Saturday 22 June 2019

Less is More Challenge #398

Good morning, crafters

It's new challenge day over at Less is More and it's time for the one you either love or hate...yep, it's One Layer challenge time.  Here's the cue...

Our sponsor for June is Uniko so remember, by playing along you'll be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize!

Our April winner, the lovely Maria Rodriguez is joining us as guest designer, so please do pop over to her blog to say hi and to see what she's created.

Ok, on to my sample cards, and this time I have two for you, here's the first...

I wanted to use spots to have a go at the bokeh technique and I'm really pleased with how this turned out.  I've tried it before using white pigment ink for the spots but wasn't so happy with it.  This time I die cut some circles from a post-it note to use as masks and ink blended in layers moving them around.  They do lose their tackiness a little when trying to reposition them over blended ink that's still damp, but luckily the blurred effect is ok for this technique!  So this was simply blended in layers using the same colour ink.  The sentiment was then stamped in crisp black ink for a lovely contrast.

Materials used:

  • Die: Hero Arts - Infinity Circles Dies (for masks)
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Bundled Sage; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: MFT - Bokeh Builder

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #346 - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #100 - CAS
STAMPlorations - June CAS Card Challenge - Anything CAS Goes

My second card was very simply, just stamped...

The stem/leaves were stamped first, then the petals, then the centre of the flower, and finished with the sentiment below.  That was it, I chose to add nothing more.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Uniko - Flower Power #5 (flower), Flower Power #6 (sentiment)
  • Ink: Altenew - Just Green, Pinkalicious, Warm Sunshine; Versafine - Onyx Black

Thanks so much for popping by, even if you're wary of one layer cards please do have a go and play along.  Some of my favourite cards are the super simple one layers, so you never know, you might just love OLCs more than you think! 

Enjoy your weekend :)


  1. Both cards are beautiful Anita, the first one with the Bokeh Technique is amazing, I love the soft color you sponged for your perfect dots.
    The second card is also beautiful, this little flower packs a punch stamped in those bright colors, it surely will brighten anyone's day.
    Thank you for inviting me to be the Guest Designer at the "Less is More" challenge, I'm so happy to join you fabulous ladies this time around.
    Sending hugs.

  2. They both look beautiful , thanks for joining us at MAWTT. Xx

  3. omg, I love these! Your bokeh technique is brilliant and the stamped flower is so cute with its little spots! Great cards!! xx

  4. WOW! Your bokeh card is sensational Anita. What a brilliant effect from just masking (I must remember that trick myself because I agree that white ink is not always good). I think the sentiment you teamed the bokeh effect with is just brilliant! Bravo. Your second card is really fun too - beautifully CAS. xx

  5. Lovely cards, Neet. Love that bokeh effect - looks gorgeous. May have to CASE that one - LOL, Jo x

  6. Two beautiful cards, Anita! Love your gorgeous bokeh and next time I will try your technique. Fabulous CAS design with this lovely Uniko flower and those bright colours. Have a great week ! Hugs xx

  7. Simply beautiful Bokeh background and the Perfect sentiment. TFS and joining us at STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge. Hugs...

  8. I am so in love with your bokeh card! And the sentiment could not be more fitting. Such a great idea to mask. I also love that little flower with the dotted leaves. Both wonderful takes on the challenge. xx


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