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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Less is More


The challenge at Less is More this week is to use inks - on a One Layer Card!
I have had a few ideas using one of the new stamps I bought from Crafty Individuals at the beggining of the week, but its been a busy week and haven't had a chance to do anything until now. This stamp was a 'freebie' I received in my "delivery" and I stamped it onto some scrap papers to see exactly what the image was, I am not really into birds for cards, but when I saw this image stamped, the idea for the card was there.
I have used my brayer before, but only a couple of times and then just for blue skies, and although I watch Barbara Grey on Create&Craft, I haven't really played with it!  I used Distress Inks Tattered Rose and Spiced Marmalade for the sky and Walnut stain on the hills.  Because this image was smaller than I wanted, I drew a frame with a Black Embossing Pen and then heat embossed with clear powder (I have seen Barbara G do this - so I can't take any credit for this idea).  I did the same frame around the sentiment.  This card is a 5" x 7" as I felt the image suited an oblong card and a DL was too long and thin!
This is a different type of card for me, and I really enjoyed doing it, so Thanks Chrissy & Mandy for the challenge - LIM really does take me out of my comfort zone, and I am starting to like the cards I make.  I will tell you a little secret - some of the cards have been 'altered' (or binned) after the challenges .

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
  Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
  Try It On Tuesdays - Anything Goes
  The Stamp Man - Anything Goes with summer colours

That's it for now, thanks for looking and if you like what you see, please leave a comment and I can come and visit you.

Avril xx

26 comments:

Doreen said...

What a fab card Avril.xxx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

What a beautiful CAS card Avril - love the brayering and the beautiful stamp. The embossed frame is a brilliant idea - it really makes the image stand out.
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card!! Beautiful bird stamp.

stampcrazy-sarina.blogspot.com said...

I like your card very much.It's beautiful
So delicate.
Have a nice weekend,
grts,
Sarina

Chrissie said...

Hi Avril, I was very interested to read that you actually are coming to like the cards you make for our challenges!
It might be interesting to see some of your transformations following the challenges too...
This card has a super background treatment and the fact that you stamped the image on an oversized background is really novel!
Thank you so much
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Lisa Jane said...

beautiful background ... love the colours .. its birds - but i can see the beauty lol
Lisa x

Faith A said...

This is lovely. The card is beautiful, but I think the sentiment gives it a bit of fun as well, (at least to me it does)Love it

Eve said...

this is beautiful!! Luv the background you made, and with this stamping... just beautiful... :-)

Cazro said...

Wow! Your card is unique and stunning. I love it. I too live in the NE, Consett. Caz

lilybygilly said...

Great brayer work - suits this stamp perfectly. Gill x

Angela Weimer said...

A beautiful card and image. Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man Fortnightly challenge and have a great day. Angela

Katina said...

Avril, this is fabulous!!! So different to your usual style but you've 'nailed it' as they say! xxxx

Mary J said...

Avril, this is so professional - gorgeous!

Have a great weekend honey!

Mandi said...

Terrific card, that is a wonderful inky effect you have created
love it!
Thanks so much
Mandi
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

Jennibee's Cardspot said...

Wow Avril, love the card you created, the brayered sky looks terrific
Love Jenni xx

louise said...

Hi Avril fab one layer card and I love the image.
Hugs Louise xx

Jules said...

Hi Avril

This is a gorgeous card.

I love your image and the effects you have added with your inks. Such a stunning background!

Love it!!

Love Jules xx

Sasha said...

Beautiful stamping and colour choices. Love the brayer effect!

Emma said...

This is gorgeous...beautiful stamping and colour tones, it's perfect!
Hope you're having a good weekend, so far.
Love Emma xx

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

What a great card! Love the birds & the vintage feel to your card.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at Craft Us Crazy and I hope you will join us again!
Huggies ~
Sharron♥

georgina said...

What a beautiful card,Thanks for sharing with us at TioT, luv Georginax

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous simplicity and so effective. A great card Avril.

Fliss said...

Great card Avril and I have to say I find this sort of card a real challenge.
Just popped over to say hello.
Hugs, Fliss xx

GinaA said...

This is a beautiful card, love the fact that the image and frame are inside the background. Barbara does have some great tips about hand finishing images doesn't she.

Yvonne Garner said...

Fab card! Love the vintage image! Thanks for dropping by my blog and becoming a follower!

Janette said...

This is gorgeous Avril, just love the brayering you did, the image is fab, LIM would take me way out of my comfort zone, so good for you, your cards are brilliant.xx