Friday 26 February 2016

Black & White coastal scene with lighthouse

SU, From Land to Sea, the open sea, black & white card, sponging, masking
A precious cargo is guided into the safe haven at the end of its journey
I've struggled over whether to share this one or not.  Eventually, though, I came to the conclusion that when we share our projects via our blog posts, we are also sharing a little something of ourselves and our lives.  And life isn't always flowers and sunshine, unfortunately.

Today (as I write this), I received the news that someone very dear to me has taken her last breath.  This card is for her family.

For me, this picture represents a precious cargo being guided into a safe haven at the end of its journey.  

Thanks for visiting me today.
'Til next time

Tips & tricks:
  • I stamped the lighthouse & ship with black into onto Very Vanilla cardstock & masked them.
  • I tore a piece of scrap paper to produce something like a cliff edge and used it as a mask while I sponged with black ink.  I used Mememto Tuxedo Black as I think it's a bit of a softer, warmer black.
  • I tore another piece of scrap paper to create a mask for the mountains and used a straight edge of paper to mask the sea while I sponged the mountains with black ink.
  • I then, very lightly, sponged black onto the sky area, using the straight edge of a scrap of paper as a mask to create the beam of light from the lighthouse.
  • I reversed my "mountain" mask and sponged the mountain reflection into the sea area.
  • Then I lightly sponged all of the sea area.
  • The ship stamp has built in waves which I needed to incorporate into my scene somehow.  So I used a small brush and watercoloured in swirls of black ink until it seemed blended enough.
  • I removed the masks from the lighthouse & ship and gave them a very light touch of black ink to reduce the stark contrast a little.
  • I used the grass stamp from In the meadow to stamp with black in the foreground.

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  1. Stephanie, you did it again. It is really beautiful. I am sorry for the news.

    1. Thank you, Satomi. I appreciate your thoughts - it's tough even when you think you're prepared.

  2. Beautifully made card Stephanie - exquisite detailing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your friend's family.

  3. You have done such a lovely job with this card Stephanie. It truely honours the person you have lost.

  4. Stephanie....I love what you have done here....such a great effect...

  5. Oh wow! I'm so glad you did decide to share this card. Just stunning Stephanie, I'm sure it will mean so much to the person that receives it. Thanks for taking part in the Crazy Crafters project highlight this week.

  6. Your artwork is incredible and beautiful! It's a work of art so, to read of your loss and imagine the family receiving this card, I am sure you will lift their own spirits for their eternity! My sad sympathies for your loss and wishes for blessings, always!

  7. Such a stunning work of art!

  8. A stunning card created in sad circumstances. Sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your card