It's Saturday and time once again for the wonderful Less is More challenge. This week, Chrissie and Mandi have challenged us to show some evidence of MASKING but we still need to have some white space plus a clean and simple design.
I did a little masking for last week's challenge, and it was a nightmare! LOL! For some reason, using a mask this week wasn't nearly so difficult. I've made four totally different cards...you decide which is your favorite. Here's my take on the challenge:
This was the first card I made and I really like how it turned out. I masked off a section on the left side of the card, then tore some post it notes to use as masks for the hills. I sponged in the hills with DI - Peeled Paint and then stamped my trees in the same ink. I added a mask for the moon on top of the trees and then sponged in the night sky with DI - Broken China. To finish off the scene, I added little stars with my white signo pen.
This is the second card I made. I used a single bloom from the Pretty Peonies set from PTI. I sponged the background with DI - Spun Sugar, then stamped each one of the peonies by moving my post it note mask around on the card stock. I ended up cutting it down a bit in order for it to look right on the card (and I'd originally had it on the left and decided to move it to the right. I wanted my sentiment to fit in the indention. I cut out one edge of the blooms and pop dotted the piece onto my card base. The peonies were colored with Copics in three shades of pink. I added some micro beads to the center of each bloom with some glossy accents and colored them with Copics after they dried.
I think I liked this card in my head better than on paper, but it was my daughter's favorite of the bunch. I used one of my Magnolia stamps. Several years ago, I was crazy about these little Magnolia children and bought quite a few of the images...and then didn't use them. I LOVE this little girl! I stamped the little girl, then cut a mask for her and added the grass with a stamp I've had forever. It looked a little plain, so I decided to sponge in some green and add a few hand drawn blades of grass. The butterflies were punched with a MS punch and a little glitter was added to each one. The sentiment is from PTI. I colored the little girl with Copics. The clouds were an after thought, but I like them. This might just be a little "too" much for the challenge...but hopefully not. I guess it's kind of cute and will work beautifully for one of our many granddaughters!
This was my last card. I''ve done something similar to this before, but I added a few more shells. Each shell is a different stamp, so there was LOTS of masking going on! I even had to mask to added the ground! Again, the images are from SU and were colored with Copics.
Since I'm posting, I'll go ahead and share another layout I finished recently.
This is our two youngest granddaughters, Helen Grace and Maggie. For this layout I used MME On the Bright Side collection. I made a pattern for hexagon and hand cut each of the hexagons on the page out of different papers from this collection. I adhered them to the white background, leaving a small gap between them and then added some faux stitching in red between all the hexagons. The zig zag strips on the red mat were cut from one of the papers used for the hexagons. Title work was cut with a QK font. I used a technique I've used previously for making faux chipboard letters (cut out 4 or 5 of each letter from white card stock and glue the stacks together with the letters cut from the ppr as the top layer). I made "hexagon" flowers by shrinking my pattern for the hexagon and then putting 6 of them together to form a circle. I cut between each petal and added some white doodling. The hexagon centers of the blooms were hand cut, pop dotted and then coated with glossy accents. I hand cut the flower stems and the leaves are cut with a Spellbinder die. Then I added a little red gingham bow on the bouquet. No journaling on this layout...I just added some random words to the hexagon areas where there was no ppr. Three little banner tags on the bottom attached with three red brads. To get perfect points on the tag on the bottom, I used a square punch and just punched out the end. (The black border was added in photoshop to keep the edges from fading away)
Thanks a million for popping in! Which card is your favorite? I appreciate all your fabulous comments...they make my day! Until next time...