Thursday 5 January 2012

Three Minute Thursday snowdrops

Good morning! It's Thursday and that means a fast card here at Crafting Clare's Paper Moments! I got quite excited about the card I designed for today - it's one of those cards that led on from another idea and came together quite suddenly! Come and have a look:

Do you remember the 'black magic' technique? You stamp in White pigment ink on dark card stock and then colour it in with watercolour pencils. Well this clean and simple card borrows a little from that idea!

The pretty flower sprig is from the Fruit and Flowers stamp set in the new spring mini catalogue; I've stamped it in Whisper White craft ink onto Crumb Cake card stock and added a sentiment using my stamp-a-majig to make sure it's nice and straight. By the time I'd done that the flower was dry enough to colour. I wondered if a Lucky Limeade marker would work instead of a pencil - and it does! I added highlights to my flowers using a white gel pen and then blended it with my white watercolour pencil.

The result is a luminous-looking flower that looks rather like a snowdrop - perfect for this time of the year! Does it sound as if it takes ages? Well I promise you it doesn't! Why not have a go - and do let me know how you get on!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Fruit and Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Concord Crush, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Crumb Cake
Other: Lucky Limeade marker, white gel pen, watercolour pencils, corner, rounder, 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. 

My daughter is home from school and is talking to the cat. "Ah Tuppence!" she says, "You are ma petite crevette!" I ask: "What's a crevette? Is it what posh people wear round their necks?" We go off into gales of laughter and then my daughter says: "No, it's what French people call babies when they're fed up of calling them chou-fleurs!" 

What storms we're having here in Buckingham! Wherever you are, keep warm and enjoy your crafting! I shall be back tomorrow with something quite different...



  1. Hi Vicky
    Sweet ...gorgeous card that image .....
    Hugs sylvie
    Still lovely and warm in Gib must change soon !!!!
    hugs sylvie

  2. Gorgeous card, Vicky!
    I think I'm going to have to call my baby une petite crevette - love that!

  3. A clean and simple beauty! Thanks for saying how you did it too. So very pretty.

  4. What a delightful cas card. The white really pops.

  5. This is so simple and so stunning, Vicky! WOW. I'm speechless. No, really, this is like one of those paintings that looks simple 'til you take a closer look. I just love it!

  6. Hello Vicky

    So simple but so gorgeous and stunning. I love the idea.


  7. This is such a simple and gorgeous card, Vicky! The technique makes the flowers look ever so delicate! I'm pinning this and hope I remember the technique. Love love love it!

  8. THAT is simply gorgeous and SOOOO CAS it makes my heart ache! Divine x

  9. Absolutely stunning Vicky and definitely my type of card!
    M x

  10. Slightly ironic to be calling the cat 'a little prawn'!! You are what you eat, I guess!
    Thank you for visiting my blog earlier. I love the effect of the white on kraft on your card. It's a really beautiful effect.

  11. Such a sweet stamp, Vicky. I love what you've done here. We are having terrible storms here, too!

  12. Another amazing card Vicky - you should christen this technique as 'Kraft Magic'.
    The wind is really strong here - a whole tree came down in the field next to us! - Jacqueline xx

  13. Wow Vicky this looks as if you've painted it,
    It is a bit windy here too, found my garden sofa halfway into next doors garden this morning!
    Val x

  14. I've never heard of the technique! But it creates a beautiful effect! I think I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the kind words on my blog Vicky!

  15. Hi Vicky, Your lovely card looks like it's been folk art painted. I love the look of this onto crumb cake card stock. Such a very pretty CAS card:)

  16. How beautiful Vicky, simple and effective.

  17. Look in the dictionary under Clean and Simple, and there would be a picture of this card ;) It's absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had your restraint!

  18. What a great idea Vicky! I don't have any snowdrop stamps but I will look and see what I have that will work for this.

  19. simplistic elegance and stunning to boot.
    Hope the wind dies down soon - even spooked the cat last night!
    Tara x

  20. Hi Vicky, Happy New Year:0) Gorgeous card, love the bright snowdrop effect it's just perfect against the neutral background. So perefctly simple, love it!! Gay xxx
    p.s It's no wonder our children get confused.... cabbages and prawns fer heavens sake LOL x

  21. Elegant and stylish just like you my dear. A beautiful and understated card and very pretty to boot ! You and your kids just crack me up they should devise a tv programme around you lot. !


  22. What a gorgeous little card, think I'll have to CASE this one. Helen (Sydney)

  23. That's a great technique for the Kraft how the flowers pop off the card:)
    Jenny x

  24. This is just lovely! I had forgotten how much I liked the black magic technique and your adaptation sounds so easy.


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