Monday, 26 March 2012

Fresh Vintage for Easter

It's my last slot this week as Guest Designer at Make My Monday.  This week is the final instalment of their 'Spring' challenges and it's 'New Beginnings' time... think Easter, new baby, new house...  It's been a privilege to have been GDT with MMM this month so a big thank you to Jacqueline and her design team for having me!

I decided to make an Easter card even though I don't have any Easter stamps yet!  Maybe it was the heat this weekend but I also decided to have another go with my brayer.  (My brayer and I don't have the greatest relationship!)  I did the classic torn paper mountains thing, brayering them with Soft Suede ink.  I then covered the mountains and brayered the sky in So Saffron, masking the sun with a 1" circle mask cut out of a post-it note.  I added a little bit of So Saffron ink to the sun so it didn't look so stark.  I then made another mask of a cross, and stamped through in Basic Black ink with the bloom from Fresh Vintage.

This panel was mounted on some scrap textured card stock in Chocolate Chip.  Originally I thought black would work better to match the cross but it looked too much of a contrast with the sky and mountains.  To finish, I added a panel of So Saffron card stock, embossed with the stunning lattice embossing folder (my new favourite embossing folder!).

Stamps: Fresh Vintage
Inks: Soft Suede So Saffron, Basic Black
Card: So Saffron, Whisper White, textured Chocolate Chip
Other: brayer, 1" circle punch, lattice embossing folder

Edited to add: I added in an inked black semi-circle to 'ground' the cross a bit more than in these photos.

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After church yesterday we went for a bike ride, exploring further up the valley from our village.  We enjoyed gorgeous sunshine and stunning views.  Unfortunately when cycling away from a water stop, I turned around to do my usual paranoia check to see that we hadn't dropped anything and I managed to veer into a hedge.  And it was a hawthorn hedge.  My left arm is now a fine example of cuts and scrapes!  I felt like a small child on getting home when I had to rub Germolene into them all!!

Thank you for visiting today,


  1. Victoria - this is a fantastic and thought provoking card for Easter. I hope you've recovered after your altercation with the hawthorne hedge - what a wonderful weekend for a bike ride! Vicky x

  2. this card is really beautiful in it's simplicity.I always love Easter cards that show the real meaning of Easter.

    thanks so much for becoming a follower on my blog. I love your style and hope you will consider entering your creations at Just keep on creating

  3. Simple and smart ! This card is timeless ! Congratulations !

    Hugs from France.

  4. Victoria....I have to say that this card has truly moved is so simple, so beautiful, and evocative....I am so glad you shared it.

  5. What a fabulous Easter card--and made without any Easter stamps!!! ;) Thanks for joining us this month as a GDT--we enjoyed having you at MMM! :)

  6. This is a lovely Easter Card Victoria, it's nice to see one without rabbits and eggs on it.

  7. Beautiful card. The textured So Saffron layer adds a glow for your main panel. Hope your scrapes have healed. x

  8. Oh, Victoria, this is lovely! The embossing is magnificent and the simplicity in the design puts it in the elegant category.

  9. Ouch! I felt that.... Hope it doesn't affect your crafting abilities for too long. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet comment x

  10. Lovely card Victoria, fab colours and this is one of my fave embossing folders too - it has such a lovely 'neat' pattern :o) Sorry to hear about your hedge collision, hope it's not hurting too much! Lisa x

  11. Hi Victoria, this is beautiful! the cross is stunning against your brayered background :)
    Poor you - I hope you've recovered from your thorny encounter!
    Sarah x

  12. Very nice - lvoe the texture!

  13. Beautiful card Victoria, and without any stamps too, clever girlie :)
    Oh hun I hope your cuts heal soon and aren't too sore, on the positive side you must smell lovely! Sounds weird I know but Germolene is one of my all time favourite smells, it's a shame it doesn't smell quite as strong as it used to in the little tins, I just love the stuff and yes I'm beyond help lol
    hugs Mandy xx

  14. Wow your brayering is amazing hun! such a beautiful card. Big hugs Clare xxx


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