Less is more lemons

It is quite a while since I joined in the Less is More challenge which seems to have more participants every week.  Even when I don’t get to play along I enjoy browsing through all that creativity.

It is a sketch challenge this week at Less is More and I settled on lemons for a bright summery card.  I initially stamped the lemons in a row and fiddled with a canvas border either side but ended up cutting out the lemons and popping them up instead.  I also began with a yellow card base but much preferred the canvas print instead.  My favorite part of the card is the little water droplets I added with crystal effects.


Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Graceful Words, Canvas
Inks: Yoyo Yellow
Cardstock: Whisper White, Flourishes Classic White,  Yoyo Yellow
Also: Crystal Effects


A Slice of Apple

I used the same technique as the lemon cards: emboss, brayer, stamp in the same ink as the brayer and water droplets.  I added another step on this card and stamped the apple in water; the ghost of an apple in the centre was stamped in water.  The sentiment is handwritten.  I did try the strawberries from this set with this technique but it is really a monochrome technique and the strawberries were not happy with that.  The cherries didn’t like it either, but I am happy with the lemons and apples.  I guess I could keep going and do oranges, limes and red apples if I really wanted to!


Stamps: Tart & Tangy
Inks: Green Galore, Versmark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Flourishes Classic White,  Green Galore
Also: Clear e.p. Brayer

A Splash of Lemon

I almost gave up on the card above at the embossing stage because I didn’t seem to  get total coverage of the lemon slices.  I did keep going though just to see what would happen and I’m happy I did because the end result is very bright and cheery.  I made one piece of decorated cardstock and then cut it to use for both cards.  The one below uses this week’s sketch from Card Positioning Systems.

To make the lemon design I first stamped randomly with versamark and embossed with clear powder.  I then inked my brayer with Summer Sun and rolled the entire sheet but making sure one corner received more ink than the others.  I did a little sponging to make sure the coverage was complete and then stamped more lemon slices in summer sun.  Lastly I flicked water droplets all over the sheet and let them displace the ink.  It is not obvious but the image above is popped up on  stampin’ dimensionals.

Both cards are 6½”x3 3/8″.


Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Polka Dots &Paisley, Short & Sweet
Inks: Summer Sun, Versmark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Flourishes Classic White,  Yoyo Yellow
Also: Clear e.p. Brayer

Apple square

While playing with the Tart and Tangy set last weekend I also came up with this card.  I love the look of red, white and black together so a little red apple combined with black and white gingham was a happy combo for me.

I inked the apple in versamark and red so I could emboss in clear, but before the embossing I wiped off the stem and coloured  directly on the stamp in green.  I then used the punches and stamped a square of canvas background, which I matted in black.  The ribbon is done with Leanne Pugliese’s clever “thread through the whole and tie technique”

Stamps:   Thank You Kindly,  Tart & Tangy
Inks: Real Red, Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White, Real Red, Garden Green marker
Also:  Clear embossing powder, Black gingham ribbon


Well it’s about time!
I have decided that it is possible to forget how to stamp, how to make cards, how to put things together so they look ok!  I made three CAS cards, and it took me hours.  As Lateblossom has said before, “Clean and simple does not always mean quick and simple.”  I stamped the citrus shapes four or five time before I settled on three colours in a row.   I tried ribbon in many different arrangements before I decided on no ribbon at all.  I tried a green card, white matte. White card, no matte.  Green card, green matte. Just as well my daughter came home when she did and made the decision for me.  Then there was the decision over the sentiment…

All the fruit were inked up with versamark first and then the classic ink before embossing with clear.   The little sentiments are from my new set Teeny Tiny Wishes, a set I’d never noticed before.  I stamped them on spare cardstock and then punched the piece out with a square punch.   Despite the dilemmas I faced along the way it was nice to be stamping again after quite a break.  I have actually been creating lately just using a different medium for a change.

Stamps:   Teensy Tiny Wishes,  Tart & Tangy
Inks: Real Red, Green Galore, Yoyo Yellow, So Saffron, Versamark
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White, Real Red, Green Galore
Also:  Clear embossing powder