Monday, April 25, 2011

Off Center

This week's Less is More challene is OFF CENTRE

To do cards with little or no symmetry but perfect balance, which doesn't necessarily mean gems in all four corners, or any corners for that matter.

I've been playing around with a technique that was described to me at a local craft store.  They were holding classes but the classes were all full.  I got a good look at the cards they were doing and the attendent gave me a quick rundown of the technique.  It's really quite simple.

I used this stamp from the Friends Never Fade set.  It stamps the background and leaves the images unstamped.  I stamped it with VersaMark, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat embossed it.  Then I colored the images with markers.  Actually she said to watercolor, but the watercolor was lighter than what I wanted.  After I was finished, I wiped the embossing with a paper towel to remove any unwanted ink.  (I love that it's ok to color outside the lines.)

I used Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Old Olive SU Markers to color.

Here's a closer look....

Since the design already had a sentiment, I chose to add a ribbon with the bow to balance the card.  I hope ribbons are allowed in this challenge.

And the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS this week is Freshn'Sassy aka Shelly.  This is card I CASEd.  You can see Shelly's amazing gallery here.  There's lots of inspiration there!

And speaking of challenges.  This card was chosen by  Leslie at Paper Players as a Cut Above.

I'm so honored and you can believe that I have a big smile on my face.

Thanks so much for the visit.




Stamps and Paper said...

A very pretty card.


Dolly Daydreams said...

Very pretty card and the flower is fabulous.


Chrissie said...

Superb Bonnie and a very interesting technique!
Love this one.
Enjoy your week!
Lady LIM

Suze Bain said...

A super card Bonnie, the stamped panel is fab. x

Aileen said...

Super technique Bonnie, thanks for sharing. x

Susan said...

Bonnie, this is so pretty! I'm not sure I totally understand the process...but the results are awesome!

Mandi said...

Just fabulous Bonnie
You've nailed the challenge this week
Thanks so much
Diva LIM
Less is More

Carol said...

A very pretty card. Carol x

Vicky Hayes said...

What a gorgeous card and a brilliant technique Bonnie - thanks for sharing. I shall certainly be rummaging about through my stamps now, looking for an image I can play with in this way! Well done for your card being chosen for a Cut Above!

Lynne said...

Fabulous. What an interesting stamp and technique.
Lynne xxx

Benzi said...

What a beautiful flower, Bonnie, and you did a fantastic job with it.
Congrats on your win with the Paper Players. That always brings a smile to my face, too.

Faith A said...

You have made a lovely card