Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Monocramatic Pines

It's time for our Wednesday challenge over at The House That Stamps Built. This week we have an inspiration board for you. This challenge is a fun cross between a photo challenge and a color challenge. You can choose to be inspired by the colors, the photograph, or both!
I have to be honest -- When I first saw this board I was stumped! I'm not naturally gifted at making monochromatic cards - especially with such a "bland" color scheme!  But that's why it's called a "challenge" -- It makes you think outside the box and get out of your comfort zone! So...after a bit of thinking (and browsing Pinterest!) I came up with this nighttime winter scene as viewed through a lovely conservatory window!
To create my card I:
  • cut a piece of watercolor paper to size and mask off the moon with a large circle punch
  •  using sponge daubers I inked around my moon with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Ink 
  • sprizted the panel with water and heat set
  • added a bit of Platinum Brilliance ink around the edges
  • Stamped the Large Pine Forest and Large Pine Tree  in Tuxedo Black ink
  • Splattered some white acrylic paint over the panel
  • Added a tiny deer die cut to cover up a paint smudge! (whoops!)
  • Glued my window over the scene and cut around it
  • Added a bit of faux snow to the bottom of my window panes
 Remember to stop by the Repeat Impressions Store and check out all the beautiful stamps -- there's a 10% discount code for my blog readers posted on the sidebar.  Also, come by the The House That Stamps Built and join in the fun of each new weeks challenge! The first Wednesday of every month One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! You don't have to use RI stamps to play along, but if you do you'll get an extra entry in the random draw! The more you link up, the greater your chances of winning! So what are you waiting for.....come on over and showoff your creativity!

Check out what the other design team members created: 
Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Conservatory Window (Sizzix), Deer (unknown)
Embellishments: Faux snow
Ink/Paint: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Platinum Brilliance (Tsukinedo), White Acrylic Paint, Black Sharpie Marker
Stamps: 2709-I, Large Pine Forest (Repeat Impressions), 2719-K, Lg Pine Tree (Repeat Impressions)
Tools: Textile Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Paper Crimper (Fiskars), Circle Punch

This post linked to:
4 Crafty Chicks - No Winter Blues
Allsorts - No Patterned Paper
Addicted To Stamping - Baby it's cold outside
Stamping Sensations - Cold and Frosty Colors
Creative With Stamps - Snowflakes


Viv said...

Not bland at all Esther - a stunning card!

Donna said...

This is beautiful Esther, like how you did a window scene and like your photography!

Glittered Paws said...

Love your view through the beautiful window. Perfect for this challenge.

Kathleen said...

Really brilliant creation, lovely images and a great design.
Thank you for joining our 'No Patterned Papers' challenge this week at Allsorts.


Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Wow, wow, wow! This is one gorgeous scene!

Heather said...

This is so gorgeous!!! No one would ever guess that you struggled with this one! And it's funny, I'm so much better with a monochrome combo like this; I struggle with matching colors. : ) Perfect scene highlighted by the "wallpaper" and bead board on the inside of the "house".

Leanne said...

Great job, love the color shades, look so winter like, just like here. Thanks for sharing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne DT/4CC

Conniecrafter said...

Wow that is just totally amazing, you do Monochromatic wonderfully, that scene is just outstanding! Love the little detail of the snow on the window panes also, great job on the wall too!

Laurie Unger said...

this is stunning, Ester! Great job on the inspiration palette. Hope your feeling better!

Beverly S. said...

Beautiful card!!!! You have inspired me to try one with your technique used. I "think" I have that window die....sure sigh I have too many dies since I can't remember. ;) My husband is supposed to be getting some magnetic sheeting today though in town. Going to put it on wall behind a door in my craft room....then I'll be be able to see nearly all of what I have. Hopefully will be a huge help in creating. ;)

joy said...

Esther, this is so very pretty. Beautiful card!

Lynne K said...

A beautiful winter scene, Esther! Love the window design. It's perfect for our cold and frosty challenge. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


Mimi said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! So inspiring-- looks just like a snowy moonlit night. I guess we are finally going to get some of the snow we should be having in CA starting this afternoon. Beautiful card.

Ellibelle said...

A really pretty card. Love the color scheme and wonderful details!
Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Cheri said...

This is such a gorgeous creation, Esther. I love the scene you created outside that fabulous window die. You may have struggled with it, but you definitely hit this one out of the ball park.

Sue from Oregon said...

A real Beauty! ♥ Sue Kment

brenda said...

Your creation is just perfect for our 'cold and frost colours' theme at Stamping Sensations, many thanks for joining in. Apols I'm rather late arriving, been under the weather!

B x

Monika Reeck said...

Soo adorable scene Esther
you are so great made that scene behind the window
and clever choice of the Embossing folder too
in black grey and white your card is Stunning miss lady
many thanks for joining with us at Creative with Stamps this month