Friday, October 3, 2008

Moonlight Madness!!

Moonlight Madness is a name I gave to a special class I'm offering soon, so check the "Events" at the bottom of the page for dates and times! Here's a card that uses that technique of stamping a silhouette, masking off a "moon" (or a sun) and then sponging (or brayering) in a sky. I prefer to sponge because I can get the gradient colors around the orb correctly. (I also have a lot of trouble getting the lines off my brayered skies!) Anyway, here's the card for today, that uses a new set from the Holiday Mini, Season of Friendship. I really like this set, and I'll post one for each season on my gallery on Split Coast Stampers, so check them all out!!

Materials you need for this card:

  • Black cardstock (3 3/4" x 5")
  • White cardstock (3 1/4" x 4 1/2")
  • Bashful Blue cardstock (5 1/2" x 8 1/2")
  • White gel pen
  • Iridescent Ice embossing powder mixed with White embossing powder
  • White Craft pad
  • Classic pads: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Pacific Point, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy (I know... that's a lot of BLUE!!)
  • sponge
  • sticky notes
  • circle punch (I used the 1 1/4" one)
  • Versamarker
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Season of Friendship stamp set

  1. Stamp the tree in Basic Black on the white cardstock.
  2. Punch out a circle of sticky note and place over tree where you want the moon to be.
  3. Rip more sticky notes (I used 2, depends on the size) and place them horizontally across the bottom where the horizon is. (about 1" above bottom of tree) You rip them to give the horizon a more natural jagged look.
  4. Begin sponging with the blues, starting with Bashful Blue and ending with Night of Navy, in a circular pattern, following around the moon. Every time you change a color, leave about 1/4" of previous color not sponged over and work outward away from the moon. When you get to the horizon, you should be sponging with Night of Navy.
  5. Remove moon mask(sticky note) and horizon masks. Place horizon masks in the white "snow" area around tree to make it look like moguls and sponge lightly with Bashful Blue to add the shadows.
  6. Remove all masks and wipe across cardstock with Embossing Buddy.
  7. Stamp the snowflake 3 times with Craft white ink, dust with mixture of embossing powder and heat set.
  8. Very carefully, use the Versamarker and go over the moon, sprinkle with mixture of embossing powder and heat set.
  9. Finally, take the white gel pen and put some "snow" in the crooks of the tree.

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