Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Less is More # 7

I've struggled with this week's Less is More challenge to make a clean and simple, masculine card. My collection of stamps does not include any of the cars, boats, golf clubs, or tools I have admired on so many of the cards already submitted this week. The only stamps I had that seemed masculine were trees and leaves.



For this card, I masked a circle and ground and then sponged yellows and oranges across the sky. I stamped my trees in brown and added a touch of color to the ground. I really couldn't decide exactly what to do with the ground. I tried some darker colors and shadows, but wasn't pleased with the results. If anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them! :)

I wanted to give it a little button and twine treatment, but alas I have no twine and ribbon seemed too girly. I think a shopping trip may be in order. Instead, I used my scissors to distress the edges of the cream cardstock. It's somewhat hard to see in the picture, but I really do like the roughed up edges. I popped the image up on pop dots. I tried several placements, as pictured below, but I think I prefer the one above.



Supplies:
Stamps: Rubber Stampede Winter Trees, PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, ColorBox Paintbox Brights
Paper: PTI dark chocolate, vintage cream

25 comments:

Mandi said...

This is just brilliant
Love the effect of the moon with the sponging
Thanks so much, great to see you
mandi
"Less is More"

kelly said...

I always love the scene cards and this one so no exception, it's brill!
Kelly xx

www.kellyscraftincorner.blogspot.com

Faith A said...

Wow that moon was here the other night, makes a great card, love how you have done it.

Katina said...

This is fabulous, I love it! xx

Suze Bain said...

Lovely card, stamped image is fab as is your sponging.

Lynne K said...

Beautiful card! Perfect for a man. Lynne x

Maureen [docrafts] said...

Lovely card, well done.
Maureen.......x

Jenny said...

I think this is a great image and very suitable for a masculine card. I love the way you've masked ares out before shading. Love the distressed edges too. Alas I have no tips for the foreground, I have a similar stamp and it doesn't get used much for the same reason. It's finding a way to make shadows isn't it :)

Chrissie said...

These are great guy's cards. I think trees work really well and I love the treatment you ave given them on these cards.
The distressing is fab and as for placement... I rather like the last one... off centre really seems to work!
Thanks for a super submission!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Fiona Duthie said...

really like these cards. lovely

ding said...

I really like them all but the middle one is actually my favourite,but that aside you have made an excellent choice for a man's card. The colour and theme are great and the design is perfect.
Diane x

pickle said...

I love them all too but for me the last one is the best layout..

kerry x

Pauline said...

A wonderful scene, the tree image is very popular for men, and I don't seem to have a manly one in my collection - I have a flouncy girly one instead lol! As for placement, they all work beautifully, but my personal favourite is the middle card, I think the image looks great higher up, but they all work fabulously xx

Jo said...

This card is fabulous. I love it, great colouring and the moon looks great. Jo x

Kathyk said...

Oh yes, for me the first one but it is all about personal choice isn't it? Lovely card btw and very masculine

Kathyk

choupynette said...

lovely card, peaceful. great job!

Aleksandra said...

Brilliant card. I love the design and the colors! Beautiful!

Aleksandra

Aileen said...

I like your top one. Love your sponging. x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Brilliant sponging and masking, well done. I prefer the top card, but only by a small margin as BOTH are great.
Hugs, Sandra

Gibmiss said...

Hi
Fabulous card ...i love it ...
hugs
sylvie
xx

massofhair said...

Liking all three of your fab cards, there's not much in it but i think i like the top one best. Fantastic colours and great sponging:-)

Susan said...

I think "nature" cards are perfect for the guys! Love the first one the best too. Distressing the edges looks great...don't worry about adding anything else...it's perfect!

Sylvie said...

Wonderful card
Hug Sylvie x

Sonia said...

This is just perfect, lovely the rich brown colours you have used. Thank you for commenting on my blog :)
Sonia xx

mustavcoffee said...

Hi there, I'm sorry I don't know how I missed your cards, these are lovely, great masking and sponging and lovely colour choice. Have a lovely weekend:0) xxx