I am loving the Colour Challenge this month – just my colours. I created this one as one of my TV samples for the recent Brusho’s show on the Craft Channel with the Design-A-Tree sets. Wasn’t Lesley brilliant!
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.
Alcohol marker (black) and fine tipped marker (brown)
Glitter glue (red)
Ready made flowers, green and sparkly red organza ribbons to embellish
Step By Step:
Brusho Backgrounds. I used the one on the right for this project.
Paint the watercolour card with Brusho blending blues and reds for the sky into yellows and greens at the base. Drop on crystals and spritz with water to provide foliage texture in the foreground. Dry.
Lay down the sunburst stencil and spray though with mica to create the sparkling sun rays. Dry and trim to approx. 14cm square to fit the card front.
Stamp the tree (Orchard), birds (Landscape Edges), and foreground pebble texture (Glade) with Versafine.
Stamp the foreground leaves (Woodland) in Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and the tree foliage (Woodland) in Barn Door Distress Ink. Touch up the tree image, and draw a base to anchor the tree, using a fine tipped brown pen. Add touches of glitter glue to the tree foliage.
Apply Versamark around the card edges and heat emboss with glitter powder to give a distressed effect.
Stamp the sentiment with Versafine onto a small panel. Edge with Crushed Olive Distress Ink.
Outline the topper and card front with black alcohol marker to frame. Attach ribbon to topper and glue to card front. Glue on flowers and sentiment panel with 3D glue gel.
Score the front panel of the card blank vertically down the centre and fold back the panel. Trim the digital paper and glue to the inside back panel.
Trim another print out panel and cut in half vertically to stick on the inside front and left hand fold back front panel. Check that the front panel pattern aligns with the inside back panel. Glue the inside panel but do not glue down the outer front left panel yet.
Lay the green mat onto the front printed panel and mark the position of the bottom left hand section with a pencil. Trim a slot around the leaves with a craft knife so that the mat can be tucked into the paper (i.e. under and behind the leaves). Glue the printed panel to the card front taking care to omit glue from the cut slot area. Stamp the sentiment with Versafine.
From the third sheet of digital paper cut out the vine leaves and shape slightly for decoupage. Shape the tiny blossoms. Add green glitter glue to the leaf veins and Star Dust to the flower centres.
Stamp the stone wall onto the bottom of the topper panel with Versafine. Stamp the tree (Orchard set) with the multicolour stamp pad so that the trunk is dark brown, blending to lighter brown for the upper branches.
Stamp the leaves in the light and darker green Distress Inks (Woodland set).
Stamp the blossoms with pale pink acrylic paint (Spinney set). Dot with Star Dust glitter glue.
Colour the wall and landscape using the Distress Inks and a damp watercolour brush. Ink the edges of the scene with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Glue to the green mat.
Glue the topper onto the card front tucking the bottom left corner into the cut slot of the patterned paper. Glue on the leaves and blossoms with 3D glue gel. Take care not to add glue to the topper overhang section. Finish with a few PVA pearls.