Friday 20 October 2017

City or country?

It's Friday so it must be challenge day over at Daring Cardmakers. Miri is setting this week's challenge and she'd like to know: city or country? Which are you?

I'm very definitely a country girl. I have done city living (Manchester being the biggest) but I'm now firmly back in a rural location.

As well as the obvious trees, fields, wildlife, birds etc, one of the things I love about where we live is the dark skies. Northumberland International Dark Sky Park has gold tier status from the  International Dark Sky Association, making us "officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the heavens" according to the Northumblerand National Park website.
So I wanted my card to reflect something of the night sky we enjoy in the country, hence the dark background and the splatters of "starry" light behind the glowing autumn oak leaves.

I did the thing of overstamping the coloured image with Versamark and clear embossing to resist the watercolour - I gave it the tiniest of offsets to get moolight glints along the top edges of the leaves. A MISTI makes this easy to do! I actually broke out the iron and ironed off the clear embossing once I'd done with the rest of the card.

Oak Branch by Beeswax Stamps
Say It Loud by Waltzingmouse Stamps (no longer with us)

Bristol board

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)
Versamark by Tsukineko
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot)

Copic markers
Watercolour pencil
Detail silver and clear embossing powders
White paint pen by Posca

Thanks for stopping by!


Paula Whittaker said...

Beautiful colouring - the strong contrast of colour of the leaves against that background makes a real visual impact.

Dawn said...

WOW, a stunning creation. The background is amazing and the leaves just look stunning.

Miri said...

Your card is beautiful! Thank you, country girl.
And it's such a great idea to feature a dark starry sky in the countryside.
(I've never realized how "bright" our skies are at night from all the light pollution until I visited New Zealand and their best star spotting area)

SewPaperPaint said...

I really love this card and your newest card! The deep, intense color is amazing and so impactful. Hugs, Autumn