Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Less is More #336 and #337 - OLC coloured Cardbase

The current challenge over at Less is More had me chewing my thumb nail for a while, not the one layer stipulation - but because I very rarely use coloured card as a base these days.

This is what I came up with - not very adventurous but rather pretty in real life (despite being an absolute 'piggy-wiggy' to photograph!):

This photo has slightly picked up the shimmer from the Brilliance ink layers

I used:

- 4" x 5.75" card blank, made using Neenah 'Desert Storm' card stock

- Penny Black stamp called 'dreamy' and the Misti to position the stamp first of all

- tapped all over the stem using VersaMark 'Hint of Pesto' chalk in pad and stamped it a couple of times

- tapped Memento 'Summer Sky' dye ink all over the wispy fronds and stamped

- next added some Brilliance 'Pearlescent Lavender' to the middle part of the wispy fronds and over stamped 

- then added some Brilliance 'Pearlescent Orchid' to the lower section of the wispy fronds and overstamped

- added a sentiment from the Paper Smooches ''Sentiment Sampler' set, using VersaMagic 'Hint of Pesto'

I'm always in a quandry here over Sympathy cards. When you need one you generally need it fast. But if you make one or two in advance to have ready, then it maybe doesn't seem as personal (to me at least). I guess the balance is to keep one or two on standby for those times when you just wouldn't be able to produce one quite quickly.






45 comments:

  1. Very elegant and pretty :) that flower is lovely and I love the color gradient look you gave it. I haven't made any sympathy cards yet but I think I should have a few too.
    hugs
    preeti

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  2. I do love the blended colors and the shine. I agree when you need them it's right away. I am going to make a few as I have two people really very sick. It is such a hard thing to do but I know it brings comfort to others.

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  3. Gorgeous & perfect for a sympathy card, Di! Love Brilliance inks & they're perfect here!

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  4. Elegant and calming, a perfect sympathy card. I feel a bit superstitious about keeping sympathy cards in, as if it is tempting fate, so I have a few very quick and simple designs that I can make in a matter of minutes when I need one
    Jane

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  5. Hi Di, lovely soft colours and great one layer card, I agree with Jane making sympathy cards only as required. Have a wonderful week... Megan

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  6. So delicate and just LUSH!

    Kathyk

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  7. Beautiful card which I know has to be impressive in real life. Great for a sympathy card - unusual font too which is an extra touch.

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  8. A lovely card. The pearlescent inks are beautiful!! - I try and keep a couple of sympathy cards on hand as you generally get no warning when they will be needed, and if you are busy... a handmade card is always appreciated, taylor-made or not the recipient doesn't know that!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  9. This is beautiful Di, I love the different coloured embossing powders you've used.

    Sue xx

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  10. Just beautiful.....!
    Lia xx

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  11. Oh Di this is really pretty l love it x

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  12. it is looks so soft and so appropriate with the message

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  13. That is just beautiful. Thanks so much for the explanation you put on my blog.

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  14. It is very pretty. I love the multicolor flower. It is very soft and calming.

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  15. That's a very elegant sympathy card Di.

    For what it's worth, I like to have a couple to hand, because, like you say, you often need them in a hurry, and it's difficult to feel creative when feeling sad. The words inside are the most important thing generally anyway!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  16. wow, this is absolutely stunning, I love your CAS!

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  17. This is beautiful and so delicate, a perfect card to bring comfort x

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  18. A beautiful card, I love your stamped flower. I usually keep a card in my box for the times I need one quickly but don't have the time to make one - I think it's the message inside which makes it personal.
    Kath x

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  19. What a great card base to choose, Di! It works perfectly for that stunning floaty floral image, which in turn is perfect for a sympathy card! I agree about keeping a couple on hand, but please don't check my stash box because you won't find any on hand in there. Good idea, though! Hugs, Darnell

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  20. Lovely card Di, just right for a Sympathy card.xx

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  21. Beautiful sympathy card, Di. I love the delicate image, so pretty in the colours you've chosen. xx

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  22. I love that pretty & unique flower you used. Gorgeous card.

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  23. This is so pretty Di and definitely has a sparkle, and I adore the colours. It works beautifully on that nice soft coloured cardstock. x

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  24. This is just elegant and oh so beautiful! I adore the color scheme!

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  25. It's lovely Di and just right for a Sympathy card. I really like the Brilliance flower. Barb xx

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  26. Your card is beautiful Di. I love that gorgeous stamp and the lovely brilliance ink colours you used.
    Jean x

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  27. Very classy card Di, love your choice of colours.

    Kath x

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  28. This is lovely Di! I've been stumped by that challenge too, don't think I've ever stamped on coloured card.

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  29. elegance and simplicity. The perfect mix for a sympathy card, I also love the softness of the colour

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous sympathy card, Di ! I love the softness that emerges from this card ! A beautiful pale colour card base which matches so well with the colour gradient of the flower ! Really elegant and perfect take on our challenge ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

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  31. Stunning card Di, so elegant.
    Janice x

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  32. That's a lot of tapping going on Miss but what a pretty result. Love those colours. More mayhem going on here at present. Hugs Mrs A.

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  33. Beautiful and dreamy two-tone stamping Di. A stunning and pretty image which looks perfect on the Kraft card base. Love your crisp and CAS take on our joint challenge between Less is More and AAA Cards and thanks for playing with us this week.

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  34. Fantastic card. Love CAS version.

    Marjeta

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  35. Oh that is so pretty Di. A perfect sympathy card!

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  36. Beautiful card Di, love this stamp and it's perfect for a sympathy card, Cathy x

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  37. Pretty card Di. Thanks for your comment on my blog - I nipped out and bought some Bio oil today! Seeing consultant tomorrow so hope he is happy with his needlework! x jo

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  38. Hello Di. Beautiful card. I love the colors you used; reminds me of a peacock feather. I can understand about making a card in advance but it definitely is nice to have some on hand. Think of it like your Christmas cards. You make them in advance, with love.
    I bought myself a VW Bee convertible!! Retirement is going to be great.
    Hugs
    Kay

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  39. This is gorgeous, Di. Love how soft and subtle it is including the card base colour. The image is beautiful and perfect for a sympathy card. Thank you for joining us at Less is More for our collaboration with AAA Cards. Good luck.

    Trina xx

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  40. This is so beautiful! The colours you have used on that fabulous stamp are gorgeous! I think it's a good idea to keep cards like this in reserve. Sometimes you just can't make one when the need unfortunately arises. Hugs xxxxxxx

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  41. This is beautiful, Di. I have this stamp and love it, and I adore those colours of ink you chose on the Desert Storm base, perfectly understated for a sympathy card.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

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