Thursday, 23 August 2012

Less is More - Week 81 - Theme

Well, looky here...........I might not have got my first card posted very early for this week's Less is More challenge but here I am again with another one!!!  lol

Just to remind you, this week's challenge set by the lovely ladies is TEARING ........ and it can be as easy or complicated as we wish.  So yesterdays card was pretty simple so I thought I'd have a go at tearing my paper for masks and also tearing some backing card as well.

Now a really strange thing happened to me - I decided to use my Pan Pastels on a piece of Clarity coated cardstock, so I tore my paper masks and started off using blue for the sky - beautiful, then I used an ochre shade for the furthest hills - again no problem.  BUT........ when I went to use a green for the nearest hills nothing happened!  So I tried again, and again, and again..........still nothing.  It sponges very well onto normal paper but where the other colours came out really well on the coated cardstock the green absolutely refused to even minutely colour the card!!!  Now if anyone out in Blogland can help me with this I would be really interested to know why this happened.  So determined to carry on I had to use Distress Inks to finish off the background.  Then I have used a mixture of stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque (Eastern Grasses and Tall Trees).  For the trees in the distance I just masked and stamped the top of the trees in the foreground after taking off some ink so it appeared to be further away.

I used a silver edge marker pen around the scene and matted it onto some ribbed black cardstock which was torn on two sides.  I've mounted this onto an 8" square card blank and added the ribbon.  The sentiment is from Heartfelt Expressions (HCPC 3474) and stamped directly onto the base card.  The final addition was some matching pearls.

Thanks for dropping by.  I love reading all your comments and popping over to your blogs to reciprocate.


  1. I love this card too! Sorry I can't help with the green issue though - that is very frustrating!

  2. Wow, Karen I love the depth you have achieved in this landscape. Its gorgeous. Sorry I don't have pan pastels so I can't help with your problem.

  3. Very beautiful, I love card.

  4. Love your card. It gives a feeling as if a slightly foggy day is waking up in this beatiful nature. I like your trees in the distance. :))

  5. Beautiful scene you have created Karen lovely colours


  6. Fantastic scene, superb inking
    Love the torn edge, it makes a great base for the panel
    Thanks very much

  7. Beautiful card despite your problems with the pan pastels. The only thing I can think is that it must be something to do with the actual pigment in that particular colour but that is only guesswork really.

  8. Love the scene you've created Karen, can't help with the green problem I'm afraid:)
    Val x

  9. Lovely card Karen! What a gorgeous scene. I used the same technique, but in a very different way. If you take a peek at my blog you'll see that we were down your part of the world last week - and how lovely it is too. Have a happy day, Jo x

  10. Don't know anything about panpastels, I'm afraid, but hope you sort the issue! It's a gorgeous little scene you've created, despite the frustration!

  11. A lovely card Karen & what a gorgeous scene you've created.
    Sally x

  12. Brilliant little scene, I like it a lot. I don't have pan pastels but one of my watercolour pencils behaves like that too, it's a pigment thing.

    Warm hugs

  13. Many apologies for the tardiness of my visit this week, a cruise to Norway intervened somewhat!
    Thanks for your lovely submission.
    "Less is More"

  14. ....great idea - a very beautiful card!!!


  15. Hi there, although I use PP's I would also imagine its a pigment thing but its never happened to be before. Your card is fabulous, beautiful scene and such fab stamping and masking and terrific colours too.


  16. What a wonderful use of your fabulous techniques, Karen. You are sooooo clever!!! xx

  17. wow love your LIM entries, this is another great design
    Hugs cover girl Kate xx
    also thank you for your lovely comment :)

  18. Hi Karen, such a great, elegant and effectful card. Love it!
    Thank you very much also for your visit and your lovely comment on my blog.
    Hugs Claudia


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