Saturday, 23 January 2016

Keep trying!

After a dry start today it is now absolutely throwing it down! It's also ridiculously warm - can't believe it can you - beginning of the week we had 2 inches of snow!
Have done several CAS cards this week (most are inspired by others) and I have been trying to go back to techniques that I am not very good at!
 So here's the offering for today and as they say Practice Makes Perfect!

I mixed some Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood Distress inks onto the mat and sprayed with a little water.

Normally I use too much water - I don't think I used enough here!

Pressed the card down onto it, then repeated with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint for the ground.
The stamp is from a clear set and have no idea which make they are!
Simply used Versafine Black for the big tree and Smokey Gray for the smaller ones.
I then dipped and dragged a wet paintbrush at the base of each tree trunk with some of the DI left on the mat.
Layered onto white linen card and my all time fave sentiment stamp - done!

I am reasonably happy with this - and at least I am trying to become better at stuff that previously I have struggled with!

Challenges -
Less Is More - Silhouettes
Craft Rocket - CAS
Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark
Seize the Birthday - CAS

Thanks for looking and thanks for any comments you leave - I love to hear from you.x


  1. This is fabulous Viv, your background is perfect.

  2. Your technique looks great. Love the way it looks. It could be from a art gallery. Nice job Viv. We have about mare than two feet of snow on the ground here. Tomorrow it is time to break my back and shovel it. Smile.

    Love, Hugs and Blessings

  3. A bit f fun inky time never goes amiss Viv and just look at the beauty you ended up with.

    B x

  4. Awesome card...I think you have it mastered! I love your trees and the background is stunning!

  5. Beautiful card Viv, love the background and you can't have too many trees!
    Val x

  6. Well I think you nailed this technique and your card is fab


  7. I think this is fabulous Viv..background looks fine to me! Super , classy card.

  8. Hi,Yep this weather is really weird,we have not had snow but buckets of rain,then the odd dry sunny day with blue sky.Wet yesterday but not too bad today at least it's dry.I absolutely LOVE everything about this Beautiful card.Huggles xx

  9. Lovely serene card sure love the colours and design...x

  10. I like this a lot. Not a technique I have used before. I have put the brayer away now don't want the rubber perishing in the sunlight!!!!!!!! Oooops sorry about the rope burn. Now it just so happens I bought some more pots of 45 cream last week (very good for reducing scar tissue ). Worked a treat on the tram lines left from The Docs Hernia operation so it will be good for burns. I will pop a pot on the shelf in the Tree House. Have moved the Hootch to a further hiding place. One that little bears can't reach. Speaking of which did you see the video on the news of the Panda playing in the snow? Apparently it has gone viral now.!! Hugd Mrs A.

  11. Sorry to hear about the rope burns Viv . . . that Mrs A can get a bit carried away when she's scared by Miss turning up unexpectedly. Look outs will be posted this week.

    Love the look of this inky card and good on ya for doing something outside your comfort zone. There's clearly NO END to your talents.

    PS: It's Hooch o'clock at the Tree house later! Don't worry about your hedake . . . I've got a cure!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  12. Im rubbish at so many techniques watercoloring being one of many, love your card and you nailed it its so pretty. Hats off to you for percevering.


  13. I think the background looks perfect as it is, too little water or not! This is a little piece of art!

  14. A fabulous card Viv, its a great inky background.
    Yvonne xx

  15. Love the way you grounded your trees Viv, fab inkiness
    Thank you so much
    Anne x
    "Less is More"

  16. Love this Viv, fabulous background.

    Kath x

  17. So beautiful Viv, love it!
    Wendy xx

  18. So pretty! Love your watercolour background. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

  19. I see nothing wrong with this, Viv. In fact I love how your background turned out. I'm a big smooshing fan and water does make a difference but I'm going to try it your way with less water next time. The trees in two colors really gives the scene dimension. I'm so glad you shared this at ATSM thss week.

  20. Well, I see no struggle here at all, this card is gorgeous!! I love the technique you used and never thought to try that with two different colours or to create a scene. Its genius!! And using the brush to add that detail at the base of the tree's really does make a difference. Its an amazing card and I'm so glad you shared it with us at ATSM this week!

  21. It's wonderful reminds me of an impressionist painting x

  22. A fabulous scene here, gorgeous background and loving those fantastic tree stamps.
    They work perfectly for our silhouette challenge and thanks so much for playing along this week!
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  23. Beautiful card - love the inky background!

  24. Beautiful card Viv, just the right amount of ink I would say ;) Viv xx

  25. Well, I don't think you need any more practice, this looks just great to me! Fabulous inky background for your tree scene, and I LOVE that sentiment.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  26. Whoops, should have said thanks for linking up at ATSM too! x

  27. I know I am a bit late commenting on this but it is beautiful Viv and every smooshed background is different which is what makes it interesting, and the Clarity tree is a good size and stamped several times it makes a wonderful focal point. I love the way ypu have framed it too. Since Christmas I have found Mr Mojo has taken a holiday too. x


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