Sunday, 5 February 2012

Stampscapes - On The Inside Looking Out

Morning Chicks!

It's time for a new challenge at Craft A Scene so get your stamps out and join the fun!  The theme for February is Snow... I know, we are all looking forward to Spring now but with this being only our second challenge it's a great time to put snow in the scenes so we can get ideas for next fall when doing Christmas cards or what have you!  (I know you don't like snow down in Auzzieland Shaz but I'll be watching to see what you enter this month!!  And.. No excuses this month Gail!)

I have two scenes to show you today.  The second one will have photos of how the scene looks as it is being worked on.  Actually, I like the second one best of all!  Both are the same but, also very different.  And... Believe it or not. they are done with the exact same stamps but the glossy paper was cut into two different sizes.  Just doing that can change everything!

Scene #1
I had to do some fudging with stamps and taping them off to make everything fit.  The glossy cardstock was cut into six and away I went!  In the end, I only ended up with two of the smaller scenes that were worth keeping.  My rule of thumb is to do at least two identical scenes every time as something always goes wrong.  Some goof ups can be disguised and some are not worth saving.  Keep the wrong ones and use them to try different techniques as you progress be it colour, stamp placement, etc.

The scenes in this post are made up of Stampscapes stamps.  The images were stamped first and the first coat of colour was put on.  I left them overnight as some dye inks fade a bit and added more colour the next day.  A list of colours used will be posted down below.

Snow was added using a white craft paint pen and once that dried I added some MS fine clear glitter here and there to reflect light.
Scene #2
As stated above, this scene uses the exact same stamps as above, along with the same colour combinations.  What's different?  Well... This is how it would actually look standing inside the forest looking out to the meadow.  Large fir trees don't allow snow to penetrate to the forest floor for the most part.  I wanted to do something 'outside the box' for this larger scene.  It is mounted, but not on a card yet. It will be a 5 1/2 X 8 inch card and I was having one heckuva time trying to figure out just how to embellish this one to give it some oomphff!! (Yes, that's a word in my personal dictionary!)

Step 1:  Stamp the images on glossy card stock and colour with a stylus.  Leave overnight and add more colour where needed

Step #2:  Add snow using the craft paint pen.

Step #3:  I added clear glitter here and there to show highlights but, also to make it look like there had been a wind when it snowed and the flakes blew onto the tree trunks.
Here is a closeup!

Now... Here is the finished scene mounted!

The recipe for these scenes is...

Stamps:  Stampscapes
087F - Tree Trunk
088F -  Tree Trunk Trio
018E - Cloud Cumulous
299B - Three Rocks and Grass
301A - Rocks and Grass
050E - Lakeside Reflections
192B - Bush Large
272G - Prickly Branches

Inks Used:
Archival Black to stamp images
Adirondack Dye Inks:  Pesto, Latte, Aqua
Memento Dye Inks:  Bamboo, London Fog, Summer Sky
Ranger Distress Inks:  Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters

ColorBox Stylus with foam tips
Glue Pen
MStewart Clear Fine Glitter

Recollections Paper
Staples 110 lb. White Cardstock

There you have it!  Thanks for looking and don't forget to head on over to Craft A Scene to see all of the wonderful challenge entries for February and works of art from our Design Team!  Check out the DT
blogs as well for descriptions and directions for their designs.

Challenges I have entered...

Christmas Inspirations - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges- Christmas Card Challenges
Quirky Crafts Challenges - Make A Scene


Gail said...

Oh sigh!
Beautiful as know some of this will actually stick in my brain, or I'll come back and read it again & again & again!
The paper I'm using is like photo that too glossy?
And I like the tip about 2 scenes, and you let it dry overnight....good grief, I want it done NOW!

Colleen said...

Wow, 2 scenes and both so different! both amazing as well. I will also have to come back again to figure this one out. LOL

Shazsilverwolf said...

Try again- first comment wouldn't post. You'll probably get two now! I love this image Sheree, especially the detail of the snow up the tree trunk. Makes all the difference in the world. The two views are both stunning-amazing how different the same stamps can look. Love Shaz

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous scenes, Sheree! I love the different "looks" you created - both stunning!

Linda w said...

Both beautiful, I'm learning more each time. Hugs lin

Myrna said...

I love your winter scenes.
Too true about how the forest 'REALLY' looks.
Will try and get one entered this month.

Sherri said...

Another beautiful winter card! We were supposed to get a huge storm but it went south of us so this is how I REALLY prefer to look at snow! I'm glad to see you posting again, I missed you!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, what a gorgeous card. I love how the snow sparkles. TFS.

Victoria said...

WOW! Words cannot say how gorgeous this scene is.

Anonymous said...

May I just say, wow a few times, this is just so pretty, Love your coloring's and all the little details.

Hugs, Lori m

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

well Sheree this is an amazing set of photos do love the view looking out the window - great idea! and thanks too for the step by the step tips do like the idea of doing several ones at once! love Shaz in oz.x

Priyanka said...

Sherry ooh u r as usual amazing ice every where so technically and artistically you put, the scene is just amazing.

Merry said...

You are so clever with these scenes. I really like how it feels like you are looking out from beneath a couple of big trees. Interesting tips too.

Diane said...

Very pretty scenes
Thank you for entering the latest challenge at the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog


Wonderful work. It is amazing what you can do with stamps! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges. We hope you will play with us along the year.

stampinganja said...

Wow and wow again, those are beautiful! You don't need any embellisments. Thanks for explaining how you did this all and for the tip to make at least
2, I am gonna try that since most of the time I have to make about 6 to be left with one good one.

NancyD said...

Hi Sheree, I am in sunny Mexico basking on the beach! I had so much bookkeeping to do before we left that I just didn't have time to make my card. Thanks to blogger allowing setup in advance and auto posting I got the challenge out on time.

I will make up for my missing card later in the month.

Talk to you when I return next Sunday!!


Magali said...

Wonderful work. It is amazing what you can do with stamps! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges.

Brigitte said...

WOW, that's looks very complicated!!! It's a beautiful scenery. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC and we hope to see you again next challenge. Hugs, Brigitte

Caro said...

What wonderful scenes! Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog. If you want to be considered for the prize please don't forget to link up to our challenge.

pat said...

stunning card! thanks for sharing and joining us this week at CCC

Candace said...

This is beautiful!! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Christmas Card Challenges! :) Hugs!

Alanna said...

What an amazing scene you have created here. Simply stunning. Thanks for playing with CCC this week.

Elizabeth said...

Two gorgeous scenes!! Love the marvellous way you did the trees.

Sandy Hulsart said...

Wow, Sheree, fabulous scenes and wonderful work with the snow. Just amazing. I look forward to working with you on Craft a Scene.

Rosie said...

This card is sooooo beautiful, love it.

Cazzy said...

Hi Sheree, I don't know if you realised you won second place at Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog
Please hop over to Quirky and email me using the link in the sidebar.

Cazzy x