Less is More #367 – Stencils

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Today also marks the start of a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  We are back to one layer cards (OLC) with the theme Stencils.  We have Shery from STAMPloratins back with us as our guesser designer and our sponsor this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INK BLENDING & HEAT EMBOSSING

 

On an A2 card base created from Mixed Media paper, Sea Shore inks were ink blended with a Clarity brush through a butterfly stencil (retired).  With the stencil still in place, VersaMark ink was applied next and the butterfly image was heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The sentiment from Poppy Stamps was black heat embossed also with clear embossing powder.  To finish, splatters of Lagoon ink from the Sea Shore inks was added.

 

Linking to the following challenges:
Poppy Stamps#42 Clean and Simple  (Sentiments of Hello stamp set)
STAMPlorationsAnything Goes STAMPlorations  (retired Flutterby stencil)

 

It has been a rough week with my hubby in and out of hospital visits, so this was a quick one.  But be sure to check out my teamie’s cards for some fabulous inspirations on the LIM blog post HERE. Then grab your stencils and play along. Just remember to make it one layer and keep it clean and simple. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #366 Monochrome

Hi there.  I can’t believe it’s March already!  Did you enjoy our birthday celebration last month?   I hope so.  Well, we are back today with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  It’s a colour challenge and we want to see your Monochrome cards.  Monochrome is defined as black, white and grey, or tones of one colour.  STAMPlorations is our generous sponsor this month and its owner / artist, Shery Russ, will be joining us as one of two guest designers (GD).  Our other GD is December winner and the very talented Maaike from Cards by Maaike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONOCHROME DOG-ROSE

 

 

 

This was an easy one. To begin, an A2 stitched rectangle was die cut from Neenah cardstock.  The image was stamped with black Memento ink and masked.  Smoky Skate dye ink was then blended through a grid stencil with a Clarity brush.

 

 

I could’ve left the image as is since a lot of the shading is incorporated in the stamp itself, but I wanted a little more contrast, so I went in with some cool gray Copic markers to add more shading.  The sentiment was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.

 

 

The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  Clear shimmer was added to the flowers and a few black sequins finished off the card.

 

 

Linking to the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsAnything Goes with STAMPlorations
Tuesday Throwdown#381 Black and White
Uniko6th Birthday Linky Party
Always Happy BirthdayBirthday Anything Goes Optional use Pattern Paoer
SSS Monday In My Garden
The Sisterhood of CraftersClean and Simple (CAS)

 

 

That does it for me.  For more fabulous inspirations from our guests and my team, click HERE.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rosy Birthday

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I’m just popping in to share a CAS rosy birthday card.

From a white A2 stitched rectangle, a smaller Stitched Rectangle was die cut in the center, A Clarity brush was used to blend Real Red ink through a rose stencil on that rectangle diecut.

The roses were then coloured with Copics for contrast and to make them pop. Clear shimmer was added to the roses for some sparkle and the rectangle was inlaid.

Next, happy was die cut from black cardstock.  It was mounted to a white scrap of cardstock and fussy cut with a white border.  It was adhered to a vellum strip and Glossy Accents was added for dimension.  While the Glossy Accents was still wet, the black white heat embossed sentiment strip was added.

Thank you for your visit.  Have a nice day!

 

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsJune 2017 CUTplorations
STAMPlorationsAnything Goes STAMPlorations (Old Rose Prints stencil)
The Card Concept #76 Romantic Roses
SSS MondayStencil It
SSS Wednesday Anythung Goes

 

 

 

 

 

Chilly Icicles.

Hi everyone.  I guess I’m not ready to put my winter-themed products away yet because I am back today to share another CAS Winter card.

The icicle border was die cut from a scrap of white cardstock, covered with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  On an A2 Whisper White panel, I stamped the snowflakes and falling snow with VersaMark then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  On the upper half of the panel, I blended distress inks in a “peak” pattern to accentuate the hanging icicles. I used Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks.

The panel was spritz with a DIY shimmer mist to give it more of a chilly, icy feel. I did the Camouflage Die Cut technique for the sentiment using NBUS Let It Snow die. For dimension, I also die cut one from white fun foam and stacked them.

The icicle diecut border was mounted with foam tape and the panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  The card is sparkly IRL so it didn’t need any bling or other embellishments.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
Curtain Call – Icicle
AAA Cards – Game #82 Winter Chill
NBUS – #9 with optional Camouflage Die Cut or CASEing
Happy Little Stampers – January Anything Goes with Dies
STAMPlorations – January Anything Goes CAS with optional Gray or Silver

 

 

 

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