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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Three squares

This weeks challenge at Less is More is to create a card with 3 squares. Sounds simple and so I thought until I sat in my craft room and no inspiration was forthcoming!!! I've looked at everyone else's entries and apart from plagiarism NOTHING :(
Finally I produced the following using white base card and squares of ribbed taupe card mounted on black. The flower stamp was a freebie from craft stamper and I stamped the petals of two images with small rose and butterfly from Stamp Addicts. The middle one I tried to zentangle. I added a strip of card folded over and edged with deco scissors and distressed with Frayed Burlap.A length of ribbon lies just above this although it's not showing up but the 3 black gems are sitting on it! I placed the squares on top and the sentiment was from my zyron digital printer.
                                               I was also playing around with a Venetian stamp from Darkroom Door trying
to highlight a couple of areas with different sized squares that had some colour. Not sure if it covers the brief but I quite like it and would appreciate some feedback :)
Thanks for looking.........

32 comments:

butlersabroad said...

Very nice Valerie, love the colour combo. This card would also fit with Simon Says Stamp this week where they have a coffee and cream challenge going on. The second card is really interesting, it's called the spotlight technique I think. I'm not sure the plain white background is setting it off to the best advantage though, but I can't think what to do with it now it's put together!

Hugs
Brenda

Chrissie said...

Hi Val,
I think your flowery card is fine, but the Venetian one is really interesting. As Brenda has said it's very similar to the Spotlighting technique where certain areas of an image are highlighted in some way. It makes for a super card... really clever and most innovative for our challenge... there are three squares after all, the main image plus the two superimposed squares!
For me the whole image is a little high, but the card as a whole is great. Thanks for coming up with something so unique!
Great to see you again and see you next time.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Jan said...

Both great but the flowers are my favourite xx Jan

Ann said...

Hi Val
I absolutely love your Venetian card - stunning.
Haven't had chance to do my 3 squares yet but I'm getting such fabulous ideas whilst blog hopping.
Ann xxx

Bea said...

Lovely card

Debgem said...

I love the flowers squares - really CAS - lovely! However, I think the Venetian scene is really super. I love the spotlight technique; it really adds dimension. I think the image needs to be just a bit lower, giving an even border around. But I love!

Shaz said...

Both cards are lovely, but the Venetian scene...WOW... Never thought of highlighting one specific area. (Until now) lol. xx

Kathyk said...

Lovely card - love the highlighting

Kathyk

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Fab squares card - I too am searching for inspiration this week. :o)
LOVE the Venetian card. The spotlight technique looks amazing with this stamp.
I think I would have tried it mounted on black card, for a bolder look.
Caroline xxx

Laura said...

Both are beautiful! Love the colours in them. The Venetian one is really special, great technique!

Jane said...

Both cards are lovely love the way you have done the Venetian one

Craftilicious said...

I love your venetian card - what an interesting take on the challenge! Even though I used the spotlighting technique last week it would never have occured to me to use it in two places on one image. I think the overall card is stunning, and very well balanced.
Craftilicious x

Meggymay said...

Love how you did the flowers, its a beautiful card. Think we were on the same trand of thought as I used that stamp as well.
Your Venetian one is stunning, love the way you highlighted the squares.

Mandi said...

Hi Valerie
Your card has great balance, although I would have placed it at the bottom. I absolutely love the Venetian one, thats a wonderful effect
Thank you for joining us again
mandi
"LEss is More"

Maureen [docrafts] said...

Lovely card, well done.
Maureen......x

Valerie said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments and especially the constructive criticism I really appreciate it
Val xx

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Both great cards. I particularly like the Venetian one as it looks amazing.
Hugs, Sandra

Karen said...

Absolutely love the Venetian one Val - stunning. Also like your entry for LIM although doesn't have as much impact as the other one. Definitely a spotlight method.

Susan said...

Both cards are very nice...but I really love the Venetian card! Very cool technique to spotlight the two areas on the stamp. Not sure how you did that, but I'd love to! I might have moved the imaged down a bit, but I'm all about lining things up! LOL!

Rosemary said...

both cards are lovely, but i really like the 2nd one alot!

Faith A said...

Beautiful cards, your Venetion one is truly inspiring for me.

joanne wardle said...

your cards are lovely. you did fine with the challenge.
I always find it best not to look at the entries until I've done mine, as that way if I do something similar, I know that it's a coincidence not plagiarism :)

Joan said...

I love your Venetion card, what a fab idea to do the spotlighting technique, also love how you have added pattern to the flowers on the first card, great ideas.

Lynne said...

Two brilliant cards, I love the Venetian one.
Lynne xxx

Kathleen said...

Well I love this card, the tones and the stamp just look so good.

Kath x

Gina said...

I like both cards, its a pity the ribbon didn't show well in the photo. I like the venetian card as well and agree with those who say the image should be a bit lower. I know it doesn't fit with the less is more idea but I think that image would look fabulous on a more distressed background with some other ephemera.
Gina x

cardz said...

Hi Valerie, I see what you mean about placing your squares on the opposite edge, but the elements still all work very well together. The Venetian one is a great idea, I love the highlighted areas.

Heather T

Stamps and Paper said...

Both cards are lovely Val but if I had to select one it would be the venetian one becuase its so different...

Anne

jillyscreations said...

both your cards are wonderful but i really like what you have done with the venetian one. i have done something similar in the past and am always pleased with the results

Babs said...

Both your cards are wonderful, and like many others i do love your venention one more, well done such a great idea...

Babs x

Jose said...

Two great cards, I think my favourite is the Venetian card it takes me back to a wonderful visit we had there, beautiful colours.
Jose

Vicky Hayes said...

The three flowers card is lovely but the Venetian card is an absolute stunner! I wish there had been a bigger picture!

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