Wednesday 23 November 2011

Another Welcome Christmas silhouette

Welcome Christmas has to be one of my favourite Christmas stamp sets! On Saturday, I used it to make this card for the Less is More silhouette challenge and enjoyed it so much that I've made another one using the other silhouette in the set! Come and have a look:

I'm absolutely fascinated by the variety of cream card stocks I have and the way they look together. Here, I've used the gorgeous suede-feel Naturals Ivory for the card base and teamed it with Very Vanilla smooth card stock which contrasts beautifully with the watercolour paper I've used for the focal panel. Actually this isn't a very good photo but you can see it better in the close up:

That's better! Look at the textures - I get very excited about this kind of thing! I made a background by washing three coloured inks over my watercolour paper with my aquapainter and when it was dry (which only takes a few minutes) the silhouette was stamped over the top using Basic Black ink. Watercolour paper is specially designed to take watery inks so it doesn't buckle and the inks blend perfectly. The sentiment is also from the same set and is stamped on a strip of Naturals Ivory card stock, which anchors the panel to the card base.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Welcome Christmas
Ink: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, watercolour paper
Other: Aquapainter, Basic Black marker, dimensionals, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

Yesterday I had some chores to do in Buckingham so I stopped off in the town after collecting my youngest son from school. While we were there it got quite dark and felt so festive with all the bright shop windows showing off their Christmas wares that I thought it would be a good moment to help my son start his Christmas shopping. We spent an enjoyable half hour wandering about looking at things, and even managed to buy one present before my son suggested we have a bit of a rest in our local gelateria... Mmmmmm! I chose a delicious strawberry cheesecake ice while my son opted for a lemon and lime sorbet! It's time to start some gentle Christmas shopping folks and my top tip is to take a ten-year old boy with you!

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow and I shall have some more fast inspiration for you so do pop back if you have a minute.



  1. Hi Vicky
    Wowee!!!! Fabulous love the colours you have used for the wash ,,,,fabby card ....
    Hugs sylvie

  2. Oh this is wonderful. The wash in behind is such a pretty touch. TFS
    Cheers, Karen

  3. I think the mix of card stock looks great too and so does the swish of colour behind the silhouettes! Have to say that's a lovely traditional image too :)
    Hannah and I are starting our shopping Thurs and she's driving us to town with me as instructor!!
    Jenny x

  4. Hello Vicky

    Wow what a fabulous Christmas card, I love the hint of colour in the background, and your perfect silhoutte stamp.


  5. That's my kind of shopping Vicky. Half an hour shopping and then a break for a treat!! Takes me a whole day to buy about four gifts though and I don't even need the gentle persuasion from a 10 year old.

  6. Great card Vicky .. .. love the silhouette stamps you have been using.

    I like the idea of your Christmas shopping (and your little treats enroute!!).

    Love Jules xx

  7. Fabulous card VIcky....very effective it..


  8. Great silhouette card. Love it.

    Thanks for the top tip! xxx

  9. A great silhouette and I love the layers. A beautiful card. xx

  10. Love this set too. I like your washes behind the silhouette, gives a warm glow. x

  11. Love the watercolour and the layers of cream and white card. The subtle contrast makes for a really striking card.

  12. Absolutely love this card! The stamp is so full of Christmas mood, and the colours in the background add to it. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  13. Super silhouette Christmas scene, Vicky. Love your washed background and the texture card:)

  14. Lovely card with a beautiful silhouette. :)

  15. What a fabulous card Vicky, so elegant. I hope you're going to take us to the ice-cream shop!
    M x

  16. Brilliant, love the swipe of subtle colour Vicky and the differing whites lovely. Oh dear you said the 'S' word, I shivered when I read that LOL Gay xxx

  17. As gorgeous as ever Vicky... a beautiful card!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  18. Both delightful - I can't say for sure which I prefer but I AM drawn to the colored version


  19. Another great card Vicky love the washed background luv Sue x

  20. I've never used the aqua painters that I have...sigh. You are fabulous with them--I'm scared to use them! You've inspired me to try my hand at it, though! :) BEAUTIFUL card!!!

  21. Love this and the last one. I've just been too busy to have a go this week unfortunately

  22. Gorgeous! Such a lovely card. Kim

  23. I saw this on my blog feed and thought I'd left a comment but obviously it was only in my head! LOL! LOVE the playfulness of this image...matches my memories of Christmas when my children were small! Beautifully done!

  24. A wonderful Christmas image Vicky - brings back happy memories! The splash of ink in the background is fabulous.
    Sylvia x

  25. I love the colour wash effect, beautifully done ,Donna :-)

  26. Love the wash of colour in the background and the fabulous texture of the watercolour paper.
    You're really making me long for a trip to the UK - it's been so long!

  27. Great card Vicky. Love the image and pretty colours behind it :o) Lisa x

  28. Oh Vicky what a great card again. I just love the colour wash it really adds to the lovely image, well done.No Xmas shopping to do this year, we all agreed( just for babies next year too). I am just giving homemade wine and homemade jam and chutney' much easier too.Xmas cards all done too, just to add the inserts now.............and relax lol :O) Viv xx

  29. Ooops meant to add Vicky what a gorgeous new pic of you too, fab don't look a day over 22....well 23 then :O) Viv xx

  30. Beautiful, very stylish as usual Vicky, love it Karen x

  31. Perfect as ever
    Sincere apologies for being so late acknowledging your entry
    thank you so much
    Diva LIM

  32. Stunning Vicky, and another clever card from you.


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