Wednesday 3 July 2019

Less is More #398 - one layer and spots

It's absolutely ages since I joined in with many of the challenges I used to play in (when I had more time), and one of those is Less is More.

I have a big Really Useful Box, stuffed full of unused items such as stamps, dies and stencils (or NBUS as Darnell would say). Some are to be used for my Snippets Playground challenge samples, and some are items I either bought just for me, or have been sent by lovely friends.

This card is a mixture, the stamp set is a one off that I fell in love with and bought last year - there was only one in stock, and it doesn't seem to be available here in the UK right now. However, the stencil has a duplicate in the Toy Box and that will be on offer, sometime fairly soon.

So - the theme is one layer over at Less is More #398 - and you also have to include spots. This is my offering:
I used:

- 6" x 6" white card blank (in fairness, Hobbycraft's card blanks are a teensy bit smaller even though they quite cheekily sell them as 6" x 6" (the envelopes are 6" x 6" though) and I usually trim them down slightly to 5.75" x 5.75" - as I did in this case

- the stamp set I used is such a fun one - it's by Your Next Stamps and is called 'One in a Chameleon'. Really great images and also some very cheesy sentiments as well. Also I especially like that the images lines are lovely and thick, which makes them perfect for masking

- stamped the chameleon and one of the flowers onto a piece of Woodware Magi-film, using Ranger Archival ink (wasn't sure whether Memento would possibly smear when I was fussy cutting the images so played safe) - and then spent ages carefully fussy cutting out the two masks

- then stamped the chameleon and the flower onto the card front, using the Misti of course

- popped the masks onto the images on the card front and then adhered the stencil in place using some low tack tape before stencilling the green spots using an Altenew 'Feeling Dotty' stencil, SU's 'Wild Wasabi' ink pad and a Clarity stencil brush

- removed the stencil and the two little masks then coloured in the flower and the chameleon using Whispers brush pens

- then added the two sentiments (using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink) with the help of the Misti and some clear acetate with grid lines on for the initial alignment - and naturally also did a check before 'going for it'!

- final touch, a coating of Glossy Accents on the eyes - and I also checked that the Glossy Accents wouldn't react with the pupil of the chameleon by trying it on a snippet of card first - me not always as daft as me looks!

Finished! As I said, this is such a fun set of stamps and it's ages since I did any masking so am quietly pleased with the result. I did Google to look for ideas to colour in the chameleon and came across some images where folk had used the colours of the rainbow - which I admit I unashamedly followed and then I thought I'd do the same when colouring the flower). And I do love his little 'two-fingered salute ☺

It also struck me that, as it's a celebration of World/Gay Pride at the moment, it's quite appropriate.


  1. Ha ha ha . . . That cool chameleon one layer card made me smile. Great colouring and masking too. Can see why the set appealed to you. Xxx

  2. OLC are so hard for me, I always make a mess at the last moment. I love your little chameleon, he's adorable :)

  3. Oh gosh, he really is a cool dude looking especially colourful... he looks fab, great card x

  4. Fab make and a super image too - always great to use Darnell's NBUS isn't it? Perfect make for the spotty LIM challenge

    Happy Wednesday

  5. I love this cute little chameleon, such a wonderful card.

    Sue xx

  6. This brought a smile to my face Di! Love it. x

  7. I love this card. This is a cute 60's 70's chameleon. The sentiment is great and I love that he's giving us the Peace sign. Oh, I really love this. [Bunny]

  8. Ha ha, love this little fella and the colours you've made him. A fabulous cas card x

  9. Yay! It's lovely to see you back at Less is More Di - we've missed you! Fab card! The colourful chameleon is so cheery and his glossy accent eyes are a brilliant touch. Great use of the spots theme too. xx

  10. Your card is just adorable!!!

  11. Awwww... This rainbow chameleon is too much cool!!! :D :D Absolutely LOVE him!! :D
    You have created a fantastic CAS, the stencilled piece of background looks just perfect and the little flower and the sentiment are fabulous details!!
    A gold star!! :D

  12. Awww Di this is just so lovely and creative too x

  13. Your card really made me smile, Di, I just love your cute little chameleon! Fabulous card and perfect for the LIM challenge. xx

  14. This is so darn cute! Loving the rainbow coloured critter and the way you did the eyes!

    Sometimes one has to have a good giggle to get thru the day...this card gave me mine.

    Taking life day by day at the moment. Quite a bit more sore and tender on physio days but no pain, no gain, as they say.

    It is a slow road to regaining all the stretch and bend you should have in your knee, dven more so the longer you waited for surgery.
    I am paying the price of turning down my surgery dates a few years ago when my Mum was ready to pass.
    I turned down 3 or 4 spots over about a 4 year period as I wanted to be there for her when she needed us.
    As you limp more to deal with your knee pain, you have those weak muscles to regain as well.

    I am looking forward to visiting England again and actually getting out to walk, shop and sightsee.

    Crafty hugs

  15. This card is making me smile. It's great!!!
    Lia xx

  16. What a fun and fabulous card Di

  17. That chameleon is super cute Di and I love the multi colour look and the stencilled spots in the background look great, a really fun make! x

  18. This card makes me smile from ear to ear Di! I love it! So cute, so CAS and so fine. The bright colors makes it so happy feeling and dang if the chameleon isn't the cutest. Loving those polka dots too! Hugs, Brenda

  19. So cute ... Have a nice day, Ankie

  20. Oh it's great to see you at Less Is More, and this is just so perfect for our challenge. I love this little guy and how fun that you did him in rainbow colors. Love the spots in the background and the sentiment is perfect! Thanks so much for playing with us!

  21. Oh my goodness! This is the cutest thing! Great work!

    I was away on vacation but am back now and hoping to get crafty soon! Have a good day!

  22. OMG - this is too cute!! And so wonderfully designed. I don't mask very often myself - you did an excellent job!


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