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Less is More week 289 - OLC French

Hello! This week, the challenge over at Less is More is to create CAS (clean and simple) cards that are one layer (OLC) with a French theme.

Card 1

For this card I did watercolour stamping for the wreath using Distress Inks onto a heavyweight card stock, blotting regularly to prevent any warping. The scene inside the wreath was created with stamping, drawing, masking and ink blending. A touch of Glossy Accents on the wine in the glass gives dimension and shine.


Heavyweight 300gsm card stock
Unknown brand set of French-themed stamps (grape bunch, wine glass and sentiment)
Card-io Majestix Oriental Blossom (small leaf)
Card-io Majestix Secret Garden (larger leaf flourish)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Pine Needles, Forest Moss and Tumbled Glass
Promarkers in Magenta and Cool Grey 3
Glossy Accents
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen in Black size SX
Uniball UM-120AC Angelic Colour white pen

Card 2

For this card I created an 'inchies' effect (actually 1.5") by die cutting a mask and blending Black Soot Distress Ink through the holes. When it was dry, I stamped and heat embossed the imagery, then added the sentiment and extra hearts.


Heavyweight 300gsm card stock
Black Soot Distress Ink
Unknown brand set of French-themed stamps (Eiffel Tower, ice bucket and sentiment)
Card-io Cominations Collection (hearts)
Ranger Inkssentials Watermark Resist ink pad
WOW! Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Blonde Moments Embossing Powder in Festive Candy
VersaColor pigment ink in Cardinal

I can't wait to see what you create for this week's challenge!

Do take a minute to check the other DT blogs for some fantastic inspiration:

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

Thanks for visiting!


  1. These are stunning and as fantastic as ever Esther. Your colouring on the first one is just perfect and love the bold monochrome look of the second one too. Brilliant take on the French theme. Have a good week. Sarah x

  2. Two super French inspired makes for the LIM challenge

    Have a great weekend


  3. Such clever and very creative cards. The first card is so pretty, love the layout and colouring x

  4. Two fantastic cards, I don't know how you managed to do those black squares so clean and crisp, when I'm playing with ink I'm running to the sink ever minute I get in a right old mess, you've pulled it off beautifully, thanks for your lovely comments on my cards, n I'm dieting to say my daughters getting a frug next Sunday eek that a pug & French bull dog cross she's absolutely gorgeous,so get ready for photo bombing frenzie of puppy dog lol Debbs xx

    1. I get inky fingers and smudges all over my desk - I keep a packet of baby wipes to hand at all times! Ooooh, so exciting about the Frug! French bulldogs are adorable and pugs are sweet, so I can imagine she'll be the cutest thing ever... can't wait for pics! xx

  5. Love the wine themed card Esther with its rich coloured looking grapes. Would never have guessed it was watercolour stamping - so beautiful. Then we get the dramatic black and white with a hint of red - gorgeous! And such immaculate heat embossing of white on black - brill!
    Sharon xx

  6. Wow, these are fantastic cards. Love the grape wreath, with the bottle of wine, very elegant.

  7. Great work with your Card-ios, Esther, I have a few so must try to use them more. The wreath looks fab with that little focus of blending around your glass. And well done on getting that blending and embossing so crisp on your second card, nice work xx

  8. Both cards look so good; the first so delicate and soft and so beutiful coloured, the second beautiful bold and strong! Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Two beautiful 'French' cards Esther, thanks for the lovely comments as always too!, enjoy your weekend ;) hugs Viv xx

  10. Two beautiful cards and that watercolouring is perfect. Thank you for all your lovely comments too x

  11. Esther...wowzer beautiful cards. I love the wine card it's beautiful.

  12. Two beautiful cards Esther - perfect French designs.
    Many thanks for your lovely comment too!
    Sylvia x

  13. Ester I just love the grapes around the glass of wine. Your water coloring is perfect and so vibrant.

  14. Two fab cards but I really love the first one, the colours are beautiful.

  15. Yes, red wine is typical for France (I am surrounded by vineyards) and "bonjour" fits so very well with these grapes! - Your second card is perfectly french too!!
    Thanks for your lovely comment, Esther.
    Rosi x


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