Friday 8 July 2011

Clouds with Sail Away and Silhouette Sentiments

Do you remember this card? NOT satisfactory for the LiM challenge! I've not been able to stop thinking about it - aaargh, it's like a sickness! - so today I made a revised version just to prove to Lady and Diva LiM that I am a very dutiful little LiMette! (And a terrible creep!)

But I'm happier now that there's some white space going on and it's also occurred to me that it would make a good entry for this week's One Layer Wednesday - to make a one layer card with clouds!

I mean there's no denying there are clouds! But of course that would be cheating, because it's just a revised version of an earlier card, so naturally I had to make another one for OLW.

It took a while because I dropped my stamp-a-majig in the Early Espresso ink without noticing... but I got there in the end! I started by drawing a frame on my card front with a Crumb Cake marker, then created my cloudy effect with torn scrap paper, some ink and some sponges. The bird is stamped over the top in Early Espresso ink. I wanted it to have a sort of twilight effect, with the bird just settling down to roost.

I sponged the edges to define them but I also added a little shading with a grey watercolour pencil and I think it makes the image really dimensional - as if it was stuck on to the card, but I promise it's not! Just for contrast, here's a picture of the one I ruined by getting ink round the edge:

To rescue it, I DID cut this one out and stuck it onto a card base. And while I was at it, since I'd ruined the one layered-ness of it anyway, I stamped the bird again and popped it up over the first - just for fun! But there's not that much difference is there?

Supplies needed for the bird card:
Stamps: Silhouette Sentiments (hostess set)
Ink: Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Crumb Cake marker, grey watercolour pencil
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Thank you for looking at my cards today, I really appreciate your visits and comments. Hope you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you very soon.


  1. Lovely Vicky, bothe the boat card and the birdie scene are pieces of amazing art...the skys are so realistic :)
    Jenny x

  2. I love BOTH of these. HOW do you do such nice skies??

    Hugs, Sandra

  3. I have to agree with their Ladyships that this is a much better card, strange how a bit of white makes all the difference.
    As for the bird card I think it is lovely and very 'Vicky'. I love how you incorporate nature into your cards too.
    Give the lady a prize!!
    Linda xx

  4. Hi Vicky
    So sorry to have caused you any discomfort lol
    Your card is FANTASTIC
    We are smiling in unison again lol
    thanks so much
    Diva LIM
    "Less is More"

  5. Love the top one, makes me think of summer, lazy days and nice people :D TFS, Vicky. Janna

  6. Beautiful bird image, and an expertly done shaded background - something I'm not very good at! Beautiful!

  7. You're sponging & shading techniques are just fab Vicky!Another 2 gorgeous cards :)

  8. Defintely like this boat one better Vicky and I love the bird one as well.
    M x

  9. Both your cards are absolutely wonderful!

    Nothing says summer to me like a sailboat on the summer, and your bird card is simply lovely!

    Fab job on the challenge and thanks for playing along with OLW61!

  10. Smashing cards and your earlier one was fab too


  11. I really like this boat - and it more than fulfils the LIM requirements - it's fab!!

    And the bird is just super - love those colours! I'm still thinking about clouds ;)

  12. Vicky, I love this card! You're right,it is definitely more CAS..but I did love the first version too! managed to make it work for two different challenges! That's a BIG plus!! LOL!

  13. Fab cards again Vicky, love that sail boat one esp., late leaving comments this week, see excuse on blog :O) Viv xx

  14. I love it, but then I loved the first one too. I must try the clouds. Well done on being an extremely well behaved LIMette!!!

  15. Two fabulous cards Vicky, had a good chuckle at your tale of woe too lol. Carol x

  16. This are beautiful and lovely cards. Very elegant and stylish. Beautiful
    Gr. Marja

  17. Brilliant makes Vicky .. .. thank you for the inspiration.

    Love the first one very much with those gorgeous clouds.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  18. Both gorgeous cards. I love the square frame for your thank you. x

  19. Simply lovely Vicky! Both your LIM entries are great and this one is fab with the beautiful clouds! :)
    LOVE your sense of humor! :)(scrolled down a bit! :))

  20. Both are lovely cards, but I just adore the bird. The sponging and watercolour shading really makes it look dimensional - I was totally convinced you had layered a frame round the edge! Thank you for your inspiration (and your lovely comments on my blog). Nx

  21. I thought I'd already commented on these, but I guess not... those clouds on the first one are fabulous! Love, love, love that card. And the second one hardly looks like one layer, your sponging adds such dimension! Super job!


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