Sunday, 4 March 2012

Stampscapes - Moonlight Tutorial

Good Morning Chicks!

I'm going to walk you through my moonlight scene for the March challenge over at Craft A Scene  I hope you'll be able to follow what I've done in the photos because the lighting isn't the best at home.

Step 1  -  Build the scene

I started by using the Country Stream stamp with Archival Black ink and Hero Arts clear embossing powder.  I find that Hero Arts is nice and fine so works well on detailed images.

Using tacky paper that I bought on a roll from Crafty Capers in Nanaimo I punched out a small 1" circle and stuck it down for the moon.  You will notice that I only did that on one card.

Let the image cool after embossing and then tap in some Lemonade with a ColorBox stylus or sponge tool of your choice.  I have also found that embossing the stamped images can create a kind of frosty effect which you will see in some of final photos.

Step 2 - Second Layer of Colour

Sometimes the moon will look white and sometimes it will have a yellow tone.  On this scene it will be yellow.  Due to dye inks fading out I used cantalope on the outer edges to intensify the colour.  I know.. you're thinking that I've got a loose brick upstairs and it's waaay too bright!  Dye inks fade over night so don't worry about it being darker.

Step 3 - Third Layer of Colour

Now we'll add the lightest blue called Aqua around the areas in yellow.  Why?  Well, when I look at the sky, the yellow fades to blue/black.  We'll be colouring over most of it anyway.  I like to add it now because there's no turning back once the darker shades are blended in.

Step 4 - Fourth Layer of Colour

Now doesn't this look horrendous???!!  After I added Stonewashed to the scene I realized that it's time to change now or forever hold my peace!  Never worry that you've ruined it!  Most can be saved by either leaving it in bright sunlight to fade the colour or, add something darker to cover it up!  One nice thing is that we will be going darker and darker so it will be hidden anyway.

Step 5 - Fifth Layer of Colour

This is actually a step for two colours!!  I just noticed that I didn't take a photo prior to adding Pitch Black!!
Before adding the black, use Adirondack Stream with the stylus and tap it from the outer edges in.  Don't worry about it looking so dark because it will lighten up beautifully!

Now you can start adding the black!  Oooops!

Are you still with me on this long process??  Now the fun begins!  This time I'm adding Pitch Black which is going to tone down the brights and make it more rich me anyways!  Tap it on from the outside in.  Be patient and things will come together!

Here is a closer view.  Still kind of looks like @%*# but you never judge a painting before it's done.

Step 6 - Add tree limbs to disguise any boo boo's or as a fill in

When you're finished the colouring, peel the tape off of the moon.  It will look stark white and unrealistic so... grab Lemonade (from the first photo) and tap a bit in around all of the edges.  Next, tap in some Cantaloupe on the left half.  This will give it more dimension!

Next I stamped the oak limb stamp and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I will emboss the stamped images at times to give it a bit more dimension and texture.  You can kind of see that in these photos for once!

Step 7 - Add Highlights

I added highlights with my white paint pen.  Love that thing!  Take care not to overdo it.  Then again, as the dye inks fade a bit, the white highlights blend in a lot more.

And now, here are the scenes mounted.  They look fabulous IRL.  I used Bo Bunny paper which looks stunning and rich.  Prior to mounting I did a wee bit of distressing with Black Soot along the edges.  My camera was not kind once again....  The second photo is actually darker than it shows.

The recipe is....


Stampscapes - Nature Sheet 1 - Country Stream
Stampscapes - 203G - Oak Branch
Stampin' Up! - Sentiment
Adirondack - Lemonade, Aqua, Stonewashed, Stream, Pitch Black
Memento - Cantaloupe
Archival Black
Distress Black Soot
Clear Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder (Sentiment)
White paint pen
Paper:  BoBunny, Recollections, Staples White

 There you have it!  Have fun creating your own moonlight scene!


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Myrna said...

This is gorgeous. I love your tutorials too.
Thanks for all the help.

NancyD said...

Sheree, two stunning scenes. Love the tutorial - can't wait to give it a try, but I need to buy that black pad. I truly love the colors of the finished projects. They have taken on a teal feel and I love teal. NancyD

Colleen said...

Once again you nailed it. I love this one and such detail in your instructions. I really don't have all the colors but I'm giving it a try with what I have.

Gail said...

I'm with Colleen!
Gonna give it a whirl!
Maybe later today!
Thanks for sharing!

Olga said...

outstanding!!!! Brovo!!! this is gorgeous!

Linda w said...

Another Great tutorial Sheree, both of your scenes are just fantastic. I'm sure who-ever receives them will frame them and put them on the wall. Stunning. Hugs lin

Lisa said...

STUNNING!!! OMG I am going to have to try this, thanks for the tut!!!

Kittie said...

What a fantastic tutorial. YOur card is gorgeous!

Gina L said...

Wow, that was a lot of work, but it turned out beautifully!

Victoria said...

Love these colors! Very informative tutorial.

SandyK said...

Your scenes are awesome. Thanks for the tutorial.

paperfun said...

Your scene is breathtaking. Thank you for the tutorial.


Lorraine said...

Wow, wow, wow - awesome tutorial! I'd have never guessed the outcome - so gorgeous!

Anna-Karin said...

These cards are both gorgeous! Love the effect you got from adding the Stream ink and the moon looks wonderful. The embossing adds a really nice touch too. TFS!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Your card is stunning and a great tutorial!

Shazsilverwolf said...

I really enjoyed your tutorial on this Sheree, it was great to see how you got such a beautiful glow to your scene,which was what I loved about your picture. Thank you so much for the award, I shall be thinking about who to pass this on to over the next week. Hugs Shaz xxx

Michelle Walpole said...

Oh I love it!!!! Love scenes!

Sally H said...

A stunning scene and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

Two gorgeous scenes!! Thanks for the tutorial.

Loll Thompson said...

Sheree, your card is absolutely stunning! The black and teal together are so striking. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!