Monday, 6 November 2017

Artist's Eclipse Card

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend. Yesterday was hubby's birthday, and as he was working, we weren't able to celebrate, so we'll be going out for dinner this evening. In the UK, on 5th. November,  it's Guy Fawkes Day, or Bonfire Night, when everyone lights bonfires, and let off fireworks. This is in memory of the man who was arrested in 1605, when he was caught guarding a pile of explosives that had been placed under the House of Lords! So every year it sounds like everybody's celebrating hubby's birthday!LOL!

Today's card is a 7"x5" eclipse card I made for Othman, and this was the only way I could get all six letters on! As I used an artist's theme, messy fitted the bill nicely! I chose three main colours plus neutrals. They are Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Smokey Slate Crumb Cake and Basic Black.

I started with the pot of brushes from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set, and the easel and sentiment from the Painter's Palette Stamp Set - two stamp sets I think really complement each other beautifully! I used the same three colours for the paint brushes as I used for the writing on the easel.  At this point it looked too clean, so I set about remedying this, and started by stamping scissors from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set, randomly around the two main images.

I wanted more colour, so I made a mask for the scissors using a Post It Note and stamped paint splashes in the same three main colours randomly over the background. As often happens when stamping over masks, I had a lot of white areas where the stamp hadn't been pressed down quite hard enough, and other areas where I'd pressed too hard and managed to catch the edge of the stamp. For the first time ever, I wasn't concerned, because I think it just adds to the general messy look you'd see in an artist's studio!

I die cut the letters and decided to emboss them using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. I thought with such a busy card, the letters would stand out a bit more if they were embossed. Also, one of my viewers of my eclipse card video asked what my Noel card would look like if it was the letters that were embossed rather than the background - a good question! 

Othman was really pleased with his card, but he did say he almost missed the letter T - he said he thought I'd forgotten it! LOL! Almost-multicoloured and therefore outside my comfort zone, but I'm pleased with the result! 

That's it from me today. I hope you have a great week, and until tomorrow, happy crafting!



  1. It's true! At first glance I almost missed it too! (The "T" that is!) That is one very "celebratory" b/d card there, m'dear ... and VERY cleverly rendered I hasten to add! Hope your hubby enjoys his celebrations this evening! You too! TFS.

    1. Hi, Geraldine. If I squint, I can miss it too! LOL! I see it because I know it's there but I do agree, it's not as obvious as the other letters! A sure sign that I didn't think about positioning when I was designing the card! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.