Monday 16 July 2012

Up, Up and Away male cards

My husband asked me for several male birthday cards last week which gave me the perfect opportunity to make a few scenes... No, not THOSE kind of scenes (although it WAS rather short notice!) - I mean scenes using the fabulous Up, Up and Away stamp set and my Watercolour Wonder crayons! Come and have a look:

The backgrounds are all scribbled in using the Watercolour Wonder crayons and then washed over with an aquapainter to blend. I've sponged round the edges with ink to add a bit of depth. The trees, from Lovely as a Tree, were all stamped in Soft Suede ink, given Watercolour Wonder leaves and blended with a blender pen for a more intense colour. I then added dots of colour with markers and blended again - the creaminess of the crayons makes it SO easy to blend the markers. Did I mention that I love these gorgeous crayons!

The balloons are from Up Up and Away which is the perfect set for male cards, female cards, children's cards, ANYBODYcards! I am obsessed with scoring frames around things at the moment - it's so easy with my Simply Scored. TIP: If you want an embossed frame around a picture, score an indent round it from the front first and then flip it over and go over it from the back - that way there's no measuring and you can see exactly where you're scoring.

The last card is for a very special American man called Charles, who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is celebrating his 70th birthday this month. He has worked with my husband for many years and is a true gentleman. A few years ago, he came over to the UK to spend a week or so with us here in Buckingham and we told the children a little bit about him and where he comes from. My youngest son, who was then six, listened with great interest but obviously got the wrong end of the stick because when Charles greeted him in his rich Southern accent, my son congratulated him on his excellent English. "You would hardly know you were foreign!" he told him kindly.

Here's what you'll need to make today's cards:
Stamps: Up Up and Away, Lovely as a Tree, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Basic Grey, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Garden Green or Old Olive, Riding Hood Red
Card stockVery Vanilla, Whisper White
Other: Markers, Subtles water colour crayons, aquapainter, blender pen, Simply Scored, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Your free brad and ribbon set will be added automatically to any order of £45 or more.

I shall be cheering my son on at sports day later on today... either that or I'll be thinking what a shame it is that it was rained off! Have a happy Monday, whatever you have planned, and I'll see you tomorrow.


  1. Vicky, these are amazing! LOVE the use of the balloon and the scenes you've created are amazing! Fabulous cards!!! :)

  2. These are indeed fabulous, Vicky! I love how you create a scene (meant in the nicest possible way) that turns your card into a piece of artwork. Up, Up & Away is one of my favourite sets for male cards ... you inspire me to use it altogether differently!

  3. Vicky, these look terrific, you certainly 'make a scene' really well. Hmmm why don't I own "Lovely as a Tree" I ask myself .... Helen (Sydney)

  4. Vicky, these cards are all wonderful! I love the fab scenes you have created with the trees and wonder crayons, they are all works of art! Stunning!

  5. Love these cards. Men are always a little harder to find good cards for, I think, though I don't know why that should be. Anyway, these are perfect, gorgeous little balloons! xx

  6. Beautiful colourful cards Vicky but still masculine enough. Lovely as a Tree is one of my favourite stamp sets and every weekend l pass a tree that looks exactly like one of them, it always reminds me of this set :)

    Hope your sons sports day goes ok xxx

  7. Beautiful, Vicky. You've created such pretty scenes. Ann Y.

  8. Gorgeous scenes you have created Vicky....great masculine cards


  9. What stunning scenes! You're really tempting me with these crayons! They give such depth.

  10. FABULOUS up up and away cards. xxx

  11. Lovely cards but I think your lovely scenes have been affected by the adverse weather conditions we have been experiencing of late - a couple of your balloons look a bit windswept!
    Gorgeous colouring though I am really enjoying seeing what you do with these crayons - Jacqueline xx

  12. All of them beautifully done.

  13. Such lovely scenes you've created! M x

  14. What wonderful scenes; you chose the perfect sets.

  15. Perfect little scenes Vicky, love them!
    Val x


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