Here is another of my samples created for the recent Brusho demonstrations by Lesley Wharton on The Craft Channel. If you missed the show it is still available on catch up via the website. Well worth watching – Lesley was brilliant.
I have created a step by step for you with pictures showing the build up and stages for creating the scene.
Step 1 – Stamp the wall with Versafine (Onyx Black) and apply masking fluid. Plan the position of the trees and paint randomly with masking fluid for the foliage. This creates gaps in the branches after the trees are stamped to create a more realistic image.
Step 2 – Stamp the trees with Versafine (Vintage Sepia). Use some scrap paper to mask the lower section of the card (i.e. below the wall). Paint the background with diluted Brusho’s (dissolve the crystals in water and use like a watercolour paint). Use tissue to dab off excess ink from the masked areas. When dry remove the masking from the tree foliage.
Step 3 – Paint the tree foliage and drop on some dishwasher salt whilst the inks are still wet. Leave to fully dry. This creates a lovely texture. If the card curls use some removable low tack tape to hold down the edges.
Step 4 – Remove all of the masking and salt. Paint the wall and foreground. Add foreground texture using the texture stamp from the Glade set and Versafine (Vintage Sepia).
Stamp the birds (Landscape Edges set) with Versafine (Onyx Black). Stamp leafy texture onto the tree foliage (Woodland set) using Crushed Olive Distress Ink.
Dust the bottom area of the card lightly with talc. This helps prevent stray embossing powder sticking onto the background. Stamp and heat emboss the daisies (Woodland set) with Versamark and white powder. Knock back the solid white of the daisies using the blue-grey alcohol marker. Colour the daisy centres with yellow alcohol marker.
Use the fine tipped pen to draw grasses and emphasise shading and branches on the trees.
Outline the card blank with black alcohol marker. Mount the painting onto black card to frame and draw the faux stitched border with the white pen. Glue to the card front.
I first created the backgrounds using Brusho’s on A5 sheets of card. The first piece was painted onto smooth card, blending the red into yellow, then black at the base. I tipped the card whilst wet to get interesting streaks and bleeding of the colours together. I then sprayed it sparingly with a little gold mica.
The second piece was created in a similar way but on watercolour card. I coated the card with clear mica spray before applying the Brusho’s.
I trimmed the backgrounds to approx. 13cm square.
Images and sentiment were stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder to intensify.
I used water to lift a little of the stain from the cloud to lighten it against the background. To get a more intense effect try dilute bleach.
The clouds were stamped with Memento (London Fog).
The remainder of the scene was stamped with Memento (Tuxedo Black) using second generation stamping along the tree line.
A bit of shading was painted using wet brush the black watercolour pen ink.
The images and card blanks were edged with black marker to frame.
Images were mounted onto black card to create a border and then glued onto the card blank.