Thursday 6 December 2012

Three Minute musical ice

I'd been wondering what to make for my Three Minute Thursday card this week and then I saw the gorgeous ColourQ swatch with all those beautiful blues and an idea that had been lurking about in the back of my head came to the front and started jumping up and down. The idea was to make an icy background for my Zoo Review polar bear using the direct-to-card technique and my music wheel. I didn't know how it would turn out but in the end I was quite pleased with the result - and it was a lot of fun and REALLY fast!

Come and have a look:

I wouldn't have been able to make this in minutes if I hadn't already had a mask made for my polar bear, so that's one tip for quick cards: when you use a mask, don't throw it away - keep it with your stamps! All the animals in my Zoo Review set have post-it note masks stuck on their wooden blocks and stored in their case.

I stamped my bear in Pacific Point and covered him with a mask and then came all the fun! I took the blue ink pads and swiped them over and around the mask. I went very easy on the Midnight Muse, saving that mostly for the Music Notes wheel which I wheeled randomly over and around the bear too. When I peeled the mask away, my polar bear was romping about in a musical ice background! I cut him out with my new 2 1/2" circle punch and sponged the edges with Midnight Muse ink.

Do let me know if you try this - I'd love to see!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Zoo Review, Music Notes wheel, Petite Pairs (sentiment)
Ink: Midnight Muse, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: 2 1/2" circle punch, stamp-a-majig
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Yesterday, when I was photographing my card, I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye. When I looked up, this is what I saw:

It's Tuppence, our cat, peering over the cushions to see what I was doing. It's obvious that she's less than impressed isn't it - did you ever see a more contemptuous face?! 

It's nearly the end of the week again - and Christmas looms ever closer! See you tomorrow.


  1. Morning Vicky, l love your card today, the colours are gorgeous and perfectly icy! I really fancy having a go of sweeping my ink pads now.

    I had to laugh at your sweet cat, her face says a thousand words. Cats are wonderfully expressionate creatures and really know how to put you in your place!

    Have a good day xx

  2. Beautifully inked Vicky, what a beautiful Christmas card!

  3. Ooh! Lovely icy-feeling card! FAB xxx

  4. Lovely card Vicky love your background...someone was obviously very interested in what you were doing!


  5. Gorgeous Vicky! Can't believe it only took 3 minutes!
    I have a cat too and she is always sitting behind me on my computer chair when I'm crafting and takes it ove the second I get up to get something!

    I also meant to thank you for my fab package last week....I have been so, so busy and forgot I hadn't thanked you!
    Lizy xx

  6. Beautiful CAS Christmas card, Vicky. I love how you created your the blue too.
    Fabulous photo of Tuppence. She's such a beautiful cat x

  7. Hi vicky
    Fabby card... Love the Polar bear...
    Hugs sylvie xxx

  8. A beautiful card Vicky! I love the musical notes on that gorgeous background!

  9. Well, first, let me say that I love the look on Tuppence's face...just a typical cat look, I'd say! And your card is just fabulous! You married the two themes of the photo perfectly..something I could not achieve! I always save my masks, too...good tip! So glad you could play with the CQC this week and thanks for sharing this beauty with us!

  10. So pretty!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the ColourQ!!

  11. Great card - I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week!

  12. LOVE the blues ... great design with the wheeled music. Fabulous!!!

  13. What a fun card, Vicky, love the bear on the music background. Great way to use the colors. I think Tuppence is fabulous, don't know about the look, maybe she is trying to hide what she has been doing and saying, oh mom is here! Thanks for sharing this week at the colourQ.

  14. Looks like someone is keeping an eye on you Vicky. I love your polar bear in his icy music. Is it Handel's water music perhaps?? x

  15. Vicky your polar bear is so sweet, an excellent card. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at the colourQ!


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