Tuesday 5 August 2014

Less is More - Colour Challenge

The current challenge over at Less is More is a 'colours' one - using this palette as inspiration:

color sip

I usually run away from colour challenges, but I love the fresh colours here - and the fact that it reminds the DT of a Mojito (which I love!) got me going with this:

I used:

- A6 cream card blank - much more of a lemony colour than shown in the photo above, sigh

- SU 'Smoky Slate' for the background, which I then ran through the Cuttlebug using Memory Box's 'Chloe Stem' die to cut an aperture, the one to the left as you look at the card

- I then die cut two further 'Chloe Stems' from snippets of green card - closest shades to the palette I could find in the snippets folder without chopping into fresh sheets

- next step was to apply a piece of double sided sticky to the back of the piece of grey card and use that to adhere it to the front of the card blank

- that left an aperture in the grey card which was backed with sticky -  into which I popped the paler of the green 'Chloe Stems'. If you try this at home, do remember to carefully save the little whole pieces cut from the (grey) backing card - in this case there were four - as you need to also pop these in, to totally fill the aperture

- now that the paler green stem had been 'countersunk' into the aperture I could add the darker green stem across the paler green stem. This is not my idea, I saw it on another blog (sorry, forget where) and it struck me as neat way to cross things over one another without having a 'bump'

- I cut the word 'Smile' using a die from Penny Black's 'Hooray' die set (thank you Sarn for sending me on a spend, but it's a set that will be used loads I know!) - four times. I know, four times - this is another technique I've also spotted on blogs lately although perhaps four layers isn't necessary! Just layered them up using a Zig glue pen - for fine work it's got more 'stickability' than a Quickie glue pen and the barrel is squeezable which makes it easier to control

- once the glue had dried I added the 'Smile' to the card and then carefully painted it using a fine brush and Glossy Accents

- ahem, teeny little bit of glue got onto the card so I die cut three sequins using MFT's 'Sequins' die and a little snippet of cream card. One 'sequin' was placed to hide the mark and the other two just to add balance

In case anyone loves the MFT sequins die set, there's also one in the Playground toy box waiting its turn as a prize! So if you'd like it but don't need it right away - why not wait and see if you're lucky in the draw, when it appears?



  1. Great card Di!
    I'm very glad Darnell tagged you!
    Greetings from Chicago~


  2. This is so cool and right on trend at the mo over here. Sure it is the same there.
    I have it on my list for this week to try one of these, as I have been admiring them on blogs recently...yours is no exception!

    I have different dies in mind but will use your tip as mine has some of that type of waste that needs saved to fill back in certain areas.

    Love the sequin die...great idea and what a greatsave it provided for you.

  3. Fab card, loving your bold style on this card !! Great entry for LIM !

  4. Stunning card Di and love the colours.
    The smile sentiment looks AB-FAB!
    thanks so much for joining the fun
    Less is More

  5. Oh my Di, you made me laugh.
    I too usually avoid colour challenges but yesterday evening I was taking a look through my snippets to make a card for your playground and gess what ? Exactly the colours for the above colour challenge came up. So I made a card for the snippets playground AND for that colour challenge. Such a coinsidence that we both took the same colour challenge. LOL
    BTW I love yours, you did capture the feeling of their picture better than I did. Well done.
    Love and greetings from Veerle xxxx

  6. Gorgeous card Di, the dimension on your sentiment looks fabulous, Cathy x

  7. Lovely card there Miss. Now where is the mojito? Need one now you have mentioned them!

  8. What a GREAT take on the challenge! I love the inlaid dies, and sequins, but that big happy sentiment completely won me over! NJ on this!

  9. Fun, fun, fun card, Di! Love how you used the pretty color combo & I have had my eye on that MFT die--will be a great playground prize!

  10. Yeah, I'm with Sam . . .where's my Mojito got to?

    Lovely card and I totally agree about the cross over with extra layers/bumps . . . will have to try and remember that one!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Great use of the colour pallet, fabulous card, love those stems and the sentiment looks brilliant.

    KAth x

  12. This is great Di, I love that inlaid effect.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  13. Lovely. I'll bet those tiny stems on the die blooms were fiddly to do this inlay/embed - whatever it's called. You did a swell job with this, and your colors were so cool. The dimensional Smile just popped and I like that look a lot. Classy card all round! TFS & Hugs.

  14. OMGee there is a die that cuts sequins! Got to save me pennies or add it to 'The C' list! Love that die cut word and the way you have layered it up - fabulous! Going to have to add word dies to that list too! xx

  15. Super card Di, love those flower heads. Elizabeth xx

  16. Oh, darn, I completely forgot about this LIM color challenge and I love those colors, too. You've designed an awesome CASlicious card to enter, Di!! Hugs, Darnell

  17. Di what a stylish creation, love those diecut sequins!
    Thanks so much for joining LIM this week
    Less is More Designer

  18. Would never have thought of layering 4 of the same dies together - have done 2 b&w offset to give a shadow but this looks great. Thanks for the tip, and the idea to countersink (dead technical term that!! ) the die cut :-)
    Debs x


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