Tuesday 14 August 2012

Need for Speed - and mud!

You may be wondering why there would ever be the need for speed and mud but of course where males are concerned, they are two of the essentials in life! Today's card was made for a small male person who loves construction sites. Come and have a look:

The background is made by masking with scrap paper and sponging with a variety of inks using a scratchy textured sponge. I stamped the birds from Up Up and Away in the sky to add to the illusion of movement.

The quad bike was the nearest thing I had to a construction vehicle and it went down very well! I coloured it with markers, cut it out with my paper snips and attached it to the background with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the ever-useful Happiest Birthday Wishes hostess set.

When the Simply Scored tool came out, I wondered if I'd be particularly fussed about it but I have to say I use it all the time. I love it, not just for the accuracy of its measurements for bags and boxes but also for subtle little frames, grids and other embossed touches to my cards - like this scored edging which reminds me of tyre treads.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card
Stamps: Need for Speed, Up up and Away, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango
Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other: Markers, Simply Scored, paper snips, 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. If you are placing an order of £60 or more, you will receive a free Reason to Smile stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount. The set is also available to buy for £18.95 wood mount or £14.95 clear mount.

I'm getting plenty of opportunities to study mud at first hand as my older son doesn't seem to understand that shoes are the interface between his socks and the muddy ground!

I have a little gift to show you tomorrow. See you then!


  1. Another brilliant masculine card, Vicky. I love the way you got the dirt coming off the spinning back wheels...great masking and sponging technique x

  2. This this is a fab masculine card Vicky! Great masking, and I love the mud!

  3. Magnificent mud Vicky and the scored detail is the perfect finishing touch. I'm sure plenty big boys would love this card too! xx

  4. Mud, Glorious Mud!! - great card Vicky - Jacqueline xx

  5. Love all that mud, it's a perfect boy card. x

  6. Another fabulous, imaganitive and creative card . . . what's your secret?

    Sarn xxx

  7. Very clever and wonderful.

  8. Ooh what a fabulous muddy card love have you have created the background perfect for males of any age.

  9. Hi Vicky, you're scenic cards are always so life like ..... Yu do sponging so well!!!
    Love the detail of the scored edge, I bet this card was very well received, it's great :0)
    I plan to catch up later with all your daily makes....summer and the kids have truly taken over here :0)
    Jenny x

  10. Love all the mud being kicked up from the wheels, fabulous male card for any age Vicky!
    Val x

  11. My nephew would love these! Dirt, Wheels, and fun!

  12. You always make me giggle with your family comments Vicky. Meanwhile, the masked mud is just great. Sure that one will be well received. Hugs, Buttons x

  13. This is a fabby card Vicky-perfect "Boys Toys" wheels and mud !! :) x

  14. Absolutely spot on! Your inking is so clever and the result is so lifelike!


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