3 Mar 2018

Less is More 366 - Monochrome

Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello.
How are you all? Hope those of you that have been affected by the snow are keeping wrapped up and warm. We've only had rain and thunderstorms over here in Portugal so we're getting off very lightly. Anyway, here we are, in March already! Spring should be a-sprunging right now, let's hope it does soon.
But enough of that, I'd best get on to the new challenge at Less is More, eh?

We're in a new month so that means that we have a fantastic new sponsor for the next two challenges:


and the lovely Shery from Stamplorations will be joining us as a guest designer (from tomorrow, Sunday).

We also have the talented Maaike joining us as guest designer too.

Oh, and don't forget to head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team too.

Normally on a monochrome challenge I will have a card or two actually in colour, but this time I've gone right back to the true and pure monochrome of basic black, white and grey for my 3 cards, and I really enjoyed trying to make them all look very different from each other.

1) Faux Tarnished Metal

Well, I have hit the hat-trick in this card! It's masculine, it has a technique (faux tarnished metal) and it is super speedy to make! 

Here is a 4 minute video.

This one is for Papercraft Crew Challenge PCC#282 which is a tic tac toe challenge and the 3 items I used are metallic (albeit faux), clean and simple and birthday.

CAS Colours and Sketches #261 which is this super sketch.

It is also for Pause, Dream, Enjoy challenge #9 where they want a stamped image

STAMPS: Wow - Mr Wow's Wonderful Words, Craft Stamper magazine freebie
INKS: Versamark Clear
OTHER: White, black and silver card, Sizzix embossing folder, Black acrylic paint, Wow ultra bright white embossing powder, foam pads, corner rounder.

2) Half Circle Thank You

Here is another quick to make card.

It's really easy to do and I bet it would look great in colours but the monochrome gives it a pretty funky look. I will probably make a few birthday cards like this for my stash, possibly using oval die cuts too, because it's a pretty gender neutral design.

This one is for:
 The Sisterhood of Crafters who are looking for Clean and Simple cards,
City Crafter Challenge #401 who want to see die cuts
and The Paper Girls #146 which is all about black and white but they do allow a pop of colour so I hope the grey is ok.

To make this: Die cut several circles from scraps of black, white and grey card, then add the die that is the next size down inside each circle, making sure it is offset i.e. towards one edge so that resulting ring will be thinner on one side than the other, then die cut them into the ring shapes. Lay the rings onto an adhesive sheet with all the thin sides together then cut it in half. Adhere the shapes to your card blank and stamp the sentiment.

STAMPS: Stamplorations Fond Expressions
DIES: Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles
INKS: Versafine Onyx Black
OTHER: White, grey and black card. Double-sided adhesive sheet.


3) Card 3

As I made 2 cards suitable for men I wanted to balance things with a feminine card.

This one is for:
Crafty Cardmakers #206 - floral delight
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Time Out Challenge  #104 - Bold - I've used 2 bold frames and a little bit of bold text in the sentiment

Mask off a square in the centre of the card blank slightly larger than your central aperture will be. Stamp and clear heat emboss a script stamp into the opening. Using a blending brush, blend iced spruce and hickory smoke in from the top right corner on the unmasked area. Stamp up the flower and leaves in black and grey and cut them out. Cut two frames and stamp the sentiment on the smaller one. Attach the frames to the card blank, then attach the flowers and leaves.

STAMPS: Altenew  Garden Treasure and Extra Special, Impression Obsession Cover A Card Script
INKS: Versamark clear, Versafine Onyx black, Distress inks (iced spruce and hickory smoke) Distress Oxide (Iced Spruce)
OTHER: White card, Clear embossing powder, ink blending brush, 3d foam pads, craft knife and ruler.

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Well, that's it from me for today.

I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon - when I can probably guarantee I'll be back to my usual 'colourful self' ;-)

Sharon xx


Nonni said...

You've been super productive, Sharon! Love the look of your monochrome cards. I think I don't know the technique in your first card -I have to watch your video to find out all about it! Great idea with the dies in your second card. I love the 70's feel of the circles! Your third card with those bold frames is a genius interpretation of our challenge at Time Out. Thanks for joining us! xxx

Cards by Maaike said...

