Thursday, 22 March 2012

Christmas Vermillion

Gosh, I'm late blogging today.  I have had a very personal battle with a petrol lawnmower, but I'm pleased to say I won although I was covered in grass by the end of the afternoon.  It has been gloriously sunny up here in Lancashire today, and I hope it has been where you are.  It's days like today that make me feel so much more upbeat!  Spring is here!

Today's card features Young Vermillion again, but this time as part of a Christmas card, which I'm entering into the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Animals (& Birds) challenge.  I've not got any Christmas sets from SU (YET!) so I wanted to make the most of being able to enter a Christmassy card!  I also note that the ABC Christmas Challenge this fortnight is F is for Furry &/or Feathered Friends, so it will fit in nicely there too.

I inked up Young Vermillion with Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler markers before stamping him where I wanted onto my Very Vanilla card stock.  I lengthened the branch a little so it went off the panel... I didn't want him floating in space!   I added more colour for depth using markers and my blender pen, as I wanted him to look more like a robin than a Vermillion Flycatcher.  I'm not quite there yet, but getting closer!

The rather lovely pine cones are from Autumn Days which I inked up with Early Espresso and Always Artichoke markers before stamping around the edge, not always inking up each time, again for depth.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, but I split it onto two lines using my Stamp-a-ma-jig... if you don't have one of these yet, I would heartily recommend one.  Not only are they fantastic for making sure you stamp where you want to every time, but you can also divide up your sentiment stamps, meaning you get even more use out of them!

This panel was then mounted onto Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke card, then more Very Vanilla and the card blank made from textured Early Espresso card.  I wanted to mount on all these colours because I'd used them in my stamping.  Here's a closer look:

Stamps: Young Vermillion, Autumn Days, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Card: textured Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig

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  1. Gorgeous! I love this stamp and you have created a really stunning card with it Victoria. LOVE it!

  2. This is so beautiful Victoria I think I may have to CASE this if you don't mind. Your little bird looks fabulous in all the pine cones. Thanks for joining in this week at 52CCT - Jacqueline xx

  3. Love it....superbly coloured, and all those gorgeous pine cones...beautiful!
    Thanks for the lovely comment you left for me....could ya tell I'm excited??!!

  4. Marvelous that you can do Christmas in the midst of glorious sunshine! It's been cloudy, overcast, and near rain all day here in "sunny" California but I still managed a spring card. :-D Love this darling little bird, Victoria. Love the way he's framed with the pine cones. Really superb.

  5. Gorgeous card Victoria, so beautifully stamped :o)

    Re the stitching on my card - you'd know if it was machine stitched because it would've been a wobbly mess lol! Lisa x

  6. Just beautiful. Isn't it funny how just looking at a gorgeous Xmas card makes you wish Xmas was here again? Love the bird combined with the pine cones!

  7. Hi, Victoria! This is AMAZING. LOVE the frame of pine branches and cones that you've created for your little robin! This is darling! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

  8. So very, very pretty. What does your cat think!

  9. Gorgeous card Victoria, every year I say I will make an early start on my Christmas cards and every year I don't, this year looks like going the same way as usual!

  10. Beautiful card love your stamping of the background too! so pretty! Thanks for entering our Challenge at ABC Christmas challenge this time, see you soon! hugs Samantha :0)

  11. It just shows how versatile these stamps are Victoria! Another stunning card from you. Vicky x

  12. Fabulous Victoria! Love it! Karen x

  13. I really admire you making Christmas cards when its so warm and this one is lovely. Really like the pine cones round the edge - they frame the bird so beautifully. Thanks for your comments on my blog, I do appreciate them. x

  14. Such a gorgeous card Victoria. Love those stamps and how you have coloured the vermillion. A lovely Christmas card xxx

  15. Beautiful card - great stamping!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge...hope you'll join us for another fun challenge on Wednesday! :0)
    Helen x

  16. So pretty, your stamping is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge.
    Carissa :)


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