Friday 19 August 2016

In Flight

Hi all.  Shock, horror, I am actually ahead of myself with this masculine birthday card instead of my usual trick of leaving it until the last minute and just about getting it in the post in  I succumbed to another magazine with this cute balloon die which caught my eye.


I decided to use my inks to make a background for it to fly over.   For the sky I used Stormy Sky with a touch of Tumbled Glass, and for that bit of sun peeking through Adirondack Sunshine Yellow applied with a blending tool.  Nearer the horizon I added some clouds using a shape cut from a piece of paper as a mask.   For the hills, again using a mask cut from  piece of paper, I used the Stormy Sky with a small amount of Victorian Velvet to give them more distance, and then added more green to the nearer ones.   The trees in the foreground were made with a stamp from a set by Indigoblu called Here Comes Santa, and I did add a few more ad libbed trees in the background as though fading into the distance.   I decided to add a bit more colour with my Spectrum Noir pencils as I wasn't totally happy with the ink colours on the hills.

I cut the balloon using a snippet of dark blue card and backed the envelope part of the balloon with a lighter blue with some Stormy Sky ink over it, and I also added a little Mowed Lawn to try and harmonise the colours with the background.

I assembled the card backing the main panel with another snippet of dark blue card and die cut a sentiment from another snippet of the dark blue, which I backed with the Stick It adhesive.

After finishing the card I did wonder if the balloon looked a bit too dark for the quite light coloured background, but decided to use it as I know sometimes I am rather picky and overly  Quite often the finished result in reality doesn't match up to the picture in my head but using inks for colouring is not an exact science and I suppose the beauty of this method of colouring is that every piece of work is different.

Thank you for visiting today, and thank you for all the interest you show in my blog which is greatly appreciated.

See you soon.

Pat  x

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 242 where we use up our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Summer Fun.


Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely masculine card Pat and a great background


Di said...

Oh Pat, this is absolutely lovely! Wonderful scene so beautifully coloured. You should be delighted with is, Little Miss Picky :)


Di xx

Mac Mable said...

Such a gorgeous card. Love the background blending and love how you've tilted the sentiment to mimic the titled balloon, which adds fabulous movement to the card. Chuckled at how 'picky' you are...I think it's definitely a crafters thing...our own worst critics. This card is beautiful and I think the tones are gorgeous, especially the dark balloon against the softer background. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog, most appreciated x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a great job you did Pat my friend! It's a work of art! Very clever sponging and ad-libbing with those trees and I LOVE those hills! Genius! Have a wonderful weekend! Hazel xx
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Unknown said...

I think the card colours go well together - I can fully understand why you would need to buy the magazine, such a sweet die. Have a great weekend. x

Barb said...

This is an absolutely beautiful card Pat. I love the scene you've created and the colouring is fantastic. Good use of the Christmas trees too. A really lovely card. Barbxx

Kathlene said...

So beautifully created with the soft hues for skies and hills. The balloon colors are, I think, a perfect offset to the landscape. Lovely card. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Kathy

cheiron said...

Wonderful card, I love the landscape you have created. Looks just like a painting! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog :)

Janice said...

Stunning card Pat, a beautiful background for your hot air balloon.
Janice x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card, the scene is gorgeous, the balloon die cut is perfect with it. Take care xx

Bonnie said...

The balloon is perfect, Pat! And that landscape is amazing! What wonderful details you've created! It's a work of art!

MaryH said...

Your clouds and hills look so splendid, great shapes and coloring, with the hills seeming to recede in the distance. The contrast of the dark blue against the lighter colors looks just perfect to my eyes. A good design composition and wonderful cool colors, just right for a masculine card. Well done! TFS & for the good wishes sent my way. Hugs