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25.6.16

Less is More #282 - stencils

I'm so thrilled to have been invited to be part of the Less is More design team. What an honour!

This week, the challenge is to make Clean and Simple (CAS) cards using stencils. I love using stencils as they're so versatile in the effects you can create.

As usual, the DT have made some stunning cards for your inspiration so do check out their blogs - links at the bottom of this post.

Card 1 - direct-to-paper inking through stencil


For my first card, I took a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock and dabbed Tsukineko Encore Ultimate Metallic Pigment Ink in Gold through a Crafters Workshop stencil (TCW237S). Metallic pigment ink doesn't dry well on this sort of beautifully smooth card, so I heat embossed it in Papermania Embossing Powder in Clear. 

I then cut a vellum panel and used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die up both sides. It was scored and adhered to the rear of the panel using two thin strips of red liner tape.

The star was cut from a scrap of Neenah Solar White card stock using the second smallest Sizzix Framelits Stars die (657567), coated in more of the Encore ink and heat embossed in clear. I did the same with the sentiment, which is from My Favorite Things Brushstroke Birthday Greetings, but used Post-It Tape to mask the top half of the sentiment to give a dip-dyed effect. The swirly behind the star is the smallest die from the My Favorite Things Scribbles dies, cut from gold glitter card.

Card 2 - blending ink through a stencil


For this card I again took a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock and used a Ranger ink blending tool to lay down a layer of Milled Lavender Distress Ink. I then taped a stencil over the top and used an Inkylicious Ink Duster to add a layer of Dusty Concord Distress Ink. When the stencil was peeled up, it left behind a lavender colour negative.

I used the Stitched Alphabet dies from My Favorite Things to cut out the word "thanks" and stuck acetate under the panel. Some foam tape around the edge, purple glitter and a slightly smaller base layer to seal it all in created a shaker panel. I cut a larger later of Neenah Solar White card stock and used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die to create a border each side of where I wanted the shaker panel to go, before sticking it down. The whole thing was then stuck to a card base from the same card stock.

What I really love about this technique is that I still have the positives of the letter shapes to use in another project!

Card 3 - stencils and glitter 


This card uses the wonderful stencils and glitter technique from Jennifer McGuire.

I cut a small panel of Neenah Solar White card stock, then stuck a sheet of double sided adhesive panel to it. I coated a Dyan Reaveley stencil in Ranger Perfect Medium and taped it down over the card panel. I shook pink glitter over the stencil and used the shiny backing from the adhesive panel plus a bone folder to really get the glitter stuck down. Then I peeled off the stencil and shook silver glitter over the exposed remaining adhesive sheet. Again, the shiny backing paper and a bone folder helped to stick the glitter firmly.

The panel was adhered to a card base and I cut a top layer from the same card stock at an angle and gave it a border using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Borders dies before sticking it down with foam tape. The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Brushstroke Birthday Greetings cut from Craft Creations black card stock. I coloured three Papermania adhesive gems with a black Promarker and added them to the card.

Card 4 - embossing paste through a stencil


I cut a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock with the largest of Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables and taped down a brick stencil over it. I mixed Dreamweaver white embossing paste with Papermania Embossing Powder in Holographic and smooshed it through the stencil. You can just make it out in the photo - in real life it has a lovely shimmery sparkle. 

I then created a border using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle Frames and popped it up on foam pads. I stamped three Altenew Vintage Roses using Versa Color Pigment Inks in Hyacinth, Heliotrope, Violet and Grape. The leaves were stamped using Bamboo, Olive and Evergreen. I cut them out with the matching Altenew dies and tried a few layouts until I was happy, and then stuck them down. 
The sentiment was stamped on Craft Creations black card stock in Ranger Perfect Medium and heat embossed in Ranger Embossing Antiquities in Weathered White. The whole panel was then stuck onto a card base in Neenah Solar White card stock.

Do check out the lovely creations from the rest of the DT:

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 so much for stopping by!

