Sunday, November 4, 2012

Troubled Skies

A new month and a new challenge over at Craft a Scene, during November our challenge it 'Troubled Skies'. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone creates! Don't miss all the fabulous DT cards.

I was in the mood for a black and white scene:

If you have never done a monochromatic scene before, I encourage you to try it out. It is lots of fun and it is great practice, it makes you really focus on the difference in value, contrast, keeping some areas light, highlights, where the light is coming from etc. You can find more black and white scenes that I made here, here, and here. Also check out Kevin Nakagawa's video about monochromatic scenes, here.

The scene is 8.5 x 5.5 inches on glossy cardstock, and coloured with grey and black dye inks. I wanted to ink of the Cloud with Lightning stamp and stamped it twice, I had intended to stamp it more at different heights, but wasn't careful enough, so the two impressions are a little bit too similar to my liking. The sky was filled out with the Cloud Cumulus stamp. I also wanted to use this great train stamp (I have a thing for train stamps) and thought it would look good under this troubled sky. All the stamping was done with Archival Jet Black ink. The mountains looks large in the distance, but are actually stamped with a small stamp, stamped repeatedly, no masking necessary, since the Stampscapes stamps blend so nicely together. I stamped some pine trees in the distance, using first and second generation stamping, and wiping off the base of the stamp before stamping, so that it looks like the trees are standing in mist.

I started with three shades of grey inks, lightest shade first, applying them with a Colorbox Stylus tool. You could do a scene like this using only black ink, but I find that it is easier to start with light grey, especially if you have a lot of open areas, as I did here. I finished with quite a lot of black ink, especially around the edges and in areas I wanted to be dark. Finally, highlights were added with a white gel pen and mist and shine by dry brushing white ink onto the scene.

Thank you for stopping by!!


Stamps: Wildlife Enterprises: 20th Century Limited; Stampscapes: Cloud Cumulus 018E, Cloud w/Lightning Lg. 021, Leafless Limbs 053E, Tree Duo 085A, Pines and Rocks 195G, Rocky Peaks Sm. 211C, Fir Row 243A, Sedge Filler 251C
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Adirondack: Pebble, Slate, Pitch Black; Jenni Bowlin Weather Wane; Memento Gray Flannel; Colorbox Frost White
Paper: Kromekote glossy cardstock


  1. Very eye catching. Your scene is fantastic and I love the monochromatic. Tracy x

  2. A great scene. Looking into it, it reminds me of the Harry Potter train when the Dementors came aboard and took the light. A really Troubled Sky. Excellent job. xx Maggie

  3. Wow - how dramatic is that?! What an amazing scene - love the lightning and clouds, and then that steam engine coming straight out of the frame towards us...
    Alison x

  4. Wow! A Stunning scene, and what a fabulous card for a man! Love it!

  5. It's fantastic! i cannot even say what i feel watching this card!


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