Today I have been very busy playing with one of my new stamp sets from Clearly Besotted - Set the Scene. I have written a review of this set which you can find here.
My first card is in keeping with the Less is More challenge, which is to create a one layered card, using two of something. I decided to use the city scape with the two fireworks. I have to admit, that I really struggle with one layer cards because I much prefer a backing card first as my base with a layer on top. I feel it hide a bit of the warping that can happen from heat embossing etc - whereas with one layer, you are totally exposed!
So anyway, to start my card, I stamped the snow globe on a 8cm x 8cm square card - thought this size was a bit different and suited the size of the stamp well.
I then began colouring the globe part using Spectrum Noir markers - first in a royal blue shade and then blended in a darker navy at the edges.
The city scape was then heat embossed in black along the bottom of the globe -
The two fireworks were stamped using my embossing stamp after being carefully positioned using my stamp-a-majig.
I wanted the fireworks to be a mix of red and gold so I carefully added one to the centre and the other to the outer parts - I found a small plastic teaspoon was best for this. I was so pleased with the end result!
Once both fireworks were in place, I began working on the base of the globe. I felt that red would be the best for this to brighten the image up. I used Spectrum Noir Markers for this, again using a lighter shad in the centre and blending in darker shades as I moved outwards.
The final stage was to add a sentiment to the globe - I felt that Happy New Year was most appropriate and just to try it out/use it up, I used the mixture of red and gold I had been left with from the fireworks. This worked well! What I love too, it that some flecks of red and gold have become heat set in the windows of the city scape which just adds that bit extra sparkle!
I was really annoyed that I had gone over the lines slightly with the colouring. I decided to finish the image off by re-stamping the globe and heat embossing in black, but in further, I would do this FIRST, to stop the colours bleeding out.
Also, some flecks of black embossing ink has been left on the card which is SO annoying! I definitely need to invest in an embossing buddy!!
Here is the finished card. I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I made this card.
Any comments as always, so very much appreciated. Laura xxx
Card/Paper: White Card from Papermill Direct
Stamps: Clearly Besotted-Set the Scene
Ink: Emboss embossing ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
EP: Papermania Black, Tinsel Red and Gold EP's
Pens: Spectrum Noir Blues no.s - TB5 &TB9, Red's no.s - CR11, DR5 &DR7