Saturday 20 March 2021

Less is More - Challenge #439

Hi there, Happy Saturday!

It's new challenge day over at Less is More and we're back with a Recipe challenge this time.  


We're looking for any kinds of inking, used in a clean and simple way .

It's been a while since I did the ghosting technique on a card and it's one of my favourite techniques.  I've also added quite a few new stencils to my stash in recent months so wanted to use one here...

I began by die cutting a small stitched rectangle and I masked off around all the edges before blending the area with three shades of Distress Inks.  Although Distress Oxides also react with water, I much prefer using the original Distress Inks for this technique.  I laid down my stencil over the inked area and spritzed with a fine mist of water, keeping the spray quite far away.  I then lifted the stencil away and blotted with a paper towel to lift away the colour.  Once completely dry I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in white, using an anti-static powder tool first.  Before adhering in place on the card base, I scored one line, as if continuing the line of the sentiment design.

Materials used:
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch; VersaMark
  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - In a Spin
  • Stamp: Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings
  • Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe - Alabaster White

Challenge entries:

My Time to Craft - Challenge #453 - Stencil It!
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #401 - Make Your Mark
Addicted to CAS - Challenge #193 - Shapes
Happy Little Stampers - March Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes
NBUS - Challenge #24 - (New stencil)
STAMPlorations - March CAS Challenge - Anything Goes

If you need more inspiration for this challenge, please do pop over to the main LIM challenge post where my teamies are sharing their projects, and if you click on their individual links they may have even more to share.

Thanks so much for visiting, have a wonderful weekend.


  1. This is beautiful, love that stencil and how ou have kept it subtle by not lifting too much ink. Brilliant idea to use an embossed line to continue the sentiment across the card xx

  2. I just love this technique and it is wonderful to see it here. Got a bunch of new stencils recently, and thanks for the reminder of a wonderful way to use them. I love your color choices and I really love the white heat embossed sentiment on your wonderful design.

  3. Hi Anita ~ I love this fun pattern and the colors of distress inks you chose for it! Clever idea to emboss your panel to match the swirls on the sentiment, too...Awesome card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS!

  4. Such a fun technique and lovely CAS design. Thanks for playing with us over at STAMPlorations this month.

  5. Lovely card, great colours, thanks for sharing at MTTC.

    Pat xx

  6. Gorgeous, Anita ! Love this beautiful blue and green panel over the large white space. I've tried several times this technique but I don't know why, it is never as successful as yours. May be the paper I use ? Anyway yours looks fantastic and it is a fabulous way to use stencils. And you rocked with the sentiment too !

  7. Oops ! Me again, I forgot to thank you for sharing and playing along at ATSM with this beauty !

  8. Your ghosting technique is really effective. I love your sentiment stamp and the scored line is a perfect finish
    Lynne x


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