28 Mar 2020

Less is More #416 - OLC No Sentiment

Hi there, It's love it or hate it time at Less is More today; yes the dreaded One Layer Card challenge and this time we're adding in a 'No Sentiment' theme.

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I've used the same stamp set as last time only on today's card it has been repeat stamped to create a circular pattern and it was coloured with Zigs going from a direct to paper technique (in the dark areas) then using a water brush to pull the colour into the lighter areas. Incredibly easy and very few supplies used too!

STAMPS:   CAS-ual Fridays Stamps (Mon Ami)  
INKS:  Versafine Onyx Black 
PENS:   Zig Clean Color Real Brushes (050 yellow, 202 peach pink, 070 orange)
OTHER:   waterbrush, acrylic block, white card blank.

That's it from me for now. Head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team.  See you again soon.

Sharon xx

19 Mar 2020

Sparkling Acetate

How is everyone doing? I do hope you are all being sensible and keeping yourselves and your families as safe as possible during this nasty virus outbreak. At least those of us that are well and self-isolating will now have more time to craft. Even if you are working from home you'll probably still have more time as you won't have any travel time to get to and from work.

For me, it means I won't have any friends or family coming over to stay, so I actually had some time to make a super-sparkly acetate card for my Visible Image design team inspiration this week. Just look at the sparkles on this quick video of the card. (I was filming one handed so I do fumble when opening the card!)

Isn't that Renaissance stencil stunning? It is so beautiful and I adore it!

So how did I make this one? It was easy-peasy to make, but you just need time for the paste to set.

Take a piece of acetate ( if you look closely you can see the acetate in this photo) and tape your pretty stencil over the acetate with low-tack tape.

Now spread a translucent dimension paste over the stencil. Very carefully remove the tape and the stencil, then sprinkle glamour dust, or another equivalent glitter, all over the wet paste, tap off the excess and leave it to dry completely. Ideally, leave it overnight.

When dry, trim and score the acetate to make it into a card blank, with the glittery part on the front.

Next take your image and stamp and emboss it with a black embossing powder, then fussy cut it out.

Glue the image to the front of your card.

Take a piece of black card to mat behind the image and tape or glue it on the on the inside of the card. I chose black card because it shows the pattern of the stencil better than white did, plus it was difficult to see the thin double sided tape from the very front of the card.

Now take two identical sized pieces of white card for the area to write your message on the inside and add your 'made by' sticker or stamp to the back.

To line all those mats up, I placed one piece of white card with the dst/glue side facing upwards, on top of the black card and simply closed the acetate over the top. In this photo you can see from the very back of the card when it was closed that the DST shows through, so ....

...now it is ready to add the other piece of white card to cover this DST on the very back of the card blank. This gives a professional, finished look, especially when you add your made by stamp to the very back piece.

And there you have it! A card to impress but super-simple to make.

Stamps Used:

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

Other Supplies:

Hunkydory Crafts Acetate, low tack masking tape, Sweet Poppy Stencil Dimensions transluscent paste, DecorArt Glamour Dust (crystal), Versamark clear ink, WOW! primary ebony embosiing powder, white card, black card, double sided tape.

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 giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us

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

Sharon xx

14 Mar 2020

Less is More #415 - Red, Raspberry and Grey

Hi there! I'm here today to show you my card for the incredible colour challenge over at Less is More. This is such a fantastic combination and I really enjoyed making my card with it.

Also: NEWS FLASH: we're sadly going to be losing Nonni from our design team so there is a DT call going on for anyone that is interested in joining the LIM team. Personally I will really miss Nonni because she has worked so hard for us and always given awesome inspiration for every challenge, but I'm glad to say that she'll still be see on social media in the future.

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Head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team, and to find out how to enter the DT call.

On my card today, I stamped the flower head upside down and added stalks freehand with a black Zig pen (I may need a bit more practice with my freehand work!). The flowers were coloured with zigs by adding the clear pink to the top of the petals, the grey to the bottom and then by filling in the gradient by touching the two pen brushes together so that the pigment from one was picked up by the other. When you colour that way the colour in the brush nib gradually goes back to the original pen colour and you have a good gradient from one shade to another. The leaf was also stamped and coloured with the red zig, adding a central vein freehand with the grey pen. The sentiment was stamped and the panel was mounted onto the pink and red mats and then onto a grey card base. Finally, the liquid pearl dots were added and left to dry.

STAMPS:  Casual Fridays Mon Ami
INKS:   Versafine onyx black
PENS:  Zig Clean Color Real Brushes ( 010 black, 022 carmine red, 025 pink, 092 blue gray) 
OTHER:   Grey, red, pink and white cardstock, Liquid Pearls ruby red

Sharon xx