Wednesday 11 July 2012

Bordering on Romance meets The Open Sea

I had a parcel of new goodies delivered yesterday and one of the things inside was a tin of Subtles watercolour crayons. I can't believe I've been using Stampin' Up products for nearly five years and I've only just discovered these! I used them to make a card for two challenges - CASual Fridays, which is looking for cards using text, and Make My Monday, where the challenge is to use purple, green and orange. Come and see:

I love making scored frames at the moment: I work out the size I want, mark it on the back of my card stock and then just score it on my Simply Scored (in fact, for this card, I just put the stamp on the card stock and marked the corners with a pencil!) I stamped this gorgeous text stamp from the Open Sea in versamark and clear embossed it before masking the edges with post it notes and stamping the flowers. Then came the colouring:

I enjoy colouring as long as it's quick and easy and these crayons certainly fit the bill! They come in  the four colour families and are creamy and blendable as well as water soluble - here I coloured the large flowers and leaves with them and blended with an aquapainter, then added shading with markers and blended again. The embossed text resisted the colour and shows through - I will never tire of this effect!

I'm hoping to be test-driving my crayons quite a lot over the next week or so and will let you know how I get on!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Bordering on Romance, The Open Sea
Ink: Peach Parfait, Basic Grey
Card stockNaturals Ivory, Very Vanilla
Other: Markers, Subtles water colour crayons, versamark, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Simply Scored, stamp-a-majig
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. Your free brad and ribbon set will be added automatically to any order of £45 or more.

Life really is hectic here at the moment so I really apologise if you're waiting for a comment from me. Yesterday I had another trip to the dentist and my daughter asked if I could drop her at a friend's house on the way. As usual I thought of a hundred and one things that needed doing on the way out. "No rush!" she said as I hurried out to the car where she was waiting patiently. "I hadn't realised you needed to read War and Peace before we went!"

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow and I'll be using this month's free brad and ribbon set - it's gorgeous! Hope to see you then.



  1. Love the soft colour and the emboss resist words Vicky. Great card.

  2. I hadn't thought to clear emboss with a background stamp before stamping the main image ... very impressive. Helen (Sydney)

  3. Lovely card Vicky like your soft colours and your use of the background stamp..


  4. Hi vicky
    Fabby card ..... Lovely water coloured effect......
    Hugs sylvie xxx

  5. Another beauty Vicky - love the soft colours. Might just have to have a little spend soon! - well a girl NEEDS to you know!


  6. Morning Vicky, this is lovely, using water colour pencils is also one of my favourite techniques Its always a pleasure to see you at MMM even when it interupts War and Peace ;)
    suzi b xx

  7. Hi Vicky - this is a gorgeous card and fabulous colouring - thanks for joining us at MMM again this week - Jacqueline xx

  8. Fabulous stamping over embossing -it's an effect I never tire of either. Will be interested to read what you make of your new watercolour crayons!

  9. Ooooh, I love this effect Vicky - I am going to try this as I love it ! Your card looks like a beautiful piece of faded textile - you always show us so many lovely inspirational pieces ! Have a good day ! Jane x

  10. Ooh, interesting mix there Vicky.
    Have fun playing with your new toys, when you get the chance.

    Cheeky daughter!!!! xxx

  11. A marriage made in heaven Vicky with these two stamp sets! I love the clear embossed background with the over stamping, must try that:) Another two sets I should have ordered!
    Val x

  12. So pretty Vicky. I love the soft colours you have achieved with your new watercolour crayons. And what a fabulous effect using the versamark and clear EP. Those two stamps work beautifully together x

  13. A beautiful card Vicky and something I've not tried before. I am going to resist the watercolour crayons, well, for the moment anyway :)

    If only our kids knew, heh, what it takes to be a Mum! One day, they will :)

    Have a lovely Wednesday xx

  14. Simply beautiful Vicky! love the overstamping and those pretty flowers!

  15. Simply beautiful. I love how you created a frame. I'm going to have to give that a try.

  16. VERY pretty, lovely soft palette and texture. xxx

  17. I love the beautiful faded effect you have achieved. The embossed frame really sets it off. I'm addicted to making frames too, the new scoreboard is certainly being put through its paces! x x

  18. This is gorgeous Vicky! Love the images with the text and such a wonderful soft color palette :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  19. Oh, so soft and pretty! I love the embossed script on the flowers!

  20. This is amazing, Vicky! GORGEOUS stamping and technique! Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

  21. Am lost for words ...absolutely gorgeous. Ladies at MMM will love it! Suzanne x

  22. Fantastic card, beautiful technique...I'm inspired

  23. Vicky I will never tire of that effect either, the watercolouring looks beautiful over the text bkgd..... I haven't used my watercolour pencils in ages either!!
    Thanks for linking up to CASual Fridays :0)
    Jenny x

  24. BEAUTIFUL, Vicky...simply gorgeous!!

  25. Beautiful - I just love this. Thank you so much for sharing with us at MMM.

  26. Love the resist effect Vicky and the soft colours of the flowers are so pretty.
    Thanks for joining in at MMM.
    Fliss xx


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