Tuesday, 29 December 2015
For gifting ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I am using watercolour snippets to experiment to create a Northern Lights sky look, the details are below. I didn’t get out to the post office to send any of the Christmas cards I created over the past year but I want to create some batches to gift to my family and this one is the first card from the first batch …
A little A6 one but nice and flat so that's good!
I love the night sky and AB look!
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #75 Christmas
Country View Crafts Challenge December Create a Scene
Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #208 & 209
I used snippets for stamping and colouring and snippets for die cutting
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Winter Wonderland
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Make It Sparkle
That’s Crafty Challenge Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper Challenge Christmas
Winter Wonderland Challenge Christmas Bingo: snowflakes; glitter; rhinestones
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #214 & #215 Anything Goes
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes
Very quickly, without too much waffle, I altered a sheet of DP/PP because I didn’t like it and I did that by painting over the top with purple acrylic paint. Once dry I tapped Versamark IP through one of my Tando stencils and added embossing powder sadly you can’t see much of that because I added the landscape over the top of it.
The next step was creating something like the Northern Lights sky (aurora borealis) and I’ve discovered that my RA and fibro issues means I can’t do that like I used to do by adding many layers of ink with the blending tool then drying between every coat of ink. Sadly doing that with my ink pads or re-inkers hurts a lot. So I experimented with the AquaTints they are so bright and very rich in colour. I painted the sky three times to get the look I needed/wanted and my hands and fingers were very grateful for that fact lol! I have had to use three sets of the inks because the black ink that is in the Essentials set, the dark blue in the Primary set and the Beautifully Grunge set is perfect for rich yet bright Northern Lights skies. I added colour using the inks straight up – no mixing with water at all for the first step. If you want to create a similar look you will need to blend the black ink with the other colours you use for the sky – but not much of it: it is a very strong black!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Scenic: Highlands Silhouette stamp set
Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Only Words Essentials: Happy Christmas
Tim Holtz distress tool (a present from my lovely OH); paintbrushes; heat gun; water
300gsm card for base
K & Co. designer paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Essentials; Perfectly Primary
Versamark IP; WOW clear detail EP
The Works Acrylic Paints: white; purple
Stickles glitter glue: pink # (closest to the current colour of Thistle)
White sequins #; mini rhinestones #; clear glitter #; Mrs Grossman gold metal sticker #
Crafter’s Companion: double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue
# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 7 years old