Thursday 16 June 2011

Three Minute Thursday - punched flowers

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Today's fast card is inspired by Make My Monday. The second challenge on this new site is to create a card using punched or die-cut flowers. Here's what I came up with:

It is the work of a moment to scribble on an acrylic block with marker pens, mist the block with water and stamp onto the card front and it makes a great background. EDITED TO ADD: There's been a lot of interest in this technique! It's been around for a long time but I first came across it at a Stampin' Up training session about a year ago where we dipped the block in an ink pad like an ordinary stamp. I thought it would be a great idea to use several colours, so I brought my markers out, but I'm sure it's been done many times before!

I stamped some stalks (using the handy stalk from Greenhouse Garden) and topped them with my favourite little flower from the Boho Blossoms punch. The centres are punchings from my 1/8" handheld punch!

This sentiment has lots of movement in it and, stamped in Basic Black,  it really pops against the background.

Here are some different versions - flowers with pearl or rhinestone centres; strong, medium or faint backgrounds; a sentiment stamped in Always Artichoke - but the left-hand one appeals most to me. I would ask you which one you like best but the picture certainly wasn't my finest photographic hour so it's probably hard to tell!

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Greenhouse Garden (stalk)
Ink: Basic Black
Card stock: Confetti Cream, Poppy Parade
Other: Boho Blossoms punch, markers, self-adhesive rhinestones or pearls (optional)

I'm having a hectic week and I expect many of you are finding the same. This half of the summer term is the time when schools, clubs, community organisations and everyone else decides to have their open events, fairs, concerts, performances etc and so I'm finding that when I attend one event I have to leave early to make it to another; or I have a mad dash to drop one child off somewhere only to find that I should be picking another child up at the same time but on the other side of town! Eeek! I have another five and a half weeks of this and I'm feeling dizzy already!

I hope you've enjoyed your visit here and I do appreciate you spending your time with me. I'll have another project to show you tomorrow and I hope you can join me again.

Take care,


  1. Just beautiful Vicky! My favourite is the first too. I love the black centres, they remind me of poppy's and the black sentiment really 'pops' off the card!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  2. Yep the black centres do it for me too. Lovely cards - thank you for joining us at Make My Monday this week - Jacqueline xx

  3. Vicky you are full of inspiration! What a great idea for a background. Beautiful cards as always :) x

  4. Love these. Once again, you've inspired me to try making my own. Saving into a folder on my computer. Hadn't heard of this technique. Thanks.

  5. Just BRILLIANT Vicky . . . I never thought of using my acrylic blocks for anything other than adding a clear stamp to! Thanks for the info.

    Hugs, Sandra

  6. You`re getting a bit too good at these fabulous techniques Vicky. It would have never entered my head to use an acrylic block that way. The result is fantastic. Love your cards, all of them.
    Lynne xxx

  7. What a great technique, with a fantastic result, Vicky. I love those sweet flowers, and all the stamping, too. Your cards look beautiful! x

  8. Brilliant idea Vicky, love the cards - the medium background is my favourite I think
    M x

  9. I do like the effect achieved by misting the block! Very soft, and subtle. A super set of CAS thanks card - just what you need at this time of year! I know what you mean about school - fete, sports day, shows - all very busy!!

  10. FABULOUS,,, looks so effective! Black centres for me too. Lovely to see you at Make my Monday challenge.

  11. Hi Vicky, I love the cards, what a brilliant idea using the acrylic block like that, I'm going to have to try it. I like the one on the left hand side the best I think.

  12. Gorgeous card know I've never thought of using an acylic block as a stamp, clever :)
    I like the black centres to the flowers too as it matches the sentiment colour. :)
    Jenny x

  13. Hi Vicky
    Super idea i have seen this before not sure where ...looks Fabulous ...Love no" for me ....hugs

  14. the cards are simply sweet, yet so effective. thanks for joining us again at Make My Monday. Caz

  15. fabulous cards I prefer the black centres too but the middle card layout is my fav.Sue :)

  16. What a great background effect, I really must try that - thanks for the inspiration! Lovely cards :o) Lisa x

  17. That's a new technique to me... love it! And my favorite card of the three is the one on the left, too. Good luck keeping up with the three kiddos... I only had two, but still wonder sometimes how in the world I did that! The empty nest is pretty glorious at the moment. :)

  18. Just love the background on here Vicky and it's definitely one to try as it looks so textured. Very pretty and elegant flowers too.
    Thanks so much for joining in with the Make My Monday Die Cut Flowers challenge and look forward to seeing more of your work.
    Good luck!
    Fliss x

  19. Brilliant and i like thw left one best too Luv Sue x

  20. Love that background and I've never tried the technique with markers! Gotta give it a try!


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