Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Sunset Stroll in the Park

Hello stampers! A new month and a new challenge theme at Craft a Scene, namely In the Park. There is a lot of possibilities with this theme, think of activities done in a park, different natural elements you might find in a park, park animals etc.
Parks make me think of walking, and I did a scene of a serene sunset walk in a park.
Sunset Stroll in the Park - Layers of ink
I had fun with the colours of this one. First I planned to do a daytime scene, but then I changed my mind. The scene (15 x 15 cm) is done on glossy cardstock and coloured with dye inks using a Colorbox Stylus tool, see this tutorial, or one of Kevin Nakagawa's videos. Most of the stamping was done with Archival Ink and I always plan it out on scrap paper first, testing different combinations of stamps.
I started colouring with the lightests inks, Adirondack Lemonade and Willow (for the grass), but leaving the areas of the water I wanted blue white. Since dye inks are transparent, if you apply blue ink on top of yellow, the blue will take on a green tint, and I wanted the blue parts of the water to be blue. The first blue layer was Adirondack Aqua. Gradually darker inks were applied. Some yellows, oranges and reds were applied to the grass, to bring it in with the rest of the scene. The sky is inked with yellows, oranges, reds, maroon, purple and black in the corners.
The water ripples were stamped with blue and orange ink and the birds in the sky with Aged Mahogany. Highlights were added with a white gel pen and a little bit of mist by dry-brushing white pigment ink on the scene.
Thank you for looking!! I hope you can join us this month.
Happy Stamping!!
Stamps: Stampscapes: Cattails 016B, Cattails Lg. O17D, Migrating Birds 152D, Strolling 160A, Oak Row 223F, Water Pattern 231C, Maple Pair 239D, Sedge Cluster 250E, Sedge Filler 251C, Loons 261C, Prickley Branches 272G, Soft Hill 278F, Cobbled Path 332F
Ink: Adirondack: Aqua, Meadow, Lemonade, Slate, Pesto, Purple Twilight; Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot; Jenni Bowlin: Lemon Drops; Colorbox Frost White
Surface: Kromecote glossy cardstock



  1. Such a beautiful card Anna-Karin, such lovely colours too, if only sunset like this were a good as this here in the UK.

    Sue x

  2. Wow! It's absolutely fabulous.
    Beryl xx

  3. OMG! Absolutely stunning use of ink and stamps
    Amanda x

  4. Wow! This is beautiful! Truly beautiful!

  5. Wow Anna-Karin, this is wonderful. The colors are stunning and all the highlights really make it alive. NancyD

  6. absolutely stunning scene - this is soooo beautiful xx

  7. Oh, magical... I should like to walk straight into it!
    Alison x

  8. Absolutely stunning scene and blending of colour. Gorgeous. Tracy x

  9. Hi Anna-Karin
    this is amazing I love how you have worked all the colours and brought this piece of art together it is a stunning scene

  10. Stunning scene Anna love the colours


  11. Hi! I am not a stamper, and never will be, but I just had to tell you how BEAUTIFUL this is!! The patience to make something like hat, so good!

  12. Wow this is gorgeous! I love all the details and coloring!

  13. Your Card is absolutely fantastic ! Love it.

  14. I think this is absolutely beautiful!!!

  15. Gorgeous. Love the fall colors and the you've created this scene. Great job. Edna

  16. I fell in love with this one the minute I saw it. So got a few of the Stampscapes that I didn't have and have made it several times. Not as good as you're is but not to bad. Wish I could capture the sky and water the way you have. Thanks for the idea. Edna B.


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