Saturday, 9 March 2013

Spots and stripes - as nature intended

After our glimpse of spring last week, Buckingham has been plunged back into winter with snow forecast for the weekend! I'm thinking of Easter nevertheless - it'll be here at the end of this month. The challenge at Less is More this week is One Layer Spots and Stripes and I've combined it with the fabulous Inspired by Nature challenge at Make My Mondays to create an Easter card with a difference. Come and see:


Not everyone wants to see Easter cards with cute images of bunnies, chicks and pastel colours, or religious themes, and this card is for them! Stampin' Up has a variety of beautifully detailed nature-inspired stamps and I've taken images from two of my favourite sets, Nature Walk and Fine Feathers, to make this card.


I started by stamping the striped pheasant feather onto my card front. It was stamped again on a sticky note and cut out to make a mask. (TIP: these masks are reusable, so it's a good idea to store them in the stamp case for another day.) With the mask in place, I stamped the other feather and then added the eggs using a stamp-a-majig to get them where I wanted them. Watercolour Wonder crayons gave extra spots to my eggs and I gave them a quick wash with an aquapainter. Watercolour crayons are also the best way of adding shadows to images - they give a lovely subtle finish and you need no artistic skills at all!


I always like to show you my sentiments... this one is from Everybunny and I inked it up with a marker so I could use just the section I wanted - LOVE my markers!

I'm also going to link this card up with the lovely ladies over at Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is to go CAS!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Nature Walk, Fine Feathers, Everybunny (sentiment)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Watercolour Wonder crayons, markers, stamp-a-majig
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I'll be settling down to make more Easter cards when I have a minute, and thinking about eggy things, so do pop back this week if you're looking for a bit of inspiration. And talking of eggy things, my husband insists on calling the boys' games consoles 'egg boxes' despite the frosty looks he receives when he does!

 See you soon,

33 comments:

  1. A briliant take on the challenge. There is so much dimension, it's hard to believe it's just a single layer! Jenny

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  2. This is a great interpretation Vicky!
    You're absolutely right... just as nature intended.
    Super job.
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  3. Beautiful Easter card Vicky, I just love the delicate colours and the dimension you created on this one layered card!

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  4. This is genius Vicky. I don't mind admitting this week's challenge has me stumped. May have a bash later after I've tackled the housework.

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  5. What a fab idea & beautiful card too

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  6. Oh! WOW! what a GREAT interpretation of the challenge, I LOVE it, wish I could take part of your mind and use it sometimes LOL.

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  7. Absolutely stunning!! I cannot believe it's a one layer card - you have created such amazing dimension! And I LOVE that it's an Easter card!

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  8. The feathers and eggs make a super card and I just love the way you create your shadows. x

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  9. Fabulous card Vicky I love the combo of stamps and the shadow makes them so 3D! Thanks for playing along at ATSM
    Val x

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  10. This is very clever Vicky and I love how you've achieved the shadow. A fab card. Xx

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  11. Beautiful Easter card Vicky love the combination of the eggs and feathers

    Anne

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  12. just a lovely card,i love it!
    Carina

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  13. Very clever take on the challenge and fab shadows

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  14. Hola Vicky, SIMPLY CLEVER!!!!great idea and the dimensional effect is amazing, your´re an artist my friend:D
    The men have very extrage forms for give a name to the objects:D:D the mysterius world of men :D:D:D:D.
    Have a nice week...and your spanish???? Viv is learning with me...:D:D

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  15. Gorgeous Vicky - they look so 3D (have ordered more markers so I can do this too!) - Jacqueline xx

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  16. I love your still life one images, these again look like you've just placed the feathers and eggs on the card :0) beautiful colours and perfect for the challenge :0)
    Jenny x

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  17. I think you are the watercolor wonder Vicky! I thought for sure that these were all stamped, fussy cut, and popped up on dimensionals!

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  18. Amazing one layer card, Vicky! I love the nature theme. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

    Are you going to link this up at ATCAS? The code word is wings and feathers come from wings :)

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  19. Fantastic! ... again!! Thank you for joining in at MMM with this fabulous second card.
    Suzi B xx

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  20. Can't believe that this is a one layer it looks 3D!! and I too love my markers for sentiments or even stamping ! x

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  21. Brilliant take on the challenge Vicky. I love your fabulous card.
    Lynne xxx

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  22. This is just lovely - your take on stripes and spots is just brilliant!

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  23. Beautiful card Vicky, a lovely interpretation of the challenge, the soft stamping and colouring are fab.

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  24. Beautiful Easter card.

    Sylv xx

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  25. egg boxes I love that !!! how clever. Gorgeous card Vicky this card really appeals to me beautiful stamping and colouring.

    Marie

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  26. Hi Vicky. Wonderful images and I love the way you've colored them ... so subtle - just perfect. All your images look 3-D ... at first I thought you had stamped, fussy cut and them popped them up. It's amazing how a little shadowing makes all the difference - great job! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps & More. Loll

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  27. Oh that is so cute! I love it!

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  28. Wonderful card Vicky. I am amazed at how you've achieved the dimension in this card. Wonderful combo of nature stamps. Thanks so much for joining us this week at ATS&M

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  29. I really had to look twice, because the shadows under the eggs and feathers are so well made that you might think they are in 3D. A great representation of the LIM Challenge!

    Rosi x

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  30. Wow Vicky such a fabulous card, you always make them look so effortless.....bet they aren't though ! :) Viv xx

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