17 Sep 2016

Less is More 294 - Diamonds

How are you on this fine Saturday?

I do hope so.
I'm here today to introduce the newest Less is More challenge and today we have the theme of DIAMONDS
The team have created some fantastic cards with this theme and personally I can't wait to see how you all interpret the theme.
Ha! This is getting a bit of a routine isn't it?
Yes, I have once again created 3 cards for your inspiration (maybe next week I will only do 2....)

1. Alliums

I'd like to pop this in at:
 Fab and Funky - Go outside and be inspired by nature.
 Crafty Sentiments Challenge - use your favourite stamp (I love these alliums as they are so versatile)
and Cards Und More - No designer paper

Clear heat emboss the diamonds from the Chocolate Baroque Decorative Edges set onto a small piece of white linen textured card.

Blend distress inks in cracked pistachio, evergreen bough and peacock feathers over the panel and spritz a few droplets for some added interest.

Edge the panel by swiping a thin line of Versacolor silver ink (#92) along the edges.

Place the panel onto the card blank with some removable glue and stamp the alliums into place going over the edges of the panel onto the card blank using archival jet black ink.

Stamp the Sweet Dixie big sentiments sentiment into place using archival black too.

Add some foam pads to the panel to raise it up and place it onto the card blank lining up the images.

The final touch is to add some black stickles to the ends of the alliums.

2. Birthday Bow

I'd like to pop this in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Clean and Simple

Wet an area on the front of the card blank and add some candied apple distress ink using a paintbrush. The card needs to be wet enough for the ink to wick out. Dry it with a hot air tool and as it is drying spritz it with water to create some droplets.

Once dry, stamp the sentiment (Chocolate Baroque card sentiments) and add some rock candy distress stickles over the inked part of the card blank.

Using Sue Wilson dies  cut out the classic 3d bow in red card and the lattice 3d bow in white card.  Back the white lattice with the red to create the ribbon and bow element. Attach these to the card blank and add a red gem to the bow centre for a final touch.


3. Glitter Diamonds

As usual, here is my quickie card.

Take 3 complementary colours of glitter card stock and cut some small squares out of them. 

Arrange the squares on their points to create the diamonds and adhere to the base card with 3d foam pads.

Cut a sentiment (mine is by DieSire) out of a 4th complementary colour of glitter card stock and adhere it to the card base.

Well, that is it from me this week.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,
Sharon xx


Gerrina said...

Wow, 3 great cards! Love the colours on each, but the first is my favorite! Great how you give it an elegant and grungy look at the same time! Enjoy your weekend!

Sarah Gray said...

Your cards are amazing as always, Sharon! I absolutely love your first card - the way you have put it together is so clever and it creates such an elegant design. The way you have created the diamond pattern on the die cut bow is brilliant (I think I might have that die somewhere!) and your quickie card looks fab with the dark card base. It is always such a treat to see what you have made on a Saturday morning :) Enjoy your weekend x

Esther said...

I love these, Sharon! The first card is so elegant with that gorgeous soft green and blue behind the stamping, and what a fab way of adding a panel! The second card is just wow, so artistic and really eye catching. I MUST add Candied Apple to my DIs... I can't resist any longer :) And while you may call the third card a quickie card, it looks superb and really dramatic. Stunning cards! x

Viv said...

Wow Sharon what amazing cards you have here,all just sooo fabulous too!So sorry I am late commenting from last week, lots going on ;) Viv xx

Isabelle Siry said...

3 beautiful cards Sharon ! I love the first one with those black alliums popped up thanks to the gorgeous green background ! The bow is also a very nice creation and so vibrant in red ! Thanks for sharing.
Izzy Scrap

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Absolutely beautiful cards as always Sharon. I'm swooning over the first one in particular and the gorgeous blending of distress inks with the clever diamond pattern. The diamond cut bow is just inspirational and super neat CAS design on the last one too. Love em! Have a great week. Sarah xx

Lisa said...

Such beautiful and elegant cards.Such great techniques and the results are fantastic.Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.Hope to see you again next week.
Lisa x

Susan said...

Wow your cards are just stunning. Love the alliums...so pretty!

Judith said...

What a fab set of cards - your nature inspired allium card is perfect for our challenge- Thank you so much for playing along at Fab'n'Funky this week hugs Judith x

Anonymous said...

Yes, this set of cards is special. The allium design is first class.

debby4000 said...

What wonderful CAS cards they are all so different and brilliant.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Neets B said...

Wow, Sharon, these are fabulous. The alliums look divine in black with that gorgeous green panel and the stickles were the perfect finishing touch, so glad you included a close up photo. Loving the candied apple wash, I always forget I have that colour but it looks great with just white. And your quickie is such a great design, I love how you always rock the dark card bases too xx

Julie B said...

£ fab cards Sharon. Love the diamond embossed panel on your allium card and the stickles as Anita says are the perfect finish.
So pleased you linked up at CuM. :)