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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Less is more week 11 - Acetate

Well here I am with my cards for this week Less is More challenge - acetate!  After my initial reaction of  - Nooooo, I'm running as fast as I can for the hills!  I made my way slowly past the acetate sitting in the corner of the dining room, where it is languished for more than a few years, took a deep breath and had a go. 

I had totally forgotten just what terrible stuff it is!  I stamped, smudged, swore and stamped again!  I tried colouring in and, just to prove what a dizzy gal I really am, tried to colour the image but on the side of the acetate I had stamped and the image smudged again!  I decided that I had nothing that could colour acetate so glittered it instead.  It was only after I thought about it that I realised that I should probably colour from the back and that way I wouldn't make the ink run.

So I have ended up with two cards and am not completely happy with them, but then I don't entirely dislike them either.  I will not be using the acetate again for awhile, that's for sure!  I also had terrible trouble photographing it - so apologies in advance for the dodgy pics (again!).

First card is my normal square card minus the front which I replaced with the acetate.  I stamped one of the flowers from the new Additions range from Lili of the Valley onto the acetate then glittered the blooms.  The greeting is stamped on the inside of the card and is a combination of Elzybells words. I punched a strip of card, stuck it to the back of the card to hide the acetate join and folded it around the front.  Not sure if the card needs more, it looks very plain to me.

Edited to add - I didn't realise just how much like Chrissie's it is until I just did the linky thing.  It wasn't deliberate, the card style must've stuck in my head - hope you don't mind Chrissie.  Sarah



Second card is DL size, I stamped the main image on the front of the card then repeated it on an acetate overlay.  I coloured the presents with Promarkers and left the main image without colour.  I added another greeting made up from Elzybells greetings stamped onto the front of the card.



Any comments or suggestions for improvements are always welcome and thanks for reading my acetate saga!

Sarah

20 comments:

Aileen said...

Sarah, these are both fab. Love the delicacy of the flower and the girls walking off the page. x

Suze Bain said...

These are lovely Sarah, your stamped images look really crisp. I like the girls best. x

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there, I love your glittery flowers, don't they shine! and the girls running in with prezzies are magnificent, well done two brilliant cards:0) xxx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Love both cards and the first is definitely not too plain it's very elegant. Love however the second one is it a stamp and if so who's

Marie

Mandi said...

Chrissie will be flattered!
Super card, love the girls one too, very clever
Thanks so much
mandi
Less is More

Vicky Hayes said...

Well I love the first one but it's the girls-walking-off-the-page one that really got my attention. It's a really striking image that works incredibly well with the overlay.

Chrissie said...

Mandi's quite right... I am flattered!
We do our cards for the challenges as a little means of inspiration and so if they do that, then we're delighted!
Your cards are beautiful... I love the twinkle on the flowers and the girls walking off the page are such fun!
Super duper submissions!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Susan said...

Love the sparkle you added to the blooms...and the second card is fab!!

Shobana said...

Oh my! What do i say?
Superlovelyfabelegantawesomecreations! Howzzat!?!?! Great job! :)

Lizy said...

I absolutely love these Sarah! Especially the flower one but then I love those stamps and have been toying with buying them myself! I do love the glitter...I was going to glitter my butterfly one... I also love the girls, very cleverly done!
Lizy x

Debgem said...

I think your flowers on the first card are so very pretty - delicate colours and lovely sparkle. Your second card is also fab - very girly!! You nailed this challenge!

kay said...

fabulous cards sarah,loved both,x

Suzi B said...

Great cards , like them both. x

massofhair said...

Two very outstanding cards, very different styles but so elegant and fun. My tip would be to add a border on the back of your DL card to hide the join of the acetate to your card.
Two beautiful cards:-)

Wishcraft said...

Both gorgeous cards Sarah, love them both - you were much braver with your acetate than I was :o) Lisa x

Caroljenks said...

Both gorgeous cards - Love them.

Carol x

maggie said...

love these acetate cards beautiful designs..thanks for leaving lovely comment on my blog mags

maddy hill said...

Totally fabulous ! love the style ! congrats on your DT post !
hugs
maddy x

GoonerGirl said...

Fabulous cards Sarah love them both..Chris xx

Nicola Anne said...

Both the cards are lovely, but I especially like the square one. Well done on giving the acetate a go, it's flaming awful stuff to work with and photograph...........