Sunday, 9 February 2014

Homage to Middle Earth


This design is the one that I am most proud of so far.  I LOVE all things of Tolkein's Middle Earth, and this is my homage to the Hobbit.  There are several techniques used in this design, and I enjoyed every minute of them!  Most of the stamps used are current except the 'Elvish Script' which I have had in my stash for 10 years or more.  The base card is white and has been coloured around the edges with two or three distress inks blended together.  A trailing Ivy image has been stamped repeatedly along the top and bottom of the card.  Another piece of white card is cut to size for the focal panel.  The hills or mountains are created using a brayer and torn copy paper, as in previous cards (Lakeside Trees, Misty Morning).  First and second generation ink is used to create perspective.  Some small fir trees are stamped over the darker hills, also in first and second generation ink, to create wooded areas.  A larger single tree is stamped to create a foreground.  The same trailing vine image is stamped across the panel to create an 'edge' to the landscape.  The round door image is stamped with the trailing Ivy framing it.  Two colours of distress ink are blended around the edges of the panel adding both light and shade to the scene.  A large corner swirl image is stamped on the left in clear ink and heat embossed in gold powder.  Glitter is added to create highlights.  The Elvish script is stamped and heat embossed in the same way on the right.  The door is coloured with distress ink.  Some Ivy leaves of various sizes have been stamped and cut out, then each leaf is covered in glossy accents.  The trailing Ivy image is stamped around the edges of the panel as before, and dots of glitter added.  The panel is matted on to dark card then layered on to the base card.  Acorns and Pine cones are die cut from coloured card and glazed like the leaves.  When dry the leaves, acorns and pine cones are added using dimensional glue. A lovely piece of artwork, you almost  expect to see Bilbo coming out of the door!

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