Sunday, 12 June 2011

Just An Illusion

Hello everyone. Hope you are all keeping warm and dry. It's like the depths of winter here so perhaps that's why I ended up making a Christmas card. I can't believe that we've had to have the central heating on today - it's 12th June! Crazy, huh? On the plus side, all my washing has got dried on the radiators!

Here's a quick-ish card for the Less Is More challenge where the theme is a One Layer Card and Frames. Notice the title of this post? This card is actually one layer but it has the illusion of being matted. (Well, it would have that illusion if I could get a half-decent picture {grin}).

For anyone that may be sceptical, below is a photo of the way I made the 'mat look'. It was just done with a few bits of low-tack masking tape and sponged with some ink pads. Then, the last thing I did was add stickles to both sides of the lines. Easy-peasy. It's similar to a card I made last year, but so much flatter to post and it weighs less too.

I'm also entering this into:
Annabella stamps - Say it with Sponging & Masking
Crafty Sentiments - Sparkle
Less is More - OLC and Frames

I'm not sure that I'll have a chance to make a second entry this week; it's a case of make cards and post them on here or blog hop and comment; so this week the blog-hopping and commenting HAS to be the focus. The only exception to that is a couple of DT items.

As always - feedback on how to improve this card is always welcome.
Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx


Ang C said...

A lovely card

Jo said...

Lovely colours and sparkly stuff!

Chrissie said...

We've had our heating on today too Sharon, it's freezing in these 'ere parts isn't it!
This is a great card and really does look layered... a very clever technique with the masking, it's just terrific.
A beautiful card.
Thanks so much
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Susan said...

Great card, Sharon! I can't believe it's cold in's been in the 90s here! Finally a little rain today will cool it off a bit!
My Card

Riet said...

So gorgeous card Sharon.

Hugs Riet.xx

coldwaters2 said...

This is beautiful Sharon love the illusion of the matting you have created superb work.
Lorraine x

Zoechaos said...

Delightful, love the technique thank you for sharing it with us. XOXO Zoe

jules said...

Hi Sharon beautiful card!!

Debgem said...

Such a beautiful Christmas card - I do like the way you've made the layered look!

And we've had the heating on too - it's silly, we should be in t-shirts :)

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog said...

A beautiful card! Love the colours!
Thanks for sharing it with us this week :)

Beryl K said...

Great card, it defintely looks layered to me, great technique
Beryl x

Suze Bain said...

Great masking, super colours and I love the addition of the stickles. xx

Pauline said...

What a fab technique for a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

Mandi said...

FAB card, Sharon
Super effect of the layers
Thank you
Diva LIM mandi
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

FAB card Sharon, really looks like layers
Super technique
Thank you
Diva LIM mandi
"Less is More"

Carole of Brum said...

That's great, the frame really does give the illusion of matting, very clever. CoB

Maureen said...

Lovely card, well done.

Sue Kohler said...

What a fabulous technique, it gives such a stunning effect, you are a whizz at the stickles too!
Thanks for sharing at AnnaBelle's this week! :)

Kylie said...

What a beautiful card! It so looks like you layered your cardstock, LOVE what you have done!
Your colours are lovely, just stunning!
Thanks for playing along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

Take care,
Kylie X

Sue W said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Sharon and those colours are delish! Thanks for joining us at AnnaBelle an good luck!