Saturday, 28 March 2015

By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Jamaica Inn and more

Hi, this is my design for the March Clarity Challenge, Anything but a Card.

This is my first foray into a canvas piece, quite scary at the start, but after getting some grunge paste on and some colour going it started to take shape.

Using Clarity stencils to create my canvas inspired by "Smugglers" there is the sea (a quiet cove), seawall or cliffs and a few fishermans houses topped off with a moody sky and the silvery moon. Various inks were dusted through the ploughed field stencil at the top of the canvas. The sea was added using the Ocean Swirl stencil and grunge paste. The houses were added with extracts of the Town stencil, more grunge paste. The seawall or cliffs were created using the Tangle stencil, yet more grunge paste. Keep washing the excess grunge paste off your stencills before it has a chance to dry on. The moon, which started life as the sun, was added with, yes, more grunge paste through Jo's Bubbles stencil and then it was texturised as the paste was starting to dry.

All this work and yet the only colour was at the top of the canvas through the Ploughed Field stencil. After letting the grunge paste dry, it was time to go in with the acrylics and Clarity brushes. Wow, what fun.
Starting with the gold, dry brush on over the sea, the wall/cliff, and the house walls. Then add some magenta, before the gold has dried to get the blended colours, over the wall/cliff, house walls and roofs. Finally I used the Phthalo Blue, mainly for the sea colouring, added to the house roofs to darken and in the fields in the background behind the houses. There is a lovely path appeared from no where on the right hand side of the canvas just in front of the houses there, fitted the storyline perfectly.

This was when the decision was made about the sky, the "rough plan" was for it to be shades of blue and sun shine ! I wondered if this was a good idea with the sea colour having blue top and bottom ? So rash decision to make the sky darker and the sun would become the moon, yeah. Brushing over the mix of blue and magenta to get the purple effect, did not like how the new moon had turned out, it looked very grubby, covered in the purple colour. Tried the lightening techniques but that just looked as grubby, out with the white acrylic and some punchinella to add some white dots to the moon, big improvement, got a little wild in adding white dots to the canvas in various other places that seemed to benefit from it. (That's what I told myself, anyway). Stand back and assess your creation, still needed some light to lift it. This is where I got out the craft knife, not to cut my canvas up in to pieces, but to scrape off some colour from the grunge paste to add the highlights, this is such fun. Lots of white foamy splashes in the sea and some scratches across the paste. Then further up the wall/cliff to add some highlights, best was on the houses roofs and walls. Finally I had this idea to scrape off colour from the moon, at first I was thinking go for a full moon and take the colour off completely. But I started by making a crescent shape around the edge and loved it. There are crinkles in the moon shape that look like the Man in the Moon face, again appeared from no where. Finally after all the scraping there was some Spectrum Noir pencils to add some shadows around the houses.

Hope that you like it, thank you for visiting, and for all your comments.

Kathy xx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Silver Tree

Hi, this week my card for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge is a colour challenge,
Pink, Blue  and Silver.

The background is stamped in pink and blue using Waltzingmouse Stamps, Vintage Postcards set a Santa stamp in pink and a Snowflake stamp in blue. Then I have added a Clarity Stamp Christmas Tree stamped and embossed in silver, all mounted up on a silver matt. This is only a small card, at 3 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in in size.

Thank you for visiting and reading about my card

Kathy xx

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Santa Claus Bauble

Hi, this week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown we have a sketch

Here is my interpretation, using Waltzingmouse Stamps for the sentiment and the Santa's Coming to Town, this stamp fits the Spellbinders shape perfectly. Cut, edge with distress inks and matt in red. Topped with a green bakers twine bow and mounted on foam pads. The ribbon is stamped with Clarity Stamps, Holly and Ivy and then coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils.

Thank you for visiting and reading about my card.

I would like to thank Patricia for pointing out that I was not linking up my challenge entry correctly.
I had not realised that I was making this error. I am so keen to get my next colour card completed so that I can try to get this page linking up right, I hope.

Kathy xx

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Santa's Little Helper

Hi, today my card is for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge.

This week it is a Stash Challenge using  "Markers"

I pulled out a super stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps, "Elf Made"
Stamped and coloured using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens, cut out using a Spellbinders Label One, dusted some distress inks and mounted upon an embossed background of snow flakes and snow. All finished with a red matt behind. I added a lovely matching topper from the same stamp set, die cut circle, mounted up on foam pads for some dimension to my card. Written around the edge of the topper is "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear"

Thank you for visiting and reading about my card.

Kathy xx

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Share a Little Love

Hi, today I have finished my card for Aneta's blog challenge on "Love"

Using lots of die cuts and some lovely flowers in shades of pink. I took the theme of an anniversary, using Clarity Stamps Garden Heart stamp with the two love birds and flowers and from the Wee Folk a couple sitting on a bench. Lots of Tattered Lace for the edgings and a lovely rose corner. Tucked away behind the lattice oval is a little tag, stamped with Love You Always, where you could write a special message.

Thank you for visiting and reading about my card design.

Kathy xx