Saturday, 4 June 2016

So Excited I had to Share the News..

Morning, I am so excited that I made the top 5 in the Clarity Challenge for May. I am sharing the post of the card I entered for this, with the step by Step. Sorry to those of you that have seen it, but I am over the moon and wanted to share it. Tomorrow a brand new card I have made with Leonie Pujol's Stamp Collection.


A little bit of a mix up for you today, I have to say I am really proud of this one. It's a mix of Parchment using the Groovi System, but also adding stamps and even an inked background using stencils and masks.


I do love the Clarity House Martin stamp and just had to include it in my design. By Lifting the parchment from the background with the addition of a couple of folds I was able to allow the birds to hover over the mountain scene I created.

I started by placing the parchment over the stencil I was using to allow me to position the birds. I stamped these with Stazon white ink.


Next I took the Poppies Groovi plate, to add some foliage at the bottom. Then using the Sprig Groovi plate, I created my parchment background. Finally I embossed around the stencil and the birds.


Taking my two pin piercing tool, I pierced all around the stencil.


Then cut out the waste with my pergamano snips and set this aside to rest.


The background (stamped part) had to be on white paper, but I wanted the parchment part of my design to be against black. To do this I carefully lined up my parchment to the base card so I could position my mask/stencil. I stuck it down using Crafters Companion Stick n Spray (repositionable adhesive). I then coloured the remainder of the card with Black Soot Distress Ink.


I removed the mask and cleaned of the residue from my card with a paper stump. Then using Black Archival, I stamped the corn using another Clarity stamp and added a round moon shaped mask. I used Pebeo Drawing Gum to mask off the corn so I could colour it later. I then placed the stencil over my design.


I masked for the mountains and using Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress Ink, blended the colours from dark to light. Where the moonlight was hitting them, I added very little colour. I then offset the masks and added some Black Soot, then blended out with Hickory Smoke. I created the sky using Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire, finally blending through some of the Black Soot. I then removed the mask and drawing gum.


As it's midnight, I coloured the corn a warm light brown alcohol marker rather than yellow. The birds on the parchment were coloured using a selection of Red, Orange and Yellow Polychromos. Finishing off with a green alcohol marker for the leaves.

I left a 1 cm border around my design, this was scored at the edge of my design and again at 1/2 cm. The final flap was used to secure to the back of my background base and gave me the required distance between the two.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. I have been really touched by all of your lovely comments. I love to read them and love hearing your thoughts. I hope you will visit again very soon. Take care xx

14 comments:

  1. Well done Nick,so well deserved because this is one amazing piece of art work and you certainly deserve recognition for the wonderful things that you create. You should be on Clarity's design team! They don't know what they are missing! Nicola x

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  2. Congratulations Nick, that's fab news and very well deserved - it's a stunning make.
    Hugs,
    Katrina xx

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    1. Thank you Katrina, I am still very excited about it. Very pleased indeed.xx

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  3. Well done Nick! It totally deserved it, is a stunning card, Jane :) X

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  4. WOW Congratulations, I have been following you for some time now & really like your work, to me this is your best yet

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    1. Thank you ever so much, I am so pleased you like what I share.xx

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  5. Congratulations. This is still stunning a second time thank you for sharing again

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  6. Congratulations Nick. This is lovely .

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    1. Thank you, so pleased you like it xx

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  7. Congratulations Nick, this is absolutely beautiful, and so well thought out. Never mind the Top 5, you should be right at the Top!

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    1. Thank you very much, it's really nice of you to say. Take care xxx

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  8. Wow, absolutely spiffin work! Congrats to you Nick just found your blog this morning via our lovely Leoni's will keep popping in

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    1. Thank you so much, I am so pleased you found my blog and that you like what I share. Take care and welcome aboard.xxx

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