Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Houses on the Hill by Alan Scott

This card is made using another great set of stamps from Crafty Individuals - CI271. The trees came from another stamp collection from Crafty Individuals - CI209.
This time I wanted a moody look and not overdo the colouring. That's why I only kept to the warm grey colours of ProMarkers.
The scrolled frame was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. This is a very versatile die cutting machine.

Full set of Warm Grey ProMarkers
Blue ProMarkers to colour the sky
12” square black card Stock for the frame
White ProMarker card
Fine tipped black marker pen
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
8” square white card base
Silver paper to cover the front of the blank card
Normal items such as scissors, metal edged ruler, good strong glue, glue tape gun or double sided tape, craft knife


This card is not a card that's going to scare you if your crafting skills are not as "up there" as you want them to be. Please remember, we all started somewhere and as you start to explore different styles and aspects of crafting, your skill levels will grow just as much as your stamp collection will grow! This is a simple stamp – colour- mat and layer card.
Taking the white card, stamp the main buildings (this time, the buildings are in one stamp, so no multi stamping on this one!). Using the various shades of the warm grey, start to colour and build up the image. The sky was done by just laying down the colour. I didn't take great care and carefully go round the edges of the buildings, by being careful and just over layering a light shade of the colour, it will all blend in. If you're not happy and it's not looking right, just re cover the buildings with the shade of grey.
The trees were an after thought, as the image when coloured didn't look right and to me the balance was not there. Then, using the black fine tipped pen, I coloured in the trees base and brought the black into the centre - this would then create a centre point.
Now then, this might be the point where a lot of crafters would throw their arms in the air and shout "I don't have a die cutting machine!".
To make this card, you don't have to have one. Just use your edge punches or Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies to make an interesting image that you can secure the coloured image onto. Failing that, just mat and layer the buildings image that you have coloured.
The birds were done to cover up a stamping problem. I inked up the stamp well and when I impressed it, I left a small edge. Normally I would have to start all over again but as it was a landscape stamp, I could cover it up by drawing birds! This is a tip that will work for any outside/landscape stamp. A fine waterproof tip pen is your best friend some times.
So what's left to do? Well just build up the card by covering the front of the card with silver paper and secure the frame onto your card. I used a wet glue, as that gives you some time to just move the card into place, making sure you can get it just right how you want it. Then secure into place your stamped and coloured image. As you can see, I have cropped it right up to the edge so there is no white. A good trimmer will let you trim square and exactly how you want the cut to be.
Any problems please email me and I will do my very best to help you out.


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