Sunday, July 29, 2012

Less is More Sketch Week 78

Less is More

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." 
~Leonardo DaVinci

 I really like this sketch. Simplicity itself, merely a horizontal band in the upper section of the card and a sentiment. I ended my post on Friday with that quote and it so applies to the designer's examples for this sketch.

Check out designer Chrissie's cards for some sophisticated inspiration. She's posted 3 fantastic cards using this sketch. And  you will want to know how she created the beautiful background paper.

Starting with an ivory card base - I cased Chrissie's  first example, by using a butterfly on the band, but instead of her beautiful (special technique) background I used a paper sample strip. It's gold embossed handmade paper and just right for this card. Beneath the strip is a gold scallop trimmed lace that I've used on several cards.

The black velvet butterfly is backed with gold and little wire antenna's attached. The sentiment was hand cut from a Just Rite round stamp then edged with a gold gelly pen. I decided the sentiment looks better against the black strip then if I placed it below the scalloped edge.

Even though it's simple, it took hours of trying different flowers, stamps, ribbon and punches until I came across the black velvet paper I've treasured (hoarded) for years. The gold and ivory really needed a dark element to add interest. I'm pleased and delighted for the inspiration that motivated this card. Thanks Chrissie for  your lessons on "Less is More"

"I want to reach that state of condensation of sensations which constitutes a picture." ~ Henri Matisse

Be well ~ Carole


  1. Carole, this is stunning... the mix of colours is gorgeous and that delicate trim is awesome.
    They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... I'm delighted that you wanted to CASE my card.
    I really appreciate your kind words.
    As to the flowers I used for my background... I just grabbed a few random ones from the garden... it does make a bit of a mess as the juice oozes from them, but once the debris has been cleaned off and the card is dry the results can be awesome.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. Wow, your card is very beautiful, Carole

  3. This is beautiful Carole xx Jan

  4. Beautiful card and the sacrifice that you made in making the butterfly was well worth it x

  5. Love the colours, love the card. The simplest looking cards aren't always the easiest to make.

  6. The colours make this a very elegant card, lovely!

  7. Hello and Wow !Beautiful card-i love it :) x

  8. Hola Carole, is nice to see you in my blog:D.
    Thank you for your comment.
    A fantastic CAS card Carole, i love the black, great contrast with others colours, great idea your lace border!!!
    You have right, for make a CAS card is necessary to think a lot what and how to do..
    Have a nice week Carole

  9. Very elegant LiM card - really fitting for the sentiment

  10. Beautiful gold and black combination! Very stylish.

  11. A fabulously elegant card


  12. This is so elegant Carole, and well worth the time you spent on it. Isn't it amazing how long it can take to do a CAS card?

  13. Oh, exquisite. I'm super impressed by how you've managed to add so much on your card and still have it minimal, but you've cracked it.
    Happy LIMing!
    Rosey x

  14. Very elegant and I can see that the black was just what it needed to lift it to top of the class!

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  16. Chrissie's cards are always so fabulous
    I should give up!
    Your card is stunning Carole
    Thanks very much
    "Less is More"

  17. Beautiful crafted card, black and gold is a stunning combination.

  18. What a beautiful and elegant card!


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