Saturday, March 5, 2011

Less is More - PASTEL COLOURS

This week's challenge is a color challenge at Less is More.  Since this is the first week of the month, and the challenge is color....we'll be using PASTEL COLOURS.  Now, I'll readily admit, I rarely use pastels, so this was definitely a challenge for me.  I'd start a card and realize that the color I added wasn't pastel. So I hope this card fits the challenge!

I tried to make this card soft and delicate...not sure I succeeded.  I used the small Carnation stamp from Papertrey Ink.  I stamped on a white vellum. I couldn't find a pink that would show up when dried, so I had to improvise and use the real red from SU and stamp it off on white paper before stamping on the vellum.  I then masked the first flower and continued to stamp the flower over and over, masking as I stamped.  I added a little chalking to the centers and the edges of the flowers.  Then I cut out around the edges of the flower border I'd stamped.  I put it on the card and realized that the card was so white that it overshadowed the soft stamping on the vellum.  So..to remedy that, I put a sheet of vellum on top of the white card base and then layered the cut out flower (stamped on vellum) on top of it.  I stamped the sentiment in black Stazon ink on the vellum, then added three small pearls to the top right corner.  I didn't have pink, so I had to color the white pearls with a pink Copic marker.  I think my idea for a card was simple enough, it just took me a while to master it!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time....

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62 comments:

Pauline said...

Susan, i adore this! It's truly beautiful, such a gorgeous image beautifull incorporated onto the card, super! xx

Mandi said...

Hi Susan
You have created a beautiful card. I love the way you have stamped the flowers off the page
Thank you for joining us
Great to see you
mandi
"Less is More"

Caroline Hallett said...

awesome card, must have taken you ages, and the layout of the flowers is perfect - lovely card

Susie Sugar said...

Gorgeous card that stamp is TDF I love it
Hugs Susie xx

Lynne said...

Wow! This is stunning. You must have lots of patience but it is so well worth it.
Lynne xxx

Suze Bain said...

Wow, what a lot of work you've put into this card but it is gorgeous!

Babs said...

Love the way these carnations look like they are tumbling down your card, and the colour is so subtle, just fab...

Babs x

Samantha said...

Hey susan thanks for stopping by my blog today! love your card too! very stylish! hugs Samantha :0)

Faith A said...

A gorgeous card Susan, a lot of work but well worth it.

Stamps and Paper said...

A very pretty card Susan.

Anne

Chrissie said...

Susan, this is lovely. I love the masked stamping and you have achieved a beautiful effect, by technique rather than straight ink colour choice.
I think it's fab!
Thanks for being here yet again!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Diane said...

A really lovely card and what a lot of hard work you put into it. xx

Michelle said...

A really beautiful card.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful pastel bouquet, Susan. You did a great job with the masking!

Gibmiss said...

Hi Susan
this card is gorgeous...love the flowers hugs sylvie
xxx

Sharon said...

This is so beautiful Susan. What a brilliant idea to use vellum! You've masked those pretty carnations perfectly. Just beautiful.
Sharon xx

Valerie said...

Love the symmetry of your card Susan, such a lovely image :)
Val x

ThinkInk Creative said...

Beautiful. I love the the subtlety of the vellum - a material I don't often use.

Malyn

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Very chic.
Hugs, Sandra

TAM said...

A fabulous card - if you hadn't told us be process behind it no-one would ever know you had used real red for the ink

AsAlwaysAngela said...

I love the way the flowers turned out! I am impressed with your card because vellum intimidates me and I have also never tried using the masking technique. Wonderful card!

Viv's Visuals said...

A fabulous creation - the stamp is really pretty and you have used it to perfection.

Shobana said...

Looks like you are having fun with flowers! :) Brilliant card and neat techniques! I am not brave enough to try them yet but...someday! :)

Joan said...

Stunning card, the masking and stamping is brilliant and such a pretty effect.

Aileen said...

