Story-book window & tutorial


I have finally completed a card tutorial!  I had hoped to do one for a snowscape, but the seasons are changing and I have more of a spring scene  instead.  I used some of the same techniques to do this scene as I used for my snowscapes.  The inspiration for this card came from the cover of a children’s novel The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson

First I cut a piece of scrap card to be a mask for my hillside.  I kept both pieces so I could mask the sky and the hills at different times.  Of course you don’t need the huge piece I have, I’m not sure why I went so large?


I started with the sky, holding the mask in place while I sponged with both Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue.


To do the hills I swapped masks and sponged down the left hand side and across the bottom with Garden Green.


I then moved the mask a little to make the edge of a hillside and sponged with more Garden Green and some Certainly Celery.



On the right hand side of the hills I sponged with  Summer Sun which I blended into Certainly Celery to create a lighter hillside.



With all the background sponging done I began to stamp the  silhouettes along the bottom of the card.  I used Basic Black,  stamping some of the stamps upside down to use just the stems as grass.   Where the flower stems were a little short I lengthened them with a black marker.  I used two stamps from Garden Silhouettes to frame the picture in foliage.


Around the outside of the scene I embossed a silver border using an embossing marker and ruler to make a line down each edge.


I added a little flourish to each corner with versamark and the large flourish stamp from Baroque Motifs.


Rather than pouring embossing powder over the whole image I dipped the edges into silver e.p. one at at time and then did the corners.


I stamped the dragonfly in black and  coloured the wings with an embossing pen before embossing them in silver.


To make the sentiment I sponged a rectangle of Whisper White cardstock in Garden Green and Certainly Celery, then stamped the words in Basic Black and matted in black.( the photo didn’t turn out, sorry)    I attached silver cord to both ends, wrapped it around the back of the cardstock and taped it. I also added the tiny butterflies from the Branch Out set.


As I was mounting the card on black I needed a white panel inside, so I sponged a bit in both greens and made the silver edges and flourishes using the same method described above.


I hope my instructions make sense, the method is fairly straight forward so have fun if you try it.  Thanks for dropping in and reading this far!  Have a great weekend.



Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Pocket Silhouettes, Infinite Goodness, Season of Friendship, Baroque Motifs, Branch Out
Inks: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Also: Silver e.p., silver cord


6 Comments on “Story-book window & tutorial”

  1. Leslie McLaughlin says:

    Hi, Thanks for the tutorial. Your card is really nice and I learn so much from tutorials. Have a a great day

  2. Janine says:

    How fabulous was this!!?

  3. sarita says:

    beautiful card!!!!

  4. Sheila says:

    Thanks for the tutorial Heather & such a lovely springtime card. It come just in time for us Canadians who must endure the long winter months. TFS! Sheila

  5. A very cool project and a wonderful tutorial!! Thanks!!!

  6. Ali Manning says:

    Are you kidding me?? Holy smoke – this card is out of this world!! This is a wonderful tutorial and a great project, Heather!

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