Monday, March 28, 2011

Less Is More Challenge Week 8: Sketch

Time for a favorite part of my week... the Less Is More blog challenge! This weeks challenge is a "Sketch" which is a first for me. (It's also my first DL card, which I don't even know what DL means). I've never attempted a sketch challenge before, but I love the concept! Here is a peek at this weeks sketch... In all honesty, I underestimated the difficulty. I started brainstorming as soon as I saw the sketch and came up with a concept in my head. Well, about five failed attempts later I realized it just wasn't going to happen. I gave myself a day long break to give my creative energies a little rest. Nothing was coming to me until this morning when I received my recent Hero Arts purchases in the mail. As soon as I opened my box of goodies inspiration came over me. This card is a little bitter-sweet for me... sweet because I love how it turned out and I love that I got to use some of my new stamps. Bitter because it is a card I created with a purpose- a friend of my family just lost her father. So, here is the final result...

  • Small Sweet Petals Stamp (Hero Arts-CG311)

  • With Sympathy Clear Stamp Set (Hero Arts-CL476)

  • Swiss Dot Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

  • Copic Markers: R22, R14, R35
The petal is adhered with dimensional adhesives so it stands slightly above the card. Also, I got to try some creative problem solving... I wanted to emboss the one side of my paper, but it wouldn't fit properly into my Sizzix because of the paper size. I positioned my folder where I wanted it then placed my paper on a couple sheets of felt. Using a bone folder I went over the embossing folder, pushing down as hard as I could. Voila! It created the embossed effect where I needed it!

Thanks for letting me share! I know I took a few creative liberties... turning the design on its side and using the flower as my "circle." However, I love how it turned out and I still think it follows the sketch guidelines! Let's hope Chrissie and Mandi agree!

As always



  1. A beautiful card - never the easiest cards to make

  2. Beautiful card and perfect for the occasion

  3. As beautiful as ever Angela, but sorry that this kind of card was needed.
    Thanks for rising to yet another LIM challenge.
    See you next time!
    "Less is More"

  4. it's a stunning card, great job!!

    Kelly x

  5. You've created a very beautiful card. I'm sure it will mean a lot to your friend. Jo x

  6. Beautiful colors...fabulous card!

  7. Hello there, ooh I like! beautiful colour and really suitable for the subject, classy:0) xxx

  8. Your card is fantastic as ever Angela!
    Great to see you as always

  9. Oh! this is lovely, even though a sad occasion, I'm sure it will be well received.

  10. Sorry it's for a sad occasion. However your card protrays an elegance just right for the sentiment. x

  11. A stunning card Angela, colour is gorgeous. x

  12. WOW!!!! It is amazingly beautiful which fits the personality of the family who will be receiving it and I know they will appreciate the beautiful spirit in the heart of the creator of such an elegant card :)

  13. Beautiful. A perfect sympathy card.
    Lynne xxx

  14. I'm sure that there is a way to use the tan mat with your machine to stop the embossing going onto the back of your card, have you tried looking on You Tube?

    Sad occasion but a lovely colour and style of card. Orange is the colour of emotions so very apt:-)


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