Indigoblu Challenge September 2016
This was a difficult challenge and I almost did not attempt it as I have only one suitable stamp and here it is. I have also used a different technique and no! I haven't smudged the image - I deliberately over-stamped the first image with a darker colour - just to see if I could achieve a more dimensional effect. I did have to have to repeat the process a few times (well seven actually) until I got it to work.
The composition was inspired by Royal Deeside as a few times each year, we drive along there to go 'deer chasing.' This is not literal - we try to spot them on the hills above Braemar! It can be quite tricky as the herds are very well camouflaged. I hope the tinges of purple convey the last remnants of this year's heather and the rusty brown the dying bracken. We still have a few of our summer migrants around, hence their inclusion around the top.
- Cardstock:- white, gold pearlescent, bronze pearlescent
- Stamps:- Indigblu - Looks Like Rain, Deer; Nature1, Mr Darcy
- Inkpads:- Ranger - Archival Black; Distress - Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke, Old Paper, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac
- Miscellaneous:- Charcoal pencils - light, white; Sharpie pen - black
- On white 7ins x 7ins card, stamp the large stag from 'Looks Like Rain Deer' set using Rusty Hinge. Overstamp again with Vintage Photo but slightly offset.
- Using a damp paintbrush, pull in colour from the stamped lines towards the centre of the stag.
- Stamp stag again onto sticky notes, cut out and use to mask image.
- Tear copy-paper into a mountainous landscape shape, place over the card and blend background using Old Paper, Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke.
- Repeat at base of card with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge.
- Cut a circle from a sticky note, apply to card and blend Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac to create sky.
- Lightly blend Lilac and Lavender onto hills.
- Stamp trees using Archival Black, deer using Hickory Smoke and birds using second generation Archival Black. Stamp bushes around base using Archival Black, branch stamp from Nature 1 but Do Not use a stamp mount - apply by pressing with fingers to achieve a random effect.
- Add shadows with Black Soot and charcoal pencil. Add white pencil to highlight areas.
- Cover hills and stag with paper, spritz water into air and pull card through. Blot with kitchen roll. Repeat until desired effect achieved.
- Drag a black Sharpie around all four edges then mount onto gold followed by bronze.
. . . . And there we have my submission for the Indigoblu Challenge 'Autumn Wildlife.'