Tuesday, March 20, 2012


The Less is More challenge this week is....MASKING

A few weeks ago I did some masking on a one layer card  using the Greenhouse Garden flowers.  I really liked the effect and this was just the excuse I needed to try it again.

I'm not sure it's Clean and simple enough, buy I hope so.

This is a two-step stamp.  I stamped the solid flower head with Regal Rose and the outline with Rose Red.  I love these colors together. I inked the stems and leaves of the large stamp of the Just Believe set with my Old Olive marker and stamped over the flowers after masking all of them.  I actually stamped it more than once then drew some stems for the flowers with the brush tip of the marker.

The butterfly is from the Kindness Matters set. I love these little butterflies and they are as pretty cut out and separated as all together.

The sentiment is from a retired set, Bird on a Branch. And the embossed scallops were done with an Adorning Accents Embossing Folder.

The layout is from the CAS challenge yesterday at SCS to use this card as a sketch.

I also did this card using lighter colors but I thought it was too much for Less is More.

What do you think?

I used Blushing Bride and Peach Pizzazz for the flowers, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight for the foliage, and used all three butterflies from the Kindness Matters set, cut them out and lifted the wings a bit.  Actually, the larger butterfly was stamped over the masked flowers.  I stamped it again and cut it out.  That way I didn't have to draw the antennae.  The yellow flowers were stamped, cut out and adhered.

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Greenhouse Garden, Just Believe, Kindness Matters, Bird on a Branch
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Jet Black StazOn, SU Markers (Old Olive, Basic Black) 
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive
Other:  Adorning Accents Embossing Folder

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Greenhouse Garden, Just Believe, Kindness Matters, Bird on a Branch
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Peach Pizzazz, Jet Black StazOn, SU Markers (Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Peach Pizzazz, Basic Black)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black

I'm so glad you stopped by.  I love your visits.



VICTORIA said...

Bonnie your Cards are beautiful. :)

jimlynn said...

BOTH are amazingly beautiful!!!

Carol Smith said...

Gorgeous, Bonnie! Carol

Cynthia said...

Way to rock the masking!! I love the embossed scallops on the first and I love the butterflies on the second--too hard to choose a favorite!! ;-)

Chrissie said...

These are great Bonnie and there's still plenty of white space on the second one, even though the main panel itself is a little busier.
I think the sideways sentiment works really well, it's a super one.
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Victoria said...

Beautiful cards Bonnie! Love the masking you've done!
Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Nikki Spencer said...

Oh Bonnie, these are really beautiful cards, your colours are just stunning and the L/O is a perfect showcase for those gorgeous flowers.

Kim S said...

Bonnie!! These are stunning!!

Victoria said...

WOW! These cards are breathtakingly beautiful! I love Greenhouse Garden and the colours you've chosen are fantastic. If I had to choose, I would have to plump for the second card. That pop of black is brilliant.

Benzi said...

Gorgeous, Bonnie. I love the flower and I really liked that SCS sketch, too. I know what you mean about cutting out the antennae...hard.

Susan said...

I love both the cards, especially the first one. What a great idea to combine Greenhouse Garden with Just Believe - I have both those sets, so I'll be CASEing that card one day! I think it's CAS enough as there is lots of white space.

Mandi said...

Both beautiful Bonnie, but the ssecodn does it for me...just slightly
Very cottage garden
Lovely card

Thank you so much
"Less is More"

bastelengel said...

Great cards! They both look so beautiful.

Maribel said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love

Aileen said...

They are both gorgeous. Super masking and the flowers look great teamed up with Just Believe. Love the flower on the first breaking through the frame. x

Susan said...

Bonnie, they're both fabulous...but I REALLY love that second one...not too busy at all!!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

I was 'oohing' over that first card...until I saw the second! It's like a print to hang on a wall! The colors are fantastic.