Less is More #328 Spots and Stripes

Hi everyone.  It’s Saturday, which means a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  Challenge #328 this week, is one layer cards (OLC) with spots and stripes.  Once again, our sponsor this month is Uniko.  Our guest designer is March winner, Sue Blamey.








First, thick Whisper White cardstock was cut and scored to create a top folding card base.  Intense Black ink was used to stamp the graduation cap, halftone explosion and the wow.  The cordinating die was used to die cut the cap mask, while the wow mask was created in the usual way of stamping and fussy cutting.  So the cap was stamped first then masked.  Next the wow was stamped then masked before the halftone explosion was stamped last.  The cap was coloured with coloured pencils and the stripes were drawn in using a t-ruler and Smoky Slate marker. The sentiment was stamped with Persian Blue ink.  For dimension, Glossy Accents was added to the wow.  A few black sequins finished off the card.


I am entering this card in Casology challenge 248 Commencement.











For my next card, white no-bleed through Copic-friendly cardstock (since it’s a OLC) was cut and scored to once again create a top-folding card base.  The stripesimage and sentiment were stamped with black Memento ink.  The image and the bottom area were then masked and Wilted Violet distress ink was sponged for the background.  The image was then coloured with Copics in rainbow colours.  To finish, clear shimmer was added to the bow and googlie eyes to the monster.


I am entering this birthday card in the following challenges:

MarkerPop –  #120 Rainbow Fun
Crafty Friends#57 Cute
Addicted to Stamps and More#241 Anything Goes
Modsquad – Let’s Color




For more inspirations from my teamies, head over to the LIM blog. Hope you will join us this week.  Remember to make it one layer and to keep it CAS with plenty of white/untouched space.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great week.









21 thoughts on “Less is More #328 Spots and Stripes

  1. I LOVE both of these cards! That little monster is too cute popping out and I LOVE the words in the background of the graduation card! Thanks for joining us at MarkerPOP!

  2. What a totally fabulous example of masking and stamping, your first card is faultless with great placement too. And I love your rainbow box for your monster framed with the monochrome stripes either side, a super design x

  3. Your graduation card design really stands out, Trina! Love how you paired the explosion with the graduation hat! Perfect!
    Thanks so much for joining us over at CASology! 🙂

  4. Two fabulous cards Trina ! With the first one I took a “masking” lesson, it is just incredible ! I love the combo grey/blue of this card ! But I think the second one is my favourite, this monster is so adorable with its google eyes ! And your colouring is just gorgeous ! Two wonderful inspiration cards ! Have a lovely week and sorry for the late comment !

  5. What fabulous CAS designs Trina! I love your stylish graduation card and the monster on the second card is so cute!
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM, and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  6. I really got a chuckle out of that cute and adorable monster card. Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge this week at the Mod Squad. Good luck, and hope to see you again soon.
    Barbara DT Member

  7. These are fabulous! I LOVE the super hero explosion of dots on the first card… totally brilliant and a really eye catching look. The stripey edges and googley eyed monster on the second card are soooooo cute and just absolutely adorable! You’ve even worked in some shimmer <3 <3 Awesome cards! Have a lovely weekend x

  8. Two amazing cards, love all your masking and amazing depth on both cards. . the grad card is a perfect masculine colour so awesome and the 2nd it so adorably cute with great depth of colour giving it more of a 3D effect.

  9. Your first card really is WOW, Trina. Really packs a punch! Fabulous stamping and colouring and great how you drew the stripes in. Your second card is adorable. Love the cute character and you’ve managed to create so much dimension on a one layer card.

  10. Two very inspiring cards, both very different in style, both totally inspiring! I’m loving your stamping in your first card and the color palette is so bold and fun! Your next card absolutely makes me smile and I love love love the stripes in the edges of your card -this look is something I often make using patterned paper but you’ve taken it up a notch and used just stamping in a one layer card. Brilliant! Have to pin and CASE! 🙂

  11. Two fab makes, Trina!! I am echoing the comments from others when I say that your masking skills are amazing! Love the graphic punch of the Uniko card and the sweet cuddly peeking out of the package on your second card. Great colouring and lots of dimension on OLCs. Have a great weekend x

  12. wow 2 amazing cards-what fab masking-I need a lesson or 100! I love the combo of stamps on your first card-have a super weekend (a little card arrived in the post yesterday with your name on it….keeping it unopened until Tuesday…thank you, in advance!)

  13. Trina I am in awe (always) at your masking and one layer card techniqes. I honestly thought the cap was an added embellishment to your graduation card. You create such wonderful dimension with one layers that they just pop off the screen. Love both of these examples … especially the Uniko showcase which would work for loads of occasions. That little monster is just the cutest and beautifully coloured too. Have a great week. x

  14. Wow! That first card really packs a punch Trina! The bold shapes really capture the feeling of joy that you get at the end of your studies. Love how you added your own subtle stripes and the limited colour palette adds to the graphic look. But awwww! what a little cutie on your second card – I just want to pick it up and give it a cuddle! Gorgeous colouring on that one. Hope you have a brilliant week. xx

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