Saturday, 17 August 2019

Less is More Challenge #402

Good morning!

Yet another fortnight has passed since the last Less is More challenge, so we're back with a brand new one today, and it's One Layer time! 

Although some crafters find one layer cards a bit tricky, the criteria this time should make this one a little simpler.  This time we want to see..

And throughout August our generous sponsor is Funky Fossil Designs, and the super talented Sarah Gray, is joining us once again as a guest designer.  And by simply playing along you'll be in with a chance of being our monthly winner!

I've used Funky Fossil stencils on all of my sample cards for this challenge.

For my first card I stepped out of my comfort zone of using a white card base, and chose the complete opposite...

Some of Sarah's stencils in the Funky Fossil store are supplied with both the negative aperture and the positive image.  Here I used the positive of the owl stencil and used some low tack tape to hold it in place on my card base.  I wasn't sure how well the ink blending would work as I used white pigment ink, as opposed to normally using Distress or dye inks.  I just needed to blast the surface with my heat gun afterwards to ensure the ink was dry.  I then used a circle die to create an aperture in some scrap cardstock, and with the owl still in place I blended the moon through the mask using silver pigment ink. 

I didn't want to risk warping my base by heat embossing the sentiment so I stamped the image with white pigment ink multiple times using my MISTI to ensure exact placement. 

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - Owl in Flight
  • Ink: Hero Arts - Unicorn; Versa Color - Silver
  • Die: Hero Arts - Circle Infinity Dies
  • Stamp: MFT - Grand Peaceful Wildflowers

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #354 - CAS
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge - Anything CAS Goes

For my second card I revisited one of my favourite layouts for one layer cards and used the ghosting technique...

With the card base laid flat I added some masking tape down the spine and across the top third of the card.  I then ink blended with green shades of Distress Ink.  The leaf stencil was then laid across the surface before spritzing with water and blotting away the colour.  To finish, the masks were removed and the sentiment was stamped in black across the centre.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - Forest Foliage
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Pine Needles, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Beautiful Friend

Challenge entries:

The Male Room - Challenge #117 - 6th Birthday
STAMPlorations - Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Anything Goes

Finally, a card which was really quick and simple to make...

For this one, rather than inking through the stencil, I roughly inked a section of the stencil directly from pink and blue ink pads.  I then spritzed lightly with water and transferred the design to my card base.  I blasted with my heat gun to ensure it was dry, then overstamped the sentiment in black.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - Geometric Star
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Brushed Greetings II

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #146 - Made in Minutes

Please do pop over to the main Less is More challenge blog, here, for lots more inspiration from my teamies.  Just remember to keep your creations clean and simple, including the white space we love, and keeping to the LIM one layer rules.  I hope to see you in the gallery :)


  1. All absolutely stunning Anita. The owl - I'm speechless, jaw droppingly fabulous! Love the pretty colours of the card you linked up at AAA Cards. Thanks for playing, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

  2. That owl card is totally amazing. Bravo for mastering the approach to this very special jewel! xx

  3. Fun design and beautiful colors. Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards =) Tracie

  4. Three beautiful cards! That owl card though - absolutely amazing!!

  5. These are amazing! I love your owl card so much <3 The Birhday card is CAS perfection, so neat and cool way to use stencils. Thank you for joining us at AAA Cards, hugs~ Ishani.

  6. Wow! Love all the three cards, especially the Owl in Flight one. Thanks for playing along with us at The Male Room Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

  7. Anita, you have really outdone your self with your owl card. What a fabulous idea executed perfectly. Your Male Room birthday card is wonderfully done. Love the colors, the design and technique. Love the result of the technique you used for the third card. I love the colors, and the inking on stencil came out beautifully. Three awesome cards, as usual!

  8. Great set of cards, Anita! Difficult to choose a favourite. Thanks for playing along at The Male Room craft challenge. Good Luck!

  9. 3 really brilliant cards, but that first one is really something special xx


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