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

Passion for Promarkers – Bright Green and Mango

We have a ultra-zingy colour challenge for you this week at Passion for Promarkers.  You must use Bright Green and Mango on your Promarker-coloured image, a nice bright theme to go with the brighter days!  Our sponsor for this time is Joanna Sheen, who will be giving our winner a set of five Promarkers.

I used a Gorjuss Girl image on my card, and found the perfect papers to coordinate with the colours in the ‘Gypsy’ 6″x6″ pad by Basic Grey. The sentiment stamp is by Hobby Arts, and everything else is from my stash. Please scroll down to see my Promarker colouring recipe.

Promarker Recipe:

Skin: Ivory, Blush, Peach.
Hair: Tan, Caramel, Chestnut.
Dress and tights: Bright Green, Lime Zest, Mango, Peach, Oatmeal.
Bird: Bright Green, Lime Zest, Mango, Oatmeal.
Wall: Oatmeal faded with Blender.

Thank you for taking a peek at my card this week!