Less is More #358

Hello there.  I’m back this week with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  It’s one layer card week and the theme is Candles or Light.  Our sponsor this month is Happy Little Stampers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEARY CHRISTMAS

 

On a top folding Mixed Media card base, black heat embossed the bear, Santa sleigh and sentiment.  Masked the bear and die cut a reverse dome mask from copy paper.  Blended Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks for the background.  Mixed Perfect Pearls with water and splaltered to create the stars.  Repeated with acrylic white paint.  Removed masks and coloured the bear image with Zig markers.

 

Linking to:
AAA Cards#104 Christmas
CAS Mix UpDecember Anything Goes (stamping+heat emboss+resist+masking+sponging+splatter+watercolour+perfect pearls)
CAS WatercolourDecember Anything Goes
Penny Black and MoreDecember CAS
Uniko#44 Christmas
Addicted to Stamps and More#271 Anything Goes

 

 

Hope you will join us this week.  For more fabulous inspirations from my team, click HERE.  Thank you for visiting and happy holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love You

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a really CAS Mix Media card I made with my husband in mind.  He’s been feeling under the weather the last couple of days and I wanted to make a card to let him know I am here for him no matter how awful he looks, feels and looks.  Oops, did I say that twice? *lol* 😂  Actually, he looks the same to me.  Anyway, in keeping with my crafty resolution to use what I buy at least once, I used another two NBUS stamp sets for today’s card.

First, I die cut a Stitched Rectangle panel from white cardstock.  Then I created a mask with masking paper and the beautiful Heartstrings die.  Spun Sugar distress ink was blended through the mask to create the background.  I added Perfect Pearls to give it some shimmer.  It was difficult to capture it in a photo, but it is pretty IRL

I stamped the image with Versafine black ink several times using my MISTI to get a good solid impression, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip and mounted with foam adhesive. For more shimmer I added clear Wink of Stella to the strip.  The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and a few NBUS clear droplets were added to finish.

I actually created the monochromatic card first with Smoky Slate ink because I know my hubby is not a fan of pink or colours for that matter.  I thought the gray felt a little cold and a subtle colour would soften it up.  And I callied it… my hubby liked the gray and disliked the pink.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
CAS on Sunday – #99 Black, White and One Chosen Color
CAS(E) this Sketch! – CTS#204
STAMPlorations – January Anything CAS with optional gray or silver
Happy Little Stampers – January CAS Stencil
STAMPlorations – January Theme Stamps and Mix Media
STAMPlorations – Never-ending Anything Goes

 

Halloween Colour Christmas

Happy Monday everyone.  Time sure flies since I last posted.  I’ve been working on a calendar project, and it was my December month that I thought would work as a Christmas card as well. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of non-traditional colour Christmas cards. I don’t remember making a traditional red and green Christmas card – EVER.  So I took well known Halloween colours and combined it with heat embossing and emboss resist techniques to come up with this CAS Holiday Style card.

Halloween Colours Christmas Card

I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from Whisper White cardstock.  I first stamped the hooks with Charcoal ink, followed by the strings because it was easier to line up the images in this sequence.

Next, I stamped the boughs with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used the emboss resist technique to reveal the boughs.  I sponged on some Sour Apple ink and then wiped off the excess ink from the embossed areas.

I used my MISTI to stamp my ornaments with Lavender Fields and Deep Iris inks and then punched them out with a 1″ circle punch.  To give them dimension, I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder twice.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder as well,  To finish, I mounted the stitched rectangle to a white card base and added a few clear sequins.

Halloween Colour Christmas Card

 

This year I plan to donate some of my handmade cards to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  I made this the kickoff of this goal.

Halloween Colours Christmas Card

 

 

 

I am participating in the following:

Cards in Envy – Purple and Green
52 Christmas Card Throwdown – October Technique Challenge Embossing
HLS Christmas Challenge – October Challenge Embossing
STAMPlorations – October Anything CAS Goes optional Black
STAMPlorations – October Theme Challenge Sponging 

 

 

 

Hashtag Selfie

Hi there.  I guess I’m still in masking mode because today’s card was created with masking. But definitely nowhere near the extent of the elephants card in my last post.  I think selfie cards are so fun and that is what I did for today’s card.

Selfie card created for challenges SSS Flickr Challenge #51, MarkerPop Challenge #101 Embossing and PP308 Color Challenge.

Using Black Intense ink, I stamped and masked the pandas and balloons on a 3″x3-3.75″ piece of white cardstock.  I colored in the balloons with Copics.

Selfie card created for challenges SSS Flickr Challenge #51, MarkerPop Challenge #101 Embossing and PP308 Color Challenge.

I wanted to make the selfie a glossy finish photo, so I covered the enitre panel with VersaMark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Continuing with the glossy photo look, I die cut the photo frame from high gloss cardstock. The hashtag was heat embossed in black and the Smile sentiment was die cut from black cardstock and modified without the circle.

Selfie Smile Birthday Card

For the background, I dry embossed an A2 piece of Bristol paper in the vertical direction using  Seaside embossing folder.  I thought these waves vertically looked like balloon strings.  For better contrast against the white frame, I spritz it with a custom spray I created from 70% rubbing alcohol and Daffodil Delight refill.  To finish, I added glossy accents to the Smile die-cut greeting and mounted it on a white card base.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Flickr – Challenge #51 Emboss It
MarkerPop – Challenge #101 Embossing
The Paper Players – PP308 Color Challenge

 

 

 

Up, Up and Away

 

Hi everyone.  I’ve had a rough week.  It is no fun getting the flu any time of the year, but to get it when the weather is nice, just sucks even more.  Yes, I’ve been nursing this flu all week and I’m still not completely recovered.  I wasn’t sure if I was even going to get this card done.  I started it yesterday, then had to stop and go lie down for the rest of the day. I went back to it this afternoon and was determined to finish it

Basket Animals, LIM Week 278, YNS Color Challenge 40, SSS Wednesday Challenge Mask It, Zid Clean Color Real Brush, Watercoloring

I first stamped the bear on masking tape and cut it out to create my mask.  Then I stamped the bear on watercolor paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I could use VersaMark and black embossing powder, but I find any straying black embossing powder can sometimes be hard to remove and using an anti-static powder product doesn’t seem to help that much. I masked off the bear and stamped the balloon basket over top.  I removed the mask, and again heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Basket Animals, LIM Week 278, YNS Color Challenge 40, SSS Wednesday Challenge Mask It, Zid Clean Color Real Brush, Watercoloring

Next, I pulled out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and used a watercolor brush to watercolor the image. These colors can be quite bright, so  I did sone watercolor lifting to remove some color and mute the colors a bit.  This was done by pressing a paper towel on the wet areas and then “lifting” it. Once watercoloring was complete, I fussy cut it out.  I wanted to create a scene with the balloon basket floating in the sky, so I die cut a cloud piece with a cloud border die from white cardstock.

Basket Animals, LIM Week 278, YNS Color Challenge 40, SSS Wednesday Challenge Mask It, Zid Clean Color Real Brush, Watercoloring

I heat embossed the sentiment in black on the cloud piece then assembled the cloud and the image onto a piece of light blue cardstock.  That entire piece was then mounted onto a white card base and finished with a few enamel dots.

 

Challenges:

LIM Week #278 – Sketch 18
YNS Challenge 40 – Color Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge – Mask It