Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Moonlit Water

This card gave me fits. Well, really just one big fit. I dropped my black ink pad on it when I was about half finished. I had enough time invested in it already, so I decided to just go for it and try to incorporate my ink stains into the card design.

Before I get to the card details, I want to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday! I had a great day. DH gave me an air compressor, so now I just need to get Copic airbrush system and I'll be all set to do some airbrushing with my Copic markers. I think it is too funny that my husband will never buy me anything for stamping, but I mentioned an air compressor one time and he went and researched what kind I would need and got one that should be just perfect. I guess an air compressor is something he can relate to. LOL

I'm really excited to practice air brushing, but I won't give up sponging, my all time favorite technique. I'm having way too much fun sponging with my new Memento ink pads. This is my favorite ink to sponge with so far.

To start my card, I cut a piece of Pure Luxury White cardstock to 3 1/4 by 4 1/2 inches. I masked off the bottom portion of the cardstock with post-it notes. Then I used a 1 3/8 inch circle, punched from a post-it note, to mask for a moon.

I began sponging with Memento Cantaloupe ink.

Sponged some Angel Pink ink.

Sponged Summer Sky.

Sponged Bahama Blue.

Removed the circle mask and sponged London Fog.

Sponged Potter's Clay, in a splotchy manner, to look like clouds.

Next I used one of my mom's tricks to use a stiff paint brush to give my clouds some definition. I used both Potter's Clay and London Fog and stipple brushed the colors toward the bottoms of the clouds. To ink up the brush, I just gently touched it to the ink pad.

I removed the bottom mask and sponged a tiny bit of Cantaloupe along the horizon line.

I placed the mask over the sky, overlapping a fine line of the Cantaloupe I just sponged. Then I sponged Summer Sky.

Sponged Paris Dusk.

Sponged London Fog.

Removed the mask and stamped the left side bank from Life is Good.

Dropped the Tuxedo Black ink pad on my project.

Cursed profoundly.

As I mentioned before, I decided to try to work my mistake into the scene, so I continued on by stamping the right side bank and filling in the top of the images with my Tuxedo Black Memento marker and the reflection with my N5 Copic marker.

I pulled out the same stiff paint brush and tied to soften the black marks to make them look like clouds. Then I used a marker to add some wave marks, to distract from the accidental marks in the water.

Stamped the cattails from Life is Good with Tuxedo Black.

I used the SCS challenge sketch from this week to assemble the card. The layers are Pure Luxury Black Onyx, Kim Hughs Mocha Chica designer paper (sponged) and Pure Luxury In the Nave for the card base.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!

46 comments:

Kathy H said...

Wow it looks so real! Wonderful

Gidget-Trish said...

WOW!!!!! Your "dropping" looks very fortunate for me. My eyes popped when I first saw this card. It's so beautiful. Funny how accidents can make us recreate something and it turns out even better than planned. Way to go!
Trish

Whimcees said...

This is a beautiful card! I love the colors! You are a true artist!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Barbara Diane

Gloria said...

What a masterpiece.....very beautiful!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Everything happens for a reason and this one is amazing! What a beautiful rebound, my friend! I see I missed some Birthday wishes. Have a wonderful year and thanks for all you do to keep us inspired.

Becky said...

Your accident came out sensational.. I just laid a card down that took me 3 hours to make ( ya I am slow) 3 layers on the inside on to my black ink pad, and there is no way of fixing it. I am going to mail it off any way , after I take a picture of how great the outside looks.:) :)

tlgirl353 said...

Awesome, as usual. Wonderful cover-up :)- We wouldn't have known, if you hadn't mentioned it!!!

Laurie in MN said...

Amazing. I don't always read what is written, I come for the cards, so I had to read how the card was stamped.

If you wouldn't have mentioned the dropped ink pad, the mark would never be noticed. You covered it well.

Patti J said...

Lol...it does my heart SO good to know that someone as talented as you are, drops their ink pads on their nearly finished cards too!!! However, I simply canNOT imagine YOU cursing profoundly!!! You are too sweet to do that! Theresa, you have created another masterpiece! You are a blessing to us all!

Chelsea said...

gorgeous!!!

Debbie said...

This card looks wonderful! Maybe dropping the pad was the best thing, because I honestly don't know how many of us could have figured that out. You could have a whole new art form called "Drop that Pad"! LOL. Thank you for the inspiration you have given.

Lori said...

Great new technique! The black boo, boos give your card a "spooky" look. Great job making it look like it was always supposed to be there.

Deanna C said...

Now, that was some mighty LUCKY drop! I cannot believe how beautiful the results are! This is a most amazing card and I love the fact that it really looks like a dark cloudy night!!! Job well done!!!

vdutchr said...

Nice fix on your "mistake" - I love the darker cloud line! You have another outstanding creation!! Love your work!

lasona said...

I know you probably have heard it a million times, but heres a millionone, I absolutely adore your creations, not only do your tutorials make my day but I find myself looking at them over and over, seems at times I am finding something new everytime, as if I were looking into an actual place, sometimes a serene feeling, as if I can see myself there, yes, yes, yes, you got it going on gal. please keep it coming, I have even ordered so many of the stamps I see you using, just maybe I'll learn how to use them almost as good as you, perfect tutorials make for such awesome inspiration. Thank you for sharing and God Bless

Elaine said...

