Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Joey!! and Caardvarks challenge

I'm back again with a scene tutorial as promised. Last night I had a terrible headache so I went to bed super early. Result: Woke up super early :( However I did get a jump start on some cards I needed to make including this one for my nephew Joey's 1st Birthday. His theme is Cowboys so when I found these stamps at The Cat's Pajamas I just HAD to have them.

if you have not had the opportunity to use stamps from here let me tell you they are awesome, very high quality. AND they are made in the USA that's even more awesome ;) Here is my card I am entering it into Caardvarks Penny Black Inside and Out Challenge


So moving on to the tutorial First I stamped all the images onto my masking paper.
then I cut them all out. When your cutting don't worry about cutting around the black areas. Black is going to cover whatever color you are using anyway. Like the cowboys gloves and shoes, they are detailed and tiny. It's a pain to cut around something that small so I don't. It's an unnecessary frustration ;) The canoe Indian I had used on a previous card and saved.

next rip a post it note or scrap card stock into two pieces for your water line. Some are more particular about the shape then others. I just rip it and however it comes out it comes out. You will need both pieces.
Now we are ready to start stamping. I used a plain piece of white card stock cut to 4 x 5 1/4. I lined up where I wanted my canoe by laying the waterline piece next to my card stock. I stamped with Ranger Archival jet black.

cover him with his mask.

Since I just ripped card stock for my waterline I used my Zig two way glue pen to make the edge sticky. I wait for it to dry clear and then I walk my fingers up and down the sticky part to pull off some of the adhesive. Make sure you wait for it to dry. Since this glue has the capacity to be permanent if you stick it to soon you WILL NOT be able to get it off without ruing your project.I glued down the bottom piece to place my cowboy.
I stamped all my pieces and covered them up with masks. When you are doing a scene make sure you stamp the image you want to be in the forefront first. The blue masks you see are actually the backing to the original masks. This is a little trick I use in order to save time. I don't have to use more masking paper and I don't have to cut a separate image. I just use the Zig two glue on the backs and stick em' down. The buildings didn't stretch across the whole horizon so I just stamped the bank and the jail again to fill it out.
Last minute I decided I wanted a rising sun in the background just to add a little interested. I punched a circle from card stock put some two way glue on it and stuck it down.

I used a large post it note as a mask for my horizon line.

I rubbed on some Tumbled Glass distress ink with my foam ink applicator, starting on the edges working my way in.

did the same thing with broken china distress ink not covering the tumbled glass entirely.

remove the post it note and the circle. Line the post note up with your horizon line this time masking the sky. Leave your waterline mask in place. 
I used brushed corduroy for my desert. I also did some shading with vintage photo. Once you like the look of your desert you can remove the post it note.
Finally :) you can remove the mask for your waterline.
Only now you put on the other ripped piece we saved to mask the desert and sky. I used my Zig two way again to temporarily adhere it.
I applied faded jeans to the whole area and chipped sapphire for shading.

When you remove the mask you'll notice that your waterline has white areas where the mask didn't line up perfectly. Not to worry we'll fix it.
Remove all your masks to see your pretty white images. Just waiting to be colored ;)
I used my H20 pen and faded jeans to color in the white areas. My pen was a little two wet so it didn't blend as well as I would have liked. This technique works best with a drier brush. I also used my H20 pen, no ink, and drew in some random wavy lines for the water

I colored the Cacti with peeled paint and forest moss distress ink.
I colored in the rocks with walnut stain and vintage photo. I also used vintage photo on the canoe.
I colored in his outfit with antique linen
For the canoe details and his headband I used rusty hinge.
I won't bore you with all the details I'll just show the close up and the color list for the rest. For the cowboy I used barn door, antique linen, and walnut stain.
On the half portion of the bank I used tea dye, fired brick, antique linen, and walnut stain. For the jail I used black soot, brushed corduroy, and vintage photo. The buzzard is antique linen and wild honey.
The saloon was colored with tea dye, walnut stain, and barn door.
I used a lot of colors on the bank. I wanted the brick to look genuine. I used brushed corduroy, antique linen, rusty hinge, and fired brick.
The half (not even) portion of the jail I used walnut stain. Now that everything is colored I went back to work on the water. I used a dark gold yellow marker and outlined the shore. Then I used a navy marker to outline the water's edge, and under the canoe. I also made random lines in the water with the marker and a white gel pen.

I used my h20 pen and vintage photo to draw in some shadows for the cacti, cowboy, and buildings.
I added Glossy accents to the water's edge, just under the canoe, and all the building's windows.
For the inside of the card I did the same technique. I stamped the cacti, masked them, applied brushed corduroy, removed the masks, and colored them in with crushed olive, peeled paint, and forest moss. The rock was colored with vintage photo and walnut stain. The sentiment (so super cute) is from the stamp set It's a western thing. I used black for my card base.

Here is the completed card again. I hope it inspires you to try your hand at building a scene ;)

Thanks for coming over to visit, Have a wonderful night!!


  1. Thanks so much for the sweet comment that you left on my blog!! This card is beyond amazing!!!!! I am in awe of all the details that you put into it! Your nephew is a lucky little man! Thanks again:)

  2. I wish I was Joey!! This card is awesome and amazing tutorial!! I hope Joey's mom saves this's such a work of art.:)

  3. Wow, this is so impressive! Look at how detailed you created the scene. Great card. And thank you so much for supporting Caring Hearts Card Drive. I really appreciate it! Hugs!

  4. Wow! This is amazing. Fantastic card and great tutorial.

  5. Congrats on your win at Caardvarks!!! This is such a fabulous card - you truly deserve it!

  6. WOW, WOW... congrats on your Caardvarks win. Adore your creation.

  7. This is awesome! Such a great scene and I love it and I bet every boy will love this card if they saw it! Thanks for the tutorial as well.

  8. Really a master piece! Thanks for the tutorial!