26 Sept 2020

Less is More #429 - OLC - Cheers

 


Well, this image is a reminder of pre-COVID times, isn't it? But surely at some point in the future we will all be able to get out again and have a few celebrations with friends; we just need to hang on in there until we get through this weird time.

Anyway, I'm keeping it super CAS and really simple this week for the Less is More challenge of a One Layer Card and a theme of Cheers! Just stamp and heat emboss the image and then add a subtle bit of colouring around the outside. I didn't have a 'Cheers!' sentiment, so I wrote the sentiment with a black pen.

Unfortunately this is another one of those stamps that I took so long to take out of the packet, that it is discontinued now.

STAMPS:  Acid Drops and Whatnots AD#54 Lemons
INKS:   Vesafine onyx black
PENCILS:  Polychromos pencil #154 light cobalt turquoise 
OTHER:   White card, WOW! Clear Gloss superfine embossing powder, Black pen


That's it from me for now. Head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team and our fabulous guest designer Angie Cimbalo, who was the July winner.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

17 Sept 2020

Joyful Baubles


Hi. I recently made this card as a sample for the latest, and fabulous, Christmas release from Visible Image using one of the super brand new stencils (which are on general sale from tomorrow 18th September 2020), along with an older stamp set, and I thought it might be an idea to show you an overview of how I coloured these baubles. 

This type of card is perfect for those people that are allergic to glitter. I know, I know...how very dare they!  We all need a bit of sparkle at Christmas time, don't we? But as card makers we also need to cater to everyone and we sometimes forget that people have allergies to the products we use. This card looks like it has sparkle and shine, but there is not a drop of gloss or glitter on it anywhere. 

Here's how I coloured and made this card:

First of all use the stencil to draw  the outline of the baubles with a white colouring pencil onto a small panel of red card. Move the stencil upwards to continue the hanging string line for the bauble that sits lower down. Then lightly marked out the areas for the highlight (the small circle) and the area that would contain the shadow (the curved band).


As you need to lay down the whitest areas first, start adding some layers of white pencil colouring around the two highlights and also at the bottom of the bauble. That lower white area helps the flat image to look like a sphere because it gives the impression of a reflection of light underneath the bauble. Then fill in the other white parts very gently, adding as many layers of colour as you are happy with. I liked how it was giving the effect of one of those textured, frosty baubles, so I stopped adding layers of colour before it looked all smooth.

Next add the darkest grey and a tiny bit of dark blue colour to the area with the deepest shadow, and then start to fill the rest of the shadow band part with the lighter grey.

After the bauble parts are coloured, move on to the hangers. Extended the lines to connect the hangers to the baubles, and repeat the process of adding light and dark areas to the hangers using the same pencil colours. Using a white opaque pen add some lines to represent flares of light hitting the baubles. That is the small panel finished.

Now on to the larger panel. Stamp and heat emboss the Joy sentiment with white embossing powder.

Once that is embossed, take your white opaque pen and draw lots more curvy squiggles up the side and along the bottom of the panel. I found that it was better to just be purposeful and trust yourself with this doodling, because when I got a bit hesitant, the curves were not as good. However, adding a few 'dots'  around the curly lines makes those areas not quite so noticeable, plus dots also tie in nicely with the dotty areas on the original sentiment.


Now it is a case of mounting both panels onto a white card blank. The smaller panel was matted onto some white card first and added with fun foam for dimension




Do check out the rest of the stamps and stencils in this 2020 release, as well as the older stamp sets because they are all awesome!

Stamps and Stencil Used:

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

  





Other Supplies:

Red and White card. Polychromos pencils (101 white, 230 cold grey 1, 272 warm grey 3, 247 Indanthrene blue), opaque white Posca pen, Versamark clear ink, WOW! opaque bright white embossing powder, 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 giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found this helpful and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

12 Sept 2020

Less is More #428 - Shades of Purple




Hi there. 

It's time for a colour challenge over at Less is More and the theme is Shades of Purple. 



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I must admit that purples and blues and teals are amongst my favourite colours so I really enjoyed this challenge. I have two cards today; the first one (above) uses a BRAND NEW stamp set which are on preorder until 18th September and the snowflake images in it are just gorgeous!

All I did for this card was to blend purple distress inks over the front of the card blank in an ombre effect and then over stamp some small snowflakes with Oxide ink. I let this all dry. Next I cut a panel from white card, lined it up with the card blank in my stamping platform so that the large snowflake could be placed where I wanted it. I stamped and heat embossed the large snowflake on the card blank, then stamped the large snowflake again, this time on the white panel, with the sentiment in oxide ink. The panel was attached to the card blank with fun foam.

STAMPS:    Visible Image Simply Snowflakes
DIES:   Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
INKS:   Distress Inks (shaded lilac, wilted violet), Distress Oxide (shaded lilac), Versamark clear
OTHER: White card, WOW! sparkling snow embossing glitter, fun foam.

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This second card was just as easy to make. Simply cut the panel, stamp the flowers and sentiment and add it to a coloured card blank with fun foam. What could be simpler?

STAMPS:    Altenew Ruffled Flowers
DIES:   Sweet Pea Card Front Builder dies
INKS:   AlteNew Inks (Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultra Violet), Versafine onyx black   
OTHER: Purple and white card. Fun foam.  

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There's loads more inspiration from the LIM design team over at the Less is More blog.


LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx 

3 Sept 2020

Drum Beat



Hello there. I felt like making a masculine card this week so I picked out the brilliant Feel The Beat stamp set by Visible Image. This is one image that would be fabulous for my eldest grandson because he has been learning to play the drums while he was at junior school, and he was very good at it too. I do hope he will be able to continue now that he is starting high school as it would be a shame to waste his talent.

Anyway, I also decided to get a teensy bit inky with my oxides and this stamp set .... so here's how I made this.

Three colours of distress oxide ink were added to a glass mat and spritzed with water. The colours were mopped up with a piece of Aquarelle water colour card and dried. This process was repeated several times until I was happy with the result. 

Then the tiny stars were randomly stamped over the the background in the green and blue oxide inks.


Once all this ink had dried, the drummer was repeat stamped in black ink. I had to do this several times because the aquarelle card was really textured. Then the image was stamped again in versamark clear ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The 'spotlight' rays were stamped in clear ink and heat embossed with white powder.


The edges of the panel were distressed with some grey ink. White highlights were added to the drummer with a white pen, and shadows were made with a grey pencil.


The sentiment was stamped directly onto the coordinating card blank, in black ink, and heat embossed with clear powder.


Then the panel was added to the card blank, raising it up on fun foam.




Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Distress Oxides (squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, tumbled glass), Distress Ink (hickory smoke),versafine onyx black ink, Versamark clear ink, WOW! embossing powders (clear and opaque bright white), White pen (tipex) Polychromos pencil (181 paynes grey), Aquarelle card, Spritzer, Heat Tool, Coordinating card blank, 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 giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like this card and it would be lovely to see you here again.

Hugs,
Sharon xx