Mystic Moon(light)

  Here is the second of my DT pieces for Craft a Scene’s March challenge, Moonlight.
It uses a couple of Stampscapes stamps, and a couple from Non Sequiteur.
The background is also a little different this time, created using oil pastels. If you go to this page, you will find instructions on how I did this. Its a really simple technique, but can produce some interesting results. The important thing is that you will have to stamp in Staz-on, or it will wipe off, Versafine will work, but you need to spray with a sealant to make it permanent, I use cheap hairspray.
I created the background on white pearl card, an A5 piece,leaving a white area where I was going to place the moon. The oil pastels I used were a mix of blues with a little black for the night sky, browns in the centre for the mountains, another layer of blue where the lake would be, then greens for the foreground.
     Another bonus with the oil pastels is that when you have your images stamped, if areas are too dark, or just to make  areas of light & shade, you can remove some colour using tissue/kitchen paper/cotton buds.I did this in the water area to simulate the reflected moon.
The first image I stamped was the mountains, Rocky Peaks,188F, roughly in the middle of the background. Next I added the Cloud with Crescent Moon Lge, 202G, placing the moon in the white area. A Stamp Positioner helps here.

72C, Mystic Dreams

At the base of the Rocky Peaks I stamped Lakeside Cove Lge, 049G. To finish the scene, I used a stamp of Standing Stones, from Non Sequiteur plate 72C, Mystic Dreams. These stamps are now available from De Stempelwinkel. You can see the full range of images here, at Non Sequiteur,. They have some fabulous stamps, images you won’t find anywhere else, all u/m.
 Finally, some white gel pen was added to give highlighted areas. I trimmed the image down, then matted onto black, then silver card. Before mounting onto the front of a Black base card, I stamped the words MYSTIC MOON, also from the Mystic Dreams plate, in Silver Encore pigment ink, added Silver Detail embossing powder, and Heat embossed. Then I mounted the image above it.
 So, to recap what you will need:

Stampscapes stamps

 188F, Rocky Peaks
202G Cloud with Crescent  Moon
049G Lakeside Cove

Non Sequiteur stamps
72C Mystic Dreams

Oil Pastels
White pearl card
Black card
Silver card
Black Staz-on
White gel pen
Silver pigment inkpad
Silver Detail embossing powder
Heat gun

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Party Time

 Another card from the Penny Black ‘Love London’ stamp set for the J&C Creations DT. When I saw this image, it instantly said Party Invitation to me. With so many people being certain to have Street Parties for this years Jubilee, I think this image will get a lot of use.
 The image itself was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto white card, then cut out using Nestabilities Petite Scalloped Ovals, S4-139. I used the second to largest die, then used the largest to cut out another oval from Red Glitter card, and one from Tim Holtz Core’dinations blue paper.
The blue oval was cut roughly in half from the bottom left to the top right.
 The image was coloured with Promarkers, and I used a pale grey to add a little ‘ground’ for them to run on.The ‘You’re Invited’ sentiment was one from an Octagonal wood block I bought at the NEC years ago, and is also stamped in Memento black.   I added the blue half oval to the back of the image with a little DST, then used some silicone glue spotted on the back of the image to matt the whole thing to the red glitter card. Silicone glue is ideal for this, as it will stick to the rough surface of glitter without a problem.
My base card is in topfold format, and I added a strip of red ribbon to the top, and a strip of the blue dotty ribbon along the bottom, then added the image panel in the centre with foam dots.
So, to recap, you need:

Love London stamp Set
 TuxedoBlack Memento inkpad
Promarkers- Red, Blues,Greens,Browns &Greys
Red glitter card
Red & Blue Ribbon
Blue Tim Holtz Distressed Paper
Nestabilities Petite Scalloped Ovals, S4-139
‘You’re Invited’ stamp

