Wednesday 14 March 2012

Easter Blossoms mothers day card

This month's theme over at Make My Monday is Spring and the particular challenge this week is to make a mothers' day card. I've still got my brayer out and have been dying to try the blossom from Easter Blossoms against a vivid spring sky, and I thought it would work well for this challenge. Come and see how it looks:

I've used the brayer/resist technique again, which always makes the image pop. The rubber on the stamp is coloured directly with markers and stamped onto Whisper White card stock a couple of times. I went over the image with a Versamark pen and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. When the water-based ink is brayered over the top, the image resists it.

I've been asked many times for my brayering tips so here they are:
• Make sure your brayer is inked evenly all the way round.
• Don't work directly on a hard surface - a thick pad of paper works for me
• Always start brayering just off the edge of your card stock to avoid harsh lines
• Expect to ink up loads and loads of times and keep blending!

I sponged the edges of my blossom panel with darker ink to emphasise the depth of the sky, then mounted it on White card stock trimmed with the eyelet border punch. A seam binding bow adds to the feminine look and contrasts nicely with the Bashful Blue card base.

Doesn't this sentiment from Petite Pairs made a lovely mothers day message? I used my markers to colour the rubber before stamping and then cut the image out with a 1 1/4" circle punch. A circle cut with a 1 3/8" punch makes a perfect mat for it and I've attached mine with dimensionals.

Here's what you need to make today's card:
STAMPS: Easter Blossoms, Petite Pairs
INK: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist
CARD STOCK: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
OTHER: Subtles markers, Pear Pizzazz seam binding, Eyelet border punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, versamark pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool
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Last week I went to Northern Ireland to attend the funeral of my uncle - and I'm just thinking that the sentiment on my card today could have been his epitaph. He was a much loved and truly christian man and the amount of people paying their respects over the days after his death and at his funeral was phenomenal. Although he died quite suddenly, he had actually been ill with leukaemia for about six years. You never would have known it though: he just cheerfully got on with his life, popping in and out of hospital as if it were a social venue - and of course they loved him there. He was a real character who thoroughly enjoyed the company of others whether young or old, and as well as often instigating gatherings, he was the life and soul of them. He will be missed terribly.

Thank you for visiting me today and letting me ramble on. It's three minute Thursday here tomorrow so if you're looking for a quick card, this is the place to be! Hope to see you then,


  1. Hi Vicky,
    Super technique, stamping and colouring. Such a lovely sentiment, too. Yes, it does make a lovely mother's day message:)
    Sorry you lost your lovely uncle, Vicky xx

  2. Vicky, this is really beautiful!! I don't think to use a Versamarker for this technique (tend to clear- or white-emboss, then lay down colour) - it is very effective. Thanks for sharing your tips (my brayer and I have not struck up a firm friendship!). It is very sad to lose much-loved family members, isn't it? Big hugs to you, across the miles. xx

  3. Beautiful card! Your brayering looks fabulous!!!

  4. Such a pretty card Vicky and a great technique..lovely stamp


  5. Wow, this is so beautiful! I love that perfectly blended sky,mand the branch of sweet spring blossoms, absolutely stunning!

  6. Very pretty spring/easter card xxx

  7. Beautiful, Vicky - a real Spring-like scene and one of my favourites x

  8. Lovely, bright and cheerful; this is just perfect for Spring and thank you for sharing this technique. So sorry to hear of the loss of your uncle; your lovely memories of him will be with you forever.
    Hugs Jane x

  9. Beautiful card, Vicky, I must give this a go. So sorry to hear of your loss of such a special person, it sounds as though you have many wonderful memories to cherish, though. xx

  10. Beautiful .... is the only word to describe this. You are so talented. Thank you for entering the MMM and congrats on last week's top 3. Suzanne

  11. I am dreaming of blue spring skies... not long to wait now! (I really am not a fan of winter). Your brayering and blossoms are gorgeous!

  12. This is so beautiful Vicky! That's what I should have got you to show me when you were here last week! doh! Oh well maybe next time :) Hugs Sarah x

  13. you know I was only looking at a similar technique on Heathers blog yesterday and you've mastered it as well....your card is amazing, the blue sky is so vivid and I can imagine myself looking up at them on a beautiful spring day :0)
    I bet you had inky fun making it :0)
    Jenny x

  14. A beautiful card Vicky, with fabulous colours.
    The pink blossoms look stunning against the blue background. I love the addition of the border punch.

  15. Gorgeous card Vicky. Sorry to hear about your uncle
    M x

  16. This is so pretty; you did a lovely job with your colouring and brayering.

  17. Wow, this card is stunning. I love the brayering/resist technique but haven't had my brayer out for years - I must go and find it!
    Your uncle sounds like a really lovely man, cherish your memories of him. x x

  18. This is an amazing card - beautiful.
    sorry to read about your Uncle - he sounds a very special man.

  19. This is absolutely beautiful Vicky! Love the pretty blossoms against the bright background, so striking :o) Lisa x

  20. Another great card, very pretty.
    I knew that you were not serious but I was worried that you thought I was serious about it being a waste of money, because I do love the stamp, I just forget that I have it.


  21. Beautiful brayering Vicky it really jumped out at me from my side bar! Such a pretty card, I love that blossom stamp. So sorry you lost your uncle but what lovely memories:)
    Val x

  22. I hope this doesn't offend you Vicky but when I first came to the post I thought 'she's gone and bought a print' doh!
    My goodness that really is stunning and it is a fitting tribute to your Uncle who I bet is seeing this and saying 'I told you the girl has talent'. Gentle hugs Karen x

  23. This is just LOVELY, Vicky! The brayering is amazing and your colors are perfect together! :) Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

  24. Sorry to hear about your uncle. He sounds like he was a pretty cool dude with a fantastic spirit. :)

    Your card is stunning and I really must try that technique sometime.

  25. it's a beautiful card Vicky I love brayering and love the results it gives although I have never tried this technique - it's now on my to do list.

    Sorry to hear about your Uncle, he sounds a bit like my dad. He's living with cancer but he never fails to raise everyone's spirits and get us laughing even when going through the most horrendous experiences - Jacqueline xx

  26. Your brayering is fab. Love the intensity of the sky.

    Sorry to hear about your Uncle. x

  27. Vicky so sorry to hear about the loss of your uncle sounds like he was a great character and dearly loved. Your card is so beautiful my jaw dropped open when it appeared on my screen. Beautiful techniques and fabulous brayering such a gorgeous inspirational piece of art.


  28. You've done it again Vicky... produced another delightful pretty card for the MMM challenge.
    suzi b x

  29. Forgot to say... so sorry for the loss of your dearly loved Uncle... suzi b x

  30. This is stunning Vicky. Your brayering is so perfect, something I can't seem get to grips with, however you've inspired me to try again. I love this.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle, he sounds a lovely person and I'm sure you will really miss him.

    Take care

    Maria x

  31. Beautiful card Vicky. Fab brayering. Thanks so much for joining us at MMM.

    So sorry to hear about your uncle - sounds like you have many happy memories of him.


  32. A really stunning card Vicky and the brayer resist technique gives an amazing result. Love it to bits!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at MMM this week.
    Really sorry to hear your sad news too and thinking of you.
    Fliss xx


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