Saturday, 8 September 2012

Retiring stamps with a new twist

Well I knuckled down to make an autumnal card this morning despite the fact it's blazing hot and looking like summer! The reason is that I've been able to join in with Less is More again this week (yay!) where Chrissie and Mandi want to see one-layer cards with a Foliage theme. My card was also made for One Layer Wednesday - it's Susan's turn to host and she's challenging us to make cards for her Gratitude Campaign. Come and see what I've made:


I've used the leaf from the sadly retiring Autumn Days (just check out my alphabetical index in my side bar to see how many cards I've made with that wonderful set!) but I've given it a new look by teaming it with the jar from my brand, spanking new Perfectly Preserved set. I LOVE  this jar to bits!


To get this look, I made two masks - one where I cut around the outside of the jar and one where I cut a hole inside the jar. (There are framelits available to make cutting out all the elements in this set a doddle, but they don't work as masks.) I stamped the leaves in the jar through the negative mask, stamping the jar over the top using Whisper White craft ink, then covered the whole thing with the other mask while I sponged in the background.  To finish, I discarded the masks (keeping them in the box for next time) and added more leaves.


I'm afraid I made a bit of a pigs ear of the sentiment! I stamped it in the white craft ink but left it too long before embossing in white - I should have used versamark. The finishing touch was to add dots of versamark pen and embossing those in white to give the idea that something magical's going on - and so it is: feeling thankful for what you have, no matter how little, makes you feel great!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Autumn Days (retiring), Sincere Salutations (retiring), Perfectly Preserved (NEW!)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Early Espresso classic inks, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Crumb Cake
Other: White embossing powder, versamark pen (retiring), Heat Tool (retiring), paper snips, stamp-a-majig


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Our cat Tuppence is lying comatose in the sunshine. Did anyone read the story on the news last week about the man whose aging cat had taken to falling asleep all over the place and couldn't be roused? The cat had gone to sleep on the top of his rubbish bin and a passing cat lover had gone to stroke her; the cat was in its customary deep slumber and didn't stir and the passer by phoned the RSPCA believing it had died and been put out with the rubbish! I mentioned this story to Tuppence which is why she's sticking to her favourite chair!

I'll be back on Monday when I'll have another Perfectly Preserved idea to show you. Hope to see you then,


54 comments:

  1. Simply beautiful Vicky! I love the pile of autumn leaves, and your cleverly stamped jar, a lovely little scene!

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  2. Wauw this is stunning! Love the falling leaves and the leaves in the jar.

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  3. I think you may have excelled yourself with this one Vicky - this is a great card ! I was discussing this Mason jar stamp with an SU pal the other day and we were saying that we thought it had good potential as a very useful stamp ! Love the Autumn colours too - we had our first early morning Autumn mist here in Worcester today ! Have a great weekend - Jane x

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  4. Superb autumnal one layer. Aww look at Tuppence. Bless! xxx

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  5. Smashign card and your cat is adorable too

    Kathyk

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  6. gorgeous card and what a clever technique - really great design for the theme

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  7. Hi Vicky

    An absoloutely stunning and beautiful Autumnal card, with or without the jar. The colours are glorious. Tuppence has the right idea.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  8. Hello Vicky,
    that´s a wonderfull card.
    Lisa

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  9. I love this combination of the little AD leaf with the new jar stamp. The white stamping looks fab on that cardstock.

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  10. Love the card & the cat xx Jan

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  11. Simply stunning - you never cease to amaze me with all your wonderful ideas - Jacqueline xx

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  12. A beautiful card. I love the colours you have used

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  13. Fantastic card as always Vicky
    Fantastic stampinng!
    Love Tuppence
    Thanks very much
    Mandi LOM

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  14. Oh gosh this is stunning and I do love that jar,

    Such a cute puss cat, mine has been stretched out on a bed all day out of the sunshine, too hot for her today hehe :)

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  15. Love the card and the cat! You just need a cupcake!!

    Louise xx

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  16. This is beautiful - a work of art.

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  17. This is BEAUTIFUL, Vicky!!! LOVE the white--and I, too, hate it when I don't get my embossing powder on in time! :( BUT, it's still an amazing card and I LOVE it! :)

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  18. Wow! Fabulous as always Vicky. Love the leaves but that jar is awesome.
    Lynne xxx

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  19. This is simply stunning - words fail me........
    Tara
    x

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  20. This is just gorgeous Vicky, what a brilliant effect you achieved with the jar and the leaves!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  21. Absolutely beautiful card...the autumn colours are stunning and loving the technique with the Jar.
    Alison x

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  22. Brilliant use of these stamps Vicky. Love how you've done this. Hugs, Buttons x

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  23. Your Autumn leaves spilling out of the jar are wonderful and your cat is so pretty

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  24. A beautiful card, love those leaves.

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  25. Lovely card and a very funny story!

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  26. Beautiful card Vicky, so clever !! A xx

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  27. This is a beautiful card Vicky-i love you made it :) x

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  28. Oh Wow Vicky! love the effect of the leaves in the jar. A stunning card. Sarah xx

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  29. A brilliant way to use the jar stamp, fabulous effect. Great card as usual.

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  30. Simply fabulous Vicky, sorry I haven't been around:{ Will try harder LOL Your card is so clever I love the jar on it's side and it looks as if the leaves are actually inside it, mmm Gorgeous!! Gay x

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  31. Brilliant! What a clever look.

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  32. I like this one a lot, the colours, the composition, everything works so well together x

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  33. Gorgeous Vicky ! Love your stamping techniques and colours, just fabulous (as always). Shirleyx

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  34. Another stunner, Vicky. Your masking is amazing! And Tuppence is gorgeous and looks so content. Ah to live the life of a cat!

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  35. Love what you did with that jar! Great OLW card!

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  36. Such a pretty card, Vicky - I love autumn leaves.

    Please give Tuppence a cuddle for me - she is gorgeous!

    Hugs,
    Jennifer. x

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  37. I love your card Vicky, I love leaves and you've chosen a great stamp and colours to work with.

    Jo x

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  38. Beautiful card and Great pic of your cat:)

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  39. What an amazing effect you've achieved, quite ethereal. Love the picture of Tuppence.
    Linbyx

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  40. just beautiful card ,i love it
    carina

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  41. LOVE, love, LOVE this card! The addition of that jar is genius!!! What a perfect card for this challenge! You did a great job on this!

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  42. Love this card Vicky, great idea with the jar. xx

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  43. Love the way the leaves are tumbling out of the jar, another great card from you x

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  44. What a lovely way to use the jar as if you are capturing autumn! x

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  45. Awesome amount of comments you got ! WOW!! Great card love the added jar~

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  46. Another fabulous card Vicky and oh I wish I could have a quick stroke of Tuppence !:) Viv xx

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  47. SUBLIME ! and your card's not bad either !

    Marie

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  48. Hola Vicky, i'm glad to see you:D, very busy week, the school star in Spain, you know waht it's this :D and i have a projet for a shop, very, very busy.
    Oooh Vicky, what great work, to much patience:D, but is really amazing your work, as always.
    I hope your cat understand the history :D:D:D
    A warm hug from Palma, is nice to see you every week

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  49. I love how you embrace the very bit of the stamp I'd be afraid of...the fact that the jar is see through!! you enhance it brilliantly and make it look so realistic, the leaves inside and out are wonderful :0)
    Jenny x

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