Thursday, 2 December 2010

Three Minute Thursday - using Baroque motifs and Gifted

Good Morning! It's time for another Three Minute Thursday card and I know that a lot of you will be wanting to add to your stash of cards waiting to be mailed out pretty soon now. Today's card is an easy-to-post, one-layer card - come and see:

When making Christmas cards I tend to reach for Old Olive or Always Artichoke so today I thought I'd live a little dangerously and try Wild Wasabi instead. And I'm glad I did! Teamed with Real Red and Whisper White, there's something quite Scandinavian about this colour combination which I like.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I'm a big fan of the one-layer card and, if you like this look too, my biggest tip is to make friends with the stamp-a-majig. This is a simple tool which enables you to stamp an image, or any part of an image, exactly where you want it to be. The bauble on this card comes from a stamp in the Gifted set - can you spot it on the polka dot stamp? The stamp-a-majig enables you to use your stamps in more than one way so it's a brilliant investment. If you'd like to buy one, just send me an email by clicking here.

Here's how to make this card:
  • Cut a 9cm square card blank out of Whisper White card stock.
  • Ink up the swirl from Baroque Motifs with Wild Wasabi ink and stamp the image diagonally on the card front.
  • Use a Real Red marker to colour the little bauble on the Gifted stamp and use the stamp-a-majig to place the image so that it looks as if baubles are hanging from the branches of the swirl.
  • Stamp a sentiment in Real Red ink.
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Gifted, Contempo Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Card stock: Whisper White

Now, I'm off into the kitchen to get my Christmas puddings made. Do you like the blasé way I said that? Actually I've never made a Christmas pudding in my life! But my friend has given me her recipe which she tells me is so easy that ANYONE could make it and that, in my book, is tantamount to flinging down the gauntlet! I'll let you know how it goes...

Tomorrow I have a card to show you which is the result of an experiment which went right! Hope to see you then. Enjoy your day!


  1. gorgeous card Vicky, good luck with your pudding :-)

  2. Gorgeous card. Immaculate stamping!!!
    How exciting.. Christmas pudding.. all the best.. would you share the recipe too? :)

    We are not celebrating Christmas this year, due to recent events in the family.. so i feel rather strange preparing for Christmas.. I still make cards to send to friends..

  3. great cas card, i love that you left so much white space.

  4. Lovely Vicky, are the puds going to be this good??
    Margaret x

  5. Oh I adore this card Vicky! What a fab idea to add the baubles to that baroque motifs stamp! I know what you mean about going to our familiar colours (Old Olive is my go-to for almost anything lol!) so it's great that you rebelled for this one, as it looks wonderful!

    Good luck with the puds!

  6. Wow, Vicky, give me a moment to pick my jaw off the floor! LOL Seriously, this is SO simple and amazing. I love those ornaments hanging off the flourishes!

  7. I really like the way you hung the oranments off the flourish stamp. And how clever to use part of an image to get the one element to make this a holiday card. You daredevil... wild wasabi on a holiday card. Next we'll be seeing pink passion instead of red.

    You'll have to tell us about your Christmas pudding. I don't know what one is. We don't have them in the states (that I know of).

  8. Gorgeous Vicky. Love the hanging baubles.

  9. Vicky - this is lovely. I didn't realise thet it made such a nice Christmas tree branch!! And it's a great colour combination too.

  10. Fabulous use of that flourish stamp with the little ornaments hanging from it. I don't believe that I've ever "met" anyone who gets as much mileage from their stamps as you do. You're such an inspiration!
    Christmas puddings aren't a big thing in the U.S. Can't wait to hear how yours turned out -- I'll be checking in after Christmas to hear!


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