Mixing CAS & Monoprinting

Have you ever mixed a monoprint with clean and simple design? Monoprinting is not only super easy, it’s fun, quick and I’m always amazed at the results. I highly encourage you to give it a try. And most of us LOVE clean and simple, so why not mix them together?

It’s snowing here today in the Black Forest – hard to believe it’s almost May! Seems like a good day to work with my Gelli Plate.

Clean and Simple Mixed Media

In the spirit of creative card making, today we’re going to mix it up a little – for the CAS Mix it Up Challenge. I’m addicted to this challenge, and although it’s in it’s infancy – just two months old…it has a HUGE following already with some amazing card makers.

It’s the brain child of Bonnie Klass and Loll Thompson. You probably have crossed paths with one or both over the years, as they are avid card makers, have designed for numerous teams and both have distinct styles each their own.


This challenge is all about mixing clean and simple stamping/design with mixed media. Now the words mixed media get one of two reactions – interest and terror. But today’s project is hoping to not only peak your interest, but dispel the myth that all mixed media is intense, takes a long time and is only for artists who love to art journal.

Both projects today were from the creation of one monoprint. To make a monoprint you need three things – a printing plate (I use a gelli plate), some acrylic paint and a tool to spread the paint – I used a brayer.

Gelli Plates are inexpensive tools that give you the ability to make your work looks masterful, unique and will definitely leave the recipient of your card wondering…how in the world did you do that?!! Here are just a few prints I made quickly one day to give you an idea of how fun this artform is:

Gelli Arts - Gelli Plate Monoprints for Mixed Media

Today we’re going to use a 6×6 inch plate by Gelli Arts. And for this challenge, we’ll incorporated a few stencils as well – after all, that is the theme of this month’s challenge! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see there’s not much else to it.

Why don’t we get started. I filmed the process for you, wrote a step by step tutorial below and added some detailed pictures. The video has three distinct parts – the monoprinting (first five minutes – yup…that’s it), card specifics and why, and lastly (final 2 1/2 minutes) – all about clean and simple design and the rules I live by – don’t miss that part!

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What do you think? Of course you can always use stencils in the traditional way too – I just thought it would be fun to bring a little monoprinting into the mix.

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CAS Monoprint Tutorial

  • Start out by gathering up all your supplies. Monoprinting goes fast - and there's nothing worse than not having your paper right there and your paint drying up on you!
  • Spread out your background color with a brayer and the rubber attachment.
  • Clean off your brayer on a piece of scrap paper and immediately roll over your gelli plate to "lift" some of the paint you just laid down. You want to get the look in the video - lots of color still, but a bit subdued. TIP - Don't "lift" more than twice - you'll remove too much paint.

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  • Place your Latticeworks stencil by Tim Holtz over your paint and pull the positive print. TIP - if you want it to be a bit random, only pat the back of your paper in random spots. Try to leave a little paint behind, I chose to pull most of it.
  • Lift your stencil, and place your white card stock on the pattern left behind. Burnish the back of your paper with your hand (I like to add a piece of copy paper if my paper is shorter than my plate as in the video) to transfer as much of your print as possible.
  • Lift your print and try and pull a ghost print with copy paper if you can - I was unable to.

Monoprints and monoprinting

  • Clean your gelli plate in-between if you desire, for me that always depends on how much is left behind and what my goal with the project is.
  • Add the Bloom Silhouette stencil by Artplorations to your plate and add a dark color with a brayer to the desired flowers. I chose to add Paynes Grey. You want a contrasting color to your first color. Brown or Dark Purple with Yellow, Black with Blue or Red, etc...
  • Lift your stencil and pull the print onto your second print (the negative), if you have a ghost print - pull that as well onto another piece.

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  • Add some marks to your Gelli Plate with more Paynes Grey and the inside of a Starbucks Cup Wrapper. The corrugated inside is great for texture.
  • Add the lines in three spots - if I could do mine again, I'd add the last one a bit higher. I remember thinking not too high, but my original spot in my mind would have been better. TIP - Lesson learned - go with instinct in art, not the mind.
  • Trim your positive and negative prints down. Measurements are below.

