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Monday, 27 June 2011

Blue and Grey Paper Artsy Castle

So, as promised, here is the card I made using the Castle stamp from the Paper Artsy Crowns and Castles 4 stamp set.

The Castle image was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink and coloured with Copic markers:
  • Castle: W1, W3,W5,W7,W9
The image was then cut out.

Using Nestabilities dies, a petite cream oval and petite scalloped blue oval were die cut. Keeping the cream die cut within the die, the edges were distressed using Tim Holtz Weathered Wood and Antique Linen distress inks with shaving brushes. I much prefer the effect using the brushes to the Cut & Dry foam as I always get heavy smudges when I use the foam, whereas this gives a much softer look.

The Castle image was then mounted in the centre of the ovals.

A panel of the cream and blue medallion paper from the DCWV Once Upon A Time mat stack was then matted onto a strip of the blue card punched with the XCut Diamonds border punch and lengths of brown ladder ribbon and blue fibre from the HOTP Sapphire Sarabooks fibres were wrapped around it.

This was then matted across the blue distressed birds paper from the same mat stack. The edges of all of these pieces were distressed with the two distress inks and then matted onto blue card.

The corners of the blue distressed paper were then stamped using a small corner flourish stamp from the Fiskars Friends Forever Quotes stamp set and Versafine Smokey Gray archival pigment ink and then overstamped with Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink.

The Birthday Wishes sentiment, from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set, was stamped in the bottom right corner also using the Graphite Black ink.

Here are the challenges I am entering this card into:


sue (bearhouse) said...

A stunning card, you have really captured the magic of the castle with your colouring and the perfect choice backing paper. Your layout is fantastic.

joanne wardle said...

woweeee! how beautifully did you colour that? great card. it works well against the blue

Elaine Stark said...

I love the fantasy feel you have captured in this card. Great colours. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Lisa M said...

The shading of the castle is really amazing and the color choices are fantastic. I Love that stamp and those crossed fibers. :)
Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Cross It challenge.
Happy stamping...
Lisa xx

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow what a super card .. love the misty blue colours and love the magical castle good luck with your challenges ...happy crafting love sandy xx

Ellie said...

Wow, this is just beautiful! Love how you colored the castle!!
Thanks so much for sharing!

Sandra said...

Stunningly beautiful...:) Sandra H

Dawn said...

Stunning card! Thanks for playing at My Grafico this month!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Fabulous card, Thanks for joining in with us at The Craft garden.
Kevin xx

fls said...

That's a very cool castle! Thanks for showing us at Make it Mondays.

Wendy said...

Fantastic card Kathleen.
Wendy xx

Anonymous said...

Oh great card hunny love the textures and your colours! and also your criss cross ribbon and fibres too! Thanks for playing along with us this week on Top Tip Tuesday! be sure to check out tomorrows posts! :0)

Michelle said...


Wow, fabulous card.

What a great image and your colouring looks amazing.

Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

Michelle :-)

Hlora said...

AWE Your card is super cute as always. Love it! I love this card. I saw your project in "Make It Monday"

debby4000 said...

Love your fabulous castle card Kathleen.

cebelica said...

Fab card! Mysterious and magical. I love how you used the fibres.

Thanks for joining us at MMCS challenges this week! Hugs!

Carrie said...

wowzer... this is some amazing colouring hun!! Totally lovin this card.. thanks for playing at MMCS xx

Micki said...

WOW that castle is colored perfectly. I LOVE IT!!!! Wow.... truly wonderful. thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

Tracey T said...

I think this is just fabulous, Kathleen. It's really atmospheric and so beautifully made - the shades of grey on the castle are amazing. Love the tip about using shaving brushes as I am a bit heavy handed sometimes with C/D foam. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

I love the coloring and entire layout...came out amazing....just beautiful!

Sandy said...

Is there a knight in shining armour in the castle? LOL, Lovely card, wonderful colouring and just love the layout too I saw your card on MIM and thought I would come for a closer look, good luck in the challenge,

Flowergirl said...

This is a stunning card, great shading, love that image x
Wendy x

pickle said...

Gorgeous creation as always kathleen...stunning colouring hun
Kerry x

Kobie's Crafty Corner said...

Fab card, Hun!
Thank You for joining us this week at Sweet Stampin! Hope to see you again next week!
Hugs Kobie - Sweet Stampin DT

Lisa Buttafuoco said...

OMG! I just love this card. That castle is amazing. You put the whole card together just beautifully.

Thanks for playing along with our challenge for the BOys/Men over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.

Anonymous said...

Just Beautiful,Great job of colouring. thanks for sharing at MIM
Hugs Julie P

suzARTe said...

this card is just gorgeous, such an amazing job with the colouring in.

So nice to find you card on MIM

Zoe said...

Wow the colouring on your castle is amazing! Thanks for playing along at Sweet Stampin this week, hugs x

Chris said...

I love your castle, it looks fabulous, thanks for playing with us at SFTW.

Julie said...

Fab card, KMac - I love this castle stamp - bought it last year and have managed to use it once!! Your colouring is just fab!! Hugs, JUliexx

Heather said...

LOVE the colors and your shading rocks!!!

Thanks for playing along at Freshly Brewed Challenges month long for the guys challenge.

Have a wonderful night.
Heather D.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card The colouring and the layout are amazing
Nana Maro

Hannah said...

A great card, I love your colouring, it's fab :)
Thanks for linking this up for my blog candy question :)

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