Early light

Early light

Now that I am back from my trip to DC and half way through the piles of washing I found a little time to create a card. I have some great design team tasks to tackle and new class projects to design for August but before I dive into them I played around with a new toy. I know it doesn’t look like anything new here but I cut my mask with one of my new spellbinders square dies. Creating a mask with a die is that little bit easier than lining up the four post-it notes. (not a ground breaking technique, I know!)

With my mask in place I sponged Memento pistachio ink on the lower two thirds of the square and summer sky in the top third. Before removing the mask I stamped the grasses across the bottom of the scene. After removing the mask I added the grass and sentiment in olive grove.

I hope to settle back into a routine of visiting and commenting on your blogs; thank you so much for dropping in here.


Stamps: Enjoy Life, Every Happiness  (PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio, Olive Grove, Summer Sky  (Tsukineko)

39 Comments on “Early light”

  1. Beverly Railey Robinson says:

    Now why didn’t I think of that! Great card. Glad you are home. Thanks again.

  2. denise says:

    Hi Drlene, simply gorgeous! Hugs. Denise (UK) x

  3. Laurie says:

    I think this card is just stunning. Love the simplicity, the colors and the layout. Thanks

  4. Julie says:

    This is so clever,love the hint of sunlight too! X

  5. Janine B says:

    Love it – the light in the sky is so pretty. Do you use plain copy paper for your masks and do you use anything special to hold them in place?

  6. Francie in Montreal says:

    What a clever and beautiful card! I’m mesmerized. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  7. Kate Blair says:


  8. Beautiful card, as always! It’s so pretty, you can imagine wandering right into the picture. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Claude TECHER says:


  10. Nana April says:

    I LOVE this card, so simple looking and so very elegant too.
    Clean, and inviting… Oh I just love it!!!

  11. lolyborda43 says:

    Wow! Beautiful, love your sponges background, the light effect is perfect. TFS

  12. katie says:

    Duh,{smacking forehead here} did not think of that. Thanks for sharing that. Such a beautiful card.

  13. Pam Sparks says:

    gorgeous Heather! Makes me want to go try it right now! lol

  14. judi44 says:

    Fantastic CAS card. Thanks for sharing.
    With Love Judi

  15. Gabby says:

    BEAUTIFUL card! LOVE the inking and that stamp is great. I too think that it is much easier to create masks with dies than to use post-its. In fact, I have a file in my paper cabinet that’s marked “MASKS,” that has quite a few of the negatives left from die-cutting. Before I cut a mask, I pull that file out to see if what I need is in it. Using one I have, saves the time and trouble of getting out the die, getting out the paper/cardstock, cutting, cleaning up. 🙂

  16. Welcome back. I’m just back too …. love this card. That touch of light in the blue is just perfect.

  17. Jan Castle says:

    Wonderful card Heather….your work is so inspiring!

  18. Pamela Geoghegan says:

    Another classy card, Heather. I love the illusion of light in this picture. Thanks, too, for the handy hint about using dies,

  19. JayNine says:

    hope you enjoyed your time away! thank you for this stunning piece! J9;)

  20. Caroline says:

    I really like this one. And I never thought to use dies to make the masks. Now that I know how to do the sponging, I will be giving this a try!

  21. Jane Dodge says:

    Without peer……beautiful elegance. Jane

  22. Gery says:

    Wow, Heather, you’re just sooo good in this kind of artwork!!!
    This looks beatyful.
    Groetjes Gery

  23. Lindsey says:

    This is beautiful, Heather. It’s amazing how seldom I think to cut a mask versus using post-its 😛 so kudos for you for remembering. Love the grasses overlapping the mask, too.

  24. nise says:


  25. Mary H. says:

    Gorgeous…as always. Leave it to you, to come up with this fantastic idea! Did you diecut postit notes, or from the mask paper? This is just a lovely scene, and one I’ll try out. Hope your trip was wonderful, and that you don’t exhaust yourself in recovering from it!!! TFS

    • Heather says:

      Hi Mary,
      I use post-it notes. The trip was very enjoyable. Even though we were only in Washington 4 days we saw quite a lot and the boys were able to visit both Air & Space museums, plus the spy museum while I was busy with classes. We viewed all the monuments together and dragged my reluctant son through the art gallery as well!

  26. Rosemary says:

    I really like your blog and your ‘simple’ but stunning ideas, so it’s lovely to have your inspiration again.Thank you.

  27. miszka52 says:

    Aż mnie serce boli, że tak nie potrafię… 😦

  28. Andrea says:

    Great artists don’t reinvent the wheel, but they make it their own. Just beautiful and thank you for sharing it with us.

  29. Such a delight! A calm, restful image and what a beautiful stamp! Your really inspire and delight. What a blessing you are! TFS!

  30. Darnell says:

    This is so pretty, Heather! I have that lovely and airy grass stamp, so this one is a fave!! Clever to use the die!

  31. Heather says:

    I’m new to your blog but I’ve been going through your work and it is so beautiful! I love that you do so much with inks!

  32. alexandrasiruguemacleod says:

    Breathtaking Heather!
    Thank YOu~

  33. Anne says:

    Beautiful effect; swear those grasses move as you look at the card. Love it.

  34. Kylie says:

    Such a pretty and elegant card! It’s just stunning!

  35. shonaw@bell.net says:

    Why am I not surprised that I see this card I love and it brings me to you Heather. lol Love it simple elegance. 😀

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