Clean and Simple Mixed Media CAS

CAS Monoprint Card #1 - Black

  • Stamp Thanks from Mini Thanks (Create a Smile) in bold with Versafine Black ink (Tsukeniko) and emboss in clear.
  • Add the negative print to black card stock leaving more space on the bottom than the top (Rule of thirds). Add five sparkling clear sequins.
  • Add a little paper piercing to the top and bottom around your print and you're set with Card #1


  • Black card base - 5 1/2 s 4 1/4" Folded
  • Monoprint -  5 1/4 x 2 7/8" (trimmed down)

Gelli Plate Prints - Ingrid Blackburn

CAS Monoprint Card #2 - White

  • Stamp Thanks from Mini Thanks (Create a Smile) onto a scrap piece of black card stock with Versamark (Tsukeniko) and emboss in White. Trim it down as in the photo leaving more space to the right and left and just a hair top and bottom.
  • Adhere print to black card stock, making sure it's centered and the black comes out left/right.
  • Adhere to white card base.
  • Add greeting, popping it up with fun foam.
  • Add five sparkling clear sequins.
  • Paper Pierce three holes top and bottom as in the photo.


  • White card base - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" Folded
  • Monoprint - 3 1/2 x 4 1/2"
  • Black Matte - 3 5/8 x 4"

In the video at the end, I go over my rules for design and clean and simple cards. It's the last 2 1/2 minutes.

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That's it! What do you think? Don't let mixed media scare you. It's just combining different mediums on a project. This project used Acrylic Paint, Stencils, textured surfaces, stamping and heat embossing. We added a little sequins for bling and you're all set - easy peasy!

Now it's your turn to get those fingers a little inky. The challenge is coming to an end today, but there will be a new one on the 1st. There's still time to get one last project in though!I'm also going to play along in some never ending challenges as well...I love all the companies products I used today, and can't say enough about them. I purchased them all on my own....they are products that I use over and over again.

Playing along with - Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge for my Bloom Silhouette Stencil, April's Project Share over at Create a Smile , and Happy Little Stampers Stencil Monoprint challenge - how perfect is that!

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Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Have you tried a little Mixed Media before? I'd love to know!

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Mixed Media Stencil Backgrounds

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I love creating backgrounds for cards – it’s probably one of my favorite things to do…and in the past year, I’ve grown quite addicted to Stencil Backgrounds! This card takes stencils to a whole other level. This month over at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge we’re playing around with Stencils. If you’ve taken any class with me in the past year online or watched any of my YouTube Videos – then you KNOW I love stencils.

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I’m still getting my feet wet in the Mixed Media world, but this Gelli Plate has quickly given me the ability to create some amazing pieces of art. And let’s be honest – that’s exactly what it is – art! I used to spend a crazy amount of money on papers that look like this….now I can create them myself…what? That’s insame!!! Don’t worry – some videos will definitely appear in the future, but for now – just enjoy one of my latest goofing off pieces (I wish every goofing off piece turned out like this!).

Of course for the Mixed Media Challenge, you don’t need a Gelli Plate – just a trusty ol stencil. Use your favorite way to add a medium – gel, embossing paste, ink, sponging, gelli, you name it – they are a tool not just every Mixed Media gal and guy needs – but every stamper!

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Creative Tips on How to Create Stencil Backgrounds using a Gelli Plate

  • Add some acrylic paint to your Gelli Plate – start off with your darkest shade. I used Phylo Blue. Use a brayer to spread your acrylic paint covering it edge to edge.
  • Roll off on a piece of scrap paper and pull off some paint leaving a blue layer around the edge of your Gelli. It took me a bit to get the hang of this.
  • Allow the blue to completely dry, then add some Raw Sienna and cover in the same manner. Remove a bit of it toward the middle, then place a stencil over – I used My Favorite Things Scallop stencil.

