More silhouettes

bird silhouettes

The challenge at CASology this week is Silhouette and I have managed to just squeak in with a card. Edited to add: I ¬†finished this post only to find that I didn’t squeak in; the collection just closed ūüė¶ Oh well, here are the details anyway!

My original concept for this card changed several times but that is a story you have heard more than once from me. I started by making three watercoloured small square backgrounds using Memento inks and a square acrylic block. I pressed the acrylic block onto the ink pads to pick up ink then added a drop or two of water to blend the inks. I then stamped the acrylic block onto water colour paper and let it dry before adding the silhouette stamps in black. As a background to the three scenes I masked and sponged in paler tones and added a large silhouette stamp in green and the sideways sentiment in black.

I have used a vertical three square layout many times before but it is only recently that I have been choosing to place all the elements on the right rather than the left hand side. (I was inspired by this lovely card)

Here are a few using the left hand side layout: holly cards, ferns

A couple using the right hand side layout: i love  you, green grasses

Do you have a preference? When I searched my blog for examples I found that a horizontal landscape oriented card with three tiles in the lower half of the panel is also a very common choice for me.  eg. fern fronds


Stamps:¬†Tweet Tweet, Season’s Wishes,¬†Winter Sky, Edge to edge¬†(PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Danube Blue, Summer Sky & Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)

Winter Sky

Winter Sky

A couple of days ago my husband and I went X-Country skiing. After two big storms the woodland we skied through looked beautiful. I took a few photos but the weather was too cold to take my mitts off and fiddle with my camera for long. As we were heading back to the car the late afternoon sky was turning pink and apricot where it met the expanse of untouched snow in front of us. I took a mental picture rather than freeze my fingers and then tried to recreate it this afternoon with stamps and ink.

I masked the horizon first so I could sponge the sky in pink, yellow, grey and blue. I also dotted some grey twigs along the top of the hill. After removing the mask I partially inked the Winter sky stamp with a grey marker so I could make a little patch of brush in a hollow of snow. When the masks were removed I stamped the complete stamp in grey then black.


Stamps: Winter Sky, Enjoy Life (Penny Black), 
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, London Fog, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Storm, Rosegarden

Autumn Sky

Using the stamp “Winter Sky” and an autumn palette I created a scene I’m not quite ready for yet. I’m in no hurry for summer to end but the card making world seems to be in fall-winter-Christmas mode!

To create this scene I masked the lower section so I could sponge a cloudy sky then removed the mask and sponged autumn tones on the lower section. I initially just sponged the three colours without masks but finished by moving a hill shaped mask around to create the hillside. I then added the stamp in brown, trimmed, matted and popped the panel up on dimensional tape.

I must apologize to all who have left questions in the comment section in the last few weeks; I haven’t forgotten you and will try to respond soon. ¬†Thank you for all the lovely encouragement you have left me lately; you are very kind.


Stamps: Winter Sky, Thinking of You (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle, Morocco, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue & Versafine Vintage Sepia (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Grand Canyon 

Fly away with me

It is tempting to fly away somewhere warmer when snow and ice covers everything outside. The birds are returning and making themselves heard so spring might be round the corner.

This card started its life as a one layer card but a smudged sentiment just before it was completed meant that it became a two layer. I was not willing for the stamped and sponged panel to go to waste so I sliced it off the ruined card and popped it up on a new card base.

When making the scene I masked the sides first, then the moon and the top hill. Then I sponged the sky, before moving the mask down to create a snow bank. Before making the last snow bank I stamped the Winter Sky stamp from Penny Black making sure my bird flew in front of the moon. I added a final snow bank and stamped a bit more brush to finish it off.

Several people have asked me about masking fluid. You can find it in an art store with the watercolour paints. I use the Winsor and Newton brand but I think they are all similar.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the encouragement you leave me in the comments.


Stamps: Winter Sky (Penny Black), Birds in Vines(Flourishes)
Inks: Buckaroo Blue & Pretty in Pink (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: MFP 100lb white

OLW 77 Birds

This week Jennifer Styles is hosting the OLW challenge and has asked us to use birds. It is quite a while since I participated in One Layer Wednesday but thanks to this lovely winter sky stamp complete with birds I can just squeeze a card in before a new challenge starts tomorrow. I took some photos while making this card so I’ll try to get the tutorial up soon. ¬†Thanks for all the encouragement you gave me after I posted the Berry branch tutorial on the weekend. I am happy to be able to share the technique and would love to hear how you went.

Today’s card doesn’t include any embossing just the masking and sponging to create the effect of dusk or dawn.


Stamps: Winter Sky (Penny Black), Tag lines(Flourishes)
Inks: Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: MFP 100lb white