Sunday, 13 February 2011

Less is More - One layer challenge

This week the 2nd challenge over at Less is More is "one Layer". This new website certainly makes you look at card making in a totally different light.  They have got a super tutorial on their website for this challenge on using your computer for the sentiments and it's brilliant.

I have actually made two cards for the challenge; one using the computer generated sentiment and the other using an aperture to stamp into.

For the first one I have used the same sentiment that was in the tutorial - If friends were flowers I'd pick you - and I omitted the L in the word flowers so I could use a stem of the flower for the L.  In this instance I have used a Stampin Up stamp "Love" as the stem of the flower and the head of a sunflower from a Papermania set.  The word "flowers" was printed as an outline image and I then used a Quickie glue pen and Art Glitter Monochromatic Brown to fill in.

On the second card I placed a nesties die on my card and passed it through my die cutting machine using the embossing plates so it just embossed but didn't cut the square.  I then used the same nestie to cut a square out of a piece of card which was then placed over the embossed square and taped down.  I used Distress Inks to colour inside the square and then I stamped a flower spray from a set I bought from Local King Rubber Stamps in Canada.  This was clear embossed.  The sentiment was also stamped in the same colour Distress Ink as the floral spray and clear embossed.  This was from a set called Birthday Words from Elusive Images - it comes as a one line stamp so I masked off the "come true" and stamped the first part above the main image and then masked the first part which allowed me to stamp the last two words under the image.  I think by embossing the square first it makes the image stand out more.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Hi KAren
    Super cards, love them both but I think the sunflower is my fav!
    Incidentally, yes, Inlinkz will only accept one image per post, but you can submit the other in a separate entry, are allowed several entries!

    thanks for your kind words, much appreciated
    "LEss is More"

  2. Hi Karen, love the way you've used the stamp sideways for the stem. We're next to each other on the Less is More blog, how appropriate is that!!! xx

  3. As you say this certainly makes one think differently about designing a card. I like both of these but haven't yet looked closely at the tutorial about using the computer for wording on blank cards - must check it out. Great work well done for making two.

  4. I think this is very flattering to us that you have submitted two cards, using elements from both our DT cards into yours. I'm really glad you found Mandi's tutorial helpful... just what we wanted to hear!
    I think the second one is my favourite!
    Thanks for joining us... see you next week for our theme challenge!
    "Less is More"

  5. Love both cards!! Excellent work!

  6. Both are lovely cards. Congrats.
    Hugs, Sandra

  7. I've commented TWICE on your blog but I thought you were just ignoring me!!! xx

  8. 2 fabulous cards and both gorgeous


  9. Love your first card, appears we 2 are the only 2 who have attempted the tutorial up till now. Cheers Caz.

  10. These are really lovely cards - and I like the way you've incorporated the computer generated text!!

  11. Excellent card Karen, and love the amount of white space you still have.

  12. Hi ya
    gorgeous cards, luv the sunflower, sue,x


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