Sunday, February 27, 2011

Less is More Week 4

As a new blogger and challenge participant, I am thrilled to have found the newly formed Less is More challenge blog. Everyone is extremely kind, and I have already learned so much by participating in the challenges and seeing the amazing work created by the other participants.



For this week's challenge to use three squares, I decided to try something new to me by masking and sponging. I have been especially inspired by the incredible work of Heather T. and her Bits and Pieces blog. She creates stunning backgrounds.

What do people usually use to sponge? A sponge of some kind, I'm guessing. :) Well, I used what I had on hand this Sunday evening, and that was a cotton ball. It seems to have worked well enough. I masked the three squares and "cotton balled" them with Memento Desert Sand.

For some reason, autumn leaves popped into my mind, so I stamped each square with a leaf and then stamped the sentiment below. I think the middle leaf extends too far above the square. I meant it to only extend slightly, with the stem hanging down a little farther and somewhat 'framing' the sentiment.

Overall, though, I am tickled with how this turned out, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with this technique more in the future.



Supplies:
Paper: PTI white
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento Desert Sand, Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay

22 comments:

Chrissie said...

This is lovely Ann, I too have been greatly influenced by Heather T... one of our last week's showcased crafters.
Did you use some form of stamp postitioner for your leaves? If not then the technique from Week 1 may help you get your stamps exactly where you want them.
I actually think they're fine where they are in this case, but it might be interesting to see the difference if you had them where you actually envisaged them.
Super card, thanks for joining us again. See you next time.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

Ann, this is just super! I love the effect you have created
Looking back at your OLW in your previous post, they are FAB too
Thanks for joining us again
mandi
"Less is More"

mustavcoffee said...

Hi there, love the simplicity of this card:0) I wouldn't worry about what you use to sponge, you've achieved a great result. If you want an alternative 'Cut and Dry' by Ranger is a good ink resistant sponge. Have fun :0) xxx

ikki said...

Hi, I have just posted my card and saw your sub and guess what - I've also used a masking technique and also I've done a tut on how I do it if you are interested. Your card is fab, love the colours and the stamps you have used - they work so well together. ikki

Viv said...

Well done again it looks great,so well balanced too :O) Viv x

TAM said...

Think you are right about the middle image being a little high but its still a gorgeous card

Faith A said...

This is a fab card, whether the leaf is to high or not I don't know, I'm still learning, but I love the effect of it all.

Craftilicious said...

I really, really, really love this card! The colours are fab and I adore the big leaf in the middle. Totally get what you mean about the stem though and agree it would have looked slightly better with a lower stem but the overall effect is brilliant!

Stamps and Paper said...

Just love the leaf design on your card...beautiful card.

Anne

Lynne said...

This is a super card. Love the colours and the leaves make it a great card for either male or female.
Lynne xxx

Katina said...

Fab design and the perfect sentiment to go with it. Lovely card! x

Jenny said...

Just loving your card. I see what you mean about the middle leaf but I actually think its fine because it is the middle leaf and not one of the end images. Welcome to blogland...I only started mine two weeks ago and find it's given me my mojo back :)

Sally H said...

Wow! This is Beautiful and looks pretty much perfect to me. Love your choice of colours and stamps

Susan said...

I love the way this came out! The sponging looks awesome...and I love the leaf stamps!

Heather T said...

This is lovely, Ann. I particularly like that you have a monochromatic colour scheme. Often I create a sponged background that contrasts with my image but I will have to try the more subtle effect you have here.

Thank you for your kind words about my cards; I am very glad you've been inspired.

Suze Bain said...

A beautiful card. Love the autumnal colours.

jillyscreations said...

lovely. I love autumn colours they make me feel so warm

Vicky Hayes said...

Your card is absolutely stunning in its simplicity Ann - I love it.

Mandy's Crafts said...

Love this one. Simple but very effective.

Aileen said...

I know how you feel about joining these challenges. There are so many new techniques to try out. I'd like to try this one too but haven't as yet. I actually thought framing the boxes would be quite tricky. Love how your card has turned out and think the placing of the leaves is perfect. x

Doris said...

Nope, I think your placement is just right...and thinking outside the box (sorry, couldn't resist that pun) by using the cotton ball is sheer genius! What a great card!

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