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  • Place a piece of copy paper over and lightly tap with your fingers to remove a bit here and there. Remove your stencil and allow to completely dry.
  • If you want to get a feel for what it’s starting to look like, lift your Gelli Plate and see it from the bottom. Of course, don’t place your finger in your creation!
  • Next, add a layer of white. Now, I have white acrylic paint – but it’s lost somewhere in my craft room – would you believe that! I knocked my paint box over and now I can’t find that one all important tube…maybe the cat took it away…yeah – I’ll go with that! Of course, that prompted me to clean my work area today – I think Bria still has my tube…lol! So I used the next best thing – white gesso.
  • Lay a sheet of small bubble wrap over the white to get a stamped impression in white. Tap it lightly in random places to create a slightly stamped circular pattern.
  • Quickly place your piece of paper over – I used 138 lb Canson Mixed Media paper.  Firmly rub the back of your paper with your fingers. I didn’t quite do this quick enough and a little of my paint didn’t lift properly around the perimeter, but that was okay because it created this gorgeous distressed look. I bet I couldn’t duplicate that if I tried!

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  • My Gelli Plate is a 6 x 6 inch one. My piece also measures 6 x 6″. I cut my paper in two (Pained me to do so – it was SO beautiful). This is the left half.
  • I trimmed it down to 5 3/8″ x 3″. That was a happy accident. Originally I intended on 5 1/2 to go top to bottom, but I love the slight 1/16″ border it ended up with.
  • You don’t want to take away from the beauty of the background. So I opted to add a sponged die cut that was embossed in clear. This is the Handlettered Thanks die by WPlus9.
  • To get a similar hue to the Raw Sienna in the project, so I first sponged a piece of white scrap paper with Rusty Hinge, then a bit of Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to get a matching hue. Distress inks really helped here, as their translucent nature allowed me to build upon previous layers fro just the right color.

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A few clear sequins finished it off. I love the simplicity yet complexity that this card has. I have to admit, some of the creations I whipped up with my Gelli Plate really stunned me. Once I got the hang of it, and that creating mono-prints was about layering and pulling it up together, I really started to have fun! I see a ton of “Gelli-ing” in my future!

So whip out those stencils – take what you will from this project, mono-printing, sponging, color combo, layout, anything and get those stencils out. Add fun stuff to the challenge gallery!

Remember our definition of Mixed Media is – stamps + ink, plus two other elements which add texture and/or dimension. Can’t wait to see what you stencil up!

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Moonlit Meadow

This past week you’ve seen several projects made with the classic stamp set Lovely as a Tree by Stampin’ Up!.  And if you are on the Creative Tips List, you even got an exclusive project too!  I thought I’d continue for one more just to round out the week.  This project came about because I wanted to use the color Perfect Plum in a creative scene.  So, the obvious choice was a moonlit evening.  Enjoy the tips and I hope you enjoyed this week of Lovely as a Tree projects here at The Creative Grove!

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Creative Tips –

  • Start off by embossing your scene in SU Early Espresso powder.
  • Use a mask for the ground made out of copy paper, and a moon post it punched with a 1” circle punch.


  • Brayer or sponge your sky using various shades of blue.  I used Adirondack Lights Cloud Blue, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, Marvy Salvia Blue, SU Island Indigo and SU Not Quite Navy.
  • Keep your horizon light, not white, but definitely lighter in color.  It helps to give that moonlit glow.


  • Brayer and/or Sponge your ground.  You’ll want to come from the sides to keep the area where the moon is reflecting light.  I used Adirondack Cloud Blue, SU Smoky Slate and SU Perfect plum.

I had some issues, and went a little too dark on the bottom left corner.  I tried to remove some which didn’t work and ended up pulling up some of my paper.  It’s just been a week of mishaps on all my projects!  So, I did something I don’t usually do, I added a few scraps to over it up.  To get the perfect angle, you’ll want to stack your pieces and cut them together.  The pearls finished the strips, and the banner greeting was the perfect final touch.  You know, it didn’t turn out that bad!


