Saturday, 11 June 2011

Less Is More - Week 19 - One Layer "In The Frame"

Happy Saturday!

It's time for another challenge over on Less Is More, this time a One Layer Card. I haven't taken part in a few weeks but this week's theme "In The Frame" was a chance to try out a technique I saw in the latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine (Emy Buxton's article, Craft Stamper July 2011). That is, stamping a frame with the use of a mask.

This is my card


I used a square post-it note as my mask and stamped around it with flower stamps from Personal Impressions (they are clear stamps so I could see exactly how I was overlapping them). I used a summery selection of colours of Memento Inks, and then finally stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts) in black.

Super easy to make and the effect is really fun! I'm thinking snowflakes for winter holiday cards, and leaves for autumn and even Easter eggs for spring... The Craft Stamper article uses this technique on a scrapbooking page so it's not just for cards either. And of course the mask could be any shape - how about a heart mask with small heart stamps for Valentine's Day!

I really love when a simple technique can create something pretty cool. So many techniques involve x, y and z products and tools so it's refreshing to be able to just reach for stamps, inks and a post-it note!

I'm looking forward to a crafty weekend - just have to tidy up my craft desk first to make some space to work in. I have a card-sized space there at the moment...

46 comments:

Chrissie said...

This is simply super Laura, and SO effective. I love the colours you have used.
Thanks so much, I'm sure this has given inspiration to many.
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Gorgeous!! Love the idea and your colorful frame looks fab!

Hazel said...

Beautiful, simple but very stylish effect. Hazel x

TAM said...

Fabulous card - such fresh colours

Lynne K said...

Beautiful card, Laura. When I saw the layout in Craft Stamper using this technique, I thought it would work well for a card too, and your lovely example certainly proves the point.

Lynne x

Rosemary said...

gorgeous card!!

Helene said...

Lovely card from such a simple idea. And so potentially versatile.

Margaret said...

Lovely card and I'm glad to hear someone else's craft room gets so messy as well :0)
Margaret x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi Laura, WOW this is stunning and I love the bright colours you have used. Hope all is well with you, Love Hazelxoxo

Faith A said...

This is gorgeous, love the bright colours. .

Katina said...

I saw this too Laura and thought it looked a great one to try. You've done it really well, your card is beautiful! xx

Ang C said...

A beautiful card - love the colours you have used

Ohneilly said...

A beautiful card, love the style, Think I will give this a try one day,
Claire x

Jacqueline said...

Lovely - very pretty - Jacqueline xx.

Suzilou said...

This is really gorgeous, colours are fab and am loving your thinking about the snowflakes, have some snowflake stamps I have never used and was looking at this morning, may have to give this a go, thank you for the inspiration :)

Suze Bain said...

Your frame's fab Laura, love the colours. A super CAS card. xx

joanne wardle said...

your frame looks amazing, I definitely have to give this technique a go!

Lynn said...

Simply gorgeous - those colours work really well. Lynn x

Jenny said...

Loving this idea Laura, like you say it has so many possibilites. Love the colours and stamps you've used to make the frame the image :)
Jenny x

Beryl K said...

Brilliant idea, and such lovely colours you have used
Beryl x

Mandi said...

O WOW this is just fabulous!
So inventive, far better than my silly black frame!
Wonderful submission
Thank you Laura
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

Fiona said...

Very pretty colours and a fab but simple idea - so very effective.

Laura said...

I love all those colours. They are just beautiful!

Debgem said...

I saw this article and thought it was really fab - I love your take on it. The card is really fresh, and I'd love to see some of your other ideas - the snowflakes perhaps?

Susan said...

Laura, this card is just super! I love the technique you've used to make your frame...definitely will be giving it a try!
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ninarsku said...

aww, what a beautiful frame. Loved this idea a lot, I have to try this one myself.

Zoechaos said...

Great, love that frame bright, cheerful and fresh. XOXO Zoe

Sue said...

A fab card Laura. Love the technique. Sue.x

Anne said...

Ooh I read that aricle too and never thought to use it for this, what a perfect frame and lovely card
Anne
x

Pauline said...

Gorgeous card, love the fresh colours.

Jo said...

A pretty frame, the colours are great.

Leina said...

This card is so bad-ass. <3

Diane J said...

You have made such a great card, loving the colours and I must have a go at the technique you used.
Diane xx

Aileen said...

Love your frame. Very colourful and fun. x

Linda said...

That frame is so whimsical and fun! Such a clever idea for a frame!

Lynne said...

Gorgeous Laura. Love those stamps and the colours are fabulous.
Lynne xxx

Craftilicious said...

I had the same idea Laura, but yours came out much better than mine did using tapestry stamps - mine is too heavy - yours is brilliant!!!
Craftilicious x

Ruth M said...

Oooh, so pretty - what a lovely card!

Jan said...

A fab card xx Jan

Carol said...

Great card with lovely colours !

Carol

jodpea said...

I tried something like this (n I've never read that mag, lol) but when it came to it I couldn't decide wot to put in my frame so I didnt submit it! It works really well tho n ur colours r gorgeous!

Karen said...

Simple but beautiful. Lovely effect will try this myself in the future. Kx

GinaA said...

What a smashing card, the colours work really well together and the sentiment is just right to draw your eye.

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Hello Laura! What a fabulous job you did on this challenge. I always struggle with the LIM challenges because I can't do CAS very well. I loved your card ... and I hope you don't mind ... I CASED your design for a recent sympathy card! Here is the link ... if you would like to see it ...
EnchantINK
Stampin' hugs Andrea xxx

Emy said...

Hi Laura
I've just seen this and I think your card looks fantastic. Glad you liked the article!
Emy :)

Laura Jane said...

Had to PIN this one!