Westminster Abbey card

 This is another great stamp from Penny Black, this time a wood-mounted,4226L, Westminster Abbey. 
 I thought immediately that it would make a lovely Wedding card.
 I used a base  of white pearlescent card, A4 folded to A5.
TIP: If you fold A4 to make A5 cards, trim a little off the top or bottom before you begin to construct your card. Used as is, it will be a very tight fit into the envelope, and if it has any layers or dimension, it will not fit.
 The Abbey image was stamped in Adirondack Espresso onto a scrap of white pearl card, and cut out using Nestabilities Labels 8, with the  2nd from largest die. I used the largest die to cut out the dark blue mat from dark blue card.
 Next I used a small very slightly damp paintbrush to drag some of the Espresso ink into the image. You can use a waterbrush too, just don’t let too much water reach the tip.
TIP: Keep your brush only slightly damp, and scrub it off onto scrap paper regularly. You will pick up ink on the brush, and end up dragging too much colour into the image. And yes, I found that out the hard way, lol.
 I sponged a little Adirondack ‘Meadow’ at the bottom to give a foliage impression, and some ‘Stonewashed’ in the sky area.
 The image was matted onto the blue card with DST.
 I tore a strip of Tim Holtz Core’dinations paper in blue and added it to the left of the card, and some glittery vellum on top. If you don’t have glittery vellum, you can do your own by stamping a swirly or flowery image onto plain vellum with clear embossing ink, and heat embossing with a sparkly embossing powder. The blue spotted ribbon was tied in a knot over both, then the image mounted overlapping this with Pop-Up glue dots. I used a ‘Wedding Day’ worded stamp along the opening edge, stamped in Distress Ink Cracked Sapphire,  placed equally, and added some dots in a matching Promarker to finish.
 This is another DT project for J&C Creations, and the Stamp, ribbon, Distress Inkpads and Tim Holtz paper are all available from J & C Creations.

To recap, you need:
 Penny Black Westminster Abbey stamp
Adirondack inkpads in Espresso, Stonewashed & Meadow
Distress inkpad Cracked Sapphire
White Pearl Card
Dark blue card scrap
Tim Holtz Core’dinations blue paper
Glittery Vellum
Blue & White Spotted Ribbon.
Nestabilities Labels 8
Small paintbrush or Waterbrush

Window Hanging Suncatcher

This was created for the J&C Creations team, using the Penny Black ‘Love London’ transparent stamp set.

 The images were stamped onto acetate (I used inkjet film), using Black Stazon. I let it dry for a moment or two, then turned it over and coloured on the reverse using Promarkers in reds and blues, with some browns/golds/oranges for the characters.Because you are colouring on the opposite side to the stamping, you don’t get a problem with the Staz-on bleeding.
 The markers don’t blend in the same way on the film as they do on paper, but you get nice jewel bright colours.
 The images were cut out, and I punched holes and added eyelets for hanging. I put two in the top if the bus, and one in the bottom, 1 each side of the ‘Underground’ sign and one each in the top of the bags. I used 34 gauge wire, which is thin enough to be able to thread through the beads, but firm enough that you can use the wire itself to pick up & thread the beads. I alternated red, white & blue beads to keep to the theme. As you can see, the wire is thin enough to be able to thread two strands through the beads, as I did at the top of the bus to make the hanging string, then I separated them out again to make the loop. I added a large blue bead at the top that I glued the ends into.

Not the best shot, and yes, my windows do need cleaning, lol.

Moonlight…..

Wow, into March already. Time is flying past, it seems.
We had some fabulous entries in last months Craft A Scene challenge, which was ‘A Winter Scene’, and I believe the winning entries will be posted up this weekend.
So now onto this months Challenge, which is ‘Moonlight’.
For the first of my two pieces this month, I have used images from Lavinia Stamps, Stampscapes, and Inkylicious.

 The Lavinia Stamps are:
Moon Fairy
Bamboo( Bottom Left)
Fairy House

The Inkylicious are:
Grasses
Willow (Bottom Right)

The Stampscapes are:
Oak Branch, 203G and
Spooky Branch 273G.