I hope you’ve enjoyed unofficial Lovely as a Tree week!  Have fun stamping this weekend. Smile


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Warmth and Wonder: Just out of the woods

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Today, I wanted to make a simple Creative Scene using advanced Brayer techniques and the Holiday Hostess Set Warmth and Wonder.  I have to confess, I slept in today.  Usually I start Mojo Monday at 5 am, that’s what time the sketch goes up!  So as I began to wake up and saw the sketch, I knew this would take me a while.  I’ve been dying to make this card, and today’s sketch was perfect for it!

Many of you have wondered how to make amazing scenes like this.  They look so simple, but actually aren’t.  They involve many different techniques and steps, but every person can make this card – regardless of your stamping ability.  In our classroom, we have a few Brayer classes that teach you step by step with precise videos to help bring the inner artist out in each of you.  The advanced class is in pre-release, save $10 until 10/24 here.  Similar Brayer Cards:

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I needed a custom size card and envelope for this card.  I didn’t want the creative scene to be too small.  So I started out by deciding how big my scene should be and built my card around that.  With the Envelope Punch Board I can make any size envelope I need, so I didn’t have to worry about that!  What a stress relief!  Click here for a quick video on how to make a custom sized envelope.  Here’s the Mojo Monday sketch and my project.

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Creative Tips –

  • Create the scene using Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky and Marina Mist, embossing powders, masks, a brayer and some sponges.  You will want to pop it up on dimensionals to help set it apart from the rest of the card.Warmth & Wonder Christmas Brayer Card 013
  • Sponging the various pieces of the card tied it together.  Sponging the creative scene draws the reader into it.
  • The background was sanded using the Stampin’ Sanding System in a random fashion. 
  • The circle was cut out with the Circle Collections Framelits – it’s the 3rd largest.Warmth & Wonder Christmas Brayer Card 014
  • To get the diagonal stripe on the vellum, use the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.
  • The ribbon is Soft Sky 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon Warmth & Wonder Christmas Brayer Card 020
  • The little banner flags are made with paper from the Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack and the hexagon punch.  View a video to see how to make banner flags here
  • It was hard to figure out how to incorporate a greeting.  You don’t want to take away from the scene too much, so a simple banner with a greeting from this very set brought out to the circle worked well.Warmth & Wonder Christmas Brayer Card 007
  • Here is the card height so you can see the height of the various elements.
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Stampscapes Creative Scene

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Today is my brother’s birthday, and I wanted to make him something special.  Matt and I love the mountains, we spent most of our down time in the summers in the outdoors together.  So, for him today I broke out my Stampscapes scene building stamps and created this lakeside evening scene.  Stampscapes stamps can be used to build scenes with seemless blending images. 

Creative Tips –

  • I stamped out my scene first layering several lakeside tree and rock stamps. 
  • To keep the scene matte in nature, I used our Ultrasmooth White cardstock.
  • My first two I actually colored over the trees with my Always Artichoke and Garden Green markers, but I didn’t like the result.  The rest of the scene, I continued to use my Basic Black ink pad.  Stampscapes 001 003
  • For a little focal point at the bottom edge, I stamped the boulders at various angles and a few of the trees on the edge.  I really needed a bigger tree, but didn’t have one.  I wouldn’t use the stamp I used in this one for that again – it’s too small.
  • I added a few of the small reeds and used the grass filler for some texture at the bottom. 
  • Next I filled in the empty space using my small water texture stamp.  I think I went a bit overboard, but it still works.  Remember, when you want to add one more – stop!
  • Once the scene was built I could start coloring.  I used a Colorbox stylus to apply my Stampin’ Up! Classic Inks.
  • I began layering a base of Soft Sky in the sky and near the rocks in the water.  Next I used some Pool Party in the lake followed by Tempting Turquoise.
  • For a little added color I added Baja Breeze and then Marina Mist to the both the lake and the sky.  My water was pretty much how I wanted it so I moved on to the sky.  Stampscapes 001 006
  • I tried to keep a few spots off the horizon going upward more white in nature for some contrast.
  • To brighten the scene up I added some Pacific Point across and in the middle of the night sky followed by some Not Quite Navy.
    • I wanted to have some shadows in the water, so I used the side of the stylus and some Not Quite Navy to the edge of the boulders and the edge of the card. 
    • The boulders were filled in with Basic Grey and some Early Espresso was added to the edge of the center bottom for a little earth.
    • Midnight Muse gave a finishing touch around the perimeter of the card followed by Basic Grey.
    • I stamped the cloud space in Midnight Muse once the card had been completed.Stampscapes 001 005
    • For some highlighting and detailing, I used a Signo White Gel Pen.  I went over the edges in the water along the rocks after with a paper towel to dull the look a little.
    • To help pop the card, I matted it on a 1/16” border of Whisper White and then on a larger piece of Basic Black
    • The greeting uses the Four You stamp set.  I used a embossing buddy to ensure that I would not have little silver straggler powder on the Basic Black cardstock before embossing the greeting in Silver Embossing Powder.

