Monday, 13 February 2012

Warm stripes!

It's been ages since I played at Less is More so I decided to put that right today. This week's theme is "stripes" on a one layer card.

I chose a striped animal as the focus of my card - I love these beautiful zebras! I wanted to make something to send to a friend who slipped on the ice last Thursday, broke his elbow and subsequently had to have surgery on it. Warm colours and African animals was about as far away from ice as I could get!

I stamped the zebras, cut a mask for them from ordinary copy paper with a little Zig two-way adhesive on the back and then used plain paper to mask the strip and sponged with ink.

Just a tiny touch of shading on the zebras with grey Copic, a stamped sentiment and I called it done.

Stamps:
Zebra Pair and sentiment from Common Cold (both CHF, retired)

Paper: Smooth White

Ink:
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick)

Other: Copic markers (C1 and C3)


Thanks for stopping by!

55 comments:

Dotty Jo said...

This is great - such a clever take on the challenge theme, Jo x

Kath said...

A lovely warm ,serene card, Joanne. I'm sure it will cheer him up.

Chrissie said...

This looks beautiful, what wonderful natural stripes!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Carol said...

what a striking piece - a really WOW card...hope your friend makes good progress x

Elaine said...

Great card - love your zebra stamp and your shading is brilliant!!

Effie said...

I love your one layer cards.. So clean and simple with lovely stamping.

Diane said...

Beautiful card...perfect image!!

sam21ski said...

WOW this image really stands out against the background colours.

Sam xxxx

Carla said...

a beautiful card.

Scrapmate said...

This is lovely. Th BG is wonderful I'm sure your friend will be thrilled.

Margaret said...

Fabulous!
Margaret x

Artyjen said...

It's a fabulous CAS card...Sure to warm him up ;)
xoxo Sioux

Faith A said...

After my fall last year on the ice, which ended up with concussion, I know I would have loved to have this card.

tracy said...

nicely done joanne :)

Paula Whittaker said...

very striking!

Deborah said...

Stunning use of b/w and colour. Bet your friend will love it!

laney said...

Absolutely stunning card!! and one amazing blog!! stayed a while and admired your beautiful creations
hugs
laney

Marlena M. said...

Wow, this is incredible! I love the zebras and the stunning backdrop.

Mandi said...

FANTASTIC card Joanne
Superb stripes
Thanks so much
mandi
"Less is More"

Eloise said...

Love your card with the warm colors. And zebras are always fun.

Carol said...

This looks fabulous Joanne. Carol x

Beryl K said...

Stunning card, I love it
Beryl x

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card! Love the colour and fab stripy image :o) Lisa x

MaggieC said...

What an excellent idea to use those Zebras, and the gorgeous hot colouring behind them. Perfect! Thank you for visiting me and leaving those lovely comments. xx Maggie

Rosemary said...

wow... what a cool card! your friend will love it!!

Jenny said...

Brilliant card and some great masking too!
Those warm colours are such a welcome site too with the weather as it is :0)
Jenny x

Darnell J Knauss said...

That is a terrific zebra stamp and perfect for a stripey card! I'm in awe of your shading on this - perfect!

Meadie said...

I love your card - the zebras and your colours are amazing! hugs x x

Karen said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! this is stunning! xxx

Jose said...

Stunning card, love it

Kathleen said...

Good grief, wise after the fact, never thought about zebra's. Fabulous card, love it.

Kath x

Aileen said...

Your zebras are wonderful and stunning masking job! x

Loli said...

Hola Joanne, i'm glad to see you in my blog:D.
Fantastic card!!!this stamp is fab and the inking is a great job, well done Joanne :D
A hug from Palma

kingstonmama said...

Beautiful card. The zebras are fabulous and the inky background is gorgeous. Such effective masking. It makes a striking card. Ann Y.

Susan said...

I really ♥ this!!! So perfect...and the sponged background really make the zebras pop!!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

OOOh this is fabulous, I love the Zebras and the inky panel is wonderfully hot, great design:0) I hope your friend makes a good, quick recovery, xxx

Traceyr said...

Yes a very warm feel to this card Joanne you always know just how to make the perfect card.

:)

Kerry (Kez) Bunting said...

Such a beautiful stamp and your sponged colours are just gorgeous. A lovely card, sure to cheer up your friend.

Margie said...

Great card and I bet it cheered up your friend too! I love the zebra stripes.

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

WOW! This is gorgeous!!!!!! Love the use of your stripes for LIM!
Love that background too!!!
Maria

Bonnie said...

I call this amazing! Those zebras are beautiful and the sponging is just perfect! I predict that this card will be a winner in this challenge.

Sally H said...

Wow! Awesomely beautiful! I love it!

Helen T said...

What a great image. This card just shouts Africa :)

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

What a beautiful card - love the zebras and orange stripe - very evocative of African safaris.

Linby said...

Love the intense colour you achieved, goes soooo well with the zebras.
Linbyx

Vicky Hayes said...

It's very thoughtful to bring your friend a little sunshine! The zebras look amazing against the zingy background.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

I love your Zebra stripe take on the challenge. Fabulous creation!

ribenaruby said...

Stunning card, very clever creation! Ruby x

Gez said...

STUNNING Joanne.

I've been meaning to leave a comment all week.. your card looked gorgeous peeking out on my side bar!

Sid said...

Great card love the shading !!

Petra said...

Great card, the background colours are stunning!! Petra

Vicky said...

Fabulous! :)x

Jaclyn Miller said...

Amazing use of masking - love that contrasting background.

Valerie said...

Fabulous colours and I love the natural stripes!
Val x

Janice said...

Nice bit of brayering going on there, great contrast with the zebras.