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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