Monday 11 November 2013

A one layer thank you with Stippled Blossoms

I seem to be running out of my stash of thank you cards so the challenge at Less is More this week is very timely - to make a one layer thank you card. I loved the colours at the ColourQ as always and thought they might give my Stippled Blossoms an autumnal feel. Come and see what you think:

Stippled Blossoms is one of Stampin' Up's two step stamping sets where you stamp a solid image then add a coordinating one over the top for a beautifully detailed result. I stamped my roses in this way then, after cleaning my stamp, I stamped the solid image again over the top using versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This made the images resistant to ink so that when I stamped the leaves over the top, they appeared to be behind the roses when I wiped the excess ink away with a tissue.

The flowers were surrounded with a little blue ink applied with a sponge and I added the fabulous sentiment using Early Espresso ink which was heat embossed with clear embossing powder too. I liked this CAS version but wondered what it would look like with more intense colour:

The deeper colour background does ground those flowers and makes them really pop! Which version do you prefer?

By the way, I  used the ready-made notecards on page 162 of the annual catalogue for this card. They come with envelopes and are great for quick one layer cards.

This is the gorgeous colour palette I was using today:

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Four You
Ink: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky, Early Espresso
Card stock: Whisper White notecards with envelopes
Other: Versamark, clear embossing powder, heat tool, stamp-a-majig

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When my children were small I once told them that the way they behaved was important as they were 'the reception desk of this family'. The phrase amused us and has entered our family phraseology but I'd forgotten all about it until yesterday. My brother has been staying with us and has been the focus of some enthusiastic attention from our cat Tuppence. When he left yesterday evening, Tuppence was so beside herself that I had to tell her not to let herself down! My daughter chipped in. "Yes Tuppence," she said. "You seem to have forgotten that you are the reception desk of this family!"

Thank you for visiting me today. See you tomorrow,


  1. Sunning florals, Vicky! Beautiful colours, too x

  2. The last one does it for me Vicky, you're right, the deeper shade really makes the roses pop.
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  3. These are both beautiful Vicky. I love the deeper toned version.

  4. Lovely thank you card the stamps and beautiful colours..


  5. The last one just pops out at you it! x

  6. For once I prefer the less CAS version. Love the rich autumnal colours which really highlight the rose petals. Poor Tuppence, no doubt she is over your brother's departure by now..

  7. Both are beautiful Vicky but I doi like the darker colour on the 2nd one:)
    Val x

  8. Ooooh Vicky these are gorgeous! I really love them both, but the second seems more 'real', if that makes sense? I love the technique you've used....I am definitely going to have a go at that! Sorry I haven't been visiting much lately...I am so busy trying to keep on top of orders, convention swaps and blogging, along with work, Keiran, church, etc! I'm off for a browse of your blog now :)
    Lizy xx

  9. I think both cards are absolutely fabulous - so much depth to the images too! I think for me the second one is my favourite. Great work.

  10. I can't decide which card I prefer, they are both so lovely! I do like your family quote about the 'reception desk', very clever. Poor Tuppence!!

  11. Wonderful work as always! You are an inspiration!

  12. Gorgeous card, Vicky, this is one of my favorite sets and is perfect for these colors! So glad you joined us at the colourQ.

  13. Two gorgeous card. I think the second one is my favourite, the added background gives it a "richness"


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