Tuesday 1 March 2011

Less is More challenge 4 - three squares

Have I told you how much I'm enjoying the Less is More challenges? The site promotes clean and simple (CAS) cards - definitely my favourite kind! - and the challenge this week is to make a card using three squares. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making this:

The card base is actually Very Vanilla - the photo makes it look white! These gloomy old days are not doing much for my photographs!

Just look at this leaf image from the Growing Green stamp set - I'm in love again! I coloured it with my beloved aqua painter on water colour card stock, then cut tiles out with the 1 1/4" square punch. I love the way the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Occasional Greetings stamp set fits exactly across the two squares.

Linen thread goes so well with natural projects like this. If the thread was tied into a knot instead of a bow, this would make a great masculine card.

The darker, textured card stock makes a great frame for the Very Vanilla layer. I sometimes forget about my textured card stock because it is in a drawer, unlike my smooth card stock which I keep in magazine boxes on my desk. Hmm... I can feel a reorganisation coming on!

Here's how to make this card:
  • First make the tiles: Stamp the leaf image onto water colour paper using Always Artichoke ink. Use an aqua painter to pull some of the colour into the centre of the leaves to get a faded look. Don't worry if it looks a bit muddy! Allow to dry. When completely dry brush Old Olive ink over some of the leaves with the aqua painter to get a splash of brighter colour. Allow to dry again. Once dry, cut three tiles out of the paper using the 1 1/4" square punch and sponge the edges with Sahara Sand ink.
  • Cut a 5.25cm x 11.25cm piece of Very Vanilla card stock and arrange the tiles on it. Stamp the sentiment using a stamp-a-majig for accurate position, and punch a small hole in the top left hand corner. Push linen thread through the hole and tie into a small bow. Now glue the tiles onto the card stock.
  • Glue the Very Vanilla panel onto a 9cm x 13.5cm piece of Sahara Sand textured card stock. Attach this, in turn, to an A5 Very Vanilla card base.

Stamps: Growing Green, Occasional Greetings
Ink: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Sahara Sand
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand textured
Other: Linen thread, water colour paper, 1 1/4" square punch

The children have gone back to school again, leaving the house very quiet. My daughter was away on a school ski trip all half term and, despite all my visions of avalanches and broken limbs, came back safe and sound but exhausted on Saturday. She will be sixteen this year and I'm only too aware that it won't be long before she'll be flying the nest, so I'm making the most of her company while I can. There are lots of wonderful things about my beautiful daughter, but the thing I treasure most is her brilliant sense of humour - when we're together I'm often helpless with laughter! 

Anyway, you haven't come here to hear me wittering on! Thank you for visiting me today and thank you to everyone who follows my blog, comments or emails me - I love hearing from you.

See you tomorrow,


  1. THIS is the look I want to achieve when I watercolor! Thanks for the inspiration and it's back to the drawing board for me!

  2. This is a lovely card. The image is beautiful and the way you've colored/painted it is so soft and pretty.

  3. I love your "wittering on" ....AND your lovely card!!

  4. A gorgeous card again and I think those stamps are lovely (the catalogue dosen't do them that much justice!)
    My daughter is a year older than yours, it's great how they become more of friend as they get older x

  5. Another stunner Vicky
    I do adore seeing what you create for our challenges
    You provide effortless style every week!
    Thank you!
    "LEss is More"

  6. Such a beautiful card, going to look at all your other creations now! Enjoyed the 'wittering ' too, my three children grew up so fast......enjoy:O) Viv xx

  7. Another triumph!
    I always look forward to seeing what you create for our challenges Vicky, I'm sure they are a source of inspiration for everyone!
    "Less is More"

  8. An absolutely beautiful card, the colours are gorgeous.

  9. Hi Vicky
    this is stunning certainly have the touch

  10. lovely fresh card I really like it

  11. The more I see this set used the more I love it - great card Vicky.

  12. Vicky what a lovey card, love those stamps too,


  13. Vicky this is such a classy card, this is a winner for me. Beautiful.

  14. What a lovely way to use that stamp Vicky, and I love the soft muted colours - gorgeous card!
    Margaret x

  15. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, which prompted my return visit, although once I had a look on the Less is More Challenge Blog your entry would have drawn me to your blog as your card is fabulous. I will have to have another look at my catalogue for that stamp set.
    Make the most of the time with your daughter as it will soon fly. I've a daughter of the same age and a son of 19 who started at University last September. It still seems impossible they can be so grown up - they're still my "babies"

  16. A real pretty card, love the colours you have used, it really does look lovely ...

    Babs x

  17. An amazing card with fab colouring, again thanks for the tutorial oh! yes and your lovely comment on my blog.

  18. Love the muted colours on this

  19. beautiful card, love the way you used this stamp set.


  20. Simply beautiful! It would be perfect for a sympathy card too. It's very soothing!

  21. great card - and a nice easy to follow tutorial for those of us squinting at the screen thinking - oooh how did she do that xx

  22. Very lovely indeed Vicky.

  23. Great job on the watercoloring, Vicky!!! Beautiful card!

  24. I love the delicate look of the water coloured ferns. When I first saw that stamp I wanted it, but I had forgotten. Thanks for the inspiring reminder.

    Heather T

  25. I have that same stamp set and can't wait to try this! Nice layout!

  26. I love your card, it's beautiful. Jo x

  27. beautiful card, it really is a fun challenge isn't it, and it'ss taken off so quickly

  28. Hi Vicky

    Gorgeous card, love the soft subtle colours. I've enjoyed looking at your blog so I've joined as a follower. x

  29. Hi Vicky, What a beautiful card you made for this challenge! I love your clean and simple stamping of the three images in a row. (I tried so hard not to do's the rebel in me!)I think the reason I like yours more than most stamped this way is the wonderful 'stretched' sentiment placed beneath......Fabulous CAS and in my favs!

  30. Love your card Vicky, such a soft colour combination and beautiful stamping :)
    Val x

  31. Such a gorgeous card. Very artistic feel to it. Love the colour combo.. Very elegant.:)

  32. Thanks for the lovely comment on my card.

    Love your gorgeous card. Lovely soft colours and the LO is fab.

  33. A lovely card, love the watercolour results.

  34. Wow! So decent, fragile and cas. Absolutely stunning, Vicky! I always love seeing this kind of crads from you.

  35. Love, Love, Love this!!
    I wanted to let you know about a brand new weekly CAS challenge that will be starting soon. Its called CAS-ual Fridays. I hope you'll stop by to check us out and we'd love to have you add yourself to our fun followers :)

  36. Hi Vicky ! I love this card and, I hope you don't mind, but I've CASEd it ! Thanks for the inspiration, and continued eye-candy !

    Margaret C


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