Sunday, July 21, 2013

Live in the sunshine (Tutorial)

Hello!  Today I am doing the Create With Me Monday at Flourishes.  A few weeks ago when I made THIS card, I kept playing around with my distress inks and various stamp sets.  I fell in love with the way this one turned out so I decided to share with you how I went about creating this scene.

I took all my supplies downstairs into my living room so I would have more natural light for taking the step by step photos.  As you can see in the last photo, having a light tent to take your pictures in is worth every penny!  Look at how much brighter the colors look!  That is what it actually looks like in real life.

WARNING:  Photo Heavy!

Here are all the supplies I used to create my card.  You may substitute colors to your liking.  Memento Dye Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Inks work very well.  The pale yellow I used is a chalk ink and it has a tendency to soften the ink on the stamped image.  That is all I have and could find in such a pale yellow color.  I realized after doing the links at the bottom, that the top 2 left distress inks were not used for this project.  Also, I couldn't find Wild Honey in the Flourishes store, you can substitute it for the Momento ink in  Cantalope, I have that ink as well and they are almost exactly alike.

Step 1 : Stamp images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock.  The piece I used is 3 3/4 x 3 7/8.

Step 2: I took a piece of acetate and placed a strip of removable adhesive from my tape runner on the back side to hold it still.  I had a scrap of cardstock laying around so I used that as well and placed them to block off the area I wanted to shade in Lulu Lavender.

This is what it looks like after I sponged the pale lavender color on.

Step 3: I placed the acetate just below the lavender and sponged on the lightest yellow color in the center and most of the bottom sides.  I then went in with Wild Honey and darkened up the edges a little to make it look like the sun setting over the water.

Here you can see how it is coming along compared to the finished sample.

Step 4: I placed the acetate just over the lavender, careful not to cover that up and went in with the lightest yellow again above the lavender and then again with the Wild Honey just barely above the lavender.

Step 5:  I took the Spun Sugar and Lulu lavender and finished sponging the sky.  You can go over it as many times as you like to get the desired brightness.

Step 6:  I took Paris Dusk and darkened the top corners for a little added drama.

Step 7:  I added the sentiment to the top left corner and sponged Pumice Stone on the bottom corners where land would be.

Here is a photo of that acetate after it has some ink on it, you are able to see how it works so well.  It makes for a very clean crisp edge.

The final image before I add it to my card.  This is taken in my light tent...what a difference that makes!


HOW TO PLAY: Color your world by trying this fun and inky background technique! Play along and when you are done with your creation, don’t forget to link up your creation below using the Inlinkz widget! For Birthday Celebration Challenge #4, enter as many times as you like. If you upload to Splitcoaststampers, use the keyword FLLCBC4. You have until 11:59 PM CST on July 31st to enter! Winners will be announced Saturday, August 3rd and winners will receive a goody bag from Flourishes valued at $30!
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Thanks so much for stopping by,


Ros Crawford said...

This is fabulous! I love sponged backgrounds ... Wonderful stamps too!

Maria said...

Wow, Heather! So fabulous with this tropical it! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I must give it a try!

Maria said...

Oops! I forgot to add that you are correct regarding the baby cardinal bird. I can't be sure at this time if it's male or female. I did some research and now realize it takes time for their true colors. We have lots of trees and hope the birds find they have a safe haven here. It's so fun watching them! I know you enjoy birds, also. Thank you for your knowledge! Take care, hugs!

Lisa Elton said...

Beautiful tropical card Heather!! Thanks for the step by step, so fun to see the transformation!

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello Heather darling,

Just wanted to come by and say hello and see how my darling friend is doing. Hope all is well with you.
I do like your new photo very much. I miss my daily visits to your blog and I know I have said this many times before, however, I do hope that this time I will be able to post more regularly. Today is a very special day for us and I couldn't allow this day to go by without posting. I am hoping for a girl for the Cambridges, however, I think it will be a boy. I just wish Princess Diana was here to welcome her grandchild. How are you doing my dalring?

Sending you love and hugs

Cheryl said...

Great tutorial, Heather! I love that skinny strip of lavender you made for water, and you have done such a fab job with all that sponging that I first thought you must have had a bright light shining on the card--it glows, just like a real sunset on the beach would!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the tutorial! GORGEOUS card!

Mona Pendleton said...

So pretty Heather! Love the beautiful scene that you created! Thanks for sharing the creative process!

liszha said...

Very beautiful! Makes me wanna vacation again!

Davi said...

BEAUtiful card Heather and so cool the way you achieved the scene. Thanks for sharing that process with us :)

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, this is so gorgeous, Heather! I love how you brought out the pink in your fabulous tropical sunset. Funny, I have this set out for a card I need soon. This is a real beauty!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness! This is GORGEOUS!!!! I haven't sponged a scene in FOREVER! You have totally inspired me to give this a go on the weekend!!!

Cheryl said...

GORGEOUS Heather! Beautiful scene you displayed here, it really looks like a painting! Great tutorial too.

Katie Sims said...

Heather, you never cease to amaze!! Love your beautiful sponged scene and of course.....the paper!! lol! Seriously, do you rock everything you do? ;)

Lisa H. said...

wow! what a stunning sunset you created. Love the colors you used, that light purple was perfect for the water. beautiful card, Heather.

Greta said...

Thank you for the new info, Heather! I really enjoy sponging ink for the background & it was fun to do it with a slight twist--over a Memento stamped image.


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