Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Forest and Trees, v. 2.0

Claudine Criner is the hostess at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and her theme is Trees. Here's what she had to say about her challenge.
"Trees have always been such a source of life for many living creatures, I just love them. I challenge you to create something with a tree incorporated somehow."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!!  Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!

Here's my second card for this challenge. This one features Stampotique's Foxy (Kate Crane)!

I decided that I wanted to use the "no lines" coloring technique for this one, so
Foxy was stamped with Desert Sand Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. Foxy's white edges were darkened with Copic markers, then Foxywas set aside while I created a background for him.

A piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was cut to 6x6, taped to a piece of scrap paper, then sponged with Bundled Sage Distress ink (Ranger). The Sunlit Forest stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) was hinge-taped over the background and the base of each of the trees was marked with a chalk pencil. The stencil was lifted, a piece of scrap paper was placed horizontally across the paper, and Bundled Sage Distress ink was sponged again over the bottom portion to darken the forest floor.

The stencil was dropped back into position, securely taped down, then Forest Moss Distress ink was sponged over the stencil for the tree shadows. Each tree was traced with a  Gathered Twigs Distress marker (Ranger), then colored with a combination of Distress markers and Zig Photo Twin markers (EK Success). The same process was repeated with the sun, though I mistakenly used too dark a yellow marker. I repeatedly tried to lighten the color to no avail. Alas. Perfection is overrated.

The stencil was lifted, the colors of the forest were touched up, some detail was added, and additional ink was sponged around the edges of the piece. Foxy was adhered to the piece, which was then adhered to a brown card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
• Craft Your Passion Challenges: Anything Goes
• Fashionable Stamping Challenges: Make Your Own Background


  1. Fabulous forest background - so cool how you created the shadows with differently coloured inks just by replacing the stencil. Love your no-lines Foxy too.
    Alison x

  2. Love your coloring.....and the fox is wonderful!