Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pure and Simple with Less is More...

Hello there, (WOYWW visitors - please see previous post!)  
Time for my mid-week indulgence in the purer things in life. I like to reside in both the North and South of creating so my weekend was spent on an intense but fabulous Wendy Vecchi project and today I relished in the realms of Clean and Simple. This week at Less is More, it's butterflies. Funny enough, yet again, I did this week's theme last week. All pure chance - I don't do computer hacking.
I fancied the idea of a mini-canvas as my focal piece and so I used Claudine Helmuth's Sticky Back Canvas from Ranger as a base. I have used some old, never used, gold (!) butterfly peel-offs as masks. I stuck them randomly over my canvas and then stippled Fired Brick Distress Ink using some Cut 'n' Dry foam. Lift off the butterfly and all done. For some unknown reason back in my rookie days, I bought a load of peel-offs. As you do...

Here is a close-up to show the texture of the canvas. It's very versatile and I like to work with it a lot. It comes in white and natural and you can paint, sew, transfer and die-cut with  it. Even run it through your printer and then just stick it where you want. Easily repositioned too. Makes fabulous flowers...I thought I'd tell you about it as you might see it in a shop and think "What's that?" and just pass it by as a card-maker.



Once I had covered my piece of canvas I cut it into three. I mounted each piece onto green card, lightly distressing and inking the edges. I used a nearly white ribbed card stock. Not pure white as that was too harsh.
Here you can see where I have slightly frayed the edges of the canvas before sticking it to the card. I also played around with brown and tones on a book page which also looked great but went for the bright red and green as I already do a lot in vintage tones. You can also get a nice effect with by using and blending different colours. I do think it's a welcome change from card and adds a bit more texture to your work.

 Just enough for a small square one. Finished off with a simple satin ribbon and sentiment. The first sentiment is Wendy Vecchi, middle one unknown and the last one Paper Artsy. As said - lots of options but I felt just right with red, green and white (see it even rhymes).

I hope you enjoy them, might have learnt something and are having fun with your own. So I'm signing off and going to have a meander through your creations...

Thanks for calling by. Do let me know if you have any questions - always happy to help out.

Sarah.

11 comments:

Mandi said...

Yes, Miss E-G you did eh
Hmmmm it's not only Big Brother watching eh lol
FABULOUS card. Perfection...as always!
Good to see you
Thanks lots
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

joanne wardle said...

gorgeous set, wonderful way to use the canvas

hazel said...

Beautiful collection of cards.
xxx Hazel.

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous cards the canvas is inspired. Great use of peeloffs! XOXO Zoe

Kathyk said...

Fab idea and a great collection

Kathyk

Simply a Bug Lover said...

3 Great cards. I shall have to try some of this canvas it looks good. Sue x

Vicky Hayes said...

What gorgeous cards! Thank you for this post Sarah - I love the canvas and had no idea it existed! Love your tip for using peel offs as a mask too - genius! (If only I had some!) Vx

judith@poppy cottage said...

Great cards, love the colours that you have chosen. The butterflies look great on the canvas background, Judith xx

Debgem said...

Fantastic set of cards. I really like the texture you've got from stamping on the canvas - looks wonderful!

Juls said...

fabulous! Love the texture! Hugs Juls

Susan said...

Ooooo...LOVE the canvas and what wonderful texture it adds to your cards! Gorgeous work!

My card is HERE