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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Sunrise/Sunset at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello there folks, its time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time around our theme is 'Sunrise/Sunset' as chosen by my lovely teamie Sandra. A great theme and I had loads of fun creating my DT project. Don't forget our lucky winner will receive a fab $20 voucher to spend at Flonzcraft but you have to ink up those stamps to play along (no digi stamps allowed!)

For my DT project I've used some of the gorgeous stamps from the Chocolate Baroque 'Summer  Fairies' collection. I stamped the fairies and masked them with Pebeo masking fluid, I'm totally addicted to this stuff as its so easy to use, doesn't clog your brushes up and rubs off really easily too. I'd seen it on TV and thought it looked too good to be true but it isn't!!

Once I'd masked the fairies I set to with my distress inks and a Clarity stencil brush and just brushed in the sunset sky starting with shades of yellow then adding pinks and purple. Then I toik an ink blending tool and brushed darker shades around the edges - chipped sapphire, dusty concord and finally black soot. I used some more black soot and a torn paper mask to ink in the foreground and also to stamp in some silhouette flowers and foliage. I watered down a little of the black in and painted in a few clouds and then left it to dry before rubbing off the masking fluid.

While it was drying I create the  background using a 12x12 canvas board. I gave it a good coat of black gesso and blasted it with my heat gun to dry it. Next came my Dutch Doobadoo Stars stencil and some Sparkle Medium (I used clear, black and purple) that I've had for ages. I'd used the clear but never used the colours and they are gorgeous so I'll definitely be using them again. I brushed the leftover mixture around the edges of the canvas and also around the edge of the scene I'd created and left it to dry. I'm so impatient I hate waiting for things to dry lol.

Next step was to colour the fairies, so I set to with my Lyra Polycolour pencils and coloured them up. I used some Self adhesive sparkly acetate for the wings, it looks so pretty in real life but is a bit camera shy lol.  I added some glittery dots to sparkle like stars in the night sky and added some highlights with a White Graph'It Shake pen.

To finish off I  added some black lace and purple ribbon topped with a pretty crystal flower button and a bead cap from my stash.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Creative Artiste Challenge: anything goes mixed media
Let's Colour Saturday Linky Party: Anything goes with something coloured
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies: Anything goes/fantasy
Morgans Art World: add flowers
Moving along with the times: things with wings

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


  1. Your sunset is very effective. If it weren't for the faeries I could imagine myself there!

  2. A gorgeous scene that really pops against the black background. Beautiful coloring of the fairies.
    Avril xx

  3. This is absolutely stunning Claire. I love the way that you've usd such vibrant colours on your stamped images and how they contrast beautifully against the darker sunset background. There is just so much interest in the image and the glittery star border just finishes it off perfectly, gorgeous! Sandra x

  4. Wowww Claire, your card ist fantastic. Beautiful scene and colours.
    Hugs Carola

  5. Not surprised you had so much fun creating this piece Claire it is just soooo magical looking. Love how the frame is so dark and shadowy looking and the inside comes to life with such a pretty scene.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  6. OK-This is stupendous! I love it!! There is so much to this card that once could make a classic fairy tale. I love the background colours and those vines hanging down. The fairies are wonderfully coloured-just dreamlike

  7. Another stunning creation, Claire, such a beautiful magical scene! Thank you so much for playing along again in my Let's Color Linky party. Hope to see you there again soon!

  8. Hi Claire...I've just discovered that masking fluid too - and, yep, I'm addicted to it too! Sooo much easier than cutting things out, that is for sure. I can't remember you doing anything in black before??? but this looks so magical. Lovely piece.
    Dot x

  9. A fabulous project. The vibrant colouring of the fairies is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Jade's Sparkling Butterflies. Cathy DT x

  10. Such a beautiful project. Your colouring is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your lovely inspiration with us at MAWTT. Beckie x

  11. What a great card, thank you for joining us at Jades Sparkling Butterflies for our ‘Anything Goes/Fantasy’ Challenge, hope to see you again. Emma DT x

  12. Your creation is gorgeous
    thanks for joining our challenge at
    Debbie DT

  13. Really beautiful. WOW. Incredible.

    So glad you joined us at Morgan's ArtWorld.

  14. What a beautiful canvas. Your scene is very beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste the month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  15. Beautiful canvas. Stunning colours. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  16. Gorgeous piece of work you have created I love it...
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner


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