19.6.16

Less is More #281 - faux bleach - card 3

Third and final card for this week's challenge over at Less is More! They're using the faux bleach technique to create CAS (clean and simple) cards and I just had to use my favourite version of this technique, as demo'd by the amazing Dyan Reaveley, before stopping! 



I used hot press watercolour card for the base and panel. I sprayed Dylusions Ink Spray in Black Marble onto the top right corner of the panel and rolled over it with kitchen paper to blot off the excess, then gave it a quick waft with my heat tool. I then repeatedly stamped the leaf spray from the My Favorite Things Funky Flowers stamp set in Ranger Archival Ink in black and again took the heat tool over it. Then I used a fine point water brush to lift the colour out of the leaves, leaving paler areas behind. Another quick waft with the heat tool and then I used a dry paintbrush to add Dylusions Ink Spray in Pure Sunshine onto the bleached areas, giving a dull gold effect.

The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental stamp set. I stamped it in Ranger Perfect Medium and heat embossed in Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in gold. Finally, I put a dotted line of embossing along the base of the panel using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Borders. The panel was mounted into the base using foam tape.

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Less is More #281 - faux bleach - card 2

I couldn't resist making a second card for this week's challenge at Less is More! I love the faux bleach technique.



This time I used Kanban Mirri card stock in silver as a panel. I dabbed Alcohol Inks in Pearl Mixative and Silver Mixative all over the base and then heat embossed snowflakes on top. I then dabbed Alcohol Inks in Mermaid, Indigo and Eggplant over the top. The embossing was then removed by ironing the panel in a sandwich of printer paper until the embossing had melted and absorbed into the top layer of printer paper leaving empty space behind on the panel. I cut the panel using Lawn Fawn's Simple Stitched Hillside Borders and mounted it onto a card base made from Neenah Solar White card stock using foam tape. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in silver.

I bought the snowflake set and sentiment set off a Facebook group and they came without packaging. If anyone knows who they're by, let me know and I'll edit the post. 

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Less is More #281 - faux bleach - card 1

I love the faux bleach technique and use it a lot in art journaling, so when Less is More made it this week's challenge I got a bit carried away with the card making!

Here's my first card.



Using a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock, I clear heat embossed the grasses and butterfly from the Inkadinkado Meadow stamp set and then blended over the stamping with Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord Distress Inks to create an ombre effect. The embossing powder was removed by putting the panel into a sandwich of printer paper and ironing over the top until the embossing had melted into the top layer of printer paper leaving empty white spaces behind on the card where it had been. I then stamped the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental stamp set in Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, cut it out and gave it a faux stitched line using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Borders. The whole panel was mounted onto a card base from Neenah Solar White card stock using foam tape.

I liked it so much I did another one using bright colours of Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. This time I stamped the sentiment directly onto the card base. I also included a more detailed butterfly at the top from the Card-io Majestix Emily's Garden stamp set.




The DT have come up with some absolutely gorgeous inspiration cards and the gallery is filling with beautiful entries so why not take a look?

If you want to play along with the Less is More clean and simple card making challenges each week, check out the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

13.6.16

Less is More one layer challenge - splatters - card 3

For my third (and definitely last!) card for this week's Less is More challenge, I wanted to make something really quick and simple - the sort of card you could rustle up in a few minutes as a thank you card, or a 'thinking of you' note.



I created a card blank by scoring and folding a piece of linen effect cardstock. I used the medium curve die from Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders to take one edge off the card. I opened the card and stamped a single splatter stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Bitty Grunge stamps (CMS089) using Tsukineko Kaleidacolor in Cappucino Delight for an ombre effect. I re-inked the very edge of the splatter stamp and added a few extra small splats here and there. Finally, I used two of the Clearly Besotted 'A Little Sentimental' stamps ('Handmade' and 'Just for you') and curved them on the stamping block to match the curve of the die cut card edge. They were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, and I added the hyphen and exclamation mark myself.

