Good Afternoon! We have a fantastic tutorial for you here on the blog today, from one of our very talented demonstrators Kim Robertson, featuring of course some of our stunning stamps!
I have been creating with the Autumn/fall feel therefore I used colours appropriate to this time of year, before I start getting all ‘pink’ for raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Care, which is so important to all of us in many different ways. So today I used the wonderful Winter Tree
which I had been coveting for so very long, and finally Helen treated me to it after the Ally Pally show! Along with some other wonderful goodies including this fabulous sentiment entitled “What Really Matters”,
and the Colours Of The Wind set.
So here is today’s card…
I was really pleased with how this one came out as I simply love these colours, so warm and vibrant.
If you would like to learn how I put this one together then please read on…
I started by inking my Winter Tree stamp with Versafine archival ink in Sepia, and used just the branches to adding some low hanging broken branches across the top and upper sides of the card. I also stamped the whole tree to the bottom left in the same ink.
I used a template of a circle here to rub a little scattered straw Distress Ink off the circle to give a yellow glow
I stamped out the sentiment also in versafine but black onyx this time.
I used a light grey promarker to give a slight shadow to the tree and make it look like it is more 3D from the page.
Starting to use more of that same Scattered Straw distress ink, I rubbed a little around the edges of the age allowing a couple of spots where the ink streaks further onto the page.
I used a range of warm tones to further enhance the edges and drag some colour into the picture too, I used next Wild Honey and then Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo, still using just the same piece of cut and dry foam as we did at the show, those of you who took my little make and takes will know, or if your an inker like me.
I also added some gold sakura stardust and metallic pens to highlight the tree, you can also paint with them if you used a wet brush, so I added a light wash of warm goldy mica sparkle in paces too, which is very hard to pick up on camera of course.
I further enhanced the tree, the non shadow side, with the metallic pen which you can see the light bouncing off here.
I also added some white gel pen on the very highlighted parts of the tree, and a highlight to the sentiment and the edges of the branches too.
I added a light spritz of water in places to spread out the ink a little with a brush, and give it that water painted feel. And while it was still damp, I brushed on some Blush Perfect pearls mica powder, these have their own binding agents so no need to set, but if you new the card would be handled a lot once you had finished you could spray a fine mist of hairspray into the air and waft the card through it but don’t spray it directly onto the card as it will leave either a wet patch or stain and the paper will have a transparent look to it, spoiling all your hard work.
You can see in the picture above the mica shimmering on the card in random places and it took on the colours of the ink but also had a pinky coral tone to it too which really looked good with these ink tones.
So from here I wanted to add some mat and layers and I used cream gold and a redy Burgundy pearl for the outer edge, to bring out the tones in the perfect pearl.
You can see the tone of the red card better in this one .
And here, you can start to see the ink layers and the mica but also the shadow and the highlight on the tree.
Lastly I used the small little leaf stamps from the Colours of the Wind set which I love, and used them to create the little mixed leave montage along the bottom of this card. I used Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo , Fired Brick and Rusty Hinge, and once they were all dry I went back in with some metallic pen washed over with a little water brush and some white highlights in places and grey shadow too, as before.
Here is a close up of the ink layers and how the leaves stand forward proud like they do because of the shadows and highlights etc.
The finished card again… I truly hope you like this card as much as I do.
So here are the stamp sets used…
I hope you enjoyed this one and will maybe try it for yourself, or create something like it, as this could easily be a picture for the wall, or other art. It doesn’t have to be a card… it could be a tag or a wall plaque too.
Huge crafty hugs to all.
Isn’t this card just so beautiful, captures Autumn perfectly! Love all those rich colours.
Thank you so much Kim xxx
We will be turning our blog PINK for the rest of this week, leading up to our BIG PINK BLOG HOP on Friday! Raising money for Breast Cancer Care.
Hope you will pop back later to see some fabulous PINK PROJECTS!
Mark & Helen xx