Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Playing tag with the Best of Flowers

My lovely local garden centre is very helpful but there were still some raised eyebrows when I turned up there one afternoon and told them I was looking for a Rambling Rector (for the uninitiated - it's a rose!) I returned home with a healthy specimen to coax over a rose arch and three years later, it doesn't so much ramble as run riot! Yesterday I had the chance to either cut it back or have a go with my Best of Flowers set... Well, what would you have done?! Come and see what I made:


I adore this wonderful silhouetted daisy image and it's perfect for teaming with inky backgrounds. This one was made by masking off an area on a tag cut with the Two Tags Bigz die and sponging in colour, then adding the daisies and a sentiment with black stazon ink.


When you use colours that are quite close to each other on the colour wheel (I've used Old Olive and Pool Party here) they are easy to blend for that 'airbrushed' look. TIP: always sponge colour on lightly - remember, you can always add but you can't take away!


I chose a sentiment from Petite Pairs and added an Old Olive button threaded with linen twine. You'll find these buttons on the Retirement Accessories list (below) as well as the Two Tags die I used today.

Here's what you'll need for this card
Stamps: Best of Flowers, Petite Pairs
Ink: Old Olive, Pool Party classic inks, Stazon black
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz die (retiring), Brights designer buttons (retiring), linen thread, stamp-a-majig
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So you see, I didn't quite manage to get out in the garden with my secateurs - oops! Perhaps there'll be time later... I hope to be back here tomorrow with more Best of Flowers inspiration - but if I'm not, you'll know I've been got by the Rampaging Rector - aaaaargh!

Hugs,

18 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! I do like these pretty daisies and I love the colours you've used on the tag!

    Sounds like you made the best choice!

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  2. Gorgeous-gorgeous...did i say that your card is gorgeous Vicky ? !! One of my very favourites i think :) Beautiful stamping and your colour choice is just fabulous.
    Would love to see a piccy of the Rampaging Rector when you finally get him into shape tee hee!!
    Have a lovely sunny day,Nessa xx

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  3. Hello Vicky

    Your card is gorgeous, I love, love the stamp set, and such stunning colours.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  4. I like what you did with the sponging! Great card.
    I would love to see a picture of your roses too!
    Eveline.

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  5. There are so many Carry On/Benny Hill jokes I want to make, but I am restraining myself... Aren't you proud of me?
    The card is a delight! xxx

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  6. A real stunner Vicky for sure!! I can always count on you for when I get stuck with a stamp set I like but not sure what to do with it!

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  7. Lovely card, your bg sponging is fantastic, really sets off the flower silhouette :) Cathy x

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  8. Oh me likey very much! The inky background is so soft you must have a MUCH more gentle touch than me!
    Tara

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  9. I love this card Vicky, it's beautiful. Your cards are always so inspiring!

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  10. Hi Vicky
    This is gorgeous... I love it sooo much... Think i will place an order...
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

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  11. Oh yes Rambling Rector is very vigorous, I nearly bought one but was advised by Mum that it 'goes like a train' (one of her expressions) Your card is gorgeous, love the addition of the button and twine.

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  12. Gorgeous Vicky. I love the effect you've created with the sponged background and silhouette flowers.

    Kat xx

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  13. Very pretty silhouettes, Vicky, so effective! *makes mental note to give it a try soon* x

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  14. So you Vicky, love it and it's depth.

    Must go in search of the Rambling / Rampaging Rector.

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  15. Just gorgeous! Love the colour blending.

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  16. Okay so I'm not a fan of tags on cards but this works and is really pleasing.... it's because you've made it into a mini piece of art and I love the inked background along with the button and twine :0)
    Jenny x

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