Since Mandi is still working hard at her new business, we have a new face hosting the Less is More challenge this week along with our very own, Chrissie. Welcome, Jen. Be sure to go by Jen's blog to check out all of her beautiful work! (Make sure you visit Chrissie's blog too...as she usually has another card or two there that are definitely worth taking a peek at! This week's challenge at Less is More is to create a one layer card with the theme of houses. I quickly dug through all my stamps and found as many houses as I could...sadly..not too many, so I had to put my thinking cap on. Here's what I finally came up with...
I can't decide if I have a favorite this week, although I did like the way this first one turned out. The little houses are from a Maya Road stamp set that I've had for years, and probably haven't inked up! I stamped each house in black, then drew a line to ground them. I left spaces between some of the houses so that I could add some trees. I drew the tress with a black marker, then added leaves by dotting with my DI markers. I even added a few leaves on the ground. I tried to use my water brush to blend the leaf colors a bit, but I think it would probably work better if I'd been using watercolor paper. The sentiment was just handwritten with a black pen. Oh...I decided not to color the houses...just some lighting in the windows and a couple of red doors.
I seem to have several light house stamps, so I used a couple of them on these next two cards. This image is from Flourishes. I stamped it in black and colored with Copics. Sentiment is from PTI.
This image is from GinaK Designs and I don't believe I'd inked up the light house previously, although I have used the birds before. Sentiment is from PTI. Super quick and simple one layer card. Colored with Copics.
After I'd already taken photos of the first three cards, I decided at the last minute to make another card with this "cutesy" stamp set. I had to have this stamp set from Lawn Fawn, although I don't know why now...but each of the images on this card is a separate stamp, so I had to do a lot of masking. I used bright happy colors of Copics to color the images. You can't really see it too well on here, but I also added some sparkle with the Sakura clear star pen.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I apologize for not getting around to everyone last week to peek at your beautiful cards, but I felt so bad it took all I could do to get my cards posted. I do appreciate the well wishes from those of you who left me comments last week. I'm feeling somewhat better now, although I still don't think I'm completely over the bronchitis yet...still got a few more days on the antibiotics. Again...thanks for all your wonderful comments....until next time...