27 Oct 2018

Less is More #383 - Dimension



Hello! Today I have a real mix of die cut and stamped cards for you. Why?  Because it is time for another Less is More challenge and this time we are looking for dimension
I challenged myself NOT to use an embossing folder or dimensions paste and to just see how dimension could be added with die cuts alone.

We are sponsored by the fantastic Uniko for our October challenges and they have a very generous prize for the winner:
 
 
Uniko
http://www.uniko.co.uk/shop/

We also have a fab guest designer joining the challenge today it's Claire Garland who was our August Winner and her card is superb. Head on over to the challenge blog to see it and for some fantastic inspiration from the rest of the design team

 I've linked the challenge for each card at the bottom of this post.

1) Purple Winter Skies





I love non-traditional Christmas cards, so I had a play with some Halloween colours and a few dies to create this (and the next) Christmas card.

The dimension comes from layering up the frame and adding the two die cuts at different levels in the frames, so that they create a sort of 3d scene.









I had a play with my distress stains and made a background by pouncing the stains onto wet water colour paper, spritzing whilst drying.

Then I dipped the paper into spots of the same distress stains and dried those before stamping the organics stamps in silver ink.

Next the background was spattered with watered down white acrylic paint.

The final touch on the background was a spritz with glimmer mist for a touch of sparkle.






The moon is simply a die cut circle glued onto the background.

To make the die cuts look 'snowy' I simply cut them out once in white card and once in black card, and then glued them so that the white peeps over the top of the black one.


STAMPS: Visible Image - Organics
DIES: Marianne Design Creatables Horizon Trees, MFT Inside Out Stitched Rectangles, Sizzix Cherry Blossoms, Die'Sire Happy Christmas, Sizzix Circles
INKS: Encore Silver, Distress Stains (Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concorde, Wilted Violet)
OTHER: Distress Stain Spritzer, White Acrylic Paint, Glimmer Mist marshmallow, White Linen Card, black card


2) Christmas Morning Sunrise





So here's a variation on the same theme, and this time I created a Christmas Morning sunrise with snowy houses using the Halloween colours of orange and black. I think this one makes a cheery Christmas card.













The background was made in the same way as the purple card, except for the organics stamps being stamped in gold ink on this one.

Once again, the dimension comes from adding the die cuts at different levels within the frames.





STAMPS: Visible Image - Organics
DIES: Marianne Designs Houses die, MFT Inside Out Stitched Rectangles, Sizzix Cherry Blossoms, Die'Sire Merry Christmas, Sizzix Circles
INKS: Versa Color 91 Gold, Distress Stains ( Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Dried Marigold)
OTHER: Distress Stain Spritzer, White Acrylic Paint, Glimmer Mist marshmallow, White Linen Card, black card
 


 






3) Leafy Tag Birthday


It would've been rude of me not to include a card where I used some of the LIM sponsor stamps, and I think I was still in tag mode here.

These tags are actually a label die which has a fancy piece at each end, and I just cut one of the fancy ends off. Then they were ink blended with the 2 blue inks.

The leaves were stamped with the yellow, orange colours and to get a smooth blend on the stamp I used blending foams to add the inks to the stamps.

They were fussy cut and then curled and shaped with a bone folder.








The sentiment was heat embossed on white onto a scrap of co-ordinating blue card. Star shaped brads were attached to the tops of the 'tags' and then they were mounted onto the card black with fun foam. The curled leaves were then added on the top of the tags

STAMPS: Uniko Nature's Treasures II & Pure Florals Cosmos
DIES: Sizzix Ornate Square
INKS: Prism (Artic Mist, Blue Lagoon, Canary Yelloow, Orange Zest, Red Chilli), Versamark Clear
OTHER: Wow! Opaque Bright White embossing powder, star brads, fun foam, white card.

Challenges entered:


1) Purple Winter Skies
ABC Christmas Challenge - U is for upon OR V is for very quick - I actually used both themes (snow upon trees and a very quick die cut card)
Cardz 4 Guyz #206 - Into The Woods
The Merry Christmas Challenge Oct 15 - Nov 14 - Anything Christmas Goes

2) Christmas Morning Sunrise
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC193 - All About Holidays
Crafty Gal's Corner #177 - Halloween Colours
The Holly And Ivy Christmas Challenge #39 - Anything Goes

3) Leafy Tag Birthday
Creative Moments #155 - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs Oct 15 - 3 Nov - Happy Birthday
The Creative Crafters #9 - Anything Goes

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LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back again on Thursday.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

25 Oct 2018

Lose Yourself

 
Hello there. Today's card is a riot of rainbow colour using those brilliant Hip Hop Girls from Visible Image.

