Tuesday, 16 August 2011

One Stamp...Two Ways

I had so much fun making these two cards. This week's Less is More Challenge is to make a one layer card using inks...either in a new way, or in a tried & trusted favourite. I tried a couple of new (to me) techniques using the same stamp...'Blooming Meadow' by Hero Arts...and some Distress Inks...here are the results:

On the first card (my favourite), I painted the inks (Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Saphire & Dusty Concord) directly on to the stamp, then spritzed with a little water before stamping. I then repeated the process before stamping a second time to go right across the card...couldn't bring myself to add a sentiment in case I messed it up!

On the second card, I masked off a strip across the centre of the card using post-it notes...then blended Faded Jeans, Chipped Saphire & Dusty Concord inks on to the card. As the result was rather patchy on the hammer finish card (I'm not at home, and don't have any smooth white card with me...) I then spritzed a little water over the top to help even it out. Before I removed the mask, I stamped the flower over the top in black..I was aiming for it to look like the flowers are in silhouette against a night sky. I then added a sentiment (from a little Studio G set) once I'd removed the mask.

Challenges for these cards:


Anne said...

Wow these are both lovely and two great cards from one stamp!

downrightcrafty said...

fabulous love the inspiration
Hugs Kate xx

Mandi said...

Love how you have stamped the first one Helen
Beutiful, well they both are!
Gorgeosu colour combo

Thanks so much
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

TAM said...

Two stunning cards

Claire said...

WOW Helen, these are just gorgeous and I have to say the first one is my favourite too. Hugs, Claire x

Dorte said...

So lovely and so different, but the first one is also my favourite.
hugs Dorte

Carissa said...

I always forget that I have this stamp. Thanks for inspiring me to pull it out and play. Your cards are beautiful.
Hugs, Carissa

Chrissie said...

Two great cards Helen, the colouring that you have achieved with your inks on the first one is simply terrific... and I love that stamp!
Thanks so much
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Unknown said...

Oooh Helen these are both absolutely gorgeous cards hun. I love the colours you've used. Just to be different I like the second one best, although the first one is divine too.
Dawn x

Sasha said...

Love both cards, but your first one is really special. Beautifully inked and stamped.

Jenni's Jems said...

Two really great cards with two completely different looks from the one stamp that's cardmaking at it's best! x

Närrin said...

Wonderful cards, i like both.

thanks for joining us at challene up your life.


Margaret said...

Gorgeous Helen and love the colours
Margaret x

Sandra H said...

Two fabulous cards Helen:) Sandra H

Suze Bain said...

Think I might have to get his stamp! Both cards are great but I love the colours in the first one. Fab! xx

Diane said...

Both are very pretty!

GinaA said...

gorgeous, love the whole effect

Jenny said...

Two beautiful cards Helen and love how you've showcased the same stamp!
Both tecniques are great and I like the effect of the ink on the hammer card :)
Jenny x

Beryl K said...

Two very pretty cards. Love them both
Beryl x

Anonymous said...

Helen both cards are so cool!
love the 1st one so simple and so pretty too!
hugs me x

NGCARDS said...

These are both stunning cards hun! Glad you got my card safely and that you liked it :) xxx

Aileen said...

Two great cards, both lovely techniques. I really like the effect of the first one. x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous ... Love both of these but ESP the one whe you have coloured the stamp ... I NEED that stamp lol!
Pauline x