Thursday, 1 September 2016

Clarity Challenge 43 - "In the Garden"

Hi there, thank you for visiting my blog.
I love the garden - the flowers, the birds, butterflies & bees, and in a funny sort of way, all the other bugs too as they keep the garden in good shape!  My brother used to torment me as a child dangling spiders near me, and for that matter, practically any other creature he could find! 
As I love to potter in the garden, over the years I've learned that the bugs have their space, and I have mine, so we get along fine......and so do my brother & I by the way!!!
So my project is quite a simple one this time, the beautiful Foxgloves
Theuva Clarity Card
Archival inks: Jet Black & Deep Purple. 
Distress inks: Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac & Tumbled Glass
Stamps: Foxgloves, "May Flowers" verse stamp, Dragonfly (from the "Blooming" stamp set), Post-It notes for masks, or of course use the Foxglove masks available on the Clarity website
Clarity Stencil Brushes, Moon mask
Colouring pencils of your choice, Sakura Gelly Roll pen (Stardust Clear), White Sharpie Pen

Prepare your masks if you're using Post-It notes, then stamp the Foxgloves onto Theuva card using Jet Black Archival, making sure the flower you want in the foreground is stamped first so that you can mask it off to make sure it's not over-stamped by the other flowers as you add them to your composition.  Stamp the sentiment in Deep Purple.  

Trim back your work and put the Moon Mask in place.  Use the pastel Distress Inks and Stencil Brushes to add colour to your work, lightly brushing and blending the colours across your work.  I didn't mask off the flowers as I used similar coloured Polychromos to colour them in.  Remove the Moon Mask and use your colouring pencils to add colour to the sun.
To finish the artwork, I stamped the Dragonfly in Black Archival Ink, added some shadow under the flowers and leaves, and used the White Sharpie pen above the flowers to add light from the sun. 
To add a little bit of shimmer, I used the Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen on the flower edges and Dragonfly.
Finish off by mounting on a contrasting piece of card, then onto a blank base card.
I love this sentiment as it can be used to brighten anyone's day, and for many occasions.
I hope this will inspire you to join in the fun on the Claritystamp Blog Challenge. 
There are many beautiful floral stamps, stencils & Groovi plates from Clarity that can be used for this month's theme, so put your thinking caps on and check out the other Design Team Blogs for some more inspiration.
I look forward to seeing all the entries during September.
Have a lovely day and thanks again for visiting me xxx


  1. This is a very lovely card and what a great idea you have given me to use the white pen above the flowers .
    It makes them look like they are coming off the page ,so very dimensional .have a joy filled month and days ahead . Jan

    1. Thanks so much for visiting Jan and leaving me a lovely message.
      I'm glad you're taking a little tip away with you too - Crafting is all about sharing after all :-)
      Have a lovely evening, Carole x

  2. A delicate array of foxgloves, Carole - I don't think I have this stamp so must look out for it. I also love the shaded background - a 'shepherd's delight' sky, indeed. As Jan said - fantastic highlighting, too. ;~}

  3. A delightful card Carole I love the colours you have used. xx

  4. Thank you Shelagh & Linda for stopping by and leaving lovely messages for me :-) xxx

  5. This is nice like your blog show you well on how to make it xx

    1. Thank you for visiting Julie - I enjoyed making this one x

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    1. Thank you so much for popping by :-) x

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    1. Thank you Carol - I love flowers so this one is right up my street.
      Hope all ok with you x

  8. Sorry I am so late popping in to visit Carole. I love this card with its pretty, feminine design and colours; perfect for so many occasions. You really are the queen of the drop shadow and highlight; a great effect which adds so much dimension. Xxx

    1. Thank you Barbara - I know how busy everyone is and it does take a while to get round to doing everything that one plans :-)
      Take care x

  9. Hi Carole, sorry I'm so late! I love your card, the colouring on the foxgloves is beautiful. x

    1. No worries Angela - thank you for taking the time to visit and leave me a message :-) x