Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sunshine and smiles

Hello! I hope you had a great Easter! This card is for the April Craft a Scene challenge (use silhouettes) and for the April Hero Arts challenge (Sunshine & Showers theme). I wanted to do a kind of fairy tale/children’s book scene using the It’s a Parade silhouette stamp, here’s the result:

The scene is done on glossy cardstock (17x12 cm) and brayered with dye inks. First, the two clouds were clear embossed. Then a circle was cut from masking paper and taped partly overlapping the one cloud, so that the sun would peak out from behind the clouds. The ground was masked off and the sky was brayered with the following inks: Summer Sky, Stonewashed and Danube Blue, making it darker at the top. The ink was wiped off from the clouds. The sky was masked and the ground was brayered with Willow. Then I used three torn papers as masks to make the hills, brayering in the following order: Lettuce, Meadow, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, making each hill darker as it came closer to the front of the scene. This gives a sense of depth to the scene.

The mask for the sun was removed and the sun was sponged with Lemonade, Lemon Drops and Wild Honey, making it darker in the centre. The yellow ink was wiped off from the cloud.

The children were stamped with Archival Ink Jet black. For the trees, I used a flower stamp, to add to the whimsical feeling of the scene. I like how the big flower trees make the children look pretty small. The trees were stamped with Archival Ink Olive, masking and restamping until the covered the length of the card. The grasses were stamped with the same ink. Then the sentiment and the birds were stamped with Jet Black.

Highlights and flowers were added with gel pens (white, yellow and pink). I added a white dot in the centre of every flower in the trees. Finally, the children got a little kite cut from a dictionary book (page about ‘wind’) and I added another little strip from the dictionary as a path.

Here's a close-up:

This card has similarities with these two cards of mine: Autumn Silhouette Scene and Winter Children.

Thank you for looking!! Have a day full of smiles & sunshine!


Supplies: Hero Arts Three Flower Balls K5598, It’s a Parade G5469, Sending Smiles Messages CL490, Halloween Moon CG369; Stampscapes: Ducks in Formation 027A, Reeds 067B; Adirondack ink: Stonewashed, Willow, Lettuce, Meadow, Lemonade; Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Wild Honey; Jenni Bowlin: Lemon Drops; Memento: Summer Sky, Danube Blue; Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Olive; clear embossing powder; Speedball brayer; Kromekote glossy cardstock; white, yellow, pink gel pens; old dictionary; baker’s twine.


  1. Stunning card and the attention to detail just wonderful!

  2. Anna, I love our scene. Not only is it creative and fun, but the silhouetee of the kids is priceless! Thank you for joining us again at Craft a Scene. NancyD

  3. rock on! that card totally made me smile!

  4. Anna, I love it when you make these scenes - as always, beautifully done!

  5. Oh, this looks like a lot of fun! :) very spring like!

  6. Absolutley gorgeous! Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Craft a Scene challenge blog.

  7. Lovely card! Love the brightness of it, it shows happiness! Thanks for joining us at Craft a Scene!

  8. Gorgeous card! Made me smile!

  9. What a fun card, sure to bring smiles to everyone! Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Craft a Scene challenge blog.


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