Tuesday 8 November 2011

Young Vermillion - from tag to card

I like to buy my stamps in sets because designers have worked hard to ensure the images work together and it usually shows! But every now and then I see a single stamp that I absolutely have to have... oh dear, do you recognise that feeling?!!! The à la Carte section of this year's Stampin' Up catalogue has no fewer than 17 single stamps to choose from (many of which I had to have!) and my absolute favourite is the gorgeous Young Vermillion. You may have seen the autumnal cards I made with it yesterday, but how about a completely different feel:

It seems the young Vermillion is a master of disguises! I made this for One Layer Wednesday where the challenge this week is to make tags - and it is the simplest of tag shapes! I simply cut a rectangle and curved the top corners with my corner rounder. The bottom of the tag was masked off with torn paper and the top sponged with Bashful Blue ink, with a little pink added at the skyline for a wintery look. I used an Early Espresso marker to ink up my bird stamp, avoiding the distinctive Vermillion marking around the eye, and then coloured it with my water colour pencils. It's easy to extend the branch with the fine end of the marker.

Once I'd made the tag I decided to use it to make a card:

Christmas cards were my whole reason for buying the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder! I think it makes an effective card base for a snowy scene. The tag hole was made punching a 1/2" circle of Bashful Blue card stock, gluing it onto the tag and cutting out the centre with the large hole punch on my cropadile. I threaded the hole with Cherry Cobbler seam binding to make a festive Christmas bow and added a sentiment using my stamp-a-majig to keep it straight.

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Young Vermillion, Contempo Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Water colour pencils, Neutrals markers, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, 1/2" circle punch, stamp-a-majig, cropadile, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
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 have a game I play with my youngest son using another bird stamp I have from the retired set Touch of Nature. I stamp six or seven of the birds onto card stock, then write the names of different birds underneath. My son then looks the birds up in our bird book and colours them appropriately. He loves doing it, it doesn't involve any batteries or electricity and it's educational too! The Young Vermillion stamp will be a very useful addition to that game and I'll be able to choose from a whole different family of birds!

Hmmm. I wonder what else I can make with my Young Vermillion... Do come back tomorrow and find out! 



  1. Beautiful, stamped and coloured Vicky! He's like a little robin looking out on the snowy ground on a crisp and sunny winters morning:)

  2. Oh Vicky, this is just so cute. It looked great as a tag, but even better on the polka dot background. I have been looking at this stamp since it came out in our catalogue a few months ago. After seeing your last couple of posts using him, I will definitely be getting it.

  3. Just beautiful! Now you're making me want that stamp. So pretty the way you've colored it up.

  4. A beautiful tag and card Vicky. Such fabulous colouring.

    I love the little game you play with you children.


  5. Beautiful card again Vicky. The addition of the little touch of pink makes all the difference. Great idea for the game with your son, do you think my 21yr old would go for it? - oh, how I miss those days!

  6. This card is just perfect, Vicky ! It is the loveliest SU Christmas card I have seen in bloggerland this season in my humble opinion ! I do love robins and almost every Christmas card I bought before I started crafting my own featured a little robin !
    Have a great day !
    Jane x

  7. What a versatile bird.....and the stamps not bad either!! (Tee Hee, Bum bum :)

  8. Excellent tag/card! Sounds like a good game to play with your son too. xxx

  9. I see tags everything in the blogosphere this morning! Love your Vermillion one. I'm getting ideas.

  10. Here we go again, yet another must have! This is beautiful. I had a feeling that you were going to make a robin with him and you haven't disappointed.
    Can I come and play at your house sometime that would be right up my street!
    Linda x

  11. He looks just as striking perched on a tag Vicky and I love how you've changed him by using different colours. Wonderful idea to mount the tag on a card too :)
    Jenny x

  12. Vicky, that tag is precious! LOVE the coloring you did on the bird...and he fits just perfectly on the tag!

  13. Hi Vicky
    Wow Stunning work the bird soooo good.....
    Hugs sylvie

  14. This looks beautiful as a tag and a card. Gorgeous colouring as always. x

  15. Oooh absolutely love both of these Vicky!
    M x

  16. This is really beautiful - I love the colors you used for the sky, and for the bird itself. I also like the way you embellished the hole for the ribbon. It's a subtle touch, but very effective.

  17. This looks stunning, this stamp is one of my christmas pressies but maybe I just NEED to test it now lol !
    Julie x

  18. What a fabulous idea!!! LOVE this! :) Stunning job!

  19. Another stunning card Vicky. You would never know that you had drawn the extensions to the branch they look so right.


  20. He is so beautiful against the blue! And mounted on the polka dot embossing makes a beautiful Christmas card! What a wonderful game to play with your son.

  21. You certainly have gotten a lot of mileage out of this one stamp, and I love every one of your creations with it! I was drawn to this tag by your realistic coloring.


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