I think you have got a soft and delicate card x

Sally H said...

Wow! This is fabulous, Susan! I love the subtle shades of pink. A stunning card. That stamp is a beauty. Unfortunately it is nigh on impossible to get paper trey ink stamps here, and to get them shipped over is very expensive. Thanks for your lovely comments

Doreen said...

I love the design of this, the stamp is gorgeous.xxx

Linby said...

What a great effect you have achieved, so delicate.
Linbyx

Rosemary said...

gorgeous card, susan! clever to stamp off the real red before stamping on the vellum so you got the pink you needed!

Maureen said...

A really pretty pastel card, well thought out.

joey said...

Wow Susan this is stunning I love those flowers going up the side just beautiful. Joey x

Jo said...

Hi Susan, you've created a lovely card here, what beautiful flowers and a great colour choice. Jo x

jillyscreations said...

it looks very pastely to me it's beautiful

Craftilicious said...

Oh I love this - time to revisit my vellum stock I think!

Cheryl Nelson said...

so incredibly lovely!!!

Kathleen said...

I am useless with velum, this is a beautiful card.

Jenny said...

Such a beautiful card and sounds like it was a working progress. So wish I could get PTI stamps here..the postage from the U.S.A is so high x

Wishcraft said...

Oh so gorgeous! Love the flower stamp and fabulous design :o) Lisa x

Jose said...

Lovely card Susan, yes you succeeded, excellent
Jose

Sylvie said...

Susan, This card is absolutely stunning! Thankyou for your lovely comment on my blog. Congratulations! I want to pass on a blog award to you... it's waiting on my blog for you to collect.. Thanks again.. Hugs Sylvie x

Gina said...

This is beautiful Susan. I love the way you have masked and overstamped - it looks great. It would be lovely to see the different layers too.
Gina R x

S Jane said...

It's beautiful Susan!!! Love the continued stamping and the soft glow of the carnations. Congratulations

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

So soft, now that I look at this I'm thinking I should've had MORE pastels in my card... oh well.

Sue W said...

How could you doubt yourself Susan!!!! This is a beauty~

massofhair said...

Hi Susan thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, much appreciated.
Vellums are sometimes undervalued in how they can change a card. Beautiful stamping and you have such precise cut edges... A fabulous card:-)

kingstonmama said...

I really like this. I like how you stamped on vellum and how the flowers frame the edges of the card. Really pretty.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, how lovely! I think it's very soft and delicate. The chalks are perfect for something like this. Love my chalks!

Grenouille Greetings said...

Definitely successfully soft and delicate! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Vicky Hayes said...

Stamping on the vellum was a great idea; cutting the flowers out and adding them to more vellum was a really great idea! What a great look!

Linby said...

I have something for you on my blog;)
Linbyx

Liza said...

A beautiful card, I love the way you have done the flowers.

Liza x

Ciara said...

This is a stunning card, the flowers are beautiful :-)

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Just gorgeous, and the way you used the vellum is just so creative.
Caroline xxx

Suzi B said...

I love this card! wonderful :)

sharingthepassion said...

so pretty, love it

ali x

JeNjOy said...

Hi Susan, wow what a beautiful card, not tried masking yet, I have so much to learn,
thanks for the lovely comment on my blog
jenjoy x

ding said...

Gosh thats a really pretty feminine card, the carnations have come out beautifully.
Diane x

Kathleen said...

Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog.

I love it. I love carnations and pink.
Beautiful card.
Kathleen x

Viv said...

It's a great card well done, love that flower stamp too, thanks for comments on mine also :O) Viv xx

Angelnorth said...

Using vellum to mute the colour was a grea idea - wish I'd thought of that! Really pretty card!

Jose said...

A gorgeous card and what a lot of work you put into it... love it!

Susan said...

All of your work on this card paid off. It's phenomenal!! I seriously had NO interest in that set. Now I'm thinking I might need it. ;)

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