Last month Michael Strong set us the challenge to use at least three shades of green on a card. There were some beautiful entries submitted for this – I always find it fascinating how people interpret a challenge so differently – and I’ve just found out that Mike has chosen my entry to be one of the three winners :). I am so proud to have been chosen for this, Mike is a wonderful artist and a very generous soul as well. Please, check out his website sometime, the stamps are very reasonably priced and come ready cut-out and mounted on static-cling foam and some have matching dies. You can click on the link to his blog from there too, got some lovely ideas on there.
I have a couple of close-ups for you below. The house was stamped first and then stamped again on a scrap of copy paper which was cut out and used as a mask over the stamped image.
While the mask was in place I sponged the hills using torn paper and various green inks (using a circle cut out of a post-it to mask off the sun first) and then coloured the house (and the sun) with ProMarkers. I put the mask back before stamping the tree so it would be behind the house and then used the same tree to add some foliage in the foreground.
There are some small dots of pink and green blossoms on the foliage and tree and a piece of green and gold ribbon wrapped around the card and tied in a bow. I’m not much into bows – even though I have a lot of ribbon! – but they are very popular on cards these days and so I am trying to add them when possible.
I layered the main image onto some gold card to echo the gold in the ribbon and used my Perfect Layers tool to cut it to a nice, neat border.