I love how the splatter stamp looks like a cow print!




Be sure to check out the other entries - there are some wonderful creations in the gallery! And if you want to join in with the weekly Less is More challenges, take a look at the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Fathers' Day card

I had such fun making this Fathers' Day card. I'm definitely going through a grey and orange stage at the moment!


I cut a panel from linen cardstock using the largest sized die from Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables and stamped it with Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke and the My Favorite Things Distressed Stripes Background stamp. I then cut a matching stitched frame using the largest die from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle Frames and glued it down with Anita's Tacky Glue with precision nib.

The stars were cut from grey and blue cardstocks using Sizzix Framelits 657567. I also cut the word "thanks" from linen effect cardstock using the Altenew "thanks" die. I inlaid the word and a small star into the large star to create a level base layer for another "thanks" and small star to be glued on top.

The word "thanks" was coloured with a distressed effect using the direct-to-paper technique and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

Finally, I created a card blank by scoring and folding more linen effect cardstock and stuck the panel to it using double sided sticky tape.

Thanks for stopping by!


12.6.16

Less is More one layer card challenge - splatters - card 2

I thought I'd do a second card for this week's challenge over at Less is More. We're creating a one layer card (OLC) featuring splatters. Cards also have to be CAS (clean and simple)!



For this card I used alcohol inks blown into splatters with a drinking straw. I masked a greeting beforehand but, as I feared would happen with glossy cardstock, the inks crept underneath! A few coats of white on top restored the colour and the crisp edges.

Ingredients:
Ilford Premium Photo Paper (glossy)
Alcohol Inks in Raspberry, Clover and Pebble
Altenew 'thanks' die cut from Post-It Notes (full adhesive) for the mask
Posca white paint pen

The challenge closes on Friday at 10 pm BST so there's still plenty of time to take part. Why not take a look at the inspiring Design Team creations and entries so far?

Thanks for stopping by!

11.6.16

Less is More one layer card challenge - splatters

This week, the Less is More challenge is to create a one layer card (OLC) featuring splatters - but it still has to be clean and simple (CAS)! 

I wanted to make something with quite bold colours, so I went for a striped layout. I have a vague idea of using this, or something like it, for a Fathers' Day card.





The stripes were created by masking strips using Post-It Tape and inking the blank space with Distress Inks. I left the inks to dry naturally with the masking still in place before over-stamping with a splatter stamp. A sentiment at the bottom and rounded corners completed the card.

Ingredients:
Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White
Distress Inks in Pumice Stone and Ripe Persimmon
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Specks stamp from the Cracks & Specks set by Stampers Anonymous
Sentiment from the A Little Sentimental set by Clearly Besotted

If you'd like to play along with the Less is More weekly challenges, visit the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!


5.6.16

Less is More colour challenge - purple - card 2

This week, the challenge at Less is More is to make a CAS (clean and simple) card using purple.

Here's my second card.



Ingredients:
Linen card stock from Craft Creations
Altenew Vintage Roses stamps (base layer fussy cut from Post-It Notes to mask the images as they were stamped)
Versa Color inks in Hyacinth, Heliotrope, Violet, Indigo, Laurel Leaf, Olive, Evergreen
Splatters in Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames
'Happy' from Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental
'Birthday' from MFT Die-namics Brushstroke Birthday Greetings with white fun foam underneath to pop it up

If you want to play along with the weekly challenges at Less is More, check out the blog.

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Less is More colour challenge - purple - card 1

This week, the challenge at Less is More is to make a CAS (clean and simple) card using purple.

My first card is very simple - and it's also my first Christmas card of the year. 




Ingredients:
Linen card stock from Craft Creations
Dusty Concord Distress Ink splattered with water
Tint white dots added with a Uni-ball Signo UM-120AC Angelic Colour
Clearly Besotted Cityscape die
House windows coloured with Yellow Promarker
Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Borders

If you'd like to play along with the Less is More weekly challenges, visit the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!