Less is More – 13 – Lucky Dip!

This week’s challenge at Less is More is quite an easy one. The theme is ‘Lucky Dip’, and you can choose to make a Congratulations card or a Thank you one – or both, as I did!

Here is my first card. I used a much-loved stamp by Stampers Anonymous. I stamped the image in black ink, and masked off the surrounding area before applying chalks in royal blue and purple to colour the background. I used a sentiment by Stampin’ Up, and added a few purple gemstones to the design, just to make it ‘ping’ a little. 

My second card is made in a similar way, but I used Versamark, instead of black ink, to stamp the design. I used the same chalks and, as you can see, the Versamark really absorbs the colours to define the image. The sentiment is part of a larger one in a Hobby Art clear stamp sentiment set. I masked off  the part of the stamp that I didn’t want before inking it, then removed the mask and stamped the sentiment onto the card.

I think that I prefer the first card more; somehow it seems more complete to me. It was fun to use the ‘Versamark with chalks’ technique again, though. My chalks have been sadly neglected, and I’d forgotten what a lovely soft effect they create on a plain white card. I will definitely be using them more often for the LIM challenges.

Thanks for all your lovely comments last week; I appreciated each and every one.

Maria xx

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dollys daydreams
    May 04, 2011 @ 18:23:57

    Beautiful stylish card very elegant and perfect stamping.

    Marie

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  2. Suze Bain
    May 04, 2011 @ 18:29:48

    Two beautiful cards, a fabulous stamp and I think I slightly prefer the first colour scheme. x

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  3. Jo
    May 04, 2011 @ 18:58:49

    Hi Maria, both your cards are beautiful, what a fabulous stamp. Jo

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  4. Jennie
    May 04, 2011 @ 19:25:56

    That’s a really unusual stamp but it makes a lovely card. Fab:)
    Jenny x

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  5. Jean
    May 04, 2011 @ 21:31:17

    Fabulous stamp and I like the effect of the chalks, Jean x

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  6. susan
    May 05, 2011 @ 03:22:23

    What fabulous cards! I LOVE that stamp…and I really love the way you’ve added the chalk to the second card! Awesome cards!

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  7. mandi
    May 05, 2011 @ 05:28:29

    Fabulous stamp, love them both Maria
    Continued thanks for supporting our challenge
    Diva LIM mandi
    Less is More

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  8. Chrissie
    May 05, 2011 @ 06:05:41

    I prefer your first one too… I’m a bit (or maybe rather a lot) old fashioned and prefer the straight edge of the card too!
    Both cards are super!
    Thanks so much for joining us once more.
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    “Less is More”

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  9. Sarah (sasa)
    May 05, 2011 @ 09:52:14

    Great stamp – the image does all the talking. Love the simplicity and touch of colour.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah at 150

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  10. debby4000
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:58:31

    Oh these are fabulous.
    luv
    debby

    Reply

  11. Jacqueline
    May 05, 2011 @ 14:06:14

    Beautiful cards – Jacqueline xx

    Reply

  12. zoechaos
    May 05, 2011 @ 22:43:18

    Oh love that stamp, you have used it so effectively here on both cards small wonder it is a favourite. Super cards! XOXO Zoe

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  13. Aileen
    May 06, 2011 @ 09:58:38

    love them both. x

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  14. Carol
    May 06, 2011 @ 10:41:13

    Two lovely cards, must get my chalks out again too. Carol x

    Reply

  15. Sarpreet
    May 08, 2011 @ 12:49:53

    Gorgeous card, love the style

    I have launched some blog candy in aid of charity, would appreciate any shout outs, please
    http://worldofsarpreet.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-blog-candy-in-aid-of-cancer-research.html

    Reply

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