Thursday, 21 April 2016

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Something completely different using just two of Leonie's new stamps, the Kites from The Tangled Tails set and the Branch from The Branching Out set from Leonie Pujol. I found the branch particularly useful as It bends really well giving lots of scope for trees etc. The sentiment on this card is from the Fanciful Phrases collection from Creative Expressions.


After deciding on the size of the image, I made a box frame by taking a sheet of Centura Pearl and adding a 3/4''measurement to each side. Then using my big score board scored at 1/4'' and 3/4''. This gives the frame a 1/2'' depth and leaves 1/4 to attach to the base card. I then used an oval die to create the aperture.

Firstly, I stamped the kites in the area I wanted them in and masked them off using Pebeo Drawing Gum and leaving it to dry naturally. Then I created the landscape using some torn paper, I used 3 distress ink pads for this: Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss applied with cut n dry.

I then masked of some clouds made with torn paper and used Adirondack Cloudy Blue and Stonewashed for the sky. The tree branches were stamped in Coffee Archival, the foliage was made using the same distress inks as the grass with the addition of Pine Needles.

After colouring the kites, I attached embroidery thread to the kites by making a hole and threading through the holes to the back of the card. The oval Background was  then stuck onto my base card, Blue Centura Pearl from the Brights selection from Crafters Companion. I used acetate in the aperture so before securing it, I made a hole for the kite tails to come through to the front. For the kite handle I used 3/4'' of paintbrush and glued it while winding it onto the handle.


I have entered this card into the Penny Black April Birthdays Challenge.

I have entered this card into the Country View Crafts April Spring Challenge. Flying a kite on a mild spring day.

22 comments:

  1. Another wonderful sample Nick and very different. Love the background,it looks so realistic,and the kite strings and handle-genius. If you don't mind me asking how what did you use to "make"the foliage on the trees? Thanks again for sharing Nicola x

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    1. Thank you Nicola, I am so sorry that I missed the bit out about the tress, It must have completely slipped my mind. I don't mind you asking at all, in fact thank you for reminding me. I put a selection of greens on my glass mat then took a small piece of damp sea sponge and lightly built up the tree foliage with the colours, I wanted them to blend but also still be able to see some of the individual colours. I had great fun making this and I really am pleased you like the idea.Take care and thanks again for asking about the trees. xx

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  2. Fab card! Really like the string element and really gives that lovely summer day feel, Jane :)

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    1. Thank you Jane, I thought the string would make a nice touch and wanted to give the feel of distance, I am so pleased you like it and thank you so much for your comments. Take care xx

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  3. Wonderful again Nick. The trees are excellent. What a creative mind you have xxx

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    1. I am so pleased that you like the finished card, The branch really does make some good trees, you can really manipulate it so it doesn't just look like a repeated stamp. Thank you so much for coming by and leaving your comments, I do love to read them.Take care xx

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  4. Oh wow Nick...really love this and the reel of string just makes you want to grab hold of it and take flight with the kites ;-)

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    1. I am over the moon that you like what I have done with this card. The string was a little bit of an experiment, but I do think it has come out as I wanted. Thank you so much for your visit and for your lovely comments, I am so pleased to hear from you. Take care xx

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  5. This is brilliant Nick, I love the trees and your kite handle is so imaginative.
    Katrina x

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    1. Thank you Katrina,I'd made a few pattern building cards by the time I made this one and wanted to make something completely different I had the idea of a landscape and it evolved from that. I am so pleased that you like it. Take care xx

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  6. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, It's a pleasure to share with you, I am really happy that you have come to see it and for taking the time to leave your comment. Thank you so much xx

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  7. Absolutely love this this Nick, it's amazing what you can do with stamps,
    Hugs Julie xxx

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  8. Thank you Julie, It really is brilliant what different looks you can get with stamps, I love to start with a blank sheet of paper and see what evolves. Take care and Crafty Hugs xx

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  9. Lovely stamping and inking, many thanks for sharing your pretty card with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda.Take care xx

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  10. Although I think on Autumn when I see kites I love your box card! Well, why not take a kite in spring?! Most I like the threat and the kite handle, so clever!
    Thank you for joining us at Country View Challenges in April!
    Hugs Evelyn

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    1. Thank you Evelyn, I am really pleased you like it. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment too. Isn't it funny, we always used to go flying in April and May right up to whitsun, mind you we also used to in the summer holidays too. Thanks again xx

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  11. Aaaah simply delightful and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More, luv Sam x

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    1. Hi Sam, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and for your lovely comments. I am over the moon that you like what I have made.Take care xx

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  12. This is really pretty Nick and so clever, not kite flying weather today though is it, we've had lots of snow in Hemsworth! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments Sue, It really means a lot to me to hear what you think. I am so sorry that you have had a lot of snow there, It's been nice here. Sadly I didn't bring my Dads kite with me so cant fly one either. Take care and thanks again. xx

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