Stunning card! Great job on completing the scene with the mishap!

Casmiles said...

I don't want to stamp anymore - you've put me to shame...That card is amazing Theresa. If you hadn't mentioned it, I would never have known there was unwanted BLACK ink. The way you incorporated into the card is amazing. I absolutely love it. Thanks for reminding us there are other ways to save a card beside stickers :-) (great fall back)

npschmidt said...

great job - your "mistake" is beautiful

Sheri said...

You amaze me! Even your mistakes look like works of art. WOW! Great card as always

Tina Gilliland said...

Theresa, this is REAL piece of art!!! OMGosh... like a tiny painting!! How fantastical!!! GREAT job covering that "drop", I hate when that happens and I've learned from you how to get rid of those "accidental" marks with my knife and sanding block as well!

How funny about your hubby getting you an air compressor. My dad and I were going over them just the other day 'cause I want one too!! I think maybe in a few weeks. Definitely before those car payments hit me though... ha ha! I think I'm getting the one that Copic recommends... Sparmax 101 I believe it's called. I wrote Sally about it (the Copic trainer we had in WI). Show me some good tips for when I get mine.. hee hee. I'll be waiting to learn from you! "The Artist" LOL Ok, Prince? LOL

Maria Levine said...

OH CROW! Leave it to you to create a total MASTERPIECE from a slip up! This is amazing and if you didn't tell us that you dropped the ink pad no one would have known! YOU ROCK!

Can't wait to see what you do with the copic air brush system!

Gloria Westerman said...

Oh Theresa this is so beautiful.....
how you capture the complete scene is awesome......
another master piece.....

Hi, I'm Lee Conrey! said...

Are you kidding me. This is to die for Gorgeous! You are so talented.

Sandy Knecht said...

Mistake or not, this is an awesome card. It looks like you stamped on a photograph it is so perfect.

Payne Holler Cards said...

couldnt be more beautiful!!! I say...drop some more !!!LOL...
going to try mentioning "air compressor" instead of air brushing...hope it works for me!!!
Happy New Year kid-oh!!! so looking forward to seeing what you do with the Copic air brushing!

leenda said...

Most EXCELLENT artwork! You're going to love that new compressor. Can't wait to see what you do w/airbrushing!

Deebi27 said...

I wish my mistakes could have your talent!! If they ever give an award for the best tutorials...hands down you win 1st prize!!!! When I 1st saw this card I was OMG..gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. That lake looks soo real. I am going to order your set right now...it's done :-)!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Theresa,
First of all, happy belated birthday! I had to giggle when I read your comments in this tutorial about dropping the pad....I would have never noticed! All your tutorials are so well written with great details. I should be able to recreate what you do, but I don't dare even try! You are so artistic and creative!! Thanks for continuing to share your designs and instructions. Have a happy new year.
Mary L at mklecuyer@hotmail.com

mochamama said...

Theresa this is yet another beautiful card. Your art and tutorials have inspired me so much I finally ordered some copic markers and just placed my first order with Gina K Designs. I wanted to take some coloring lessons from our local artist but she is too busy. I was so dissapointed but then I thought.....WAIT.....I'll take on-line classes from Theresa. So thank you for being so talented and so will ing to share! Have a wonderful New Year

Sharon W. said...

You thought you were done with your card but God had other ideas, it's wonderful. Thanks for sharing that you loose grip on your ink pads too. I loved the card when you thought it was about done and I really love the unhappy mishap.

Lynn said...

Despite dropping the ink pad on your card, you managed to make it look absolutely fabulous.. Love it!!

Miesje said...

WOW - Just amazing! I am going to try this.

Marsha said...

I hat it that your mistakes look better than my intentional stamping!! But that's why I am one of your fans. Incredible card, Theresa. Absolutely beautiful.

Marsha said...

I also hate it that I don't check my spelling before I hit send !!!

Lisa - Brisbane Australia. said...

Stunning Card, I would never have guessed, until I read it, that you had dropped your stamp pad onto it, you incorporated the 'accident' in such a fantastic way, makes it looks so life like with the clouds. Love everything about this. Thank you for the tutorials!

Melanie said...

it's fantastic!!!

Cathy said...

Hey GF, wanna come drop an ink pad on my card!!! Beautiful card and if you didn't tell anyone noone would know you "messed" up. Just another creative opportunity.

Happy New Year!~

Helena said...

Awesome, as usual. Theresa, you have created another masterpiece! Love your work!
Thank you for the inspiration you have given.

Valerie said...

I love your tutorials and really enjoyed seeing how you made this card. You are amazing!

Meechie7 said...

I wish that I mess up as good as you do. The card is fabulous as usual.

dragonsdrama said...

I know I'm coming in really late, but I also wanted to add a great big WOW! I also have a question...how did you do the reflected trees? I have seen the tutorial about stamping on acetate, and then turning it upside down, but this looks really good!!!!!!!

craftyvox said...

Omgosh, wow, this is absolutely beautiful!!

Blumensol said...

I love it!!

Donna Baker said...

WOW I am a newbie learning sponging technique and your blog was mentioned GREAT site. I just hope I can master the technique and even when I make a boo boo. Thank you for your knowledge, signed up to follow you

Julie said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial your work is stunning!

Joyce Erb said...

Turned out fantastic! I love how "cursed profoundly" was an actual step LOL