Monday, 6 February 2017

King of the River

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have one of my samples for the recent Chocolate Baroque tv shows on Hochanda to share today.  I created several samples to launch some lovely new CB stamps featuring Kingfishers, riverbanks and wild flowers.  For this card I have used stamps from the Kingfisher Song, Sticks and Stones, and Silhouette Grasses sets; Aquatints, Distress Inks, silver acrylic paint, Versafine ink, white gel pen.

I normally stamp all the images I want to use onto scrap paper to work out my composition before starting work on the card.  For this launch I had the idea to stamp all the images from all the sets onto copy paper and roughly cut them out.  I could then use them individually to work out my designs, moving them or changing them until I was happy with it.  I then photographed the composition to have a template for the card.  This worked really well for me, and it was a lot of fun too! 

I stamped all the images onto white card using grey Versafine ink.  I then painted each image with masking fluid, and when dry I created the background.  I used Aqua tints for the sky, then added some hills and banks on the other side of the river with DI's and a stencil.  

I had stamped the Flag Iris' first and then added the large boulders on top.  I stamped the boulders image again on a spare piece of card and  cut it out.  I painted with Aquatints and set aside for later.

Using a stencil I added clouds to the sky by faux bleaching them.  I stamped, coloured and cut out a branch then added die cut leaves   

I took the masking fluid off the images and coloured them with Aqua tints.

I added silver acrylic paint to teal Aquatint for the Kingfishers top feathers to make them shine.  I blended grey DI around the edges of the panel and matted it onto black card.  I stamped some foliage around the edges of a white base card, then attached the focal panel.  I then attached the boulders in 3D over the Iris'.

I stamped and die cut a sentiment onto white card, sponged DI around the edges and added a ribbon before attaching it to the card.   

I'm really pleased with this card, the stamps are beautiful and I wanted to create a lovely summer riverbank scene with them.  I think this card would cheer up anyone's birthday, but it could easily be used for other occasions and male or female cards too. 
Thanks for visiting my blog today I hope you've enjoyed this post, and I hope you will pop in again soon  :)  


  1. Hi Penny, I've got you at last on my reader.
    Stunning work, your colours are fabulous, how do you manage to get them so vivid? Beautifully created scene. Of course the stamps are fantastic and I've got mine and ready to go. Thanks for saying how you made this wonderful card, great inspiration, Kate x

  2. Hi Kate, thank you for your lovely comments hun, I'm so glad you can now see everything! The colours are all from the Spectrum Noir Aquatints range, there are six sets and each set has six lovely bottles of colour ;) I resisted buying them for years thinking I didn't need them - silly me! I'm addicted now lol! :) xxx

  3. This is so bright and colourful. Love the Blues and the whole scene

    1. Hi Birgit, thank you very much hun :) xx