I love the result.  The Stampin’ Up! inks give just the right depth of color.  Next, I’m going to try some brayering with these scenes.  I can’t wait!Stampscapes 001 002

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    Stamp Sets – Four You (130538c, 130535w), Stampscapes Stamps Ink – Stampin’ Write Markers –Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Classic Ink Pads – Basic Black, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, Basic Gray, Retired – Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze Paper –Whisper White, Basic Black, Versamark Tools – Colorbox Stylus Finishing Touch – Silver Embossing Powder, Signo White Gel Pen

Beautifully Baroque Wedding Card

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I needed an elegant wedding card this week for a family member.  The new Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder was just perfect for such an occasion.  Paired with our rich Elegant Eggplant – the bride’s color, and our gorgeous Shimmery White card stock, this card definitely hits the mark. 

Creative Tips –

  • I created a beautiful shimmery Baroque paper using the Bisque Pottery Technique and the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink Pad.Beautifully Baroque Wedding Card 002 CU
  • Use the brayer to color the top portion of your Embossing Folder with the Illuminate Pad, place your Elegant Eggplant cardstock on the lower piece of the folder, close and emboss.  The result is a gorgeous shimmery result that looks like velvet. 
  • To pair the rich embossed piece, I used our Shimmery White card stock.  It’s a wedding after all!
  • The greeting is embossed in Silver and I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels at the top for some added elegant finishing touches.Beautifully Baroque Wedding Card 002 Bow
  • I normally don’t do bows – they’re big and bulky, but with this being a wedding card, my go to knot isn’t going to cut it – don’t think I didn’t try…lol!  It would be cute, no – tying the knot?  Michael would have questioned it, so I went with the bow.  To get it exactly where I wanted it, I attached a piece of Ribbon first, anchored my cardstock onto the card and then used a separate piece to tie the knot.  You can also completely tie it separately and attach it with a Glue Dot.  That didn’t work for me this time, so I tied it.Beautifully Baroque Wedding Card 002 Side

The end result is a gorgeous rich textured card.  This card is 5”x7”, and since we’re sending a check along as we can’t attend this one, I wanted to send a special card.  I’m actually quite sad we can’t go to this one. Sad smile

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Stamp Sets – Sweet Essentials (126457c, 132085w) Ink – Illuminate Glimmer Watermark, Versamark Paper – Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Shimmery White Cool Tools – Beautifully Baroque TIEF, Brayer Finishing Touch – Pearl Basic Jewels, 5/8” Organza Ribbon 

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Evergreen Snowy Hillside

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I was feeling in an Evergreen tree mood this morning.  I wanted to create a hilly snow scene since we’re having another scorching hot day here in Florida today.  Sometimes you just want to feel the cold!  I hope you like my little piece of mountain heaven.

