Tuesday 3 April 2012

Ain't love grand - get well wishes

Hmm. Today's card doesn't really fit the glorious sunshine that's pouring through my windows today but we'll carry on regardless! Making a card based on a song is the fun challenge at  CAS-ual Fridays  this week, and I've chosen Prince's gloriously melodramatic Purple Rain for my entry. Come and have a look:

I started with the background which was made by drawing rain onto an acrylic block with my Wisteria Wonder marker, spritzing with water and pressing onto my card stock. When it was dry (just a few minutes) I masked off the top and sponged the foreground in.

The fabulous umbrella image is from the hostess set Ain't Love Grand, which contains all sorts of versatile images. I've coloured it in Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush and highlighted with a white gel pen. The sentiment is a combination of words taken from Petite Pairs.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Ain't Love Grand, Petite Pairs
Ink: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder
Card stock: Concord Crush, Whisper White
Other: Markers, acrylic block E, white gel pen, stamp-a-majig
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I was rather pleased with this card until my daughter pointed out that it was unlikely to cheer anyone up and I might just as well add some lightning! She's in the room painting today as she has work to complete for her Art GCSE and it's lovely to have the company. The boys have yet to emerge from their manly caves...

Have a lovely day today and I'll see you tomorrow.


  1. Hi Vicky
    Stayed up specially to see you card ... Certainly worth waiting for ....,,,,
    Nigh nigh !
    Hugs Sylvie xxxxx

  2. Hi Vicky,
    I always know when it's time for me to climb the wooden hill. It's when your card appears - LOL! Today your 'Purple Rain' card is fabulous! I love the deep purple colour and your umbrella image looks super!
    I love Prince singing Purple Rain, but have you ever heard LeAnn Rimes version? It's wonderful! xx

  3. Very pretty, Vicky. Love how you did the falling "rain" on here and that umbrella image is so cute!
    April showers (hopefully) will be here soon.

  4. Oh, I love this! Brilliant way to create your own rain, Vicky!
    Cheers, Karen

  5. Lovely card Vicky and love how you have created your own rain.


  6. You're so clever Vicky - I certainly wouldn't mind receiving this if I was poorly!!
    M x

  7. Well, as always, I think your card is lovely and it does go someway to reflecting the weather in not so Bonny Scotland this morning. Last week we were all going about in t-shirts but I thought my hubby was kidding this morning when he said it was snowing. Ah well, out come the winter woollies again!

  8. What a wonderful effect you've created with an acrylic block! Certainly a technique to try out. This is a fantastic scene with the umbrella.

  9. What a clever way to make the background. FAB card . . .where's the lightning? LOL! xx

  10. What a fab technique Vicky and so effective. Lovely card:)
    Val x

  11. This is wonderful Vicky, a great technique, executed so brilliantly.

  12. A fabulous card Vicky. I love how you made the rain, and what gorgeous clours.

  13. Fabulous image and lovely card well done Hugs Elaine

  14. Ahh Vicky, this is AMAZING! The song choice is soooo cleverly reflected in the card, and the card is just gorgeous - perfect in monochrome. I love it. M x

  15. Fabulous card Vicky - so clever! Love it! :)x

  16. Hi Vicky sorry have missed so many posts but have had huge blogger problems so I have abandoned it and moved over to WordPress, if you have time I would love you to pop over and follow ( its a bit lonely there ) I love the card and to have a handmade card by the fabulously talented Vicky would cheer anyone up !! Love how you did the rain. good luck to your daughter with her exams.


  17. Gorgeous card Vicky, wonderful technique, thank you for sharing Karen x

  18. Absolutely awesome! I love how the song inspired you! The purple rain could not look ant more beautiful! So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  19. Purple Rain - now there's a blast from the past! Great card though and a brilliant technique. - Jacqueline xx

  20. More amazing inking techniques. You never fail to amaze me! Love it!

  21. Love the concept and love the card! Thanks so much for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays.

  22. Sweet card, love the colors and that cute umbrella :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  23. Oh I certainly had a giggle with you're daughters comment!
    I love the inking effect for the rain, it really works and the colour suits the little scene....Prince knew what he was talking about didn't he!
    Jenny x

  24. wow Vicky this is superb i shall be singing purple rain now all night Luv Sue x

  25. Wow Vicky...every card you blog is an inspiration....thank you for sharing your techniques. "Purple Rain" indeed!! :)


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