Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My first ever......

My first ever entry for a C&S challenge. People who know me will appreciate just how difficult this was for me. I just don't do white spaces! However I do love many of the weekly entries in the Less is More challenge and have often thought I would like to have a go.

This week I was again playing with my flowers pressed through a cuttlebug (You can see my original post about this here). I couldn't find any suitable flowers this week, but I did come across two 'weeds', one on the campo and one in my garden, both with pretty leaves so I thought I'd give them a go. I preferred the flower background papers that I made when I sprayed the page with a mica mist before pressing it, so I found a sour apple perfect pearls mist and used this. Unfortunately the spray was so strong that it blew my leaves away and I had to reposition them, but when I passed the sandwich (A plate, C plate, card, flowers, card, B plate) through my cuttlebug I was very pleased with the result. The little heart shaped leaves left a lovely impression in a blue-green, and the silvery fern leaf made an olive green impression, and the mica spray gave a bright green sheen to it all.

I wanted to make use of this pretty paper and I remembered my igoogle reader showing a challenge to use three shades of green, so I went back for another look and found it was the Less is More challenge. So I hand cut six simple flower shapes and edged them with peeled paint distress ink to define their outline. Then I combined them in pairs using two tiny jewel brads and a larger pearl one which I made more green with a copic marker. With a Marianne die I cut two sets of leaves, divided one into two pieces, and tried out a few arrangements with them on a 15cm square card, until I found one I was happy with. I finished this of with a simple greeting from a Butterfly kisses stamp, highlighting the capital letters with an Artquest pearl paint.

So there you have it, my very first C&S card. Now I know it is not quite as difficult as I expected, I will probably try again one day.(PS any hints on how to photograph a white card would be appreciated. On this one the greens look washed out. They are actually very pretty. On the other one I took, the white background is pink!).

As I have just discovered that Samuel Taylor's April challenge is also to use green, I shall enter this card there as well. He is offering a fabulous prize of a pot of Indigo Blu 'Yorkshire dales' mega flakes, a tub of Flitter glu and a scoochy sponge to apply it with.


M said...

Gorgeous! M x

Chrissie said...

Welcome to "Less is More"!
You are the second person this week to use this method of colouring card with shades of green for our challenge... and it's so beautiful!
Your card is fab and I hope that from now on you'll be a frequent participant in our challenges.
Do visit some of the other LIMettes, they'd be delighted to receive a comment from you!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Jean Straw said...

I love the way your pretty leafy paper turned out and the lovely card you have made with it.I was playing with flowers again yesterday too.Jean x

Shoshi said...

Kate, I think the leaf paper is just gorgeous - such lovely subtle colours! It's such a clever idea, and I love what you've done with it, too!

Thanks for your latest comment - it's much better now, I agree, but the background still needs a bit of tweaking to get it just right! (I'll probably spend the rest of my life tweaking it... oh the burdens of being a perfectionist!!)


Susan said...

I think your first entry into LIM is really pretty! Photographing a white card can be difficult. It's best to take photos in indirect sunlight...but I have to take most of my photos at night, so I worked out a little light box that really helps me out. I also use Photoshop Elements to tweak my photos. I posted a tutorial on my blog a good while back that might be helpful to you for photographing your cards. You can find the tutorial here

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Lynne K said...

What a beautiful card for your first LIM challenge, Kate. The leaf paper is gorgeous, and the flowers are so pretty. I'll look forward to seeing your next entry!

Love your digistamp tree. I'll have to try that with mine.

Lynne x

Bonnie said...

Such pretty flowers made from real pressed flowers and leaves! When I tried this technique, my paper wasn't nearly as pretty. I think you do CAS very well.

MaxineD said...

this is amazing - love how you have used the 'pressed flower paper' to make the flowers!

Sally H said...

very very beautiful! So subtle and elegant

Saskia said...

Lovely card, Kate! Too bad the green shades don't really show. I usually touch-up my photos with a simple Microsoft program that came with the computer. It's the camera not your photographing skills that ruins it.

Mandi said...

Really subtle and pretty

So sorry I'm so late this week
Thank you very much
"Less is More"

Jill said...

Hi Kate! Hope you're well.

*love* the card. Photographing white is a nightmare. All I can think is don't use a flash and put it somewhere with not too much light and see if it helps.



craftimamma said...

This is gorgeous Kate. I've been over on Jean's blog earlier and saw her lovely results with this technique too. Having seen the article myself and now your lovely creations I must have a go .......... oh my, do I need more time, lol!

Lesley Xx

Samuel Taylors said...

This card is stunning, I love how you have just subtly used the green on the flowers.