When I first came across this weeks challenge at Less is More I was not sure where to start. However as times gone on I've really got into the swing of it and have also tried out a technique which I read about in our demonstrator newsletter that we receive from Stampin' Up!. Now you might think that stencilling isn't new and you'd be right of course, but it was suggested that we use the curly label punch to create a stencil which I've done below and used the dimensions suggested in the newsletter. I also decided to experiment with my new decorative label punch and came up with the stencil I've used in the card above for my second entry into Less is More one layer challenge themed with legs! Of course the Eiffel Tower (from Artistic Etchings as well as Paris, France) has legs and fits in perfectly with my stencilled background which I achieved with a brayer and sponge daubers. I stamped the tower in black initially and added some colour to the bushes at the bottom then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the tower again on top of itself inorder to emboss it in clear, thus safeguarding my greenery and making sure the image itself remained crisp. I've used some basic black striped grosgrain ribbon which narrowed by cutting the width I wanted and sealed the raw edge with a lit candle. You need to move it quickly through the flame to avoid overmelt!!!!! That's then fixed with a couple of staples and the sentiment is from Occasional Greetings.
Now for the East Coast Stampers Get Together, (a fun meet and greet session for all demos in Lincolnshire and surrounding counties) I made the Christmas card below to show how easy this homemade stencil technique is and it became my swap for the afternoon with this being an upgraded version to show what else could be done with the basic card on crumb cake. I can't believe I've even mentioned the 'C' word or made a card but I guess I need to do better than I did last year so it's a start.
Have a fun day.