Wednesday 16 October 2013

A bit of a punchy monster mash

Getting up early on a Saturday morning and indulging in a bit of card making with Less is More seems to be a thing of the past at the moment. I even missed last week's challenge altogether and that very rarely happens! Here I am today though, bringing up the rear as it were, with an entry for this week's Witches, Wizards (and Monsters) one layer challenge (and there's a bonus card too if you scroll down!) Come and have a look:

I could have gone down the halloween route but went monstrously valentine-ish instead! The card is made using two masks at the same time - lots of breath-holding went on while peeling the masks away! The mask for my goofy-looking monster was made with scallop punches (body and head) and circle punches (horns), I sponged over those, while the background is sponged into a mask made using the Labels framelits. Once that was done, I sponged eyes through another mask made with a 3/8" circle punch onto the monster's head.

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I've been careering around the UK looking at universities with  my daughter. Last Saturday we were in Leeds where I was delighted with these wonderful information cards which were being given out in the student union building. Aren't they fabulous?! I think you can easily see the inspiration for my valentines card on the bottom right!

Of course I missed the one layer bit of the challenge at first and made a layered version (SIGH!) so I thought you might like to see that one too!

It made me very happy that the sentiment from Field Flowers fitted the space beautifully and I love the way one of the Essentials Hardward clips finishes the card off  - I'll definitely be using these more often!
Here's what you'll need to make these cards
Stamps: Delightful Dozen (1st card), Field Flowers (2nd card)
Ink: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, plus markers
Card stock: Whisper White, Pool Party
Other: Scallop oval, 1 1/4" scallop circle punches, Itty Bitty punch circle, corner rounder, Essentials Hardware clips, stamp-a-majig

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We all love the idea of a monster who isn't really a monster - the beast in Beauty and the Beast, rottweiler dogs being cute, tough guys holding babies... I was thinking about it (in a rare philosophical moment) and it reminded me of this:

I know - never philosophical for long! See you tomorrow,


  1. Your masking is FABULOUS!!! I was wondering what stamp you'd used - it didn't occur to me that you'd been playing with punches. Very cute monsters indeed!

  2. I'm not surprised you were holding your breath! Great job!

  3. Hi Vicky
    A fabulous fun card....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  4. Absolutely adorable!! --Doris

  5. Oh this is brilliant Vicky!
    Margaret x

  6. What a fun card Vicky, love it.

    You seem to be having a busy time visiting universities recently. Have you visited any of our lovely Scottish universities yet? Or is that a step too far lol!

    Kat xx

  7. Such a clever card! Love your sponging!

  8. This is terrific Vicky, I love your goofy monster!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  9. This is awesome Vicky! I have missed this challenge as I couldn't come up with anything! Yup...totally stumped!
    Lizy xx

  10. How clever are you Vicky! Gorgeous little monster-and such a fabulous idea-I have to admit I was totally stumped this week and have had to sit it out :(
    Have a lovely day,Nessa xx

  11. very clever vicky!!
    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"


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