Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Less is More 53 & ric#5


Challenge 53 at Less is More is a color challenge to use aqua. Aqua is not a color I use a lot and I actually had to Google it to make sure I had the right color! :)  I typically use Memento inks, but there didn't seem to be a good choice and I ended up using ColorBox Robin's Egg.  It's such a pretty color; I think I'll be using it a lot more in the future.  The only problem was I couldn't find a single piece of cardstock that matched.  Everything was either too blue or too green.


I actually made this first card a few days ago, but I felt it might be a little bit fussy for Less is More. I decided I had to make another card with more white space.  I love the card, though.  It's an Inkadinkado stamp that's about 2 inches square which I stamped it repeatedly to create a background of sorts.  While I have no paper to match this color, I did happen to have some matching ribbon.


For my second card I cut an aperture from a piece of square card stock to frame the circle image which is stamped on the card base.  This is my first time cutting an aperture on a card and I love it.  I'll definitely be using this technique again.  I had a very difficult time photographing this card.  It's a dreary day, so that didn't help.  The card is definitely softer than the first, but it appears much more washed out than it really is.

I'm also linking up with the Runway Inspired Challenge, where the skirt and top are a beautiful, soft bluish color surrounded by the white space of the runway.   I think the medallion image captures the soft pleating of the skirt and the pearl adds the shimmer.

  

Thanks for visiting.

Supplies:
Paper: PTI white
Stamps: Inkadinkado spring assortment, PTI sentiments
Ink: ColorBox Robin's Egg

23 comments:

Karen M said...

Both of your cards are really lovely and I like the first one especially! Very mod! Kx

JJ Bolton said...

Great cards! Love that aperture card! Perfect frame for the stamp:)

Jenni's Jems said...

Wow to both cards love both of them would be delighted to receive either!x

Mandi said...

They are both FAB actually Ann,but the second is fabulous
Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

onecraftymama said...

Oh, gorgeous! I love the colour you ended up using, and now I want to go make something with that colour :) The aperture card is stunning - I can never make those work right!

GinaA said...

Love the retro card with the ribbon.

Chrissie said...

These are both super!
Love the colour, love the designs, love the cards!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Katina said...

Love them both Ann, especially the second one.
xx

Faith A said...

Fabulous cards, so pretty BOTH of them and delicate too

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi there, Two great cards, I love the gentle colouring and both are just lovely, xx

Rosemary said...

hi ann! the first card is so modern and cool and the second on is just so elegant! love'em both!!

Viv said...

Two beautiful Cards Ann :) Viv xx

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Oh Ann, both cards are WONDERFUL! I really love that first one, and it puts me in mind of a stamp set that makes me feel a CASE coming on! The second one is so elegant and it certainly is a great take on the RIC.

Vicky Hayes said...

I love them both Ann but the first one gets my top vote - I love that funky retro design you made!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Both cards are just lovely, and I really enjoyed reading about how you were inspired by the picture. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Runway Inspired Challenge!

Jenny said...

What a cool retro pattern Ann! I just love them both, the aperture card is so neat and fresh too :0)
Jenny x

Susan said...

Two gorgeous cards, Ann! I really love the retro look of the first card...and the aperture in the second card is super! I have a tutorial on my blog about photographing my cards that might be helpful to you. I take all my photos at night using this "box". Just look under tutorials.

lostinpaper said...

Both cards are totally beautiful! I use Aqua and Teal ALL the time (it's a problem that I'm dealing with) I have Robin's Egg paper.... but now I know there is matching ink, I won't stop til I find it! Thanks yet again for the inspiration!

Tracy said...

Beautiful cards :)

maria f. said...

Really like that aperture card. The soft image is perfectly augmented with the shimmery pearl.

Michelle said...

Oh, Ann, you definitely should do more cards with apertures. This one turned out stunningly beautiful in a delicate, elegant way. Gorgeous!

Cristina said...

What heavenly stamping! So love the CAS style of both of these. Thanks for playing with us at Runway!

Laura B. said...

I'm in love with the circle card! Fabulous job!