Monday, 2 September 2013

Inky Trees

I should have been spending my weekend getting ready for the new school term ahead...but after getting my DT cards done for this week, I couldn't resist playing along with this week's Less is More Challenge, as they're showcasing my favourite brand of stamp...Penny Black, and encouraging us to use watercolours...perfect! In my defense, this card only took a few minutes to make as I already had the background made...I can't remember exactly when I did it, but it's been sitting in my image box for months! I made the background by simply 'splodging' Distress Inks (I think the colours are 'Chipped Saphire', 'Faded Jeans', 'Stormy Sky', 'Bundled Sage' and 'Forest Moss'...all my usual favourites!) on to an acrylic black, then spritzing with water before pressing a piece of card on the top to give a watercolour effect. I didn't know what to do with it, so put it aside for safe-keeping (as you do!), but yesterday as I was going through my Christmas stamps, inspiration struck! I inked up my Penny Black 'Snow Dust' stamp (minus the 'snow dust') using black Versafine ink and simply stamped it over the top. Once I'd trimmed it down, I matted it on to white card, popping it up on the card using some 3D foam pads, and added a sentiment (also Penny Black from the 'Wonderful' set).

Challenges for this card:


Squirrel x said...

Loving this inky background hun, what a superb effect, and works so beautifully with thos fabulous trees. Love it. xx

Laura Love said...

WOW Helen! This is AWESOME! I love how you did the background! So pretty! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps! We hope that you will play along with us again soon!

Sarah said...

Fabulous card Helen. I have tried that technique but it always appears muddy...well done! xx

Carissa said...

Wow, what a gorgeous image you have created. This is beautiful.
Hugs, Carissa

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! I love the colors and mixture of Tim Holtz inks together. I would so have saved this one too! And it's perfect with your tree image. Love it. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous, Helen! So simple and yet so effective and arty.

Jennifer. x

Dangina Martinez said...

What a fantastic creation. Love all the details and colors. Thank you for joining us here at Loves Rubber Stamps this week Good Luck and Tons of Hugs, Dangina

jonim52 said...

Wow what a gorgeous effect for the background. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubber Stamps!

Heather said...

A beautiful card Helen, your water colour background is stunning perfect for the lovely tree.

Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Heather xx

Jen Nelson said...

simply stunning helen.. love the scene

Thanks for joining us this week
Jen x
"Less Is More"

Lin said...

Beautiful effect, Helen! I just love that background technique!

Angela said...

Hi Helen,
your card is really wonderful,thanks a lot for your birthday wishes,the card looks in real life much more beautiful,and now the card belongs to me.
Hugs and greetings