Saturday, 16 April 2011

Two Cards For The Less Is More Acetate Challenge

Today's Less Is More challenge was to use acetate.  I still had my black polka dot printed acetate out after having used it a few days ago so I reached for that.  There is something about bright colours with a touch of black on a crisp white card that I find really appealing.  I decided on bright butterflies with black polka dot acetate overlays with a black sentiment.

I wasn't sure the punch would go through the acetate, I was holding my breath when I punched the first one!  It worked fine so I punched the rest and punched my coloured CS butterflies.  I added texture to the CS butterflies by embossing them with the Square Lattice folder.  The CS and acetate butterflies were attached together with black brads and adhered to the card front with glue dots. 

I haven't stamped on acetate in ages so I decided to do that and make another card.  I love silhouette images for stamping on acetate and I chose the gorgeous leafy stamp from the Just Believe set.  I used a Sizzix frame die to cut out my acetate piece, the Baja Breeze panel and the black scalloped mat.  I got some unexpected texture on my stamped image, the die I used is an old Sizzix Originals die which has textured black rubbery material covering the die as opposed to the black foam that covers the dies nowadays.  I die cut the frame almost immediately after stamping and where the ink wasn't completely dry, the texture has transferred to the stamped image.  Totally unexpected but in a good way!

To attach the acetate to the Baja Breeze panel I ran a thin strip of tape across and then tied black ribbon around so the tape doesn't show.  I used silver brads to fix the acetate at the top.  I couldn't resist popping a Rose Red embossed butterfly on the image and this was also attached with a silver brad.

For the inside of the card I stamped another sentiment inside the leafy frame from the Just Believe set and then added a circle element to the envelope flap - with another embossed butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die added on - that teeny tiny butterfly is SO sweet!

Supplies for Best Wishes card:
Stamps: PSX sentiment
CS: SU! Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise & Wild Wasabi, Craftwork Cards Softies Alabaster CS for card base
Patterned paper:  black polka dot acetate from SU! Night & Day paper pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! Butterfly punch, SU! Square Lattice Embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: black brads, glue dots
Supplies for thank you card:
Stamps: SU! Just Believe set
CS: SU! Baja Breeze, Rose Red & Basic Black, acetate
Ink: Jet Black StazOn
Tools: Sizzix Frame, Scallop die, , SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, SU! Mat Pack, circle & scalloped circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: black grosgrain ribbon, silver brads



Mandi said...

LOVE your card, those butterflies look FAB
Doesn't acetate print brilliantly, I really like the effect
Thanks Ruth, have a good week
Less is More

Bea said...

Really love your butterfly card it is so bright and cheery.

Shirley said...

Ruth, both cards are really stunning, the butterflies are so bright and happy and the silhouette is lovely.

fatmonica said...

Just love those butterflies!

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Beautiful creations as always Ruth.

Ali x

Caroline Hallett said...

lovely card with the butterfly - works so well with the acetate

Lynne said...

Love your butterfly card. Those bright colours are fab.
Lynne xxx

JeNjOy said...

Love both your cards.
jenjoy x

Karen said...

These cards are SO darned sweet! I love the bright butterflies on the first one, and you are right - that teeny, tiny red butterfly is PERFECT on the 2nd card. Great work on the challenge - TFS
Cheers, Karen

TAM said...

Well done - two superb cards but think the butterflies is my favorite

Susan said...

Beautiful cards, Ruth!!! LOVE the butterflies with the embossing!

Jenny said...

Both are gorgeous cards Ruth, love the bright coloured butterflies and perfect stamping on the second card :)
Jenny x

Chrissie said...

These are fabulous Ruth, it looks as though you have really had a great time with your acetate!
Super cards, thanks so much!
"Less is More"

kelly said...

Morning Ruth,
I was going to use the butterfly punch for my card, but I was too frightened of breaking my punch.
Your cards are beautiful!

Kelly xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Your cards are gorgeous especially the first. I mangled my butterfly puncher with the acetate for the second time, you where very brave,


Monika said...

I have only for punches which can cut out acetat,

but this are edge punches ;)

I love the red butterfly - it is a stuning eye ccatcher -
and the coming out of both cards


Sue said...

Fab cards Ruth. Love the butterflies on your first card, really bright and cheerful. Sue.x

Viv's Visuals said...

Two beauties - your stamping on the second card is awesome!

Diane said...

lovely set of cards xx

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Both of your carda are fantastic. i just love the white one with the butterflies. You are right about the bits of black on bright colors. The second one is gorgeous, and that little butterfly is just the perfect touch!

Susie Sugar said...

Beautiful cards Ruth I love those butterflies
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Kathleen said...

Great cards and my favorite is the one with small butterfly as I love that stamp.

Kath x

dmcgaw said...

Hi: I just had a 70th birthday and a dear friend of my made a beautiful quilt for me. I would love to send her the quilt thank you card. Would you or do you sell your cards? It would mean a lot to her and me. Diane

Michelle said...

gorgeous cards xx

GoonerGirl said...

Beautiful cards I love the flutterbies..Chrissieann

Suze Bain said...

Super cards, love the colourful butterflies best - so cheery! x

Aileen said...

Great cards particularly love the just believe one. x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh I adore the red bfly card - the little pop of red is just terrific!

nicky said...

Lovely and bright