Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Less is More Challenge - using Punch Bunch

Last week I was rushed off my feet, otherwise I would definitely have joined in with the new clean and simple challenge site Less is More. This week... I'm still rushed off my feet but I can't miss it again! The challenge is to produce a one-layer card using a flower or tree image. Well, I'm very fond of flower and tree stamps - so it was just a matter of deciding which one to use. And that was easy as I am currently obsessed by the poppies on the scallop circle in the Punch Bunch Sale-a-bration set!

Here's my card:

In yesterday's post I used these flowers as Shirley poppies - you know, those beautiful faded pink ones that look like delicate tissue flowers. Today I've chosen to colour them the scarlet of those poppies you see around here in the fields in the summer. I love how vibrant they are!

Adding score lines below the flowers helps to ground them. I daubed a little ink around them and added extra 'grass' with the thin end of a marker.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut an A4 piece of Whisper White card stock in half vertically. Score in half and fold to make a card blank.
  • Add a few score lines to the bottom of the card front. TIP: I use the scoring blade of my trimmer to do this. If you score on the back of the card stock, you get nice raised embossed lines on the front.
  • Mask off the scored lines with a post-it note. Use Real Red and Old Olive markers to colour the flowers on the stamp before stamping in a random design above the scored lines. 
  • Sponge some Certainly Celery ink round the bottom of the flowers with a sponge dauber and add extra grass and stems with the thin end of the Old Olive marker. Define the flower centres with a black marker. Peel off the mask. 
  • Stamp a sentiment using a stamp-a-majig to make sure it's straight.

Stamps: Punch Bunch (Free Sale-a-bration stamp)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black markers

Valentine's day was lovely yesterday. My husband had left for a business trip at the weekend and I'd slipped a little something in his bag to surprise him. He didn't leave me anything and, although I tried to be a grown-up girl about it, I don't mind admitting that I felt a bit neglected! I needn't have worried though - the postman delivered mine yesterday morning, signed by 'an admirer from afar'! I don't know whether to be more impressed by the fact he remembered or the fact he kept it quiet!

Right! I'm off to have fun looking at everybody else's Less is More cards!
I'll be back tomorrow with some Punch Bunch baby cards. Do come and join me if you have a minute!


  1. Hello Vicky, thank you for your comment and for to visit my blog.
    I hope my post can help you at any time,:D.
    Your card is so beautiful and bright, i love the bright colors in the winter.
    A hug from Palma de Mallorca Spain.
    Sorry for my horrific english.

  2. you are so great at one layer. THis is simple but gorgeous :)

    ps.. .I am getting a group to have a go at charity card making (1st time)session at home, thinking of one layer cards.. any suggestions? thks :)

  3. This (as usual) is absolutely stunning! You never cease to amaze me with what you create!!
    btw Did you think that maybe your "admirer from afar" may not be your DH?? (not meaning to cause any divorce here though! Lol!)

  4. wow - i LOVE how you've isolated the flower out of this stamp - great idea and stunning card!

  5. Wow! Love the use of the poppy stamp. Very clever with such a simple but gorgeous result.

  6. Vicki you are always coming up with other ways of using your stamps - this card is just beautifull. Makes me dream of spring time.

  7. This is stunning - love the colours, and the simple sentiment.

  8. Vicky, this is SO inventive to have used the stamp in this way, I'm so glad the set will be arriving on my doorstep before too long.
    It's a beautiful card!
    I'm really glad you found the time to join us this week and I hope that you'll be able to find time each week from now on!
    "Less is More"

  9. Vicky, how cool is THAT !!
    Believe me I will case it ;-)
    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous - I love it !

  10. Wow Vicky. Absolutely stunning. As soon as I found this challenge I thought of you. You are, after all, the queen of one layer cards. This one, IMHO is one of your best yet.
    Lynne xxx

  11. Dear Vicky,
    to get with such a small stamp such a beautifull result is amazing. I love your style and visit your blog so often i can.
    Thank you for your wonderful ideas.

  12. What a beautiful card....love it.


  13. Gorgeous card, the poppies look so "real" Love it. x

  14. Gorgeous card - makes me look forward to summer!
    PS How do you know it was from hubby?! ;-)

  15. such a great idea to use this flowers! think i have to choose this set at my next sab order...;-)


  16. This is a gorgeous card, I love poppies.

  17. Hi Vicky
    I vote this the best card on Less is More Challenge ....so nice.....

  18. Stunning - I love it - Jacqueline xx.

  19. Breathtakingly beautiful!
    So glad you found us and sharing your talents with everyone!

    Thank you so it;s very much appreciated
    "Less is More"

  20. Absolutely gorgeous Vicky
    Margaret x

  21. Thank you Vicky
    The response is beyond our wildest dreams!
    When I asked Chrissie to join me in my idea, never did I dream we would have done this well and so quickly. Chrissie's help has been invaluable
    we seem to bounce of each other very nicely
    A good team!
    Thanks again mandi
    "Less is More"

  22. I wouldn't have guessed that the poppies were from that stamp. Beautiful card. x

  23. Lovely bright and cheerful card:-)

  24. Thanks for the instructions! Beautiful, beautiful card!!

  25. This is stunning, Vicky! I hope you're submitting cards like this for publication!

  26. beautiful card - poppies are ome of my favourite flowers

  27. Oh my word - you are brilliant Vicky - what a way to think outside the box. I love this!

  28. This is beautiful!! I love the pink one, too!! :)
    hugs, Rachel x

  29. 100% a winner. Vicky this is beautiful.

  30. The poppies look beautiful against the crisp white, lovely design!

  31. A stunning card Vicky.Sue.x

  32. I just love how you have used this stamp. Well done.

  33. This is simply gorgeous.

  34. Congrats on being showcased over at Less is More~ Your card is just stunning!!

  35. The poppies are stunning on this card. I am impressed with all the repeated colouring you had to do to create the whole row of flowers.

    Heather T

  36. You are a true pro, Vicky. Your Less is More poppy card has me captivated. I think I need to check out that challenge site. Love, love, love this card!

  37. This is so pretty,the poppies look amazing...well everything does lol :O)Viv xx


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