This month’s Lavinia Creative Challenge is “Through the Trees” … I love trees generally and my Lavinia tree stamps in particular, so I felt inspired to try another reflection on water scene using my gel press to create the “reflections”.
I cut a piece of white stamping card 6 5/8” x 4 5/8” and created the background by blending Distress Oxide inks. I then created my horizon, hills and sun by blending black DOX using hill and moon masks, with grey DOX for the reflections. I stamped each tree and its reflection using Versafine Clair Nocturne, stamping the reflection first using my gel press then matching up the non-reflected image. I must confess that for the smaller background trees on the left, I just stamped the “reflection” as the trees were fairly symmetrical and it was just too tricky to line up a partial stamp on the reflected hill!! I then stamped a grassy bank in the foreground and my birds, then highlighted the scene with Sakura Stardust pens including drawing some “ripples” on the water. Finally I matted simply onto black linen card stock and a 7” x 5” card blank.
Here’s an angled picture to show the sparkle.
For the Lavinia Challenge I didn’t add a sentiment though I do have one in mind (non-Lavinia) which I have placed on the card for the photo below … does it look better with or without? I can’t decide!!
To be honest I’m not really happy with this card as I felt the reflections look a bit messy and too dark. I have concluded this is due to me using a brand new and very juicy VFC inkpad, so I will remember to use my older drier one on the gel press next time!
Stamps: Lavinia Spring Trees, Skeleton Tree Scene, Tree Scene, Grass, Silhouette Foliage Set, Lavender, Birds; sentiment - AALL & Create #340 Paint Your Dreams;
Media: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber); Versafine Clair (Nocturne); Sakura Stardust pens (yellow, clear);
Tools: Lavinia Hill masks; home made circle mask; gel press.
Challenges I would like to enter:
Classic Design Challenge #8 2023 - Anything Goes (2nd entry) - DT FAVOURITE
DL.Art (August) - Anything Goes
Lavinia Creative Challenge (August) - Through the Trees (2nd entry)
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies #2333 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Paper Funday #56 - Anything Goes with option The Great Outdoors (2nd entry)
Sheepski #77 - Your Favourite Things (2nd entry) - TOP 3
(Trees, Distress Oxide inks)
Sisterhood of Crafters - Make a Scene - TOP SISTER
Try It on Tuesday - Let’s Go Outside (2nd entry) - TOP 5
We Love Stamping (August) - Masculine (2nd entry)
Word Art Wednesday #609/610 - Anything Goes (4th entry)
That’s all from me for today. Take care, and thanks for visiting.