Less is More Music

This week at Less is More it’s a music challenge. With all the music going on around our house I am always happy to come up with a music themed card, especially at Christmas.

I used my old faithful technique for this card: masking and sponging, but with stamping,  colouring and drawing thrown in.  First I rolled the music notes in sahara sand and sponged around them. Next I added the pine branches and sponged around them too. Finally I stamped three little Christmas balls, coloured them with coloured pencils and gold pen then added their strings.

I just did a count and I only have ten Christmas cards made! How can this be? I guess I might scrape through because there are 12 days of Christmas after all!


Stamps:  Christmas Music, All that Glitters (Flourishes)
Inks:  Sahara Sand, Garden Green, Old Olive, Basic Black
Paper: Flourishes Classic Ivory
Also: FaberCastell Polychromos Pencils, Gold smooch, Black fineliner


26 Comments on “Less is More Music”

  1. Sheila in Cyprus says:

    Another fabulous card Heather. Love browsing your blog, it’s full of amazing cards and inspiration. Love Sheila x

  2. Melanie says:

    Looks pretty simple. But then I know what a challenge it would be , for me, to just get the strings straight, and the sponging so it looks just naturally warm, and the masks so the proportions of white to image are perfect….and then I’d try to match Garden Green, because I think it’s expired and is oh so perfect for Christmas greens….and then I’d give up and pour a Manhattan and wish I could buy a few artist genes from you. Love this card!


  3. Kathyk says:

    And a glorious Christmas card it is too

    Seasons Greetings


  4. Trudi says:

    Beautiful card

  5. Absolutely lovely Christmas card. Love the techniques used.
    Hugs, Sandra View my card HERE!

  6. sue says:

    Wow, Heather, do I ever like this! It’s clean and crisp, but still elegant, without adding a lot of layers. The colors are perfect, and the sponging really makes the whole card shine. Just lovely.

  7. fiona says:

    Very elegant, great techniques and lovely subtle colours used.

  8. Chrissie says:

    As gorgeous and inspirational as ever Heather!
    I really like the manuscript stamped in Sahara Sand, it makes a really subtle effect.
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

  9. Joyce says:

    A really beautiful card!

  10. mandi says:

    Fabulous card Heather, love the branches, they look so realistic
    Many thanks
    mandi LIM

  11. Julie says:

    I like the branches as well and they really frame your layout! Lovely.

  12. Lovely card the sort that gets you to sigh with contentment. XOXO Zoe

  13. Susan says:

    Beautifully done! LOVE all the stamping…and it’s just a beautiful card!!

  14. Annchen says:

    wow, this is an anazing x-mas card … love it

  15. jennis jems says:

    wow this is really great and you have put such a lot of work into it x

  16. Vicky says:

    I knew this challenge would be right up your street Heather and I love your card with its hand-drawn look. Isn’t it funny about making cards?! I have loads made but haven’t sent them yet! Enjoy your Christmas!
    Vicky x

  17. Karen says:

    That is a really beautiful card, love it karen x

  18. stempelomi says:

    absolutly fabolous card! I l ove it!

  19. Paula says:

    Just gorgeous. I love masking too…

  20. Gail says:

    Very, very pretty. I’ve committed to 3 cards a month at Splitcoast. Maybe I won’t panic next year.

  21. Lindsey says:

    Such a beautiful card! I love how you created the music background (though I’m still figuring out how you did the words!) with the pine boughs and ornaments over top. Lovely!

  22. Victoria says:

    I love all the layered images in this card. The manuscript background is so subtle but works perfectly with the pine branches and baubles. Beautiful! Happy Christmas!

  23. valerie says:

    Beautiful Heather, love the subtleness that the sponging gives, at least when you do it!! Congrats on being showcased last week your card was fabulous. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, see you in 2012:)
    Val x

  24. Stephanie L says:

    Just gorgeous as always Heather. Merry Christmas!

  25. Ann Y. says:

    This is so pretty, Heather. I love the ornaments hanging from the evergreen boughs, and the lines of music make a wonderful background. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Ann

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