Sunday, 13 March 2011

OFF THE PAGE AND A STEP TOO FAR!


Can't believe another week has gone and it's time for the next LESS IS MORE CHALLENGE. It's the week I slightly dread ONE LAYER CARDS, this time the theme is OFF THE EDGE.

Yikes!! this was going to be a challenge without stamps. Especially as Chrissie and Mandi at LIM decided to up the game by decreeing "no embossed lines".....rats..... just when I thought I would continue with my "Faux" faux nestie technique from the last challenge, but this is what I love about the site, they continually push the boundaries!!!

WELL.....The only way I think I was going to achieve this was to design on the computer and then chop the card down to size, BUT, this is a budget crafting blog and the idea of wasting card made me slightly wince!! SO..... I decided the best thing would be to create a design on A4 which would then cut down into two A6 long cards, this way my design could also not only be.... off the page........

but over the page.........


......and inside the page!!!



I used a lovely little free digi I got sometime ago from FRED SHE SAID. I copied the flower and pasted it several times across the middle of an A4 landscape page in Word (set margins to minimum). I then opened another page, used the same settings and created two columns. At the bottom of the columns I created the messages. I then printed both pages on the same sheet, reprinted the flower design on the inside.

I love carrying the design onto either the back or inside the card when I use my stamps..to be honest I don't often do both on the same card!!!!

To enhance the design I painted inside the image with neat bleach,leaving some highlights of yellow card (avoid the printed lines as these can smudge).

So I was pleased with my first card.....but decided to push the design a bit further for the second.
  • I highlighted the scrolls with bleach...pleased with that

  • Added some dots on the little flower....liked that

  • Decided to create a bleached panel over the message....carefully masked the area with rulers and tape............YUK WHAT A FAILURE!!

A step too far......



Will now have to rescue this card!!!!!!

The rescued card is now here


QUICK TIP:- if cutting and creasing your own printed card , it's worth putting the folded card inside a piece of clean paper before you finally neaten the crease.....
.....on my first card I discovered too late that even though the ink appears dry it can drag across the clean areas!!!


Not sure if you can see but by using a paper the ink transfers onto the paper ....not the design!

Thought these cards would be suitable again for PAPERTAKE as this time the cards have a bit more Lemon Zing

And as SIMON SAYS made me so welcome last week even though I had a hand drawn image I thought I would join them again with a proper digi image.

CREATIVE CRAFT CHALLENGE is all about thank you's this fortnight, so my first card should fit in with that.

and my final challenge is a new one for me ONE STOP CRAFT CHALLENGE who are also looking for clean and simple.

Just realised my photography is absolutely rubbish.....the card was a beautiful lemon colour and doesn't show in the main pictures....how disappointing :(



29 comments:

Mandi said...

Hi diane
Really like your crisp fresh card, the flower look FAB
thanks for joining us again, I too like tall A6, made either vertically or horizontally
Thank you , great to see you again
madi
"Less is More"

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card, love the image.

Jo said...

This is a great card Diane. I love the flower you've used and such a brilliant idea to continue the design onto the inside of the card. Fab! Jo x

Valerie said...

Brilliant card Diane, love those flowers and the bleaching. Great idea to continue inside with the image. I think we must have been thinking along the same lines :)
Val x

Viv said...

I love seeing everyone's ideas. Such pretty flowers and they look lovely here 'off the edge', well done! Thanks for comments on mine also :O) Viv xx

Katalytic said...

Love the bleaching, and the flower is just great

Kathyk said...

FAB card and with no stamps too!

Kathyk

joey said...

Hi

ooooh this is gorgeous that bloom is so pretty and I really like the white against the brown

Joey x

Jenny said...

Wow Diane that's such a brilliant card. Great tutorial on how you made it too x

massofhair said...

STUNNING creation this week... LoViNg your stamp and all of your very helpful hints and tips. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment it is much appreciated:-)

Stamps and Paper said...

Just love your pretty card.

Anne

Chrissie said...

Your bleach technique worked well on this particular cardstock, sometimes the effect is a little disappointing, but you must be thrilled with this.
Your computer skills are to be applauded too!
Great stuff!
Thanks for joining us.. see you next time!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Susan said...

Cool computer skills...awesome card!

Katina said...

Fab card and well worth all the effort! Thanks for sharing it with us at PTW this week. Good luck! x

Christine B. said...

Great card and no stamps. Hugs x ChrisB

Jan said...

Love this well done xx jan

Faith A said...

Love how you have done this, I have done the 2xA6 size, but never on coloured card, I wiil certainly try the bleaching.

maddy hill said...

Beautiful ! very elegant and i love how you have used the bleach technique .
thanks for joining us at papertake weekly this week.
love
maddy x

Linby said...

These are both fab cards, thanks for the tip too re folding and ink. I think I am being a bit thick but can't understand how you got the image inside as well - unless you printed on both sides of the paper? Anyway, it is a fab technique.
Linbyx

joanne wardle said...

great cards. love the white!

Caroline Hallett said...

love love love these cards, and how clever getting it inside the card too - will have to remember how to do it x

Joan said...

Fab card, you are so clever to do it all on the computer too ,I'm just hopeless at that. Love how you bleached the flowers.

Tricia :O) said...

Gorgeous!!! love everything about this card :O)

Aileen said...

Wow. Wondered how you had got the white center to your flowers. Brilliant computer skills too. I need to take time out to try and learn some of these positioning techniques using the computer. x

Michelle said...

Great card love your use of the computer too xx

Suze Bain said...

Wow, how clever are you. I'm fairly confident on a PC but not when it comes to crafting! Thanks for all your tips. Card is fab!

Aleksandra said...

Very nice card! I love the colors and the flowers!

Have a nice day! Aleksandra

Victoria said...

beautiful cards, I haven't messed about with bleach on cards for years, hmm maybe I should give it another try!
Hugs
Victoria
x

Cat Spicer said...

SOOOOO lovely. Thank you for playing along with us at the One Stop Crafts Challenge, we love to see you and appreciate your support!

{{{hugs}}} Cat, OSCC DT

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