Monday 7 November 2011

Masculine Monday - Young Vermillion

Good morning! It's Monday and, as usual, I'm starting the week with a masculine card. I've been inspired by CAS-ual Friday which is challenging us to make a card with an element off the edge. I love this site with its clean and simple slant, and there's always a huge range of gorgeous DT samples to inspire us.  Life seems to keep getting in the way of me actually entering a card, but not today - I've made two cards! Come and have a look:

I've used my new Young Vermillion single stamp which I ordered the instant I saw it - I think I'm a little mad about bird stamps! And leaves. And... well the list of stamps I'm mad about is endless really! The bird and the leaves were stamped with water-based ink and coloured using inks and an aquapainter. I know you're not supposed to do this but I rather like the faded, vintage effect. When the panel was dry I sponged the edges and added definition with markers before adding a sentiment stamped on a strip of card stock and folded round the back. The panel was then mounted on a card base made with the scrumptious Pool Party card stock.

Here's another version: this time I mounted my water-coloured panel onto a card base stamped with the woodgrain background stamp - I love the effect of this! This time I added the sentiment strip to the front of the card, trimming the overhanging edges into ribbon tails and adding antique brass brads.

I've just come across a lovely new (to me anyway!) challenge site, Young Crafters Unite, which is asking for masculine cards so I think I'll enter these cards there too. Apparently it doesn't matter how old you actually are, so no need to worry that I'm going to be carted off by the police for masquerading as a young person!

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Young Vermillion, Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Woodgrain
Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake
Card stock: Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla or Pool Party and Crumb Cake plus Whisper White
Other: Aquapainter, antique brass brads, markers, paper snips, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and I 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. 

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. We went to a lovely local firework display on Saturday evening and spent the whole of Sunday having a sort out of toys in my youngest son's room. What a wander down memory lane that was! This was a job well overdue and, although we tried to be ruthless as we don't have much storage space, one or two items do seem to have found their way into the attic...

Thank you so much for popping in today. I shall be back tomorrow with a very different way to use the Young Vermillion stamp - do come and have a look if you have a minute!



  1. Oh! WOW!! Vicky! You never cease to amaze me with your fabulous stamping. Both your cards are gorgeous. I love birds, too, and this Young Vermillion looks like he could fly off the page. You've coloured him beautifully:)

  2. Hi Vicky

    At last a chance to have a quick catch up in blogland.

    You have been posting some lovely projects .. .. this one is gorgeous. What a beautiful scenes you have set here.

    I am loving that woodgrain background stamp. You use it perfectly.

    Hope you had a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  3. Hi Vicky !
    Both cards are so beautiful, I especially love the colours; so soft and subtle. The bird stamp is on my wish list but you can't have it all at once! He will however be moving to the top of my list now; so nice to see some examples of how to create cards with him ! He is a cutie !
    Jane x

  4. Hello Vicky

    Two stunning cards, I love them. Soft gentle colours, and fabulous woodgrain.


  5. Here you are again...the queen of scenes! I love this view into the tree canopy to see this little fellow :) Amazing colouring, so realistic and the woodgrain bkgd sets it off a treat.
    Jenny x

  6. Both cards are absolutely lovely. LOVE the Pool Party colour! Also NEED that wood grain stamp!

  7. I love to drop by on a Monday and always look forward to what you'll be showing us and I'm never disappointed! As I think I said before, I struggle to do mens' cards but am always inspired by what you've made.

  8. Such gorgeous cards Vicky.. oh.. I hv been seeing your projects but was too busy or tired out... just so lovely... .
    Cheers... and hugs...

  9. I love bird stamps too, ha ha -- and just LOVE these two cards you've done. That wood grain stamp is going on my wish list as I always like what you do with it. TFS!
    Cheers, Karen

  10. Beautiful works of art Vicky! I love the scene you've created and the soft colours. x

  11. Hi Vicky Bugs here ! love the beautiful stamp set and the gorgeous watercolour effect that you have achieved. You definitely should hang these they are so precious and I mean precious in a nice way !


  12. Vicky your colouring is superb! I love this bird stamp:)
    Val x

  13. These are so pretty Vicky. You always make the most wonderful watercolored cards.

  14. HIi Vicky
    Two more gorgeous card that Birdie....Fabuloussssss....
    Hugs sylvie

  15. Your cards are so lovely and the colouring wonderful - I believe that we crafter's should never conform to what "should" be done!!

  16. Hi Vicky, Two fabulous cards both equally perfect for a chap, well done:0) Thank you so much for the commisterations, it's very steamy at my place tonight LOL not dissimilar to a sauna actually! I'll get it dry somehow!!:0) Gay xxx

  17. Wow! Your coloring simply rocks! :) Fab stuff!

  18. Vicky, your birds are so realistic, and the colours you've used are so delicate and beautiful.

    I too went to a fireworks party, but is it wrong that I still "oh" and "ah" at the pretty ones??


  19. This stamp has been on my want list since I first saw it. I love how you surrounded him with leaves and the wrap around sentiment is so new and interesting!

  20. Beautiful!
    Thanks for playing at Cas-ual Fridays!

  21. Stunning! Love what you did with these stamp sets :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!


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