Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! I am hoping it will be a great year with lots and lots of stamping.

I am ambivalent towards fireworks, but yesterday, I started making a stamped scene with some fireworks. I messed up the scene and wasn’t happy with it. I almost tossed it, but today I thought I’d try to save it, this is the result:

The scene is done on glossy cardstock, half a sheet. The Fountain of Light was stamped twice at different angles with Archival Jet Black ink. Then the comet was stamped and the area around it was stamped with a star stamp. The right hand side of the card was stamped with clouds using grey ink, but once I started colouring everything, I felt that the clouds were stamped with a too light ink and it just didn’t look right. I covered up lots of the bad looking clouds with the pine trees, which were stamped at different length and using first to third generation stamping.

The fireworks were coloured with a range of different yellow, orange, red and purple dye inks, starting with the lightest shade and gradually going darker. I used a Colorbox Stylus tool and pen nibs to apply the ink and aimed for a streaky look that followed the movements of the fireworks. The comet was only coloured with yellow and orange, so that it wouldn’t look quite the same as the fireworks. I sponged on a lot of black ink, and might have been a bit too heavy handed with the black.

Lots of dots were added with a white gel pen, following the movements of the fireworks, as stars in the sky, trails of the comet and as a few highlights among the dark trees. Finally, white pigment ink was dry brushed on the scene to create mist and shining stars.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Supplies: Stampscapes: Fountain of Light 104G, Pine Tree 196F, Comet 236E, Cloud Cumulus 018E, Milky Way 058E; Adirondack: Lemonade, Purple Twilight, Shell Pink, Pitch Black, Peach Bellini; Memento: Tangelo, Lady Bug, Lulu Lavender, Rose Bud; Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade; Jenni Bowlin: Weather Wane; Archival ink Jet Black; Colorbox Frost White; white gel pen; Kromekote glossy cardstock.


  1. It looks great to me! Lovely colors on the firework! Like the trees in the front too. Wish you a happy and crafty New Year!


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