Sunday, 9 November 2014

Starry, Starry Night

Hi guys

Well, this afternoon I've been masking and blending, followed by more masking and blending to create this little card for this week's challenge at Less is More.  The current challenge is to create a one layer card with the theme, 'Starry, starry night'.

When I recently attended the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft Show I stood for ages watching the demonstrator at the Card-io stand, her creations were gorgeous.  I just had to buy a few of the stamp sets and I've combined a couple of them here on this card.  Also, I never realised you could blend with pigment inks (she was using Versa Color) so I've given it a go here.



I started by masking off a rectangle in the centre of my card base with post-it notes.  I then used some scrap paper and cut myself a landscape curve.  I used this to mask off the top section of the card and then blended the pigment inks, gradually building up the colour (at the show she was using a dry baby wipe to blend the colour but I just used some good quality kitchen towel wrapped around my finger).  You can only just make it out in the photo but next I used a pale blue ink with the mask to create some snow banks.  I then placed the masked back in position to stamp the trees, some of which were second generation stamping so they appeared to be further away, then the little cabin and the bushes (which are actually the top of a tree stamp).  I then peeled away the masks and stamped the sentiment.

I then wanted to add a star which I was originally going to do by using embossing powder but I didn't want to risk warping my card base (something which always happens to me!) so instead I squirted out a tiny bit of Tombow glue onto some scrap paper and smooshed it with my finger.  I then used my star stamp to pick up the glue, stamped this on my card and then added some fine glitter.  Some of the really fine bits of glitter decided they wanted to live in the sky elsewhere so I left them to add more sparkle.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Card-io - Winter Walks, Christmas Scenery 2; Paula Pascual - Christmas Messages
  • Ink: Versa Color - Orange, Marigold, Imperial Blue, Neptune, Sky Blue; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Glitter: Stampin' Up - Dazzling Diamonds

I am also going to link this card up at the following challenges:

One-Layer Simplicity - Challenge #11 - Home, Sweet Home (wouldn't you just love to live here at Christmas?)
Creative Card Crew - Challenge #74 - Christmas Joy
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #69 - Clean and Simple
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #202 - Keep it Flat


I love how this card turned out and I'll certainly be trying to create more scenes on my cards now that I know it's not that difficult after all!



50 comments:

  1. This is a stunning card - I love your blended sky.
    Kath x

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  2. Fabulous snowscape,beutifully put together Neet !

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  3. Simply gorgeous and you have used the perfect night sky colours in perfect proportions too

    Kathyk

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  4. I agree with Hannelie-perfection, fabulous masking and all so very subtle-a stunner of a card x

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  5. Hi Anita,
    Your card caught my eye at LIM and I had to come and have a closer look - Wow! Amazing.
    xx

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  6. Great masking , stamping and sponging! I love the purple in the sky. Beautiful card! x

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  7. Amazing card, so atmospheric. Love the way you did the star, I hope I'll be able to remember this idea next time I want some sparkle. I hate the way embossing can warp the card.
    Elaine

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  8. Wow Neet this is stunning, you've created a wonderful scene. Carol x

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  9. Wow! Wow and more wow Anita! You are rockin!
    Who needs distress inks when you can create such beauty without.
    This is fabulous and thanks so much for joining the challenge with it.
    Well done.
    Sarah xx
    Less is more

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  10. Beautiful card, your masking and shading is superb and the scene you've created is gorgeous, Cathy x

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  11. Stunning card. Perfect amount of sparkle.

    Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew.

    Mari

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  12. CAS and very beautiful. Love your sky, the colours are amazing.
    You make this sound so easy, maybe I should get my versa colours out and have a go.
    Love Sheila x

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  13. Absolutely beautiful card. Just the right amount of blending. So eye catching.

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  14. What a beautiful card. The masking and blending looks wonderful

    Jane

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  15. Clever way to add your star, I have that problem when I emboss one layer cards too Anita!
    What a gorgeous scene, love this card!
    Thanks so much for your LIM entry
    Anne
    Less is More Designer

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  16. Beautifully created snowy hillside - love it!

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  17. Wow! This is spectacular and it is one layer. A gorgeous card Anita.

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  18. Beautiful job with the masking and blending Anita! Love those colours together! Loll xx

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  19. Whoa...this is stunning! Love your sky, Anita! Gorgeous design!

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  20. I love how you have created your scene. Just gorgeous!!

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  21. Absolutely amazing!! Such a delicate scene with so much detail. CAS perfection!!

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  22. Fabulous! An absolute stunner! Love the adding glitter technique you shared too, will be giving that a try.

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  23. Stunning card. I saw the same demonstration but missed the inks that the demonstrator coloured in with. I had a play with my stamps on Sunday but havent come up with anything as wonderful as your card. Thanks for explaining how you created this. Tracey x

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  24. WOW! Love the sunrise and the hills! So glad you joined us at OLS!

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  25. WOW Neets, this is simply awesome!What a beautiful scene, fabulous inking. masking and stamping!
    Love it!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  26. I love this!!! The winter scene looks so peaceful. xx

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  27. Beautiful. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 202- you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too. x

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  28. Just love your stunning card. I've seen Card-io demonstrations too and have even got some stamps, just have not had time to play yet. Your beautiful card might just be the inspiration I need to have a go!

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  29. Wow Anita what a pretty little scene you created here, love how you did the blending too...just gorgeous ;) Viv xx

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  30. What a stunning winter Scene! Love the colours of heaven! This is so fantastic!

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  31. Love the winter scene you created Anita! Love it.

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  32. This is an awesome stamped landscape. Love the color in the sky. Love your card.

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  33. Amazingly beautiful scene! Your sponging and masking is perfection! And I love the glitter on the sky. Thanks so much for sharing this at One-Layer Simplicity!

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  34. Such an amazing winter landscape you created Anita! Your blending and sponging are beautiful.

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  35. Great card, I love the masking, the scene you've created, the sponging... everything!!
    Karin

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  36. Anita, what a light and balanced card, so simple and elegant! Love it!

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  37. Congratulations on the well-deserved Showcase at LIM, Anita!! This is such a fantastic window-view looking out onto a magical winter wonderland!! Hugs, Darnell

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  38. congrats on your win at LIM-I knew this was a winner x

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  39. Amazing card Anita, a well desrved selection at LiM xx

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  40. ditto... all the previous comments are perfect. Youre scene is fantastic.

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  41. Love your story how you stood in line watching the demo for a similar card, well it paid off, cause this card is "drop-dead" gorgeous, I absolutely love it, fabulous job!

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  42. Stunning card! Thank you for sharing the details.

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