Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Less is More - Week 116 - CASe It

Well, what a glorious day we've got here in Somerset - blue skies and sunshine although a chilly wind......but it lifts you up seeing the sun.

Here is my card for the latest Less is More challenge.   Here are the details:

This week we are having a challenge not previously employed at "Less is More".
We have only two sample cards this time as we would like you to choose one (or both if you feel so inclined)  and CASE IT/them.
There could be a variety of ways that this could be achieved... ie use of the colours, the layout, the subject matter, technique or the complete card. Please state the inspiration for your CASE.

I have wanted to try out this new (to me anyway) technique of stamping an image and then stamping it on letters/sentiments and placing one on top of the other.  It looks stunning but I had a bit of trouble in that the alphabet dies I have are quite small and I use them mainly for card making hence the size; but you really do need something slightly larger so it shows up. 

The first card I did went totally wrong and the letters got engulfed in the background.  So then I spent ages cutting out letters from a Die-Versions Editor in Chief alphabet.  I die cut two of each letter to make them stand out more and then stuck them together.  I chose quite an open stamp of sketchy boats/sail boards (not sure which) on the sea.  I stamped this in Memento Bahama Blue ink.  I then placed the letters for Happy Birthday on some easy lift tape so they wouldn't move and then placed this on a piece of acetate.  I lined the acetate up with the stamped image so I could decide on the placement.  I then stamped the image again over the letters and acetate - this way I could see exactly where they should go.

I have used my Big Splash border (MB) along the bottom and then mounted it onto a piece of coredinations which was embossed and sanded.  I used some white linen cardstock for my base card and embossed two lines and added a thin strip of the same coredinations.

Thanks for popping in - hope you're having this lovely weather wherever you are.


  1. Clever bit of alignment here Karen, that must have taken ages!
    It looks super.
    I must admit that through doing this particular challenge I have ordered yet another set of alpha dies!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

    1. So have I Chrissie!!! Popped over to Oyster Stamps where they have the large Memory Box Classic alphabet for £18.50 (upper case) and £15 (lower case).......bargain!

      Karen x

  2. I seem to spend ages looking at your CAS cards however still never manage it myself, yours are always so clever, I really must put some time aside and have a try again
    Hugs and hope your well
    Kate xx

  3. Lovely card but as Chrissie says must have taken you ages.

  4. love these Karen, not seen this design before, love the red heart one

  5. Great take on Chrissie's technique Karen, so different with the nautical theme:)
    Val x

  6. That was a lot of work, Karendipity, but it sure paid off. This is really unique and sensational! I'm nervous to try the technique, but I'm adding your card to my file of inspirations!! TSM! (Glad you are getting some sunshine!! xxoo Dippy)

  7. This is such an interesting technique and you've done a wonderful job with it!

  8. WOW...that was a lot of work!! Beautifully done, Karen!!

  9. Your card is so clever Karen, the result is stunning! x


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