Wednesday, 25 May 2011

LIM 16 - Butterflies

I'm very late making a post this week - lots on at work and I haven't felt too brilliant either, but I had to make something for butterflies. In fact I've made 2 and could have made more as I love butterfly stamps. My first one uses a flower stamp from  Glenda Waterworth's Elusive Images 'Wild Meadow' and a butterfly from 'Butterfly Dreams' by her new company Chocolate Baroque.

The butterfly is stamped first onto the white card using Versamagic Purple Hydrangea and extra colour added with pro markers. Then I stamped onto vellum and when it had dried added some glitter along the wing markings.

I cut out the second vellum butterfly and stuck it over the first to give dimension.

The flower was coloured with pro markers and a bit of glitter added to the flowers.

The edges are inked with dusty concord distress ink.

My second card uses a butterfly from Elusive Images 'Patchwork Butterfly' stamped onto acetate and embossed with silver embossing powder.

I painted the back of the acetate with Sakura Crystal Laquer and sprinkled on Beadazzles.

When it was dry, I cut it out, bent back the wings and stuck onto a card I had mat and layered with matt silver paper and black linen card.

The sentiment was stamped in versamark and embossed in silver.

The photos were both taken indoors as I've only just finished tham and wanted to get them up, so the black looks a bit grey.

Not sure if I'll make it next week as we're off on holiday (flights permitting) on Saturday.

Gina x

Saturday, 14 May 2011

LIM 15 - OLC with embossing

I managed to have a quick play this morning and came up with this card for this week's Less is More challenge.

I stamped flowers from Elusive Images Big Flowers stamp set in versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I masked, restamped and embossed again to build up the border. 5mm wide masking tape (available from Chocolate Baroque) was used to create the white stripe and wider masking tape to get the outer sharp edge. After all of the masking tape was in place, I inked with Spun Sugar distress ink and then used Worn Lipstick to darken the edges. Finally, I stamped the sentiment with Spun Sugar distress ink.

I was quite pleased that this turned out more or less as I had planned, with one exception. When I scored the fold line I slipped with the folding tool and left a mark on the front of the card near the bottom. Luckily I hadn't yet stamped the sentiment so I just cut off the bottom and hey presto, a square card. All it needed was a bit of Worn Lipstick DI to darken the bottom edge and it was fine.

Off now to post my link and check out some of the other entries.

Gina x

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

LIM 14

The challenge this week for Less is More was a tricky one; white on white. I had lots of ideas for this, but when I made the first one, I decided there was too much embossing for it to be CAS.

I'm still pondering about where to take this one to finish it off. I will probably try a sentiment on the lower third, maybe with a scroll mount?

Mandi and Chrissie were absolutely right, taking the photo was not easy and the one of my final entry isn't great, but it was the best of a bad bunch.

I used a square linen effect card and cut out the heart aperture with a Nellie Snellen multiframe.

Behind the aperture is a soft vellum paper with a small  flower print. 

I made some paper flowers and added them on top of some foliage cut with a Marianne die.

I did wonder about adding an acetate butterfly but decided to leave it alone at this stage.

Wonder what thay will come up with for us next week?

See you again,

Gina x

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Congratulations card

I can't believe I've made 3 cards for this week's Less is More challenge but a colleague at work just got engaged, so I had another congratulations card to make.

This uses Nellie's multi frames for the heart and a downloaded font called young love.
This is definitely my last card for week 13.

Gina x