Friday 11 November 2011

A Beautiful Season with a Young Vermillion

It would've been rude not to have finished the week with a Young Vermillion card wouldn't it?! Today I've combined it with the bird from Beautiful Season to make a pair of robins for a vintage/traditional card as requested by the ladies at Make My Monday. Come and see:

I loved making this card which I feel is quite over-the-top and Christmassy! I started by stamping the scene onto a piece of watercolour paper. The stamps were coloured directly with markers, avoiding the markings around the eyes of the birds, then stamped - the Young Vermillion first and then the bird and holly from Beautiful Season to the left and slightly above it (the bird is smaller on that stamp, so it now looks as if it's perched on a branch behind the first). Then it was ready for a little work with the aquapainter!

Here's a close up of the water colouring. Because I'd coloured the stamp with the relevant colours already I only needed to pull some of the colour in from the outlines - except in the case of the birds which I'd coloured brown. I added a very little red to their breasts and then finished them off with a Crumb Cake marker when they were dry and added black eyes. I didn't touch the berries with the aquapainter because I wanted those to be very defined, so I coloured those with a Real Red marker when the panel was dry too. The sky got a wash of Bashful Blue using the larger aquapainter in the set.

When the panel was completely dry, it was swiped round the edges with versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder before this lovely sentiment was added using a stamp-a-majig. To coordinate with the gold, I used the wonderful - and I mean WONDERFUL!!! - brushed gold card stock. My photographs don't do it justice but what a very classy card base this makes and it's just perfect for Christmas.

I  stamped an extra sprig of holly, cut it out with my sharp paper snips and popped it up on dimensionals to give a bit of depth to the card. The berries were dotted with a versamark pen and embossed in gold too - it's quite hard to see in the photo but it adds a lovely glitter in real life.

I'm going to put my name forward for a guest designer slot on Make My Monday with this card - so fingers crossed!

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Young Vermillion, Beautiful Season
Ink: Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, versamark, markers in Early Espresso, Old Olive, Real Red, 
Card stock: Early Espresso, Brushed Gold, watercolour paper, scrap of Naturals Ivory
Other: Aquapainters, Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Scallop border punch, paper snips, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

I made a gorgeous lime pie for pudding last night. (It's very easy - you make a biscuit crumb base then pile on a filling made with mascarpone whisked up with freshly squeezed lime juice and zest with a bit of icing sugar to sweeten it.) "What d'you think of this then?" I asked proudly as I brought it to the table. My youngest son looked at it with interest. "It looks like the kind of pie you throw it in someone's face!" he said.

Have a great weekend and I shall see you very soon.



  1. Vicki this is absolutely beautiful- you are so talented....mmmm at pie making too it seems!!...your son is so funny !!

  2. I have my fingers - and toes - crossed for you for the Guest Designer spot!
    BEAUTIFUL card!!!

  3. And just when I thought things couldn't get any better for Young Vermillion...he's landed into an even more beautiful setting. Gorgeous card, Vicky!

    Your young son cracks me up with the things he comes out with. And your lime pie sounds deeeeelicious!!

  4. Your work with the Young Vermillion is definitely inspirational! ALL of the cards you've made are fabulous--but I REALLY like this one!!! Love the holly, love the ribbon, love it all! Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

  5. You are making such gorgeous cards with this set and this one is no exception. It is so pretty!

  6. Another beautiful watercolor creation! This is a beautiful Christmas card. Whoever is on the receiving end of this one is very lucky!

  7. Vicky, this is a beautiful traditional card, something this gorgeous image is so well suited for. Stunning!

  8. Another beauitful card Vicky! Love how you've combined different stamp sets to create this card! I am loving the look of the brushed gold CS. This is going on my next order for sure!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  9. Good luck on getting the post got everything crossed for you !!! and i just love this card its so traditional with that great vintage feel Luv Sue x

  10. Vicky, this card is perfectly over the top and Christmassy ! I'm an old fashioned girl and just love this card ; it oozes tradition - just gorgeous ! Really like the addition of the stamped and cut out holly too.
    Jane x

  11. Hello Vicky

    Another masterpiece and what a Christmas card. I LOVE how you use different stamps to make a stunning scene. It's so Vintage and GORGEOUS. The comment by your son is brilliant!!!!


  12. Hi Vicky
    Love it ...the holly is stunning....and the two birds Wow!!!!! Gorgeous .....
    Hugs sylvie

  13. Another smashing card. Genius!

    Love your son's sense of humour! xxx

  14. Beautiful card Vicky love how you have incorporated the young vermilion with the beautiful season set...


  15. Robins in a Holly bush - What could be nicer? Love those red berries and holly embellishment

  16. Hi Vicky, I'm really impressed how you used the two different stamp sets and made them look like one and I'm still in awe of your colouring skills with those inks! Love the gold embossed edge, certainly gives a luxurious feel to it :)
    Jenny x

  17. Another gorgeous card again today, you are so clever with the markers. Thanks too for taking part in this week's MMM challenge - Jacqueline xx

  18. Vicky... your stamping techniques are immaculate.. .gorgeous work on the young vermillion series :D

  19. This is just beautiful Vicky, just beautiful. Thank you for joining MMM and for wanting to join us as a Guest Designer..
    Suzi B :D

  20. Go for it, Vicky--this card is a winner for sure!

  21. A beautiful card Vicky, thanks for sharing with MMM. Good luck with your GD application. Caz

  22. An absolute stunner Vicky. Your watercolouring looks just amazing and the stamps are lovely.
    Your son's comment made me smile too and I might have to try the pie although hopefully my lot won't make the same observation!!!
    Thanks for sharing your creation with us at MMM.
    Fliss xx

  23. Your work is always so lovely. Best wishes on being a guest designer! Love your stories. Best, Yvonne

  24. Amazing card! Your scene is beautiful. So much detail! My fingers are crossed.


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