Saturday, March 5, 2011

LESS IS MORE--Pastel Colors

This week's challenge was to use pastel colors, perhaps in anticipation of Spring. Since I was in the mood for doing some watercoloring, I stamped this image and gave it an April look.

The stamp is "Forest Cottage Scene" from Stampendous, and today is the first time I've inked it up since it arrived last Fall. It appealed to me because it could be used for any season of the year, but somehow I never got around to using it until now.

For this Spring look, I used yellowish greens, particularly for the emerging buds on the trees. The grass could easily become snow for a winter scene, and the leaves would look vibrant with Autumn colors.

Although I prefer the full image of the card on the right, the card on the left is more in keeping with the "Less Is More" concept of leaving lots of "white" space.
The partial image was mounted on dark brown cardstock and popped up with dimensionals. Either will probably serve as a note card.

HERE is the link for this challenge.


Lynne K said...

Hi Doris. Your Forest Cottage Scene is simply beautiful. I have that stamp too, but I've only used it as a winter scene so far. Your soft spring colouring makes a lovely restful image.

Had a look at your poppy cards too. They're gorgeous! As you say, the beauty of stamping is being able to use one stamp in many different ways. Glad you stopped by my blog just now, and thank you for your lovely comments. Lynne x

Stamps and Paper said...

Hi Doris - another stunning card from you this week...lovely pastel colours.


Mandi said...

Hi Doris
Your card is stunning, beautifully coloured and bought to life.
Our criteria is that entrants follow the clean & simple genre, with plenty of 'white' space,
So appreciate you sharing your card, its beautiful
Great to see you, hope to again
"Less is More"

Chrissie said...

Hi Doris, this is a great image, I'm not sure how large it is, but as Mandi said, for a clean and simple card it is usual to have some areas of white space on the card. Would it look OK on a larger card blank?
It might be worth experimenting with that some time.
Thanks for joining us again and we'll look forward to seeing you again next week!
"less is More"

Sarita said...

What a beautiful card, I love the scene you have created,
Love Sarita xx

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful scene! And you watercolored it so beautifully, Doris!

Susan said...

Doris, your card is stunning! I LOVE that scene...and it could be so versatile!! Awesome job on the coloring!

Sharon said...

That stamp is gorgeous! You were so right to cut the image down to a smaller version and you picked the best part of the image. A really lovely card.
Sharon xx

Chrissie said...

Doris, you are such a star for doing another version. For our challenge, the second one is great. I love how the string goes through the points of the Nestie, it looks as though suspended and could twirl around.
Thanks so much!
"Less is More"

Frieda said...

WOW, wie schön !!
Sehr schön zart coloriert.

lg Frieda

Mandi said...

Hi again Doris
?this is a triumph I love it!
Thank you for doing another version
It;s people like you making our success what it is
"Less is More"

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Both cards are simply lovely.
Hugs, Sandra

Valerie said...

Stunning card Doris love how your 2nd attempt highlights the cottages snuggling in the hills. The nestie is a great idea :)
Val x

Lynne said...

This is such a versatile stamp and you have used it brilliantly.
Lynne xxx

Aileen said...

Hi Doris

Your water colouring is fab and love how you have incorporated it into a CAS card.

Aileen x

Faith A said...

Love your stamp and cards and of course your expert colouring

Caroline Hallett said...

they are both beautiful cards - I actually prefer the first one, even if it strictly does not follow the challenge rules of more white space x

Linby said...

I love the first card, but to make it CAS I think you made an even better card, more intriguing by not showing the full image (if that makes sense!)

Anonymous said...

love the scene you have used and using just a portion of it for the LIM card works really well

Jo said...

These are both lovely cards, what a beautiful stamp which you have coloured perfectly. Jo x

massofhair said...

Both cards are stunning but i really like how you have cropped the image to fit onto a lovely shaped tag. A fantastic and elegant card:-)

Leslie Miller said...

Well, for Heaven's sake! I honestly never thought about using this stamp for anything other than Christmas, but I just love what you did with it! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Doris!

kingstonmama said...

The second one may have white space, but I love the first one. It is so beautifully colored. A beautiful, simple scene.

Grenouille Greetings said...

Two lovelies! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Vicky Hayes said...

Both cards are absolutely stunning Doris!

Pauline said...

Love the card for LIM, I think it works beautifully as a partial scene, and it's beautifully coloured too.