This piece sort of grew of its own accord as I worked on it, and  I wasn’t entirely sure what I would do with this when it was done, but when I got to the end, I realised I had made our Granddaughters Birthday present!
  She loves fairies, and this will go in a frame for her bedroom.
The piece of card is A5 in size, 5 3/4 x 8 1/4. I brayered the background firstly with Adirondack dye inks, starting with Cool Peri. I followed this with Shell Pink,Stonewashed,Purple Twilight and Eggplant. The ‘tunnel’ effect was achieved by keep turning the card so that I brayered all four sides, and tried to come in a little further at the corners by brayering across the corner. All the images were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, starting with the Moon Fairy. Next came the Fairy House, then I added the grasses along the bottom edge, Willow in the right corner and Bamboo in the left. The 2 oak branches and the Spooky Branches were all positioned using the Stamp Positioner, so that I could get the orientation right.

The moon was given a little colour with Antique White Flexmarker, and I used Promarkers in browns, reds and greens to colour the Fairy House. I added a little colour to her wings with a Glitter Sakura Gelly Roll pen, and also the dots around the moon. I dotted a glue pen between the Moon Fairy & the Fairy House, then sprinkled some crystal glitter over it. That doesn’t show up too well, to be honest, and I shall add some more dots of Stickles over the top, before I frame it. Then I just trimmed the edges to neaten it, and matted it onto some black cardstock.
You can probably see that I tend to work on top of an A3 pad, the sort you can buy for children as a sketch pad. It makes it easy to take the ink off your brayer, test stamp images, stamp off onto, and sometimes you end up with a really interesting masterboard style piece, quite by accident!
   So thats my first this month, pop over to Craft A Scene tomorrow and you will see all the DT first pieces, as well as the winners from last month.

Craft a Scene- A Winters Tag

Well, this is my second post for the DT challenge this month.
 I remembered seeing an interesting piece on Kevins Stampscapes site a while ago, so I went and had another look at it, and I thought it would work well for this challenge.

You can see Kevins original tutorial here, called ‘Winter Flurry’.

What Kevin did was to use a piece of pearlescent card as his base card, and streaked on colour using a stylus tool. He used Marvy inks, which I don’t have, and I have not really got a good technique yet with the stylus  tool, so I streaked ink direct from my inkpads onto an A5 sheet of pale blue pearlescent card.
    First colour was an Ancient Page inkpad called Flannel- a mid grey colour. I dragged this across the cardstock in a few places, lightly.
 I followed this with Stonewashed & Denim Adirondack ink, and then Weathered Wood Distress ink. You can see that I haven’t bothered about completely covering the cardstock, and because its a pale blue, you get a lovely shimmer to the rocks & snow.
Next I watered down a little White Acrylic paint, and used an old toothbrush to flick this across the inked cardstock. 
 I used only one stamp, Pines & Rocks, 195G, which I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, varying the height of the image, and also using a ‘second imprint’ sometimes, for depth.
 Once the image was dry, I used a white gel pen to add snow detail to the trees and some of the rocks.
A while ago I made myself a tag template out of acetate, and I used this to select the area of the image I wanted for my tag.
  Once it was cut out, I punched a hole in the top and threaded some fibres through, in colours to blend with the tag. Two silver star brads finished it off. As you can see from the second picture, you could get at least three tags from an A5 sheet- perfect for multiple cards!
 By the way, for my fibres I use fancy knitting wool- you can find balls of this really cheaply, in all sorts of colours and types, and one ball will probably last a lifetime! Great idea is to share with friends- they buy one colour & you buy another, then split them.
  Thanks to everyone who commented on my first piece, I am glad so many of you liked it.
   I hope this one shows that you can get really cool results with the minimum of stamps & ink, and that you can always substitute what you already have for what someone else has used, and still get a good result.
 Quick recap then:
Pale blue pearlescent card (white would work too)
Mid grey dye ink
 3 shades of blue ink.
Black Versafine, Memento or Archival ink.
White acrylic paint.
Cheap toothbrush.
Stamp (195G Rocks & Pines)
Fibres & Brads.

Craft A Scene- A Winters Scene

Hi folks, this is my first post for the Craft A Scene  DT, and the brief was to create two pieces with a winters scene. The second one comes along on the 19th Feb.

