Less IS More

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A happy Wednesday to you all!

This week, my dear friend Mary mentioned the phrase 'Less is more'. I have always been a big believer of this notion ever since learnt about it in art history at high school. Achieving it however, is another story entirely! For some, in card making, it comes easy. Talented artists like Anne Wight, Julie Ebersole, and my friend Laura have a very clean and simple (CAS) style that I just adore. I think my cards tend to flip flop all over the place. What do you think?? And how would you describe your style?

Today's card showcases a stamp from the recently released Hanna Stamps! set 'I Love My Garden'. I went with more of the 'clean and simple' style on this one and I love how it turned out!

I channelled some of Kim Teasdale's mad skills and clear embossed all three layers of this gerbera daisy. The first layer is of the whole image stamped straight onto the base which I sponged around the edges. The second layer is of the whole image again, but I cut it out this time and popped it on dimensionals. The third layer is just of the pot and the flowers themselves. When I'm taking pictures I have to remember to take angled shot of the layers (like how I did for the Anya card on Monday's post). Otherwise they look flat, like this card. Trust me, it looks 10 times better IRL!

Again, I got stuck on where to put a sentiment, so I left it off. Now I can use it for any kind of greeting I need at the time. Good thinking MacLean! LOL

Just a reminder that Victoria still has BLOG CANDY up for grabs on her blog and she has just upped the anty and added a second place prize so get over there and check it out!! I just received my MONSTERS in the mail last night and I can't wait to color them up on my day off this Friday!

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

Stamps: Hanna Stamps! 'I Love My Garden'
Inks: Staz On 'Timber Brown', Versamark, Morning Marigold, Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Certain Celery, True Thyme,
Paper: Kraft cs, Creamy Caramel, Canson Watercolor, PP - Melissa Frances 'Wesley'
Access: Ribbon, Marvy scalloped square punch, dimensionals, precision scissors


Kimmie said...

This is an absolutely beautiful card! I LOVE everything about it!

karen said...

I think I'd have to say i'm pretty CAS too - everytime I TRY to get extravagant, I end up hating it. I SOOOOOOOOOo envy your coloring talent, and the way you shadow your images... that is my goal, to try that next! Your cards are such an inspiration to me. Can I put you in a box and take you home with me?

Jessica Diedrich said...

This is so gorgeous sandra and you're right, simple is good....at least sometimes LOL! I LOVE IT!

Holly Young said...

I really love this card. It's simple, but just stands out because of your coloring!

Faith said...

I love your cards Sandra! This one is fabulous, tell me please how do you get the ribbon to lay so flat ?? Mine always bunch :)

kadie said...

This card is fantastic, Sandra. I know I vasilate between descibing your cards as fantastic, fabulous, awesome, gorgeous, etc...but they are all so great. I really like the simplicity of this one, but even in that simplicty the details stand out. I love the coloring of the flowers and the shading around them. The tie and placement of the ribbon is perfect and of course, the chosen PP helps to make the image Pop. Great card. I think your cards vary in layouts and techniques but your lines are always very clean cut. My style is still developing. I used to do simple and everything was very linear. I've definately been challenged to try new things since our group started and I really love the paper distressing technique. So where you're the queen of ink distressing, I'll aim for queen of paper/edge distressing! :) Am I rambling? Great card today!

Christi Flores said...

I LOVE this card!! That dp is gorgeous!!!

Danni said...

What a stunning card! Great job!

Mary Giles said...

Sandra...you did a fabulous job and I think once you get an idea and pick the papers and the layout sometimes the less is more approach is better. Sometimes more is what is needed though. I used to do no coloring only stamping with color, but I too have been blessed to be exposed to so many talents on SCS that I am starting to come out of my box and making what I hope are cards that poeple enjoy and are inspired by. Love ya!

*Susan* said...

Sandra, once again you did an amazing job! Your attention to details, like the embossing and multiple layers here, and your eye for color choices always come together for beautiful end projects.

Janna said...

Sandra, wow!!! This is one of the pretties cards I have seen. I don't think I could have made anything this elegant even if I tried! The ribbons are so perfect on the side andthe coloring is just to die for!! I am so jealous of your talent!! :)


Cassie said...

hey girl! i'm running short on time today so you get a "drive-by" post - love the card - i agree, sometimes simple is better!! and thanks for the tutorial! i still think i like watercoloring better! not that i'm really good at it! but at least i have the supplies for it!

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