The last time I used these images I heat embossed them with black embossing powder and outlined them with white (which you can see by clicking here), and this time it's the reverse; white embossing powder outlined with black. To be honest, I think they look fab in any colour.

Here's how I made this one.

On a piece of 300gsm water colour paper, paint a rainbow of colours from one corner to the centre, and reverse the colours from the centre towards the opposite corner.  I used a fair bit of water with each colour, then cleaned the brush before moving to the next colour and made sure the colours just touched each other so that they mixed slightly. Then I spritzed the card with water and dried it all with a heat tool.

Next, I took the Two Tone stencil and laid it over different parts of the card, then I used a baby wipe through the circles part of the stencil to lift the colour. The card was left overnight to completely dry.

The girl dancer images were embossed with white embossing powder. You may need to repeat stamp the images if your watercolour paper has a bumpy texture. Outline the images with a black pen. Stamp the two arrows from the set in distress oxides, and then gently blend around the outside of the panel with brown distress ink.   Mat the panel onto black card and then onto a white card blank.

Stamp the sentiments onto scrap white card, fussy cut them and then attach them to the front of the card with 3D foam.

Decorate the inside of the card by stamping the girl images in Antique Linen distress ink, and the sentiment from the Street Dance Boys in black ink.
 
 

Stamps And Stencil Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.com/product/hip-hop-girls/         https://visibleimage.com/product/street-dance-boys/ 

 https://visibleimage.com/product/two-tone/ 


Other Supplies:

Gansai Tambi Water Colours (cadmium red #30, orange #33, lemon yellow #40, may green #51, Persian blue #63, purple #139), Paintbrush, Water Spritzer, baby wipes, Versamark clear ink, Wow! opaque bright white embossing powder, micron black fineliner pen (0.05), Distress Oxides (candied apple and blueprint sketch), Distress Inks (gathered twigs, antique linen), Versafine Onyx Black ink, Water Colour Card, black and white card, 3d foam.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Gem Of A Challenge #228 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs 23 Oct - Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room #375 - Freestyle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #92 - Anything Goes
Pammies Inky Pinkies 1842 - Anything Goes
Retarte #130 - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge October - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 26 Oct - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

Thanks so much for stopping by today. It was lovely to see you here.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

18 Oct 2018

Dream Big


Hello there. Did you watch the facebook live event by Visible Image on Tuesday in their customer group, where they showed the latest release stamps and stencils along with some DT inspiration and a fab demo by Mark? Wasn't it good! Here's a link in case you missed it: FaceBook Live.

This is one of my cards shown in the video and it is made with the fabulous stamp set called Daydreamer, along with the 1983 and Grateful stencils, all by Visible Image.  Hopefully these close-up photos will clearly show how the sentiment stamps were used in conjunction with the 1983 stencil on the background.

Here's how I made it:
Stamp the image of the girl in memento ink and colour with promarkers. Fussy cut the image and attach it to fun foam. Add glossy accents over the glasses and some glitter over her lips. Set this aside to dry.

On a piece of white card (for the background) ink through the 1983 stencil with squeezed lemonade. Leave the 1983 stencil in place and attach the Grateful stencil over the top and ink through this with scattered straw. Remove the stencils and stamp the sentiments into the white gaps using squeezed lemonade.

TIP: a stamping platform is useful for this because the ink is very light therefore each sentiment needs stamping a couple of times.

Add a co-ordinating mat behind the background and attach both to a white card blank.

TIP: If you do not have the right colour for the mat, simply colour the edge of a white mat with the chisel end of a coordinating promarker (this is what I did).

Stamp the 'what if' sentiment and attach this to 3D foam too.

When the image is dry, attach that and the sentiment to the front of the card. Add some extra 'thought bubbles' with white Nuvo drops.

Simples!






Stamps and Stencils Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set or stencil in the online store):
   https://visibleimage.com/product/daydreamer/        https://visibleimage.com/product/1983/  

   https://visibleimage.com/product/grate-ful/  


Other Supplies:

Memento Black Ink, Distress Inks (squeezed lemonade, scattered straw), glossy accents, Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss simply white, glitter glue, 3dfoam, Promarkers (face: blush, baby pink, sunkissed pink, coral, cerise, true blue. Hair: primrose, vanilla, mustard, raw sienna. Clothes: raw sienna, terracotta, chestnut, burnt umber) white card. 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps #167 - Autumn Colours (a second entry from me)
Artistic Inspirations #208 - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams October - Autumn Colours
Lemon Shortbread #78 - Anything Goes
Retarte #130 - Anything Goes
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1841 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations October - Shades of Autumn
Stinkin' Inkers October - The eyes have it
Through The Craft Room Door 16 October - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

Thanks for stopping by. I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

13 Oct 2018

Less Is More #382 - Tags



Hi there,

Phew! It is good to be back.