3 wonderful cards, all are lovely esp the faux metallook

Darlene said...

These are AWESOME! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘CAS ’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

Joyce said...

Love the idea of a 'hat trick'. I try to do that also. What a lovely collection of creative and beautiful cards. I especially like the submission for Time Out. And, as I enjoy playing along at Less is More, I am grateful for all the wonderful inspiration for this week's new challenge. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

Janis Lewis said...

Great cards! Thanks for joining us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges this week.

Marina said...

Lovely cards. Card two has a retro sixties vibe but the monochrome colour scheme gives it a twist. Thanks for joining in at City Crafter.

Trina P. said...

Aaah-MAZING hat trick, Sharon! The faux tarnished metal technique looks so cool. I’ve only done the faux metal technique, but ‘tarnishing’ it gives it a more realistic look. Your geometric thank you card is fun with a retro feel. And your last card is elegant. Love the double frames and the script background. Three incredible cards! xx

Josephine said...

A beautiful card.

Thanks or joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Three brilliant beauties Sharon! Who'd have thought greys could be so deliciously elegant! You've rocked this with your ingenuity. Love the technique on the first one ... although I must head to the video for the full update. Love the retro look of the second and as you say this would be brilliant in so many different colours. Great focal point and neat idea to off set the die-cut circles. Then such beauty in the last one with all those frames. Your mum will love this one I'm sure. Enjoy the warm weather!

Sarah Gray said...

Three very different and fabulous cards, Sharon! I love the masculine design on your first card - very graphic and cool. Using those circles to create the geometric design on your second card is such a great idea and I totally love your third card which looks so elegant in the monochromatic colourway. I hope you have had a fab weekend x

Susan said...

Wow...I struggled with this challenge...but you made it seem effortless...all of your cards are just beautiful!

samantha's cards said...

Great cards, thanks for playing along with us at CC&S.

Lin said...

Such a pretty floral card - love the scripty background, too! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Emily E said...

Love your cards especially the faux metal look one it looks very realistic. Thanks for sharing with us this week at CC&S!

Patricia Hays said...

You have three great cards here! You did a super job with the faux metal panel on the first card. Thanks for using our CC&S sketch for it and entering our challenge! :)

Marsha J Reed said...

Wonderful cards, Sharon! I really like that tarnished metal one. Thanks for joining us at CAS Colours and Sketches. Marsha DT

Marsha J Reed said...

Great designs, Sharon! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge. Marsha DT.

Izzy Scrap said...

OMG, Sharon ! Three stunning cards again from you this week ! Difficult to say which one is my favourite since they are all gorgeous. Love very much the first one with its masculine look. And thanks for the great video, it's a technique I've never tried till now ! I also love the psychedelic second one, it reminds me the wall paper design my parents had in our kitchen when I was a child ! But it is such a great look here and makes really a CAS card. And least but not last, your third card is just a classy and elegant stunner ! Love the contrast of the black/grey and the cream card base. Fabulous design with these two frames. Thank you so much for so many inspiration ! Have a great week. Hugs xx

Judy McKay said...

Pretty cards. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week. Judy DT

Gerrina said...

What a beautiful femine card! Love how the frames work and the warm gray-tones of the beautiful flowers! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

Maike von maikreations said...

Great cards! Love the funky circle one! Also the design of your Mother's day card looks great! Thank you for playing along with our "Floral Delight" Challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers! Have a great weekend and happy crafting,

mum of two said...

All of your cards are wonderful! Thanks so much for playing with us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges. Hope to see you again soon :)

michelle (PDE DT)
Purple Monkey Moments

Neets B said...

I'm still alive! Sorry for the late visit :)
Three smashers here, teamie! Never seen the faux metal technique before so thanks for sharing the video. Those circles look so effective and such a simple idea, will have to remember that one. And your floral/script card is so stylish. I love the grey with the hint of Iced Spruce, I love that ink so must use it again soon. Hugs xx