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Less is More week #284 Time/Clockwork

Hi everyone! The challenge at Less is More this week is to create Clean and Simple (CAS) cards that are also one layer (OLC) featuring time or clockwork.

Card 1

For my first two cards I wanted to create notecard invitations. This first one is the masculine version on a Kraft card base. It uses a LaBlanche clock stamp in Versafine Onyx Black with a sentiment stamped in wonky letters using a Dovecraft Alphabet Stamp Set. Vintage Photo Distress Ink aged the edges of the card and then side strips were added with a Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen. Then the corners were chomped with a corner rounder.

Card 2

This is the more feminine version. Neenah Solar White card stock was printed with a computer generated sentiment using My Underwood typewriter font. A free colouring page from the internet was used and cropped twice to just keep one teapot and one matching teacup which were positioned close to each other. They were coloured with Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils but without using water because of the cardstock. Ink smooshing with Spun Sugar Distress Ink was used to give a softly splodged background. Shadows were added to the teapot and teacup using Promarkers in Warm Grey 01, 02 and 03. Finally, Silver Stickles was used to add groups of three dots here and there for a bit of sparkle.

Card 3

Using Neenah Solar White cardstock again, I masked strips on the middle, very top and very bottom of the card. I stamped and masked using the LaBlanche clock stamp in Versafine Onyx Black. A sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings went in the middle strip. Then a black Sharpie was used to define the stamped edges. Finally, a Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen was used at the top and bottom to lift the colour.

Card 4

At the very bottom of the page - in the hopes of sneaking the large embellishments past Chrissie's eagle eyes! - is my final card, a very simple interpretation of the time/clockwork theme. I stamped "Tempus Fugit" ("time flies" in Latin) in wonky letters using the Dovecraft Alphabet Stamp Set onto a linen effect card base. I then made two feathers using a mold and air dry clay. Other than filing the edges smooth, I left these undecorated and glued them to the card base using Tacky Glue.

A big thank you once again to our July sponsor, Kylie of Happy Little Stampers!

Do take a few minutes to check out the rest of the DT blogs because they have some fantastic cards to show you:

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. These are fabulous, Esther - such a diverse range of CAS beauties! I love the vintage typewriter font and you are so clever to use the colouring book image on the pretty time for tea card. I thought the card with the gold krylon pen was layered up and had to read how you had done it and those wing embellishments are just gorgeous!

  2. What a brilliant selection of cards Esther. Your versatility is incredible with the masculine, feminine, classy and then the stunning, jaw-dropping elegant embellishments at the bottom. Phew! You were on fire. Fantastic inspiration.
    Sharon xx

  3. Fabulous selection of cards... Ester...
    Sylvie x

  4. Oooh Esther what goreous cards here! loving them all but the teapot one and the wings one are just amazing. Well done you ;) Viv xx

    1. Thank you Viv! Hope you're well xx

  5. Oh wow! Love love all of them,
    Sarita xx

  6. Wow Esther...these cards are fantastic!

  7. Fabulous cards Esther, I must say I am partial to both tea and gin, so those are right up my street ;-) Love the wings and time flies too, very classy :-)

    Lols x x x

  8. eye-poppingly, jaw-droppingly stunning Esther! You are too awesome and clever for words. Speechless as I looked through these incredible ideas. Had to check they were all 'one layer' but hey you've rocked it!!! Have a fab week. Sarah x

  9. Another masterclass in card making! You have so many wonderful ideas. I laughed at the "wonky" letters for the gin sentiment.

  10. I love all your interpretations of the theme Esther. I do hope your wings made it past inspection as I think that card is fab.

    Thanks for the visit, happy crafting, hugs Erika. x

  11. The wings are deffo LIM so you should escape censor! Gorgeous cards, as ever. The masked areas idea across the stamping has given me an idea for something completely 'else', so thanks! I wouldn't compete on card making haha.

  12. Wow what a beautiful set of cards,I'm still scratching my head with this one,your cards are very inspiring Debbs xx

  13. wow, so many interpretations of the theme, I love them all.
    you always prepare such brilliant inspirations!

  14. Late again! lol
    Another awesome collection of cards, Esther. Your mojo is on fire and I love that clay, gorgeous on a CAS card xx


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