Monday 6 January 2014

When Stampin' Up inks get the blues

Have you seen the latest Less is More challenge? It's all about the colour blue - and the lovely Lizy Bartaby from my team is sponsoring this week too! I got all inky for this one using two of my favourites blues and the emboss-resist technique. Come and have a look:

I've gone with a simple layout that I use often, with a textured panel to add interest and a scene cut out with my 2 1/2" circle punch layered on top.

The clouds are stamped in versamark using a splatter image from Stampin' Up's brilliant Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I heat embossed them using clear embossing powder before stamping the trees from  Lovely as a Tree over the top with stazon ink. The trees were stamped again on a post it note and I cut the foreground away from the sky to create two masks. One was held over the foreground while I smeared my Coastal Cabana ink pad over the sky area and the other over the sky while I dragged the Pacific Point pad over the foreground area. I was trying to recreate a screen print style so I chose slightly crazy colours!

The sentiment is from the Express Yourself set which is full of phrases and words in this beautiful flowing style. This is one of the exclusive hostess sets, which are usually available with orders over £150 but members of my Stampers 6 club also have the opportunity to get hold of them for free. If you're interested in joining my club, click here for more information.

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Lovely as a Tree, Express Yourself
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point classic inks, black stazon ink
Card stock: Whisper White smooth and core'dinations
Other: Versamark, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, 2 1/2" circle punch, paper snips, stamp-a-majig

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I'll definitely have the winter blues this week as it's nearly the end of the holidays. As my children are getting older I don't see as much of them as I used to as they have their own things to do, but the house always seems quiet when they go back to school. There's one more day before real life starts again though so, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the cinema!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Morning Vicky. Great technique and lovely card. xxx

  2. Hi Vicky - Happy New Year - a lovely card to start the week - love the snow effect. Have a great time at the cinema and eat loads of popcorn!!!! - Jacqueline xx

  3. And another great card. I love that you have used the Gorgeous Grunge set to make clouds - so inventive. Hope you enjoy the film you are going to see x x

  4. Happy New Year Vicky, all back to normal for me, oh! well.

    I love how you have worked on this, it's a beautiful scene.

  5. Dear Vicky - absolutely beautiful card as always.. brilliant use of all the elements and a stunning interpretation of the winter blues theme..

    oh how I wish I could....

    and with very best wishes for a Happy 2014 !


  6. Love this technique & the shades of blue you've used. Happy 2014! Hugs Bev x

  7. FAB project, love that Gorgeous Grunge set

    Happy 2014


  8. Hello Vicky, I know, it`s been a while :(
    Love your card and your fab technique. Hppy new year to you and yours.
    Lynne xxx

  9. Fab card Vicky, great little scene. Hope you enjoyed the cinema too :) Viv xx

  10. This is amazing Vicky... love that inky effect!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"


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