Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Happiness is a Secret Garden

Do you remember the children's book 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett? I loved it - all that imagery about the garden coming to life! You can watch a garden come almost instantly to life under your own hands with Stampin' Up's Secret Garden stamp set. Here's another card I made with it:

Card made with Secret Garden from Stampin' Up

The floral design was stamped onto a panel, then given detail with markers and a Watercolour Wonder crayon. I roughed up the edges of the panel a bit using my finger nail before sponging over it with Baja Breeze ink.

Close up of flower from Secret Garden by Stampin' Up

The flower centres were given a bit of definition by dotting with a Basic Black marker...

Sentiment from Easy Events by Stampin' Up

... before I added the sentiment (from Easy Events, as yesterday's card) and mounted the panel onto a card base. And there we are - a bit of quick gardening in the warm!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Secret Garden, Easy Events (sentiment)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Neutrals Watercolour Wonder crayons (sorry, now unavailable), markers, stamp-a-majig
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One plant seems to be thriving on the chilly conditions here and that's gorse. There's a gorgeous golden bush of it not far from our house which I pointed out to my daughter yesterday. "Gorse," I added thoughtfully. "I hadn't thought before what a funny word that is..." My daughter nodded agreement. "Yes, I know what you mean," she said. "Sort of halfway between 'goose' and 'horse'!" This is one of the reasons I love my daughter - no matter how silly my conversations are, she always enters enthusiastically into the spirit of them!


I'll still be in floral mood tomorrow - do come back and see!

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful flowers and a beautiful card!
    Lynn

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  2. Love how you made this card Vicky-the colour of the flowers are so pretty against the foliage-and the black marker centre is a fabby idea-it really finishes them off.
    Nessa xx

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  3. Pretty card Vicky, lovely colour combination and great stamps

    Anne

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  4. The red daisy style flowers look so realistic!! it's that shadow again along with the extra fine detail you've added.... definitely a versatile stamp set :0)
    Jenny x

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  5. Giving the flowers that extra bit of definition is genius! xxx

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  6. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card.... You must have such fun in your house....,
    Love it....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  7. Gorgeous Vicky - you really are going to miss those water colour crayons aren't you!

    Tara
    x

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  8. A beautiful card Vicky, the flowers look so dimentional and striking in red.

    Bitter cold here, again!!
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  9. Love this flower head as well and you've achieved that amazing 3D effect again! I've heard Baja Breeze is being withdrawn, help!!! Hopefully seeing you on Saturday?
    Val x

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  10. Gorgeous card Vicky, really striking. Love the colour of the flowers. I'm definitely going to order that set tomorrow.

    Kat xx

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  11. Love your attention to detail on your flowers. It really makes them special. x

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  12. Vicky, what a sweet card. Pink and green is one of my favourite colour combos and your shadow on the daisies sets it off it perfectly

    Bev x

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  13. I am enjoying your "Secret Garden" cards Vicky, they are so pretty and springish. I also enjoy your chat about you and your daughter. Mine also enter into silliness with me; my younger daughter and I have taken to talking to each other in Russian accents when we are out together!(they are probably not very good Russian accents, but we're working on them)

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