Clarity silk card
Clarity silk paper
Adirondack ink pads - Juniper, Cloudy Blue, Stonewashed, and Pitch Black
Big and Juicy - one with a good sun yellow in it.
Clarity stamps - Small Village Set, tree from Cottage Set
Digi "stamp" of church
Limited palette of Promarkers
moon mask punched from a post it note
I needed a stamp of a church and was quite shocked to find I had not got one anywhere, so I managed to borrow the large church stamp made by Clarity (I have now ordered my own). I stamped it onto good white card, scanned it into the computer, and reduced the size digitally to get one that would go with the mini village set. I had to work out exactly where I wanted it on the card before printing it onto the Clarity silk card, and leaving it overnight to dry thoroughly. Then I just needed to place all the other images where they looked good (I did try it all on copy paper first).
I loaded the brayer with Cloudy Blue and with the moon mask in place, put the sky in. Then I darkened it slightly by changing to Stonewashed and repeating it. The hills and mounds were done using a randomly torn piece of paper, and a make up sponge to apply the Juniper, trying to ground the church, the trees and cottages as I went. I removed the mask and added a little yellow to the sun with a sponge.
Once the ink was totally dry, I added a little colour with Promarkers, keeping to a very limited palette of colours. The edge was done with a ruler, upside down, and a Slate Promarker.
The backing paper was created with the brayer, Juniper and Stonewashed. I added two stripes, overlapping and random to a piece of Clarity silk paper. Then all I needed was to get a large piece of cling film, spraying it with a mister and scrunching it down (wet side down) on to the inked paper, scrunching it round a little to blend the stripes. Then it went on another surface to dry naturally (That surface was another pile of things to sort out - not the clear tidy cupboard it should have been). After that, both the topper and the backing paper had a good polish up with a piece of dry kitchen roll to bring up the shine, before mounting it all on a plain white card.
Like most of my cards I can see loads of ways to improve this card, but it is all part of a leaving curve, and good fun. Hope you like it, and if you want to see the expert at these techniques, just watch Barbara Gray - she is a legend.