Monday, 21 November 2011

French Foliage poinsettias

I haven't used French Foliage for a few minutes again and you know how I love this set! A few weeks ago I was wondering whether I'd be able to use this set for Christmas card making and my blogging pal Jen commented that one of the leaves makes great poinsettias... well that information was duly filed away in my head and has been brought out for the Make My Monday challenge this week which is to make a Christmas card using flowers or snowflakes. I spotted this fabulous sketch at CAS-ual Friday and used it for my card - come and see:


I stamped the poinsettias using the leaf stamp, Real Red ink and my stamp-a-majig, then masked them off and stamped the background using the same leaf and Old Olive ink. To give the flowers this velvety texture I coloured over them with the brush end of a Riding Hood Red marker. The veins of the leaves show through, which I like, and you can add bits of darker definition with the thin end of the marker too. I coloured over the background leaves with a Sahara Sand marker and add shadows to the flowers with an Old Olive marker. Gold brads make good flower centres and give the card a bit of a Christmas shine!


The poinsettia panel was mounted onto a Cherry Cobbler card base using dimensionals. TIP: If you draw your red marker along the edges of your panel, you won't be able to see an annoying glimpse of raw white card stock!  The sentiment was added using versamark and I embossed it with gold embossing powder. The mat pack template was used to add the dots.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: French Foliage, Welcome Christmas
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Other: Markers, gold brads, stamp-a-majig, versamark pen, gold embossing powder, heat tool, mat pack
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. 

Some of my readers have noticed that I've changed my profile picture at the weekend. I did it because I thought that the previous one didn't look like me any more... but I am slightly regretting it. Why? Because when I was foolish enough to ask my youngest son what he thought of the new photo he said he thought I looked like Bilbo Baggins after he'd got the ring! AFTER he'd got the ring!!! He noticed that I was a bit taken aback by this. "But I still love you Mummy," he added reassuringly. Please don't blame me if I change the picture sometime soon!

Thank you for dropping in to see me today - I really appreciate your company.
See you tomorrow,

33 comments:

  1. Hello Vicky - this is so clever, I hope you don't mind but I may need to file this away in my head for future reference too ! I love the two reds together and the flowers look 3D ( it's your brilliant colouring technique ! ), I thought they were cut and layered on first inspection !
    Hugs Jane x

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  2. Morning Vicky this card is stunning i too thought you had cut out the petals/leaves so very clever
    Kids dont they always say the wrong thing take no notice the picture and new hairstyle just beautifull you want to see my photo i have just had done for my driving licence its more than awfull the person i asked to sign it said no it dosent even look like me har har going to get it done again !!!! Luv Sue x

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  3. Hi Vicky, Your flowers are just brilliant! I would never have thought to turn leaves into poinsettias, and also thought you'd layered them. Helen (Sydney)

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  4. What a great idea! I like it. You've changed your profile pic, too - lovely photo x

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  5. Hi Vicky, Yet again a fabulous project! Love this poinsettia card, beautiful:0) Your photo's simply lovely, kids!!!! Who'd have them?????
    Thank you so much for your kind comments, I'm better everyday:0) Gay xxx

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  6. Gorgeous poinsettia card Vicky.

    Your son is a one isn't he? The spooky thing is . . . I just left a comment on another blog friend of mine and mentioned (of all things)
    Bilbo Baggins . . . how weird is that? x

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  7. What a clever idea to use the French foliage stamp to make flowers

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  8. Your card is lovely, as usual, and yes, the red parts do look 3D. But, tbh, I come here as much for your son's comments as for the cards. He's a bit of a card himself, isn't he? I had my hair cut short two years ago and when I came home my husband said, "Don't you look like your mother?!" Needless to say, I've been growing it ever since!

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  9. Another triumph! Clever you, I love how you think outside the box.
    Give your son a few years to realise that women don't want to know what men REALLY think, he's a little young yet!
    Linda x

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  10. Fabulous colouring and shading! I really thought the red flowers were popped up on foam tape!

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  11. Oh wow... (sorry I always start my comments like this but that's what I say when I see your cards)the poinsettia flowers are so realistic and 3D too.
    Love the hint of guilt your son was feeling...use it to your advantage....a cheap alternative to a dishwasher!!!!
    Jenny x

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  12. Wow, Vicky - this looks AMAZING!! I do love to have a chuckle over your family stories, but I must confess ignorance as to who Bilbo Baggins is. I think your new profile pic's lovely!!

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  13. Your flowers really look 3d. Great idea using the leaf it works beautifully. Super rich Christmas card. You did make me smile re the photo, sometimes it's best not to ask! x

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  14. I think the poinsettias are wonderful - they look so lush! This set is really versatile :)

    I like your photo - and I think your son made a quick save :)

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  15. What a beautiful card!
    Great idea with the leaves from the set "french foliage"...the poinsettia is perfect for a Christmas card!
    Thanks for the inspiration

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  16. beautiful, vibrant and clever pontsettias!
    ..lovely card.
    Thank you for your continued support at MMM
    suzi b x

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  17. LOL at your son! I think its a lovely photo! Your card as per is simply stunning, great to see you at Make My Monday again!

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  18. Vicky Your clean and simple card is very beautiful with the poinsettia print! Thanks for the birthday wishes :)

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  19. Another wonderful creation, Vicky. Fabulous stamping and I love your use of brads.

    Your son cracks me up. Typical of my son at that age LOL!:)

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  20. Fabulous card again Vicky. Good job your son followed up with he still loves you or he might have been regretting saying anything!!
    M x

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  21. This is lovely Vicky. I just wanted to say thank you too for your lovely much appreciated comment on my blog. Judy x

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  22. I didn't think it would take you long to make this set Christmassy - well done.Thanks for joining in again this week at Make My Monday - Jacqueline xx

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  23. Brilliant card! Love how you used the leaves to make a poinsettia! Such a lovely card.
    I think your photo is fine!
    Lynn

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  24. WOW! This is beautiful!!! Great idea to make the leaves in to poinsettias!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  25. Using the Olive around the flowers makes it look dimensional. What a great trick and a beautiful card! I think you look lovely in your new picture.

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  26. I thought for sure your poinsettias were cut out. They look 3D! Thanks for the shout-out too!

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  27. Absolutely fabulously done!!!! You are so very creative and talented!!! Thanks for joining us once again at MMM! :)

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  28. A great idea, beautiful project. Thanks again form MMM.

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  29. A GORGEOUS gorgeous card, I wish I could emboss like that, it looks like it has been pressed into the card, love it.

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  30. What a fab idea and one I shall file for when my FF set arrives!!! I love the shadows you've given them Vicky /i had to enlarge the photo as I thought they were decoupaged!
    Val x

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  31. A really stunning card Vicky. The poinsettias look very 3D and your masking technique gives such a beautiful effect.
    Lovely to see you again at Make My Monday and wishing you lots of luck.
    Fliss xx

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  32. Beautiful!!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Friday!
    Laura

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  33. Thanks for sharing this Vicky, you inspired me to make some Poinsettias of my own to put on a wreath.

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x