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You are stronger than you think- night sky

January 14, 2024 1 Comment

You are stronger than you think- night sky

Hi Everyone!  This is my first time posting here and I'm excited to share how I made this peaceful mountain scene.
When I saw this mountain stamp from Woolly Big Love, I immediately thought of a starry night over the mountains (can you tell seeing this is on my bucket list?).
For the sky, I started with a piece of Tim Holtz Distress watercolor paper.  I sprayed the paper first with water, then sprayed with several Tim Holtz Distress Stain sprays, including tree lot Mica Stain which added a bit of glimmer.  Next, I lightly "sprinkled" PaperArtsy Infusions in Black Knight (this is a powdered watercolor) around the edges (mostly to areas I wanted to be the darkest).  I sprayed the paper again with water, adding a little extra water where I wanted the color to "move" more.  At this point I had a lot of water on the paper and I tilted the paper back and forth until the color flowed to where I wanted it.  I let this dry overnight.  This sky didn't have as much green and purple as I wanted, so once it was dry I used a blending brush and Distress inks in twisted citron and wilted violet to add more color to the already tinted areas.  Lastly, I used a white wash (watered down white paint) on a fan brush to add splatters to the sky (by running the edge of the brush along the edge of scrap cardstock about 6 inches above the paper).  I used a toothpick on the larger splatters to pull out the edges outward, creating 'stars'.  
This process kind of has a mind of it's own, which is why I usually make several skies at a time in case one doesn't turn out.  It's also very messy, so I did all of this in an old cardboard box.
For the mountains, I stamped the image on a piece of white cardstock and used Derwent Inktense pencils (neutral grey and charcoal grey) and a waterbrush to color them in.  Then I stamped the sentiment from "Big Guy" and fussy cut the mountains out.  
Finally, I used the two larger dies from Gina K's master layouts 1 to cut a black matt for the backing (larger rectangle) and the sky and mountains from the slightly smaller rectangle.  I cut the sky first, then estimated how high I wanted the mountains to be in order to judge where to cut the piece of white cardstock .  Lastly, I attached the sky to the black cardstock, then the mountain piece to this and attached the whole piece to a 4.25" x 5.5" white card base.
This card was so much fun to make and you really never know what you're going to get until it's dry.  Thanks for reading and I hope you have some fun creating your own peaceful sky.

1 Response

Sylvia Jordon
Sylvia Jordon

June 11, 2024

I love how creative you were. I just placed another order for some stamps and was looking for ways to combine stamps and sentiments from different sets. I also wanted to do a “Northern Lights” background and you told me how! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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