       After a few flicks through my Stampscapes stamps, I picked out the ones I wanted to use, then had a long think about how to create a wintry look, without just adding a load of snow. ( Which just so happens to be falling outside right now!).
 I was still struggling with how to look wintry, but decided to get started on the stamping, and hope for inspiration. This image very, very almost went into the bin- I had a complete disaster part way through- and the funny thing is, it was in the rescuing that I got my winter look.
I have quite a stack of brayered backgrounds, from when I was practising to get the hang of it, so I selected one that I thought could end up with the right look. It is a piece of Matt card, from Lavinia Stamps, brayered from the bottom with Stonewashed, Sailboat Blue & Denim Adirondack dye inks, and from the top down with Cool Peri, Purple Twilight, and a little Eggplant right at the top. Before brayering I added a circle punched from a post-it note to the upper half of the cardstock.
I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the images. Most of the elements of this picture come from Nature Sheet #6. I started with the Lakeside Cabin (147F) on the right, then stamped Lakeside Island (from Nature Sheet #4, The Lost Scapes) next to it, using a Stamp Positioner to marry them up. I placed them about 2/3 of the way down the card,just where the blue started to fade out. In the foreground I stamped Ledge (054F) twice, varying the angle slightly, then added Reeds Lge (068D) randomly. I used Water Pattern sm (231C) in the water area.  Final stamp was  Spooky Branch (273G) stamped reaching in to the picture on the left and upright on the right. You can see on the design sheet that the Ledge stamp is much larger than in my scene- I just used a small portion of it to give me a river/ lake bank. Equally, you can layer & stack it to give you a larger rocky area.

            Having taken the design sheet out of my folder to scan & show you, I could see similarities in my scene to the image on the sheet.

   So all was well up till now,  when I decided I ought to have a reflected moon in the water. Considered a few options, and decided to try ‘stamping’ a moon shape in Brilliance Moonlight White, using a round foam brush. My instant reaction was that it looked awful- it didn’t work at all. And that I had ruined what was a promising picture to boot.I tried wiping the white ink off- that smudged and looked even worse. Next I tried cleaning that area with a baby wipe- now I had a patch with a different colour ink to the rest of the image. So, as a last resort, and as I had given up any hope of this image being usable anymore, I wiped over the whole image with the baby wipe- I had black ink coming off the image, as well as the white! Panic!!!! So now, completely stressed by everything going wrong, I folded a piece of plain white copy paper in half, put the image between the two layers, put a book on top of it (oh yes, it was curling up too!), put it to one side and went to cook tea.
 When I went back to it the following evening, I had no expectations of it being any use, and fully expected to be throwing it away. However, as you can see, what the baby wipe did was take enough ink away to give me a misty, ghostly look- perfect for mist/fog falling over a lake in winter. Trust me folks, nobody was more surprised at this than me. I had gone from scrap to perfect by sheer fluke.

The Lost Scapes #4

 Which does go to show that you should never consider anything past retrieving- no matter how bad things seem! I must be mad, but I decided to push my luck a little further- I have never used a white gel pen on images like this before, but I have loved the effect when others have done it. I found out my White Gelly Roll pen, only to discover it had dried up from lack of use! I have since managed to get it working by dunking it it warm water, but I purchased a new one from Joanna Sheen- which only took a couple of days to arrive, and sat down to work. As you can see I outlined the edges of the islands and added some white to the fir trees. I did the same with the Spooky branches, Reeds and the Rocky Ledge.  I used an Orange & Yellow gel pen to add a little light to the cabin windows. Finally I added a few squiggly white lines to simulate the moon in the water- very nervously, I might add- then trimmed the image down and matted it onto black, then onto dark purple cardstock.
 For the base card, I folded an  A4 piece of Gold card in half. The embossed background was made with a Cuttlebug folder, Snowflake.  I cut two strips of white card the width of the folder, and almost twice as long, embossed the image once, then turned the white card around and embossed the other end. The two lengths were then joined together with sellotape on the back, and cut down to fit the front of the card. A strip of pale blue ribbon covers the join. Mounted the image to the front, and breathed a sigh of relief, lol.
              I suppose this could be a Christmas card, which means I have actually managed to start them in January- so I only broke my New Years Resolution by a half (I wanted to do two Christmas cards a month).

  I hope you will join us over at Craft a Scene, I am looking forward to seeing the other DT’s take on the brief, and what you all come up with.