As some of you may know, I've been flitting between the UK and Portugal for around the past 6 months now due to my dad's terminal illness, followed by his funeral. That has made it incredibly difficult to blog and comment (mainly because my mum doesn't have the internet at her house). I've missed popping in to see all the makes at Less is More for the past few challenges. However, now I am back permanently in Portugal for a while so I will be able to catch up with what everyone is making.

It's been so long since I had a really crafty session in my studio that I was itching to make some really inky backgrounds.  This is something I love to do, and then I like to challenge myself to use them in a CAS way. So today's theme was perfect for this.

I also love it when I can get a two-fer, or in this case a three-fer! Yes, all 3 cards had tags made from the same background but I wanted each to look slightly different, so I used different layouts. The insides are all different too (see the bottom of this post for little photos of those).


Here's how I made these 3 cards.

First I made a large background that I could cut into 3 tag shapes. I made a background by:
  1. Pouncing distress stains onto white card, spritzing with water whilst it dried, then smoshing into droplets of stain and drying again
  2. Next portions of the background were stencilled with fired brick distress ink through the collision stencil
  3. The last setp in the background was stamping and heat embossing the crack stamp from the Create It set in a glittery gold embossing powder.
The background was then cut into the 3 tag shapes and the words and images were stamped in versamark and heat embossed in black embossing powder. When the embossing powder was cool I went around the outside edges of the images with an opaque white pen. The holes in the tags were made with a crop-o-dile and the eyelets were added before adding ribbon through them.

Next I decided on each layout. On the first card I stamped the rays of light in the coordinating distress inks  onto the card blank, then cut a panel with a stitched die and attached it with fun foam and finally added the tag (also on fun foam) on the top.

In the second card, I used a co-ordinating piece of raspberry coloured card as the base mat. Then a slimmer mat was cut and 3 rays of light were stamped before a bling gem was attached to the middle of them. The panel is raised on fun foam, as is the tag, and then attached to the front of the card.

On the final card, an asymmetric panel was cut and stamped before running through a big shot to dry emboss for texture. Dots of gold stickles were added and it was set aside to dry. Once dry, the panel was raised on fun foam and attached to the card blank, and the tag added, again on fun foam.





STAMPS: All Visible Image sets: Hip Hop Girls, Street Dance Boys, Rays of Light, Create It, and Free Soul was added to the inside of card 3 as a sentiment.
STENCILS: Visible Image Collision
INKS & STAINS: Distress Stains (Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries ), Distress Inks, (Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Fired Brick), Versamark clear ink, Versafine Onyx Black (for the sentiments inside the cards),
OTHER: Wow! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter, Heat It Up! Black Embossing Powder, White opaque pen, Ranger distress sprayer,Gold Stickles, Crop-o-dile and eyelets, Ribbon, fun foam, a Sizzix A4 dotty embossing folder (I can't find the name of it), gold gems fun foam, raspberry and white card.

Here are the insides
Card 1
                               Card 2                                                Card 3

 

I'd like to enter these cards into the following challenges:
Card 1
A perfect time to craft #10 - Anything Goes
Time Out Challenges #120 - Colourful
Fab n Funky #411 - Autumn Colours
Card 2
The Artistic Stamper October - Inktober
Crafty Creations #376 - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter #357 - Music or Dance
Card 3
As You Like It Challenge - Clean and Simple or Fussy and Fancy & why. It's CAS way for me because I love clean and crisp lines and lots of yummy white space.
Crafting With An Attitude #44 - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #199 - Anything Goes


The LIM sponsor for October is the lovely Bev at Uniko
Uniko
 
Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog to see the fab designs by the other DT ladies


That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I'll be back on Thursday.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

11 Oct 2018

Street Boy

Hello lovelies!

Today I have a bit of autumnal colour inspiration for you, on a contemporary card made with some fantastic stamps from the new release by Visible Image.

I absolutely LOVE these Street Dance Boys; they are such a useful set for those hard-to-make masculine cards, and for those difficult-to-please teenage boys too. This is fast becoming one of my favourite sets (along with the Hip Hop Girls) because they 'just work', no matter what treatment you give them. They look fabulous against an inky background yet they really don't need much added to the card either, so they are perfect for a CAS look too.

Anyway, the theme for the monthly challenge in the Visible Image customer facebook group (link at the bottom of this post) is AUTUMN COLOURS. So I thought I'd just take the colours and use them with the smaller stamps in the girls and boys sets to give a bit of inspiration to anyone that enters the monthly challenge. Hope you like this one.

 
How to make the card:

Take two strips of card measuring 8" x 1.25" and make a random pattern with the small stamps from both the Hip Hop Girls and Street Dance Boys stamp sets, using all the distress ink colours except for the iced spruce. These Strips will form the outer borders of the card.

