Saturday, 17 March 2012

The masked card

Honestly! It's taken me all day to have any ideas at all for Less is More, where Chrissie and Mandi are challenging everyone to make a card using masking techniques. I've got one ready now though - come and see:


The card features all my favourite masking techniques but last week's script idea has obviously stayed with me too! I made my postage stamp by cutting a square aperture in a post it note and sponging a background inside. I stamped the lovely cherries from Fruit and Flowers over the top and added the number, using my stamp-a-majig for accuracy, before cutting it out with my Postage Stamp punch.


I really like the effect and am already dreaming of all sorts of other postage stamp designs! Do you like the postmark? The wavy lines are from my lovely Winter Post Christmas set as is the 'post card' stamp - not just for Christmas you see! - the circular bit of the postmark is from the fabulous French Foliage set.


This cluster of flowers and leaves was created using post it note masks too but this time I stamped the images onto the sticky notes and cut round them carefully with sharp paper snips.  I stamped the first flower and masked it before stamping the second, then masked both flowers before stamping the leaf. I water coloured the flowers and added Old Olive stamens with a marker. I blended them in a little with the aqua painter which I'm not sure about really... the children are all saying it's fine but I suspect they want to use the computer!

Here's what you need to make today's card:
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, French Foliage, Winter Post, En Français
Ink: Marina Mist, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Confetti White, scrap of Whisper White
Other: Markers, Postage Stamp punch, paper snips, post it notes, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you (except the post it notes!) and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.
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My youngest son had some of his friends round for a late birthday sleep-over last night. Why do they call it a sleep-over I wonder? Sleeping is the one thing that doesn't really happen at all! Actually they were all beautifully behaved and had a whale of a time but for some reason I'm feeling a little bleary!

I'll be back on Monday with a male card for Masculine Monday but in the meantime I'll look forward to seeing everyone's masked creations - if I can get back on the computer that is!

29 comments:

  1. Lovely masked card Vicky....the colours really stand out

    Anne

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  2. Just beautiful Vicky! A lovely use of these pretty colours, and some fab masking too!

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  3. What a lovely card , great colour well done Hugs Elaine

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  4. WOW Vicky, your card is just brilliant and I do love the stamp image, I have some Clarity ones that I haven't used yet, how bad is that hehe.

    Thanks for popping over to my blog and as for Molly, she rules our house hehe. She's asleep in the wardrobe at the moment, dont ask me why she has perfectly good basket to sleep in :)

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  5. Hola Vicky, fantastic embossing!!!!great work,and gorgeous card, beautiful Vicky.
    I remember when i was teenager, the most important when you "sleep" with your friends is...don't sleep:D:D, the night is magical for talk and for to laugh heartily.:D:D:D
    A hug from Palma

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  6. Love the postcard idea Vicky, I always think they are quite exciting! There is an ongoing challenge creating a different postcard each week depicting a new country but you had to have a storyline as it was to be an ongoing saga between two people. Couldn't think of a story:(
    Val x

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  7. This is brilliant Vicky, all that intricate cutting makes me feel guilty as my idea for thiss week's entry was so very simple! Have a great weekend,Julie.x

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  8. Great masking - especially like your cherry postage stamp. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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  9. great masking Vicky - it looks just like a vintage postcard!
    hope you get a better nights sleep tonight.
    Tara x

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  10. Beautiful card, Vicky! I love the cherry stamp....and this would have worked for last week's challenge too...how about that!

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  11. Great card Vicky and brilliant masking. I'm still at the "trying to think of an idea" stage so looking at everyone else's for inspiration!

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  12. Vicky, this is such a great example of masking. Your postcard looks beautiful with all its different aspects. Just love that little cherry stamp.

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  13. Lovely card, looks like a lot of work though! I have the same problem as you with regard to my children wanting the computer now they're getting older!

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  14. What a great combo of stamps and techniques Vicky, I think you'd always get the prize for innovation!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  15. Gorgeosu monatge of stamps
    Briliant card, as always, albeit not tons of white space
    it's superb!

    Thank you so much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  16. Hi Vicky love what you've created. Everything about this card appeals to me.

    I want to thank you for your visit and for your heartfelt words. In "BLOG" land we seldom get a chance to feel that "friend" connection we often share when meeting face-to-face. It was lovely to feel that Vicky, thank you again. '

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  17. Lovely use of stamps Vicky, I adore those pretty flowers too...amazing colour..love it :) Viv xx

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  18. Hello Vicky

    Wow such a fabulous and brilliant card, I LOVE the postage stamp idea - and eveything else.
    Just fabulous.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  19. Love it Vicky! I knew masking was your 'thing'. Brilliant use of different stamp sets :) Sarah xx

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  20. Yet another stunning card Vicky. Love it.
    Lynne xxx

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  21. Fabulous and creative use of all of your stamps you really do inspire and get the absolute most out of all of them. Goodness how I remember my sons having friends over to stay it always took me two days to recover.

    Marie

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  22. This is a great showcase for masking - a wonderful card. Reall like the idea for the postage stamp, loads of possibilities there.
    Never enjoyed my children having sleepovers, I need my sleep too much! x x

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  23. There's lots going on in this card with all the masking, but it comes together brilliantly! Helen (Sydney)

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  24. I'm still thinking about this challenge. But I've got a class to prepare for before I can play. I love your blue flowers and the post card theme. That's a darling little postage stamp too.

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  25. Ooooh, I recognise this script (and it looks lovely!)! This is a beautiful creation Vicky, your techniques always an inspiration.

    Maria x

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  26. Brilliant card Vicky, fabulous masking
    Beryl x

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  27. Hello Vicky, how lovely to see these vintage style stamps with a pop of colour added; it gives a nice fresh feel to your card. I always find it incredible how you can change the mood of a card by the colours you choose !
    Hugs Jane x

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  28. Oh boy, this is stunning, love it! The colours and script work so well together
    Anne
    x

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  29. Just spotted this on LIM ... brilliant, love the stamp!
    suzi b xx

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