I've had several requests for me to make a photo tutorial for a scenic card, so here it is and this is the card that I've made.
I've tried to break it down into small steps, photographed at each stage so that you can have a go yourselves if you'd like to. I've chosen to use pink and blue today, but you could use other colours for your sky as the technique would be exactly the same. The easiest would be just to use blue ink but make it darker for the water. It's always good to experiment with different colours depending on what type of scene you wish to make
Here are the stamps and the tools that I've used. The stamps are by Crafty Individuals (www.craftyindividuals.co.uk) CI-361 and CI-496. As you can see from the photo, I don't use expensive tools and I made my own blending tool using a piece from an old chess set. I find the Ink Dusters really easy to use for my backgrounds as they're great for blending but you could also use a blending tool if you don't have the Dusters. The Dusters are by Inkylicious.
Start by dusting some blue ink at the top and bottom of the card. You can make the scene as big as you like but I've used a piece of white card to make a 6 x 6 card.
Next, brush over the center with the pink. You don't need to be too precise, just blend it in gently with the blue. Sorry about the colour on this photo.
Take some copy paper and mask off where the water will be. I tend to do this roughly a third of the card. As you can see through the paper, you can work out where you want it to go.
Here's how it looks. I should have taken it a bit lower but no worries.
I then spritz some water onto my Ink Duster and drag it across the water to create some movement. It you don't have the dusters, then you could use a paint brush, or skip this bit altogether, it wouldn't make much different to the finished result.
Take some of the blue ink on to a paint brush and drag it from side to side across the water. If you don't have a flat brush like mine, then any fine brush will do.
I then do the same again using just water on my brush and I dab it straight away with a paper towel to lift out some of the colour. This give the water some movement, so keep going over the last two steps until you are happy with the result.
Time to get stamping now. I set mine as I go along with some clear embossing powder as this avoids the ink smudging and gives a deeper black impression. Not necessary to do this but if you don't, then you would need to be very careful as smudged ink doesn't look great!
I decided to add a bit of interest in the sky at this point but you could always skip this bit if you don't want a sun/moon in your scene. I have a plastic stencil to do this bit but you can always punch out a circle or draw around a 10p piece and then cut it out. As I said earlier, I adapt things the best I can without spending a fortune as you really don't need to.
It's starting to come together nicely now:)
I used the small tree to create the branches. You can add your branches where you choose but I like to balance mine, so I've added more in the opposite corner to where I've stamped my focal image in the foreground. Next, I've going to add a mountain in the background, so I used my copy paper again to mask off the water.
I tore off a mall piece of paper and placed it roughly where I wanted my mountains to be. I then used some low-tack masking tape to keep it in place. You could do it without but it wouldn't be easy.
As I wanted the mountains to be dark, I used my VersaFine Claire ink and a make up sponge (A blending tool as I call it:) These can be bought really cheaply from the well know shop that charges the same for everything. I don't have them for all of my colours, just for black and yellow.
Job done. I finished by going around the edge of my card with a blue blending tool and then again around the bottom with the black. Doing this frames the image and draws the eye into the picture.
As my edge was already dark, I mounded my scene straight onto a 6x6 card and that's another one for my stash!
I do hope that you've enjoyed this tutorial. I've made it as easy as I can for you and I hope the photos help. I really hope that this post might inspire you and I'd love to see what you make. Don't forget to use different colours of ink....sunsets, sunrise, moonlight. The water can be blue and it also looks good in grey. If it's not perfect, don't worry, it's only a bit of card! Enjoy xx