A few more Christmas cards for Henry. The top one has an image of Callander House in the snow (with kind permission from Colin Plunkett photographer). The tree cards all use Stampin up Lovely as a tree stamp set along with a bit of brayering for the background colour.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo black, Adirondack Red pepper, Cranberry and eggplant, Distress ink Mustard seed, Stampin up Mellow moss
Card: white card, black card, green and black vellum
Stamps: Lavinia stamps flower fairy, fern leaf, folliage and trailing ivy corner, (butterflies stamp was borrowed)
Other: punched butterfly and leaves to embellish, fantasy film for fairy wings, dots of glitter pen
Inks: Big and juicy Spice (green end only), Stampin up Mellow moss, Adirondak Woodlands
Card: white silk card, brown textured, old olive, mellow moss
Stamps: Lavinia stamps, Rubber tapestry clear, Papertreyink Out on a limb sentiments
Other: Mellow moss ribbon, brown brads
This took a little practice but I finally achieved the look I was aiming for: a misty sunset glow in a woodland. I brayered white coated card with Big and juicy Spice ink, embossed it using a Cuttle bug folder then using direct to paper technique swiped the brown across the branches. To get the misty look I sprayed it with a fine mist of water with a little gold powder then left it to dry.
Inks: Big and Juicy Spice, Adirondack Woodland
Card: white coated card, green textured, brown pearlised
Stamp: Stampin up Cheers and wishes
Other: brown linen thread, Camelot Rose (tinted with a little Spice ink to match), gold powder
You may recognise the image from a previous post (9th June) – well I rescued the image by cropping it from the card, edging with black ink then layering it with the pale blue and black card. This has helped give more balance to the card. The corners were cut using a circle punch and I added some black pearl embellishments to the corners. To give the stream some sparkle I added Rock candy stickles to it.
I have been playing with my brayer again today as I need the practice. As you can see I have used a grubby old piece of card for this one and made a few mistakes too. Maybe I really shouldn’t show you my mistakes but I hope you won’t make the same ones as I did. The tree on the right is too big and not well positioned or stamped well. Some of the foreground stamped images look squished – that is because I put too much pressure on the acrylic stamp and the ink pad was quite juicy. I thought I would give it a light spray with water to give a nice effect in the sky but only sprayed it after I had taken the masking tape off so the colour bled out. The left hand side looks too black. The flock of birds are positioned too high. Having said all of that I still quite like it even though it was a different flock of birds stamp that I had intended to use. I will try and save it somehow.
Inks: Versafine onyx black and Imperial purple, Stampin up Pale plum and Bashful blue, Memento London fog.
Card: white silk card
Stamps: Lavinia stamps bridge , flowers and foliage, Stampin up trees, Encaustic art tree, birds stamp from an Oriental collection
Other: spritz of water, glitter pen just over the stream
This design I found on you tube by stampwithtami – I wanted to see how other people used their brayer so I had a go at this one.
When I went straight down with the yellow colour on my brayer my sun mask shape rolled down too to give a very slight moon underneath but I think I covered it well enough. The red looked a bit stripy so I turned it to landscape and rolled it from the small edge inwards rather than down from the top in portrait orientation. This looked a lot smoother.
Inks: Versafine onyx black, Stampin up More mustard, Adirondack Expresso and Red pepper
Card: White card, mustard card, red card
Stamps: Lavinia foliage and birds (found it!) , Judikins bamboo,
Other: punched hole mask