Friday, 11 May 2012

A Bordering on Romance background

I adore the colour swatch at the ColourQ this week - well of course that's nothing new!

The colours remind me of 20s or 30s china - like this gorgeous cup and saucer set and so I thought I'd have a go at creating a vintage style background with my new Bordering on Romance stamp set.

Come and see what you think:

First, the large flower image from the set was stamped all over my Whisper White card stock using Always Artichoke ink. Next I took my aquapainter and filled in the background with a Pear Pizzazz wash and coloured the large flowers with Daffodil Delight. After that I used markers to fill in the rest of the leaves, flowers and berries. It's very quick and easy because it's such a random look - you don't want anything to look too precise.

The sentiment label is decorated with the same stamp and mounted on one of the new labels framelits with the edges bent inwards before attaching to a card stock banner.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Always Artichoke, Daffodil Yellow, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz
Card stock: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Other: Markers, square, oval and scallop border punches, Labels framelits, Simply Scored, sponge daubers
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you 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.

I always like to feel that our crafting can help others. I was reading this post by Jo Street of Dinky Daisy Designs yesterday - she has been devastated by the plight of a little girl at a playgroup her son attends. Jo wants to do something to help so she's holding a sale of cards to raise money for Candlelighters, the organisation which will be caring for the little girl and supporting her stricken family. It seems to me that it's easy to make two cards if you're making one and I think lots of us could spare some from our stash, so do pop over to Jo's blog and offer your services.

It looks as if it's going to be perfect crafting weather again in the UK this weekend so make the most of it and I'll see you very soon.



  1. This is an amazing technique and a beautiful card!

  2. I always see such incredibly pretty cards when I come here. Your colour choice and layout on this one is delightful.

  3. I love that you used this gorgeous stamp set to create a unique background (like your own DSP), Vicky. The 'wash' in the spaces is fabulous, and I just love the berries in Tangerine Tango. Another fabulous card!

  4. Hi Vicky

    A gorgeous background .. .. it would work beautifully for Christmas too!

    Such lovely rich colours.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  5. This makes a stunning border... and I really like how you've done the sentiment with Framelits too.

  6. Great background technique Vicky...a really pretty card


  7. A stunning background Vicky with gorgeous colours. Have a great week end - Jacqueline xx

  8. They remind me of rose hips Vicky! Just love the all over pattern like a rambling rose :0)
    Good to see the sun here today, have a great wkd...we are forecast sun all wkd
    Jenny x

  9. I have NEVER seen this stamp used in such a fantastic way, my eyes are just going over and over it, so lovely. Fabulous card. I'll nip over and have a look at the other blog you mentioned, too.

  10. Lovely that you have made your own background paper Vicky; so pretty and unique ! Have a wonderful weekend !
    Jane x

  11. This is so pretty, Vicky. I love the non-precise way you coloured your stamped images - very arty.

    I forgot to thank you earlier for your get-well wishes when I was sick.


  12. Love how you've created your own DSP, the colours are lovely and cheerful and the tangerine really makes it pop. Helen (Sydney)

  13. Hello Vicky

    Just brilliant and gorgeous.

  14. This is stunning Vicky - must have a go! Have a great weekend
    M x

  15. Fabulous stamp and WONDERFUL colouring, a fab card

  16. Wow, this is stunning Vicky! I love your background - you are so creative with your stamps! I've just been having a flick through your blog to catch up, I love the boat with the wood grain stamp (what a cool idea!) and those edgelits look really gorgeous (I can't wait to get my scoreboard :-)). Take care Vicky and have a lovely weekend.

    Maria x

  17. Another winning card - I really like your colour choices. Sweet!
    Cheers, Karen

  18. WOW! Vicky, this is inspired, and a great way to make a background paper. I love it.

    Thanks for all your kind comments on my blog too!!!


  19. Gorgeous card Vicky, I love the colours and the sketchy way you have coloured it. x

  20. Wonderful background design Vicky, looks like proper designer paper!!
    Val x

  21. That's a gorgeous design! Very reminiscent of vintage china!

  22. Vicky this is beautiful! Your stamping looks like patterned paper. I'm so glad you joined us at the ColourQ this week.

  23. Beautiful stamping Vicki it does look like patterned paper. So vintage.

  24. Your patterned paper looks very vintagey. Love your banner in the white. x

  25. Ooooooo like this one Vicky so clean n fresh looking Luv Sue x


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