  11. Welcome to the d-oxide, Anita! 😂 Your ink blending on is like buttah! Great use of the ghosting technique to add texture. Love the colours you used. Your second card made me smile... so adorable! I almost used this set myself. Have a wonderful week! xx

  12. Wow, gorgeous CAS card, Anita. I love the colours and the ghosting technique (have to try it one time). Thank you for joining us at CAS on Friday. Luv, Wilma

  13. Fabulous, Anita ! And thanks for reminding me about the ghosting technique ! It looks fabulous on your first card and your colour choice is delicious ! Aren't the Distress Oxide fantastic to blend, love this creamy texture, so easy to play with ! And I would say "Great minds think alike !", since you've done a second card with some critters too ! They are so cute and the sentiment is perfect for this adorable little scene. (You also remind me to put this cloud stencil on my wishlist ! ). Fabulous as usual ! Have a wonderful weekend ! Hugs x

  14. Gorgeous cards Anita, I love the ghosting technique in the 1st one, looks so pretty and your colouring in the 2nd one is fabulous, love the subtle cloud background, Cathy x


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