Saturday, 16 April 2011

Less is More Week 11 - Acetate!

Afternoon everyone - hope you're having a good crafting weekend.  Mine is going great - it started yesterday when my project was chosen to be in the spotlight at copic creations, then I had a great evening of colouring and got 5 of the 10 Easter images I need this year finished, and then today as the football is on, I'm "stuck" in the house all day so I can craft all day too.  Then as its Saturday, it means another new challenge over at Less is More :-) but then I find out the challenge is acetate :-(  Boo!

I am such an addict to this challenge that I now check out what each challenge is on the google-reader ap on my phone, as I take my husband to work at 8am each Saturday and I can't bear to wait until I get home to find out what it is!  So I looked at it, thought - eek acetate - no way, then I did the shopping which gave me thinking time, and I got an idea I thought I could cope with.

I got this new woodware clear stamp of a Lily a couple of weeks ago and have had a couple of goes at colouring in it with pencils when stamped onto kraft card.  Its quite hard to colour around the dotty bits though so I thought that I could colour it on acetate with copics, doing under-shading on the back, and then colouring the detail on the front so the dots wouldn't be a problem.


I store my clear stamps in folders, so the black outline they come attached to (acetate!) just sits in a pile, so I used this to colour my image (recycled acetate so no wastage and no issue of copics and stazon bleeding).  I just shaded the greens and allowed the white of the base card to show through, and then used the warm grey shades to add a little depth to each petal.  I then flipped it over, shaded the stamens and dots with browns and copper, and added brown glitter to the stamens for extra pop.  I cut a nestie circle and used the "waste" to make a circular frame and added a simple sentiment from craftwork cards - I edged the part of the circle which overlapped the white with peeled paint distress ink and left the part which overlapped the frame plain white.  Not sure the shading shows up so well in the photo unless you view it expanded.

I like this technique I've stumbled upon thanks to the LIMettes - perhaps acetate isn't that awkward afterall.....

If you haven't already checked out my new charity challenge - this month we're asking for floral images so my card fits our theme - do go and have a look - its for a very good cause :-)

Thanks - enjoy the rest of your weekend.
                                                            Craftilicious x

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful card, thanks for some tips aswell because I just don't know what to use with the acetate.
    jenjoy x

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  2. This is an absolutely beautiful card, the colouring is perfect, you're very talented. I visit St Lukes often with my work and will donate some of my cards to them next week when I'm there.

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  3. Oh you did make me laugh Tara about reading your ap on your phone LOL
    Glad the challenge wasn't disappointing, neither is your card it;s fabulous!
    Thanks so much, have a great week
    mandi
    Less is More

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  4. Beautiful card and a very crafty use for your acetate :)
    Val x

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  5. I`ve really struggled this week but you`ve come up trumps with this one. Fabulous!!!
    Lynne xxx

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  6. This soft and subtle colouring is perfect . Makes for a wonderfully classy card.

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  7. The image is beautiful and your card just stunning

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  8. Beautiful image and some great tips - thanks

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  9. What a very clever idea to use this acetate. And what a beauty it is too, Fabulous

    ALi x

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  10. beautiful colouring on that - and some cool tips - thanks

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  11. Beautiful card and I love that stamp. I know what you mean about checking Google reader!

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  12. This is fantastic! Absolutely love it! xx

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  13. Love it, well done xx Jan

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  14. Gorgeous image...and beautiful delivery!

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  15. Such a pretty card and I love the idea of using the acetate that comes with the stamp...clever :)
    jenny x

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  16. This is so pretty. The colouring is fabulous... so very effective!
    Fabulous card and thanks for being such a devotee!
    Enjoy your weekend
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  17. What a stunningly elegant card deserves to be framed I think.

    Marie

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  18. Absolutely Stunning. Hugs Rita xxx

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  19. A great bit of re-cycling. A really beautiful card. Sue.x

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  20. Your card is gorgeous. I love the coloring and the added glitter for pop. It really brings the flower to life. Fabulous!! Perfect use for the acetate that comes with clear stamps.

    Before I read through your post, my first thought was how you managed to stamp that perfect image without a bit of movement. I may have to try this with one of my samples. I may grow to like acetate after all. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing your idea.

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  21. Lovely stamp and you've made an awesome job of colouring it! Beautiful!

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  22. Fabulous image and coloured beautifully! xx

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  23. Beautiful card Love the image..Chrissieann xx

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  24. Fantastic colouring and you've managed to get such depth into your flower. Very clever card and very very elegant:-)

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  25. Beautiful card and a beautiful image. xx

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  26. The floral image demands that you look at this card which is beautiful and the colouring WOW! XOXO Zoe

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  27. Wow this is lovely, your colouring is gorgeous. x

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  28. Lovely! the colouring is just right.

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  29. This is gorgeous and fantastic colouring. x

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  30. Gorgeous card again this week...love the image...lovely work!

    Take care
    San x

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  31. Lovely card Tara....love your image. It will be nice to get back to card making after having a week away....think I've got withdrawal symptons!!


    Anne

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  32. This is absolutely stunning!!! I love lilies and your colouring on this one is so beautiful.

    Like Anne, I'm having withdrawal symptoms - but I'm enjoying visiting as many blogs as possible!!

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