Thursday, 21 April 2011

Three Minute Thursday - using Nature Walk

Good Morning! It's time for another in my weekly series of super-fast cards for the time-challenged. I'm using Nature Walk today (and I think it's official - it IS my favourite set in the mini catalogue!) on a one-layer card that relies on a punch of colour for its appeal.

The colours are a favourite combination: Rich Razzleberry with Old Olive. You just can't go wrong with these! And to add a little twist of interest I stamped the sentiment in Not Quite Navy. You could have lot of fun experimenting with different colours - why not consult the Colour Coach for heaps of ideas? This is a swatch book of all the Stampin' Up colours, with suggestions for toning and contrasting colour combinations - a very useful little tool at only £13.50. Click here to email me an order or for more information.

The sentiment is from the wonderful Pocket Silhouettes stamp set. I know I'm always saying this, but sets that contain sentiments are worth their weight in gold - a collection of sentiment stamps is invaluable!

This is the simplest of cards to make but is so effective. You can use almost any plant image in this way: coloured with markers to make a multi-coloured image, stamped off the edge and with a contrasting sentiment - and it works with lots of other images too!

Here's how to make this card:
  • Cut a 9cm x 18cm piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Score and fold in half to create a card base.
  • Use an Old Olive and a Rich Razzleberry marker to ink up the plant image and stamp off the edge of the card front. Repeat the inking process and stamp again.
  • Use a stamp-a-majig to stamp a sentiment in Not Quite Navy ink.

Stamps: Nature Walk, Pocket Silhouettes (sentiment)
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Markers

As well as crafting inspiration, I do like to offer a bit of fun on these pages but the smile was well and truly wiped off my face today when I visited the dentist. I was handed a hefty bill for the privilege of hearing that I'm going to need some work on my teeth that's going to cost... another, even larger, hefty bill! But worse than that is the idea of heading into the Easter weekend only able to eat on one side of my mouth!

I'll be back tomorrow with some last minute Easter projects for those of you with the scalloped envelope die. And if you haven't already got it, do come and see how versatile it can be!

Thanks for dropping by today and hope to see you tomorrow.


  1. A beautiful card Vicky - very elegant. xx

  2. Love the colour combo.

    Hope you still manage an Easter Egg or two even though you can only eat on one side!

    Hugs, Sandra

  3. Fabulous Vicky, as always. Love the colours.
    I`m sure you`ll be fine over the weekend, afterall chocolate melts very quickly in the mouth so no chewing needed Lol.
    Lynne xxx

  4. So pretty! Will be trying this out real soon!

  5. This has a very strong buddleia-esque (yes I know there's no such word) about it, which you have achieved beautifully through your clever use of colour - so inspirational! Hope you manage to get through the weekend ok x

  6. Lovely simple but effective card Vicky. Hope you don't suffer too much over the weekend and you get it all sorted quickly
    Margaret x

  7. The colors you've used are terrific and really show off that beautiful stamp set. Sorry to hear about your dental woes. I hope everything works out!

  8. This is beautiful, lovely colours and a fab CAS design.

  9. Lovely little card! Nature Walk is probably my favourite SU stamp set ever and I love finding new ways to use it. Oh, and may I just say that your single layer cards are the best I've ever seen. The challenge of keeping it "simple" seems to bring out the best in your creative talents. I can't wait to see what you come up with next week.

  10. Beautiful card, I love this colour combo too.

  11. Love this Vicky, it looks like an image from an old botanical notebook. Gorgeous.
    Have a good weekend :)
    Jenny x

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the colours, especially how you threw in the blue sentiment. I wouldn't think of it but it looks fabulous here!

  13. You are the master of simple one-layer cards that use multiple colors. Love this one, Vicky! Sorry about your trip to the dentist. My dentist recently convinced me to replace an old filling that she said was beginning to crack. The idea was to avoid needing a crown... and then when she was finished she said something like "that should hold, but you'll probably be needing a crown soon." What? I thought this $$ was to avoid the $$$$$$ of getting a crown. grrrrr. Hope your dental story turns out well!

  14. This card is just gorgeous.. I really love your style... love the colours, masking.. beautiful :)

    Blessed Easter .... hugs.. :)


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