Here is the latest card that I've made using the brand new stamps and stencils by Crafty Individuals. If you would like to see how this card was made and perhaps try something similar yourself, then I've added a photo tutorial below to show you how. Here's my finished card:
Friday, 15 October 2021
Landscape Photo Tutorial
1). Using a blending brush or blending tool, lay down some background colour. I roughly placed the yellow where I want my sun to be.
2). Place one of the round CI stencils where you want the sun to be, then brush over it again with your blending brush or tool, this will increase the depth of the colour on your scene
3). Place a sheet of copy paper where you want the water to be. I usually make mine the bottom third of the card. Brush over from side to side, but try to use a little less pressure where the reflection from the sun would be
4). If using a brush, then spritz it with water and drag it across the water. This will give the water a sense of movement. Make sure that you mask with your copy paper first to avoid it smudging the rest of your scene
5). I wasn't happy with the colour of my water at this stage, so I decided to make it darker by adding some dark blue ink. If you do the same, then don't forget to blend some of the same colour at the top of the sence too
6). Place your copy paper at the top edge of the water and use the CI stencil to create some mountains in the background. Take care to keep everything still at this point and build up the colour gradually
7). I used the same technique here as on step 6 to give the scene a little more balance. You can always add more or less mountains in the background depending on the size of card that you're using
8). Time now to use the hanging branch from CI-583. This is such a useful stamp and will be one that you'll use time and time again
9). As you can see here, I've stamped the branch one way, then turned it around to give a completely different look at the left hand side
10). It's really important that your ink is completely dry, so I stamped the branches using VersaFine, then heat embossed it with a clear embossing powder. Once it's dry, then you need to blend around the edges which will then start to frame the scene. I did mine first with purple, then with the dark blue
11). Now it's time to start adding some botanical stamps into the foreground. Think carefully at this point about the balance and framing. You can see on this picture how I start with the taller stamps at either side of my scene
12). I used stamps from CI-584 and CI-585 to do this. I also stamped a few in purple to add a little contrast
13). Once again, ensure that your stamps are completely dry before blending again with the dark blue ink. Next, I used a Posca pen to highlight the botanical stamps
14). I used the CI landscape stencil to add the birds to my scene. It's absolutely fine just to use a blending tool to do this but as I wanted mine to be a little darker, I went over them with a fine liner. The sentiment that I've used is from CI-583. When this was done, I then mounted my scene onto some black card.
15). As I had used lots of purple in my scene, I decided to mount the card again onto so purple card before finally adding it to my white base card. My finished card is 8 x 8.
All of the stamps and stencils that I've used for this tutorial are available from Crafty Individuals at: www.craftyindividuals.co.uk