Welcome to my crafty blog. Well I’m now up to January 2014 in my journey back through Claritystamp’s new design club, with this forest of pine trees. I’ve actually used it on two cards , as I decided it would work really well with the new ‘riverside landscape & reflection’ masks, as well as on it’s own. So stand by, cos there are more photos than usual in this little post!
Let’s start with the simple one, just using the pine trees stamp. The layout for this was inspired by the current challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches
I needed to use my stamp platform for this, and lined the trees up along the bottom edge of a piece of A6 card. I first stamped them using Artistry Ink in ‘Wedgwood green’, then added a little ‘tenacious teal’ along the tops with a sponge, and finally added some ‘avocado’ to give shade at the bottom. The stamp wasn’t as wide as the card, so I did it first to one side, and then repeated it to cover the rest of the card.
I then added background shade by brushing ‘tenacious teal’ and ‘morning dew’ along the top, and ‘avocado’ along the bottom. Finally, I trimmed the card down, stamped the sentiment in ‘tenacious teal’ and attached it to an A6 card blank.
The second card pushed the boat out a bit more!
I took a piece of the ‘Northern Lights’ Clarity designer paper and lined up the ‘pine trees’ mask on it, to sit along what looked like it could be the water’s edge. I was definitely thinking of a Scottish loch at sunset at this point.
I pounded black Archival Ink through the mask using a sponge, as I wanted a very definite image. Once done, I removed the mask and then positioned the trees reflection mask to sit in the water, and this time used ‘shadow grey’ Archival to shade them in with a sponge.
I wanted to put a treescape in the background, across the hills, so stamped the new design club stamp several times, using second generation Archival black (ie I inked the image then lightly stamped it on copy paper before stamping it on the picture, to lighten it.) Looking at it now, I wish I’d used ‘watering can’ dark grey ink, as I think that would have looked better – lesson for next time! I also added the deer and their reflection, from the mask with the ‘extras’ that are part of the set.
I then trimmed the paper down to sit on a 7×7 card blank, and added the sentiment.
I was so pleased with how this turned out. Apparently there are islands in the middle of Scottish lochs, which is what I think this looks like with a further shoreline behind the trees. And my friend Jean tells me that deer can swim, so it’s all good!