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Monday, 30 January 2012

Less Is More - Week 52 - A Sketch

This card is for the Less is More Challenge Sketch this week. Initially, I struggle with the concept, but then I had a bad night's sleep, and the ideas flew round my head like a flock of birds.  The final result bears very little resemblance to my original ideas, but I think it fulfils the brief to keep it simple. It is rectangular, in landscape format, and the band is vertical.  It has minimal elements, and plenty of area clear of image or embellishment. 

The clear area on this card is red, rather than the usual white.  I used two different computer packages to get the result I was after.  Roxio Photosuite gave me the exact shade of red I needed to match the rose, which I love because it is so delicate.  It is a watercolour painted by our daughter many years ago.  I loved it, and scanned it into the computer, and it has appeared in other projects over the years (with her permission).  Once I had the colour right, I transferred the various elements into My Craft Studio to complete the composition and to add the sentiment. 

It looks and sounds such a simple card to create, but as you all know, a simple card leaves you nowhere to hide - it has to be right.  You cannot hide behind the usual butterflies and other embellishments.  This is actually the fourth version of the final design.  The others just were not quite right, and will be chopped up to make parts of other cards in the future (I cannot waste card, it is too useful).

I am hoping to pop back later in the week with a couple more offerings when I get my head round them - perhaps after another sleepless night.  Hope you all have a good week.


15 comments:

Joyce across the Pond said...

Beautiful card - so elegant....who makes the stamp?

Jenni's Jems said...

This is so beautiful and what a clever daughter that you have! x

Karen said...

A gorgeous card, the rose is beautiful, your daughter is very talented. I hope you have a better nights sleep tonight, luv Karen xx

Mandi said...

Love that rose bud, simply fabulous
The red card base works brilliantly

Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Scrapmate said...

Lovely digi card. Your daughter's artwork is stunning.

Maureen said...

Lovely card, well done.
You can view my card here.

Maureen……………x

Chrissie said...

I truly applaud your computer skills!
This card is just lovely... your daughter is very talented.
Super job.
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Di said...

Totally, totally gorgeous Maggie! I so agree about not having anywhere to hide with a very simple design - this is just perfect!! And you made a few snippets along the way? Di xx

Karen said...

Such a gorgeous card Maggie and what a talented daughter you gave. Sometimes the simplest cards take the most time!

Sam said...

Gorgeous card Maggie. That could work for so many occasions.

Faith A said...

Love that rose and the card shows it off beautifully.

Congratulations on your win at STP.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Very elegant and very CAS. Perfect! x

Karen said...

that is so gorgeous, very elegant and classy, love that rose hugs Karen x

xxxtglxxx said...

Very stylish, classy and elegant! :)

hugs

xxalisonxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

a truly brilliant card Maggie simple and classic and as I am a rose lover, it must doubly win my heart - your daughter is clever too to paint it in the first place! Shaz in oz.x