Thursday 2 June 2011

Three Minute Thursday - Using Growing Green

Good morning! Welcome to Three Minute Thursday - my weekly inspiration spot for people who want to be able to whip up cards in minutes. Now, people keep telling me that the cards they find most difficult to  think about are male cards - and when they're pressed for time it becomes even more difficult! So I've compiled a list of my own dos and don'ts for making them:

Fussy: frilly borders are best left to the girls; grosgrain ribbon in a manly colour might work but I prefer to use linen thread and a knot is preferable to a bow. Lace is definitely out!
Shiny finishes: satin ribbon, glitter, jewels are all pretty feminine. The only exception is that Crystal Effects can work for male cards.
Anything cute: unless it's a private joke between you (okay so you call him your ickle bickle teddy bear!) I really would leave the cute images to children and to those ladies that appreciate them.
Pastel shades aren't usually a guy's first choice.
Florals and polka dots tend to be quite girlie.

Go for:
Sports images (if appropriate).
Realistic or graphic nature images such as plants, trees, leaves, birds and animals.
Sentiments as focal points can deal with many a tricky situation.
Darker colours, regals, or neutrals tend to appeal to men and flashes of bright colours or bright, graphic colours on their own can work too.
Patterns such as stripes or checks/plaids work well for male cards.
Metal embellishments seem to go down well along with scored or pierced lines.
One layer and clean and simple cards are a good choice!

Of course this little list is a personal one based on my own male friends and relatives, so I'll stop wittering on now! After all, you've probably come here because you're a bit short of time! Here's my nippy little one-layer card for the day:

I am so pleased with this design - it was one of those things that started as a vague idea and when I tried it out it worked straight away! It started with me wondering if water-colouring would work on my favourite card stock of the moment Confetti Cream and Confetti White. And it SO does! I love the extra interest the speckles give to a simple project like this one.

If you haven't tried this gorgeous, heavier weight, slightly speckled card stock, I absolutely urge you to do so - it's fab! And at only £8.25 for 40 sheets - it's almost rude not to!

I thought this design would come in very handy so I made a birthday one too.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black over the top of the leaf, which dried in seconds, and I curved the corner of the card to add a little interest.

It was only after I made this that I realised it fits this week's Less is More challenge! Chrissie and Mandi have a habit of putting these things into my mind! Thanks ladies - I LOVE your challenges! EDITED TO ADD: Thanks Jenny for also pointing out that it's perfect for this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge too - I've been wanting to join in with that for ages!

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 9cm x18cm piece of Confetti Cream card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Ink up the leaf image from Growing Green with Always Artichoke ink and stamp several times in the bottom right-hand corner.
  • Squash the lid of your Old Olive ink pad hard. This will make a pool of ink in the lid when you open it. Use this pool and an aqua painter to colour in the leaves. Be quite haphazard with this!
  • Curve the top right-hand corner with a corner rounder.
  • Use a stamp-a-majig to stamp a sentiment across the leaves using Basic Black ink.

Stamps: Growing Green, Plane and Simple (sentiment)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Basic Black
Card stock: Confetti Cream
Other: Corner rounder

I didn't need to have a birthday this week to know that time flies by and here's another example of it:
My youngest son went round to a friends house a few days ago. When he got back, I asked him how it went and he told me enthusiastically how he'd really enjoyed playing with his friend's giant teddy bear. I was rather surprised to hear this as I thought he'd outgrown teddies but when he went on to describe what a brilliant time they'd had, sliding down the stairs on the teddy, clutching its ears, I began to see the attraction...

Thank you for coming to see me today. Are you around tomorrow? I have a simple gift project to show you, so do pop in if you have a minute. Hope to see you then,


  1. Such a simply sweet card, Vicky x

  2. You have made me love this stamp set! You show that a card doesn't have to be complicated to be elegant! I feel another CASE coming on! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  3. Beautiful!! Love the stamp!

  4. Very interesting post Vicky. LOVE LOVE LOVE those 2 cards. I like the way the sentiment goes INTO the main image.

    Yep - I'll be round to visit you tomorrow. Can't wait to see what you've been up to.

    Hugs, Sandra

  5. Fabulous, image and painting, I LOVE this:0)
    p.s Thanks for your great comments and this is where I found the image for the 'lovebirds'
    I think something happened in the making of the stamp, difficult to portray colours in B/W :0) xxx

  6. Happy belated birthday Vicky x Love these cards, I have this set and can never quite do anything with it - you've inspired me - AGAIN!
    M x

  7. Beautifull card Vicky and the speckels on the card look great Luv Sue x

  8. You are a great sales person! I shall have to try that card stock now. Such a simple design which would work for both male and female.
    You kept your birthday quiet!I hope you had a lovely day and were spoilt. Belated birthday wishes from an admirer!!

  9. That Growing Green set is next on my list - you make it look so elegant - even for a man! - Jacqueline xx.

  10. I love the simplicity of this card, and your use of the leaf stamp just makes me want it all the more!!.Thanks for the inspiration again.Bev.x

  11. Hi Vicky, you've done it again, love your card so simple and gorgeous. I just can't afford all the stamps you showcase. Lol
    This card would fit in with the OLW challenge too here

    Jenny x

  12. Fabulous as always Vicky. Love the water colouring. Happy belated birthday to you.
    Lynne xxx

  13. Beautiful card. Love the image and layering. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

  14. This is just fabulous Vicky , beautiful stamping, your cards are always so so perfect.


  15. I am so much enjoying looking at this card, Vicky. Its cas and you managed to give it real depth, so gorgeous! TFS Janna

  16. Vicky, your cards are fabulous! I love that stamp...and it's perfect for a masculine card!I'll have to say that card stock is an interesting color...I might just have to check it out!

  17. Love the card stock, love the stamp, love the design, love the cards!
    I really fancy that stamp I must say!
    Another triumph Vicky!
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

  18. A really gorgeous card, love the colouring of the leaves and a perfect fathers day card :)

  19. Perfect male cards. Love the cardstock. Carol x

  20. Wow! That's a beautiful card! I love it

  21. I absolutely adore this! Your image looks fantastic on the Confetti Cream cardstock.

  22. A totally stunning CAS design. I love that paper! I use the Naturals Ivory a ton but I need to get some of this now.

  23. FAB card, loving the story about the boy and the teddy too!!!


  24. This is GORGEOUS! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Wow! I REALLY like this one!

  26. This is brilliant, Vicky, and I absolutely love it! The confetti cardstock is perfect for a masculine card. Love your story about your son and the teddy bear... amazing how those childhood toys can find new uses, isn't it? :)

  27. This is beautiful, Vicky. I love those shades of green. The water-coloring looks just wonderful. Ann

  28. What a beautiful card!! LOVE that stamp and how you've colored it...and yes...that paper is so wonderful...adding it to my list of have-to-haves:)!! Wonderful Father's Day card!!!


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