Dandelions On The Breeze

by Joanne James19. February 2016 20:51

Good evening lovely blog readers! It's finally Friday - yay! I've been enjoying the last day of the half-term holiday with the James Juniors today and haven't managed to squeeze in any crafting time (no matter - there's always tomorrow!) so I'm sharing a couple of cards I made earlier in the week for this week's Less Is More challenge, which is to create a one layer card with a stem. Now I'll be quite honest - I had something specific in mind when I created these cards and I'm not sure I achieved it. But since I haven't had time to 'try again' and I missed last week's LIM link up for the birthday white-on-white challenge (you can see my card here if you missed it), I wasn't going to miss playing along today! So here is the first of two cards:

I was keen to play with the dandelion seed stamp in the 'Balloon Celebration' set so for my first card I stamped a stem, centre and seeds in Versamark and heat embossed them in white, along with a sentiment from Butterfly Basics which works really nicely with it. I sponged a little Perfect Plum ink into the centre of my seed head then took some circle templates and sponged in some white kraft ink to create a soft bokeh effect. 

For my second card I used the same basic design, but doubled the stem, ommitted the centre and heat embossed my dandelion in silver onto Shimmery White cardstock and watercoloured in a background wash using Pool Party ink:

This card is much brighter than the first and in real life has a lovely shimmer, but I do feel that for both cards there is something missing; my urge to add layers was overwhelming! I'd love to know what you think - do leave me a little comment below with any thoughts you have on today's cards. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

 

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Susan Dalton
Susan DaltonUnited Kingdom
2/19/2016 10:03:50 PM #

Hi Joanne - beautiful cards - and love your dandelion - don't you just love them (not in real life though!!!)
Thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comment xx

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Jo Hutcheon
Jo Hutcheon United Kingdom
2/19/2016 11:04:42 PM #

Love these two cards, sometimes less is definitely more. I think you've nailed them beautifully and the sentiment is just perfect xx

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Veronica
VeronicaUnited States
2/20/2016 2:17:04 PM #

I love the design on both cards!  The movement created with the stamps is all it needs I think.   Any more layers and/or bling would distract from the beautiful simplicity!

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Liliy Hamilton Moir
Liliy Hamilton MoirUnited Kingdom
2/20/2016 6:53:03 PM #

I think these two cards are beautiful.  Like you I'm used to putting on a lot of embellishments on my cards but these make a nice alternative and I think would be excellent cards for men. TFS
Lilian

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Helen Jennings
Helen JenningsUnited Kingdom
2/22/2016 7:13:05 PM #

They are both beautiful Joanne and have made me look at this stamp set in a whole new way. Thank you

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anne
anneUnited Kingdom
2/22/2016 9:21:18 PM #

Joanne these are both so beautiful, love the background for your first card, ethereal.
Thanks so much for joining us for one layer week
Anne
"Less is More"

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