Cut a strip of white card to fit the middle (8" x 5.5"). Lightly blend some iced spruce into the centre, then make a more open pattern with the stamps that you used on the borders over the top. Stamp the bubbles from the Set The Tone stamp set in second generation iced spruce distress ink. Let this panel dry.

Once dried, treat it with an anti-static pad and heat emboss the boy image in black embossing powder.  On a spare scrap of card, heat emboss the word 'street' in black powder too.

TIP: if you heat from below you will achieve a smoother finish on the embossing.

Take a black marker pen and run it around the outside of the 'street' sentiment, and also along one edge of each of the border panels.

Attach all panels to an 8 inch square card blank and pop the sentiment up onto 3d foam.

I also decorated the inside of this card:


Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):

 https://visibleimage.com/product/street-dance-boys/        https://visibleimage.com/product/hip-hop-girls/ 

  https://visibleimage.com/product/set-the-tone/    

Other Supplies:

Versamark clear ink, Heat It Up black embossing powder, Distress Inks (mustard seed, carved pumpkin, festive berries, seedless preserves), black Promarker, 3d foam, white card.
(For the inside: Memento tuxedo black and London fog ink)


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps #167 - Autumn Colours
Cardz 4 Guyz #205 - Triangles (I have triangles stamped in the borders)
Craft Stamper TIMI October - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #223 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #153 - Anything Goes
Do Al(l) Creative #22 (October) - Create your own background (Background and borders are hand stamped)
Love To Craft #27 (October) - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 9/10/18 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #413 - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

I'll be back on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

9 Oct 2018

Ultimate QCAS Thank You

Hello.

I have been a little more absent than usual lately. It's been a tough few months because my dad was seriously ill and then sadly he lost his fight for life on 15th September. That has meant that I've been making trips back to the UK to visit and help my Mum out for the past 3-4 months, and as she doesn't have the internet, I've been unable to comment or to keep up with Instagram posts etc.

However, things are now getting back onto an even keel, so once I have got ahead with some of my DT makes, normal service will be resumed again.

As a little thank you to anyone that has visited my blog whilst I've been in upheaval mode....and especially to anyone that left a comment, I've made this ultimate QCAS (quick clean and simple) card for you with a brilliant set of stamps from the new release at Visible Image.

This card could not be simpler to make! Just stamp the typewriter in black ink. Heat emboss the sentiment with red embossing powder. Add a red and a black strip for a border and there you have it.

Inside I simply stamped another sentiment that reads 'you're amazing!' in black and added the small heart in red.

Because you are amazing. Thank You

This is such a quick, clean and stylish card that can so easily be batch produced.


Stamp Set Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
  https://visibleimage.com/product/one-kind-word/  


Other Supplies:

Versafine onyx black ink, Versamark clear ink, Heat It Up crimson red embossing powder, festive berries distress ink (for the heart on the inside of the card), White, red and black card. 


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

A bit more time to craft #77 - Anything Goes
CAS on Friday #143 - Thank You Card
Crafting From The Heart #223 - Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies #114 - CAS
Double Trouble Challenge #11 - Black, White and one other colour
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1840 - Anything Goes
Pause, Dream Enjoy October - Cards
The Crafters Café #205 - Black White and one other colour
The Happy Craft Challenge October - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back again on Thursday morning.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

4 Oct 2018

No Rules

Hello there. It's time for a CAS card using another brilliant Visible Image  stamp and stencil from the latest release (they are still on pre-order today but will be on sale tomorrow).

This one has nice crisp lines and a geometric look, so it'd be really easy to change the colours to make this design suitable as a masculine card too.

 
How to make this:
Mask off an asymmetrical diagonal band on the card with masking tape, place the stencil on the top and blend distress inks through it with make-up sponges, trying to keep each colour separate, but if they blend it still looks okay. You will need to move the stencil a couple of times to fill in the whole of the band, so be sure to clean it in between each placement. Remove the masking and use a ruler and a pencil to define the edges of the inked band.

Cut the panel twice with a stitched curvy border die. When the panels are attached to the card blank, raise the top and bottom one up on fun foam and attach the middle panel directly to the card blank. Make sure to leave a gap between each panel too. Add some random dots with nuvo drops and let the card dry.

Heat emboss the sentiment in white embossing powder onto black card, cut it into a banner shape and attach it to the card on fun foam.

Stamps and Stencil Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.com/product/two-tone/      https://visibleimage.com/product/daydreamer/ 


Other Supplies:

Distress Inks (squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers), make up sponges, pencil, masking tape, Lawn Fawn, Stitched Hillside Borders, versamark clear ink, WOW! opaque bright white superfine powder, Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss ebony black, fun foam.


Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx