Friday 21 March 2014

Getting inky with the Wetlands goose

I had a phone call the other day from a lovely lady who mentioned Stampin' Up's Wetlands stamp set and got me all fired up about it again; on the same day I was experimenting with acrylic block inky backgrounds and I came up with a 'kissing' technique. These seemingly unconnected events explain why this gorgeous goose has popped his head up to say hello today - come and have a look:

The acrylic block was inked up and then the circle stamp from Geometrical was stamped onto the block - the 'kissing' technique. When the block was sprayed, the circles softened and turned into arty bush shapes as you can see in the close-up below:

Isn't that the perfect home for the Wetlands goose?! I used a masking technique to enable his tail feathers to poke out of the frame so I'm linking up with Less is More for the second time this week - the challenge there is Masking and Stencilling. My goose will also enter the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

For those that like a video, here's how I made this card (with the bits where I dropped everything and stuck my elbows in the ink edited out!)

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I remember when my children were tots, taking them down to the river in the winter with bread for the ducks and geese that live there. I would tell them how difficult it was for the birds to find enough food and how grateful they would be for our scraps. In fact Buckingham is a place with a lot of young families, many of whom had the same idea, so the reality was that we would arrive at the river to find the wildlife practically reclining on lilos in the river, sipping champagne and snacking on caviar blinis!

Have a fantastic weekend and I'll see you very soon.


  1. Ha, our parks are the same, the rivers are full of fat ducks and geese turning their beaks up at bog standard sliced bread and demanding organic sourdough from the local artisan bakery...
    I love your card, the soft smudgy background is so pretty, and the goose is a handsome fella! xxx

  2. haven't had time to watch the video yet . . . but LOVE the card. Wetlands is SUCH a useful set!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  3. Love this technique. Great result too.

  4. Thanks for the tute Vicky - love this Wetlands set. A beautiful card.

  5. Beautiful card and lovely soft background, Vicky! Love that stamp set too. Thank you for visiting my blog. xx

  6. Superb card and very professional video Vicky.....were you a tv presenter in a former life?

  7. This is a lovely card, Vicky. I love how you did the background, but my favorite is the tail feathers sticking out of the block. So darn cute. I used to take my oldest son to feed the ducks when he was in his stroller. They would come right up to the stroller and take bread right out of his hand. Then they got excited and started kind of snapping and I got scared they would hurt him, so back to the car we went!

  8. Fabulous background and goose Vicky, I just love it. You are doing so well with these video's too, I wouldn't know where to start. I did have a webcam but I managed to snap it off 'adjusting' it lol. Still waiting to play with my Stampin Up goodies,....soon :) Viv xx

  9. Fabulous card, love the "texture" it has.

  10. Great video and lovely card which I saw in in person today!!! Love how you used the white ink for his chest.
    When do we get to see the video out-takes?????
    Jenny x

  11. This is beautiful Vicky, what a lovely scene.

  12. A beautiful card Vicky and some great techniques and tips. Love this stamp set. Xx

  13. I always like to check your blog for your lovely cards. Wish I lived in England. (I'm in Canada). Thank you for your detailed video on how you have done this card.

  14. Such a beautiful card. I really like the texture with the "circles". Great card. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

    BTW - I've finally got this set - so many possibilities!

  15. I am LOVING your card! This is one of the few SU! stamp sets that I don't own. I now NEED it! lol I love the background technique that you did. It is so artsy! Thanks for playing along at ATSM. :)

  16. Fab technique, this set is fast becoming a must-have!
    Thanks for taking the Less is More Challenge this week
    (Guest commenter LIM)

  17. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card and I love videos!

  18. Saw your card in the Addicted to Stamps Challenge gallery and just had to come to your blog to tell you how much I love it! The background you created is gorgeous... thanks for the lovely video showing how to achieve it. And love the out-of-the-box goose with no grass. Such a beautiful design!!

  19. Congrats on your well deserved shout out at ATSM! I really thought I had left some love here for this GORGEOUS apologies for the delay! This is absolutely stunning, Vicky! I love your techniques for the background and your goose is just beautiful!

    Thanks so much for making me smile with your story about the wildlife practically reclining on lilos in the river, sipping champagne and snacking on caviar blinis? The visual is just too funny :)

  20. Lovely card. Thank you for the video.


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