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Creative Tips –

  • I stamped the large Evergreen solid image in various heights using a torn mask for my hillside.  First I stamped in Versamark ink and then I alternated between Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizazz. 
  • Once I had my skyline done I wanted two larger trees up close that I could decorate.  I tore another mask and stamped two Wild Wasabi Trees.Evergreen 002 Side
  • To give my trees a glossy look and protect them from the brayer, I embossed all my trees in Clear Embossing powder.
  • I used the skyline mask and brayered over my trees in Soft Sky and Marina Mist. 
  • To accentuate the ridge, I used the reverse mask to sponge a light edge for the snow. Evergreen 002 Trees
  • To create the snow drifts, I used the same mask, but alternated it’s direction.
  • For my tree decorations, I used Pearl Basic Jewels.Evergreen 002 Banner
  • I used my new Hexagon Punch for the perfect banner end with my greeting.  My greeting is also stamped in Versamark and Cherry Cobbler.  This way it really pops when embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.

It’s a simple little card, but cute.  I love the wintery feel of it and I could easily mass produce these for the holidays!

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Stamp Sets – Evergreen (127973), Greetings of the Season (128033) Paper – Whisper White (107330), Crumb Cake (120953) Ink – Wild Wasabi (126959), Pear Pizazz (131180), Soft Sky (131181), Marina Mist (126962), Versamark (102283) Cool Tools – New Heat Tool (129053), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Brayer (102395) The Perfect Finish –Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

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Starry Brayered Sky

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Have you ever had a card that you just wanted to re-do?  I made this card for my father for Christmas last year and I’ve been dying to re-do it for myself, but with a few changes.  I hope you like it’s evolution.

This card was originally my first creative scenery brayered creation after taking amazing classes on the art of brayering.  Since then, I’ve played…taught…played…taught…and played some more.  What I’ve learned is that your card is only as limited as your imagination, and with the help of pinterest and you tube – I’ve learned how to be quite imaginative!  

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Creative Tips –

  • I wanted to change up the colors a bit and add a starry sky.  I kept my tree line in the center so that I could get enough sky and lake at the same time.
  • Once I added my tree images and embossed them in Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip, I used a base of Soft Sky around the bottom of my trees.  I first masked off my lake shore line and added the light Soft Sky color.   My trees have better coverage this time around because I have the new ink pads.  Last year I was still using the canvas covered ones, not the awesome foam pads.  Notice the difference!Plant Hope 002 Trees
  • Then from the top I added Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist and Midnight Muse.  I kept the Midnight Muse to the top 1 1/2 inches.
  • For that really dark night sky I added Elegant Eggplant.  Adding that over the blue gives just the right Indigo color for a night sky without making it too dark.Plant Hope 002 Side
  • For the lake I brayered Tempting Turquoise, island Indigo and just a hint of Midnight Muse at the very edge.  You can see this is much lighter than my original.
  • I added a little earth with my Chocolate Chip marker so the shore line wasn’t too thin.  This time when I embossed my shoreline I masked the bottom so that my VersaMarker wasn’t too over zealous.  That way I avoided all the white from the first one.
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  • I added the reflection of the tree line in Midnight Muse so that it would look realistic versus the color as in the first one.
  • I kept my water simple – not over done this time.  I also added a little Midnight Muse for shadows in the movement.  I drew a little at the water line as well, which gave it a more realistic look.  Plant Hope 002 Stars
  • For stars, I used my white gel pen and made them different diameters.  I wanted to create a north star and another not quite as large, so I went over it with a qtip and some white pigment ink.

I love the way the night sky turned out.  This card is a huge improvement over the original.  I still love both, but the night sky adds some mystery and intrigue that the original one didn’t have.  Of course the colors are a bit different too, but both are lovely!  Which one do you love?

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Plant Hope 002 Angle

Stamp Sets – Plant Hope (retired), Sweet Essentials (128315) Paper – Whisper White (100730), Chocolate Chip (102128) Ink – New Card – Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip Marker; Original Card – Midnight Muse (126860), Marina Mist (126962), Not Quite Navy (126971), Tempting Turquoise (126952), Versamark (102283), Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker (119680) Cool Tools –Brayer (102395), Stamp-a-Majig (101049), Heat Tool (129053), The Perfect Finish – Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Silver Embossing Powder