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This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Create a Scene

Yoohoo!! New Tuesday, new challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers. I'm host this week, so I've gone all out in creating both a card and a little tutorial for you all. I'm good to you, I know.

So the challenge this week is to..


I wanna see your image grounded, whether it be on grass, concrete, wood flooring, patio.. with 'stuff' around them, whether it be clouds, buildings, walls, fences. HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST GUYS!!

Here's what I created using the cutie pie Sweet Treat Wryn from Tiddly Inks. I coloured her up to match my papers from Carta Bella. Such fun, summery, beachy papers. Can't wait to use these some more. I've layered up an Amy R sentiment and a Whimsy Postmark circle. Loads of buttons, liquid pearls, brads and some vellum swirls.

As part of the grounding for the image I used some stamps from Some Odd Girl. Some waves stamped in Island Indigo and some little shells which I've coloured to match the rest of the card. If I'd had my head screwed on that day (which is a rarity in its self) I'd have thought on to use the cute little Beach Accessories from Tiddly Inks to create the grounding. Never mind, plenty more summer makes in the pipeline, I'm sure.

.. and now for my most asked for CLOUD TUTORIAL that I've been using for well over a year now. There are about TWO steps to this.. well three if you're just starting out and need to cut your template.

First. Create yourself a little template. Draw out a bumpy, scalloped.. cloudy looking line, and cut it out. Try to make the cuts as smooth as possible.

Second, gather your supplies. You'll need your image, your stencil, a dye based ink, like Memnto Summer Sky, or SU! Bashful Blue, and a sponge with which to apply it.

Starting at the top of your image panel, lay your stencil down how you like it.. and start a-sponging.
I'd add here that.. if at times of the year when you want more dark, moody sky with more depth.. like Halloween, you could lay down a light purple like Perfect Plum from SU! closest to the stencil and blend it out with more of the blue ontop. Very cool look. I'm yet to try out a sunset/ sunrise looking combo. I'll keep you updated.

Continue moving the stencil down the page until you reach the horizon point. Move your stencil to the left and right and tilt it slightly to get a little more variation within the cloud shapes.

Dah- daaaaaah!

I hope that helps you out a bit. It really is that simple!! You can make your cloud shapes more cartoony or more realistic and large. It's entirely up to you and what kinda look you're going for.

Head over to the Passion for ProMarkers blog now, check out the prize and the other inspiration to help you CREATE A SCENE. Can't wait to see what you come up with. xo


  1. A beautiful card and a great tutorial!

  2. so stunning lou.love your beach scene and fabulous sweet wryn and colouring :D

    xx coops xx

  3. eeep!! way too cute Lou and I LOVE how you did your clouds!!
    huge hugs Lou xxx

  4. Gorgeous card, Lou! Great design, fab papers and awesome colouring! Hugs, Lisa x

  5. Wow just awesome - I love your scene - so beautifully coloured and a great cloud tut, Lou! Hugs,Juliex

  6. Your card is gorgeous Lou. I love the cute image it let you feel you want to eat some ice cream yourself.


I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for taking the time to look. xo Lou.

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