Sunday 14 August 2011

"Less Is More" Card

Hello everyone.  I've not uploaded much over the last couple of weeks as I've had to relocate my little craft room.  I'm finally set up at the bottom of the bedroom and everything more or less has a home, so I've finally got to make something!

I decided that I was going to make something specifically for the "Less is More" challenge, and enter for the first time, as it seems to be really popular.  I had a look at the new challenge and thought "that should be ok - one layer card using ink".  How wrong I was!  Firstly, I generally don't make one layer cards and secondly, I struggled to get the effect I wanted using the distress inks with the acrylic block, lol.  Not one to give up, and after what seemed like a couple of thousand attempts, I decided to try some walnut inks I bought a while ago but haven't yet used, and finally got a result I was fairly happy with.

That's what a challenge is all about, right?  I used the willow and lilac walnut inks, although the lilac looks more brown after mixing with the green (I love the depth of colour of these).  The stamps are by Lavinia and I have used Jet Black archival ink to stamp with.

I'm also going to enter Inspire Me Fridays - Always Anything Goes (#19)

Now I can put my roasties in, lol.

Hope you like it.

Maria x


Suze Bain said...

What a fabulous scene you've created. A really lovely card. xx

Kathyk said...

So, it's all round to yours for the roasties then!

Your card is simply lovely and I'm a new convert to Lavinia stamps and have that castle and toadstool image!


Mandi said...

What a striking, different card Maria
Good to see you here...Welcome!
Do hope you will come back again. You will find other LIMettes visiting you, maybe you can visit one or two too
Thanks so much
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

Beryl K said...

Terrific card, brilliant idea
Beryl x

Suzilou said...

Wow this is stunning, I love these images and did have a drool over them the other day but decided I couldn't buy any more until I have used all the ones that i've not touched yet :)

Jenni's Jems said...

Fab card x

Sarah said...

Very striking, great image!

Carla said...

lovely card, great effect!

Karen said...

This is very cool! I really like how you envisioned the circles with the path to the castle ~ great pixie too

Kim B said...

Beautiful love the effect. Kim xx

Chrissie said...

Hi Maria and Welcome to "Less is More".
It looks as though you had a great time making this super card!
Thanks so much for joining us and we hope to see you again next time!
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Sasha said...

Fabulous effective colouring and stamping!

Maribel said...

Very beautiful, I love.

G Peplow said...

Hi there, Great stamping a really pretty scene, love the fairy, Gay xxx

Esther said...

ooohh..this is fabulous...I love Lavinia stamps and love waht you've done with the inks..worth the effort for sure! Esther xx

hazel said...

What a fabulous card - I love how you've put it all together.
xxx Hazel.

Andrea said...

wonderful scene and a lovely card

Dolly Daydreams said...

Fabulous job Maria hope you'd did as well with the roasts ! The stamps are great and love the reflection you created, just perfect.


Sandy said...

Such an interesting card - love the scene you have created.

Victoria said...

Fab card Maria! Love the scene you've created.
Hugs, Victoria ~x~