Sunday, March 20, 2011

Less Is More: Masculine

I think that I finally might be getting rid of the crud that I have had all week because for the first time in a week, an idea popped into my head.  The Less Is More challenge for this week is to do a masculine card and I instantly knew what I wanted to do.  But clearly, I'm still not fully recovered because it took a full 24 hours to get it done.  (You wouldn't believe how many different colors that I tried on the boat!!)  And now I am ready for a nap.

I had used the idea of a strip of color on this card and I wanted to try it in a different way.  I do go through the masking process on that original post if you think you want to try it out for yourself.




You might think that the red on the sailboat is a little odd - but that's our actual boat!!  We keep a sailboat on Lake Dillon which is in Summit County, Colorado - right down the road from the ski areas in Breckenridge and in Keystone.  It is a strange and wonderful experience to sail surrounded by snow-covered peaks.  These pictures are a little old - my little boy has gained about 6 years and I have gained (and lost and gained again) about 20 pounds!!  But do you see the sparkle on the water in the first picture that I am trying to capture in my card...





  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Uncharted Territory, Fifth Avenue Florals (sentiment)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, copics
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Marina Mist, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Stardust and Yellow Stickles

33 comments:

Rita said...

What a lovely bright and cheery card Kim. Love the pictures too. Hugs Rita xx

Laura said...

Great card! Love the masking - off to read about the technique in the other post now!

Chrissie said...

Fabulous sentiment, fabulous card Kim!
The real boat looks fabulous too!
Thanks for another superb entry to our challenge!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Erica said...

Oh my, you are certanly blessed to own a sailboat and to be able to sail in such idyllic surroundings. Your captures the moment well.

Beryl K said...

Great card, great sentiment. Love the pics too
Beryl x

Meggymay said...

Great card and sentiment.

H2 :) said...

Fantastic card Kim! The masking & the sparkle are brilliant & I love that you used your own boat for inspiration. :)

Jen W. said...

So glad to see that "the crud" has not had any lasting negative effect on your mojo - this card is stunning! You have so perfectly captured that sunshine and sparkle on the water. I love it!

Michellem said...

Very nice!! Love how you did the water!

Susan said...

Kim, I think you've done an exceptional job on this card! I ove the sparkly you've added. Beautiful coloring!! Great tutorial too!

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Fabulous card. The boat is super and you have caught the 'glisten' of the waves perfectly. Love Sheila (Cyprus)

Kathyk said...

The card is delightful and so are your photos - thanks for sharing

KAthyk

Jo said...

This is a stunning card, love the added sparkle too. Jo x

Jenny said...

Wow a fab card. The blue masked strip is great and the sail rising above the blue is such a good design. Sentiment is fab x

Viv said...

Oh this looks great, I love the sparkle on that sea. The image is good too, love it. Lucky you being able to sail in such a lovely place:O)Viv xx

Aileen said...

A lovely serene card. Beautifully done and I think you've achieved that sparkle that is in your photos. x

Melissa said...

What an absolutely PERFECT card! When I first set my eyes on it, I thought, "Wow!" Love the sentiment too! Thanks for sharing some pictures! You are truly blessed to have such beautiful surroundings!! Glad to hear you are feeling better! :)

Suze Bain said...

Super card Kim, the sparkle is fab (as are your photos). x

sharingthepassion said...

Oh i love this card!!!! the shimmer is perfcet and what a fabulous sentiment!

Ali x

Mandi said...

Oh Kim this is just divine!
Love the layout and as for the real boat WOW
Thanks for joining us
mandi
"LEss is More"

Zoë said...

Love your boat both in the pictures and on your card. Photos must hold wonderful memories even if they are old! Zx

Bea said...

This is a really stunning card

Fiona said...

Gorgeous card Kim. The boat is just right, red white and blue are the perfect nautical colours. The masked strip looks amazing and the real boat doesn't look too bad either! :)

Vicky Hayes said...

I love to mask off a strip too but I'd never thought to fade away in the middle like you have here - it creates a beautiful lighting effect. How lovely to have a sailboat - it looks as if you have a lot of fun with it!

Paula said...

fab card

Handmade with Love said...

Beautiful card, I love how you put a strip of blue on there. Your photos are great too! Tracey x

Lynne said...

Such a fabulous card. Love the image and the sentiment is great too.
Lynne xxx

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

excellent card!! love it :)

kingstonmama said...

I love your card. That strip of blue is fabulous and the sentiment looks great where you have it. I've seen so many wonderful sailboat stamps.

Aleksandra said...

Really nice and bright masculine card. Perfect! Like the sentiment too.

Have a great day,
Aleksandra

Craftilicious said...

Fabby card - the inking of the water is superb, such an effective technique you've used.

Sylvie said...

Wonderful card
Hug Sylvie x

Larissa said...

Such a pretty card! Love the sponging on your card!

Hugs,
Larissa