Saturday, 8 May 2010

Is Less More?

I fell in love with this stamp when I saw it on Godelieve's blog here. I was inspired by her use of Ecoline backgrounds to try this out, so I reached for an Ecoline background I had made one day a few weeks ago in purple and yellow. I had actually stamped this up when I was waiting for the iron to heat up so I could iron a blouse for work the next day. I was in a bad state, not having stamped for several days, and had that itch in my veins. There was no time for proper stamping, but I did have a minute to get a small stamping fix, so I plopped these birds down on the Ecoline background. I had some time for proper stamping this evening and set about turning the image into a card. I went through two eggplant card bases with various backgrounds stamped on them before I came to the conclusion that the only suitable background stamp was one I didn't have. (Note to self: Add nice scripty background to shopping list, right between carrots and plastic wrap) So, I made a square card instead, on a dark purple Bazzill base, and used my Scor-it to make the 'mitre' lines. I applied some distress ink (dusty concord and black soot) to the outside using my blending tool, as I felt it needed some depth. I also accented the birds with some pencil crayons in white, yellow and purple. I also gave it a couple of mists of gold smooch. The black mat is also edged in gold pen for a bit of a gleam. I thought about adding a sentiment, embellishments, ribbon and decided that less is more on this card. Here's a card I can use for any occasion, as needed, and will be easy to mail.
I can see so many possibilities with this stamp and am looking forward to playing with it a bit more. I love how Godelieve combined several panels of this image stamped in different colours (see link above). I am going to try that next.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies; Stamp- Crafty Individuals (Magenta), Ecoline, gold Smooch, Tuxedo Black memento ink, purple, black and yellow paper from my Smaug-like hoard.

1 comment:

  1. Pure genius! I held my breath for a sec when I first saw your card. Perfection. You have a funny definition of 'less is more'. I was tired before you got to the end of your steps list. I have to say, yet again, your attention to detail astounds me. This is one of the top 3 of my faves of your cards, Happy Mother's Day - Nimmy