Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Scenic Card Photo Tutorial

Hello there,

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


Chris Fraser (All She Crafts) said...

Fabulous, Sandra! Great instructions, too. Thank you. xx

Cath Wilson said...

I'm amazed you're finding time to do this while working, Sandra - well done, you! I'm also amazed at how simply you create your water...I always put off using water because it's not easy to make it realistic, but this works SO well. Thank you so much for sharing your tips. It's very helpful and very inspiring.
Gorgeous card, too!
Cath x

Pat said...

I've so enjoyed seeing your step by step and the photos of each step are great too Sandra. Thank you so much for inspiring us to give it a try. I have done some scenes but I always get excited when I see yours as they are some of the most atmospheric and pretty ones around, and this particular scene is definitely in that category. Gorgeous!! x

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous Sandra and great tutorial
Gr Karin

cuilliesocks said...

WOW Sandra, it's a stunning card, such a beautiful tranquil scene and amazing inking, fabulous colours too.
Thank you for your tutorial, the step by step is clear and concise, and so very helpful, Kate x x

Carole said...

This is stunning and I am impressed with the technique you have used to create movement on the water. I will have to give this a go as this scene is beautiful.xx

Anne said...

This is great! You make it look so easy but that encourages to give it a go! It's a great effect and looks very therapeutic to do. Thank you for showing us how to do this, I am soooooo grateful! :) (Lilybet on FB) xx

Babs said...

Sandra thank you for your step by step tutorial you've made it look so easy that even I feel I could do it lol. Your creation is gorgeous and I love it.
Babs x

Craftyfield said...

You make it sound easy! Beautifully done Sandra!

Kathleen said...

Well if I came to stay with you for a week and we practiced all day and evening I could never get the effect like this. Totally beautiful.

Kath x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning card sandra and a great tutorial too. Thank you for sharing with us.

Sue xx

Liz said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial, Sandra! Your scene is stunning, I especially love how you've created the water. xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh, thank you so much, Sandra! It's so useful watching your tools and all the process! I want have a go, when I have time! It's great knowing how you make the sea, it's so realistic! I love sea :D Your scenic card is amazing!
Thanks again!

Mac Mable said...

Sandra thank you so much for the step by steps....I so enjoyed reading and learning from this post x. I love your attention to detail and the tips along the way. A fabulous card with a beautiful scene x.

Flo Langley said...

Stunning card Sandra. Great sbs. Loved seeing how you created your scene. Hugs Flo xx

Jeanette said...

What a great tutorial, thankyou!

Magic Maggie said...

thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Just brilliant.


Maggie (Bendy Yorkite)

Gerrina said...

A beautiful scene! Hugs, Gerrina

Leanne Harris said...

You've gone in to so much detail to help others here Sandra, this is a credit to you and your beautiful crisp work. This is a stunningly beautiful and tranquil scene - I love it!!!!! xxxxx

Jean Hardy said...

What a beauty of a scene Sandra - you are clever! Could you possibly send me a photo of the finished item please and I can then CI Facebook page it and link to your blog post. Thank you, Jean x

pam said...

Fantastic card Sandra, thank you for your tutorial.
Hugs Pam x

KandA said...

Amazing card Sandra, you've created such a lovely scene. Thanks so much for the super step by step tutorial.... I shall definitely be having a go xx

crafty-stamper said...

WOW brilliant scene Sandra and great stamps and you technique for water a great effect-I am put off making scenes but your step by step makes it look easy so you have inspired me to have a go-hope you don't mind me casing your card?
Carol x

Witchcrafted Life said...

This is so immensely peaceful and pretty. I really like how you created the sun and gave it a sense of subtly melting into the horizon.

Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

MiamiKel said...

I am in awe of your card and thankful for your step by step instructions! I really love the scrap paper for mountains - gorgeous!

Anke said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial, Sandra. Your card is stunning, the scene is so lovely.


alcacus said...

felicidades que manos mas maravillosas

Mariann Jakobsen said...

This card is soooo amazing! You've created such a lovely scene! Thanks a lot for your amazing step by step instructions! I've to try this :)
Take care during this odd time! Hugs from N-Norway

SandyK said...

Just found your cards on Pinterest. Love your work. Thanks