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Monday 7 January 2013

Challenge 82 - Fairytale make a scene

Well, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, and are feeling refreshed and ready for the new year!
The challenge this week at Crafty Cardmakers has been set by Eva, and she has asked us to make a Fairytale scene.

Now, making a scene was always my mum's thing, not mine.  But never ventured, and all that...
Anyway, after several abortive attempts to use the magic brayer so beloved of Barbara Gray, I gave up and went back to MY beloved inkylicious duster brushes and some cut and dry foam!
I used a 6" x 6" square plain card base, and layered onto that some bright green card.   I then made up my background, using a 5" square of Neenah card, and a combination of distress inks and the Waterfall Big and Juicy Ink Pad.  The hills were made using the torn paper technique to create a mask and I used the cut and dry pad to get a more intense colour than you get with the blending brushes.
Now, what I should have done (like any sensible person) was to stamp my fairy and then mask her before doing the background, but instead I had to do it the hard way (duh!) and as a result after colouring with promarkers,  she has one very shadowed leg!  I made the wings sparkle using some twinkling H2o paint and glittered the "fairy dust" using a quickie glue pen and some glamour dust.

All the stamps used were from my stash, but alas, were from before I started to make a note of what make they were.  The sentiment, however,  was a clarity stamp. 

The last two touches was the Marianne swirl in the bottom left corner, cut from cream card and coloured with distress ink, and the ribbon bow in the top right corner, which started out white, but got coloured the right green with a promarker pen.

I'm not 100% about the swirl in the photograph - the colour seems a bit off to me - but it's on there now and in real life it does sort of blend with the fairy wings!
 We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are offering the winner a £10 voucher for their store, you can spend this online, in the shop or if you're lucky enough to see them at a show!  They have a ton of items in store, enough to tickle any crafty tastebud. 
I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.

I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself. This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!


  1. What a lovely scene you have created. I know exactly what you mean about learning the hard way,it's always obvious afterwards lol.
    hugs Kimx

    1. I definitely had a Homer Simpson moment when I realised... "Doh"!!

  2. This is gorgeous, J! I love how you've shaded the sky in particular - it looks perfect! And I wouldn't have noticed the business about the fairy's leg if you hadn't mentioned it - I just thought you'd been very clever with your shading!

    Oh, and I finally used some of that lining paper you kindly sent me. It worked really well, and it even took dry embossing well. (Sometimes, with paper rather than card, I get the paper splitting - especially with Sizzix folders.) So, thanks once again!

    1. I was pleased with the sky - I was after early morning or Dusk and the darker blue does give it that effect. Weirdly, I can do it with the brushes, but with the brayer? Not at all!