Thursday, 2 June 2016

Clarity Challenge 40 - Masculine

Hi there, thanks for visiting today. 
Another month, and the June Challenge is "Masculine" which fits in perfectly with Father's Day on Sunday, 19th June.
So if you're considering making a card, or something for your Dad, check out mine and the other Design Team blogs for some inspirational ideas.  It's always special when you know that time and effort has gone into creating something from the heart, for someone you love - make your Dad proud, or help the youngsters with a project for your partner or hubby on their special day.
Ingredients for my project are as follows:
7x7 Clarity Stencil card
Archival Coffee, Fern Green & Black inks
Rope Frame Scene (post-its for masking)
Ken Oliver Bursts - Yellow Ochre & Sepia
Trellis Stencil
Tea Dye & Peeled Paint Distress Inks
Stonewashed Adirondack
Clarity Stencil Brushes & make-up sponge
Moon mask
Alphabet Word Chains Un-mounted Clear Stamp Set
Black Micron Pen, Yellow ProMarker, Grey Colouring pencil
(See links to Claritystamp website below)

Stamp the rope framer using Coffee Archival ink and the man on horseback using Black Archival.
Mask off the centre of the frame.
 Spritz the card with water and puff the Bursts around the frame.  Dab the colours with kitchen roll and wait for the artwork to fully dry before continuing.
Mask the outer side edges of the frame and stamp the trees in Archival Fern Green.
 Mask  the centre again and place the Trellis stencil over the artwork and tape down.  Brush Tea Dye Distress Ink  through using a stencil brush. Remove the stencil and post-it mask and place a sun mask in the sky.  Brush Stonewashed ink across the sky, then using a make-up sponge and a torn post-it, shape & colour the hills.
 Remove the sun mask and use yellow and red pencils to colour the sun and skyline in between the trees.
Add the greeting and use the grey colouring pencil to add shadow around the rope framer and under the horse.
Finally, edge the card with a yellow ProMarker using a ruler, then mount on an 8x8 blank greeting card = Card for an Awesome Dad!
Don't forget to check out the other Design Team Blogs too for some more ideas........
Have a wonderful day and enjoy creating your entry for this month's Challenge - I'm looking forward to seeing your artwork over the coming month.
There'll be more artwork from the Design Team mid month too if you get time to come back for another visit. xxx


  1. Another lovely piece of art work, i love the background. Xx

  2. I like the way the horseman is looking through the 'rope window' to the scene beyond and the colours in your background are superb. x

  3. A scene within a card, just brilliant. As always I love your use of colour. Have a lovely weekend...xx

  4. Love what you have done the colours are great x

  5. What a great scene you havwe created Carole, great positioning of the rider and a fab background x

  6. Your scene is brilliant Carole; and the mix of colours in your burst background is awesome! Xxx

  7. Wonderful card and instructions . Thank you so very much .
    I have a question about Card size since here in the USA we don't see this . I make my own card base and the size of the paper is 12 x 12in or 11x8 . Using these sizes saves a lot in cost of card and postage . You folks in the UK seem to make very large cards and I love using the stencils etc but I have to cut my card down a lot . Jan

    1. Hi Janice - Thanks so much for visiting, and lovely that you're here all the way from the U.S., isn't technology a wonderful thing!
      The stencil card from Clarity is 7x7ins (I still like to use imperial measurements and I know that's what you use in the US too :-) )
      I used a piece of Clarity stencil card for the artwork and mounted it on a blank 8x8ins card.
      This piece could be cut down substantially though - The framer stamp only measures just over 3 & 1/2 ins so it could easily be downsized.
      I know what you mean about the postage, it's quite expensive here too for the large cards!
      I hope this has been helpful, but if you have any more questions, let me know.
      Have a lovely evening x