Saturday, 10 March 2012


Having not finished last week's in time to post before the challenge closed I am extra extra early this week for Less Is More which is a one layer card with 'script'.

Maureen is today holding a workshop at Barry's craft store on painting with Distress Inks so not to be outdone I decided even though it is too far for me to travel to be of any use/support/a nuisance to her, I would take part anyway!

The Elusive Image stamp was inked in versamark black first. I made a mask as I wanted to emboss the actual flower - it's really difficult when the stamp isn't a clear one but after two attempts I managed it using black embossing powder on the hydrangea.
It's given it a lovely raised effect which I am pleased with (for once!).

I painted the background script with Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar and did the flower with Broken China and highlighted it with Dusty Concord.

Unfortunately I am not so pleased with the new card stock I bought recently- although it was supposed to be quite a heavy weight and felt OK when I opened it, it has really disappointed me - it coped with the DI painting quite well, but boy, did it buckle very easily with the heat embossing.
It also didn't cope particularly well with an embossing folder coming out all wavy when I ran it through the cuttlebug, so will only be using it in future for basic stamping projects.

I may well have to mat this onto other cardstock if I want to use it for more than just a 'notelet'.

Will have to see if the three heavy books currently on top of it straighten it out a bit!

Hope everyone is having a good day out in blogland, thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend! x


Jan Ltc said...

Fabulous card Viv xx Jan

Kathyk said...

It's lovely - what weight was the card?

Your choice of colour background looks great with the hydrangea


Loli said...

Hola Viv i'm glad to see you in my blog:D
This hidragea is fantastic!, beautiful card Viv.
A hug from Palma de Mallorca

Always with a Sentiment said...

So pretty Viv and very very classy.
Have a lovely weekend.
Lots of love, Sandra xxx

Suze Bain said...

Love that script Viv, a beautiful card. xx

Unknown said...

Nice and pretty.


Chrissie said...

I've discovered that I develop different techniques for different cardstock... one batch I bought was useless for Copic or Promarker colouring, but was fabulous for inking... horses for courses I guess... but your card is fab whatever card you used!
Thanks so much and glad you made it this time.
"Less is More"

Anonymous said...

A beautiful card, gorgeous flower!
Helen x

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Love the hydrangea and the background shading!

Anne said...

How beautiful! You'll have to get Maureen to skype her workshop for you :)
Are you going to NEC? I plan to be there Saturday

Aileen said...

Love the soft pink background for your bloom. It's very feminine. x

Mandi said...

Agree how cardstock can make such a difference. I tend to use what I know for things, but as Chrissie says some turns out better for other things
FAB crd, stunning flower
Thank you very much
"Less is More"

craftysue49 said...

Beautiful Viv love the stamps you have used ....Maureens class was great she is a fab teacher would love to spend a whole day with her !!! shame you not nearer would be lovely to meet you ...great idea from Anne we will have to get Barry to sort out a skye class...can you imagine his reaction lol ..

Sue x

Caggy said...

Love this, it's inspired me to get my hydrangea stamp out and play!

lin_ka1 said...

Your card beautifully presented. I do not like coloring because I'm not patient, so the more admired your work.

Maureen said...

Lovely card Viv and we all had a great day - shall i book you into the next workshop??

June Nelson said...

Hoy missus your far too critical!!! I think this is gorgeous, I love the way you have presented it to, with your likkle flowers and glassy bits!! it looks flat enough to me, its lovely andyournit picking!! ahve a lovely day pal xxxxxxxxxxxxx

coops said...

so stunning viv.really beautiful and elegant design.i love the script :D

xx coops xx

Gillian R said...

Beautiful card, the colours work so well together

Lynne said...

Beautiful card Viv, love the colours.
Lynne xxx

Jules said...

Hi Viv

What beautiful colours you have put together .. .. love the finished look.

Also love your very artistic photo set up. It sets your card of perfectly.

Love Jules xx

Teresa said...

Good morning Viv, This is a fabulous card, great image and script.
Thanks for visiting my blog over the weekend. Hugs Teresa xx

Jenny said...

Gosh that's so striking Viv! love the beautiful hydrangea on the script Bkgd :0)
Jenny x

Sasha said...

Fabulous stamping, Viv. I love the colours you used...just perfect x

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Thank you for your kind comment over the Gingersnaps blog on my folded book tutorial. I understand what you say about your "mixed media head" and going back to card making. I mix and match what I do - as low boredom threshold lol....hope the book inspires you...I promise really simple and you could always use a small book tooooooo..... Hugs Suzanne xx

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

PS.. just become a follwer as your work is lovely and you photograph your pieces beautifully (which is something I dont always manage to do lol:) Suzanne x

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous.

Karen said...

This is gorgeous, I love hydrangeas and you've coloured this perfectly - absolutley stunning hugs Karen

Unknown said...

What a FAB image it's lovely , I love the card so much work in this well done Viv Hugs Elaine

CraftyDaffy said...

What can I say besides STUNNING! I love it. So delicate and simply elegent. I have nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award so check out my post when you get a chance to accept / for details. xx Denise