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Less is More - recipe challenge with wire

Less is More are doing a recipe challenge this week - a CAS (clean and simple) card using wire (real, stamped, stencilled or otherwise). 

I was inspired to make a shape out of wire when I came across this incredible gecko by artist Patricia Callegari. Wow! I knew I wasn't going to achieve anything like that without a few years of dedicated practice, so I downgraded my plans in order to meet the one week deadline ;-) 

I finally settled on making a leaf. I knew I wanted a very rustic, "naïf art" feel that could look like it had been scribbled or doodled in wire rather than immaculately shaped. Boy, did this turn out to be lucky! Wire is HARD to work with! I now know that an immaculate shape would NOT have been achievable for me right now!

Here's the card, with ingredients details below:

Materials used:

Linen cardstock
Distress Ink - Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Clear embossing powder
Fern stamp (make unknown)
Foam tape
0.6mm jewellery wire
Precision nib Tacky Glue

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Less is More - texture challenge

Less is More are doing a texture challenge this week. Yippee! I pulled out all my embossing folders, texture tools, layering papers, embossing pastes, embossing powders, stencils and several jam jars of embellishments.

Then I remembered that the cards also have to be clean and simple, so I put most of it away!

Here's my (hopefully CAS) attempt. 

It's hard to show in photos, but I've tried to achieve two types of texture: the appearance of texture, and actual texture. Linen card stock and Dylusions inks sprays topped with ink splatters and a faint hint of water ghosting give the appearance of texture. The raised card layer, translucent embossing paste, white embossing paste (touched up with a Posca paint pen to make it 'pop' a bit more) and a single wooden word give actual texture.

The Dylusions colours used are Fresh Lime and Lemon Zest on the background, and Slate Grey on the wooden word. There are also tiny dots of Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers here and there.

Thanks for stopping by, and massive congratulations to everyone else who's entered because their cards are looking AMAZING - there are some seriously talented people out there!

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Less is More OLC challenge

Less is More are doing a One Layer Card (OLC) challenge this week. The theme for this challenge is to add a stem to your card. 

I've only tried a OLC once before and it came out... badly. It looked cheap and flimsy, and confirmed to me that layers, embellishments and more is the way to go. More is More! Yay!

But no. LIM is stretching me creatively and I can see from the many gorgeous submissions so far this week that OLCs can look amazing. 

I then went and did some googling to find help me crystallise my thinking on what I might like. So, things that inspire me in OLCs:

  • Shaped edges, especially a shaped front edge that leaves a coloured inside of the card popping out from 'behind' it. 
  • Loose, colourful watercolour splodges and splatters with a vibrant stamp over the top. This seems to work best with text or a 'solid' stamp that can hold its own against the background.
  • A masked and coloured/stamped strip running either the full length or full width of the card.
  • Softly inked backgrounds and/or off-centre stamping.
  • A coloured card blank - black, grey, red, Kraft brown... anything that stands out boldly.
  • Doodling and hand lettering. So brave! So unique!
  • Texture and dimension added through heat embossing, texture paste stencilling, Glossy Accents etc.
  • Faux stitched edging to give clean lines, texture and a 'finished' feeling.

After looking online and seeing all the amazing challenge entries already in, I felt really overwhelmed with what can be done with OLCs, and totally inadequate for the task of creating something anywhere near as gorgeous as what I'd seen other people do. I'm certainly going to be practising more of these cards in future now my eyes have been opened to the possibilities!

Anyway, here's my effort at an OLC using Card-io Majestix Oriental Blossom stamps and their 'stamping off' technique to create the illusion of depth, Versa Color chalk inks in Pinecone, Grape, Peony and Green Tea, Promarker warm grey for butterfly shadows and hand drawn butterfly flight lines. It was a fun process - thanks for the creative push, LIM!

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Less is More - White on White Challenge

Less is More are doing a White on White Challenge (metallic accents permitted) for their 5th birthday celebrations. Happy birthday LIM! I thought I'd join in with a card. CAS is not my normal style - I love vintage shabby chic and usually do mixed media and a TON of embellishments! Going so minimal was a real struggle! 

I wanted to create a very peaceful, airy feeling so I used 260gsm linen effect card for the blank and the panel to give subtle texture. The splatter on the panel is Alcohol Ink Silver Mixative. You can't see this in the photo, but it has the most gorgeous metallic sheen when held in the light. I then made a feather embellishment using air dry clay and secured it to the panel with Glossy Accents.I enjoyed the challenge and looking at everyone else's beautiful entries. Thanks LIM!

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