Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A new, very lovely landscape stencil....

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Hello there!
Thank you for stopping by.
After yesterday’s YOU TUBE TUESDAY, 
and all that hilarity with Clarity,
let’s get arty with a brand new stencil 
and some rather lovely new stamps. 

 I used:


there are 2 other 7"x7" stencils which make up the set:



Flyaway Boy with Birds Claritystamp

Love is in the Air Claritystamp
(watch TV on Sunday for the boy and the girl stamps)


New Word Chain inc. Dream
(watch TV on Sunday for the next 4 Wordchains)

Make-up sponges
Promarker nibs
Clarity Cloud Mask
Clarity Hill Mask
(get the Moons, Clouds and Hills in one, AND the Castle and Rooftops) Barrrrrgin!


 Ready? Here we go then!
Attach the stencil to the card at the top with low-tack masking tape.
Add a moon mask.


Sweep across the top back and forth with a Clarity Stencil brush 
loaded with Cloudy Blue.



Add some small clouds using the Clarity Mask.


 Work your work down the sky. Go gently though.
You can always add it.....


This is where we are headed.


Using a make-up sponge, wipe the ink off the stencil into the artwork. This will make the lineart sharper.


Now let’s use the Hill mask to ...
add some hills?
Stencil brush loaded with Willow is ideal.


Tear a piece of paper and use a make-up sponge to 
add hills to the hills!


Now it’s coming together.
Where do I get my ideas from?
I remember Mandy Branston - a cherished member of the Clarity team - did something like this a while ago.
Can’t find it, but my internal head camera reckons it went something like this.


when you take the stencil away, 
it looks like you are peering through an aperture.


Let’s enhance the illusion of an aperture.
Use Pastel Blue fine nib Promarker 
on the lower edge of all the branches.


See how the sky area looks set back now?


Do the same to the grassy area, 
using a Lime Green Promarker with fine nib tip.


Lovely. But now what?
I thought I would use the boy and his birds in Archival black.
With Dream - one of the NEW Wordchain sets.

Mount it on a piece of the dark blue stencil paper 
(the paper in the stencil packaging).


I like this effect.


It really does look as though there is an opening in the white card.
Especially if you squint.
Go on. Squint. See???


 Squint again.
See???



 I LOVE BLOGGING!
It is brilliant, because I can see you squinting at me!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed that one. 
I certainly did!
xx 

88 comments:

  1. Love it, love it, love it. I can't believe you could see me squinting ;-)

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  2. Brilliant !! I do hope you are going to be well stocked with your stencils at AP because I will be coming to get them !!!

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  3. I'm not squiting at you...I'm just short sighted lol! Love the card, and these stencils of yours are just FAB. Have a good day. xxx

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  4. Hi Barbara...... lovely card today thanks for showing us ......x happy crafting..

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  5. Fantastic, love those new masks will be watching ( and squinting)

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  6. Lovely artwork. Mandy's artwork is fantastic, I'm very lucky to count her as one of my fabulous crafty FB friends xx

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    1. I consider myself very lucky that you are one of my FB friends Lisa xx. Hugs xx Mandy

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  7. Great Barbara-looking forward to show!
    XxRuth

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  8. Beautiful - I love that stencil. Thank you for showing us so clearly how to make the most of it!

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  9. This is fab! I'd noticed the new stencils on the website - now they are definitely in my wish list. Love the new stamps too, I have the stencils though not used them yet!!! Really looking forward to Sunday to to see all the new word chain stamps. xx

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  10. Lovely.. I've stopped squinting now. Happy days.....
    Pam x.

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  11. Hi Barb, fabulous new stencils, I think the bank account will be taking a hammering. Love this card, was I really squinting?. Great idea. Happy Wednesday all. Bx

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  12. Yay!! I have this stencil. I will need to have a go st this later. Love the cloud effects and the pro marker shading.
    Looking forward to tomorrows musings. xx

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  13. Lovely card. I love the extra depth the promarkers have given the image. Your comment about seeing us squinting made me laugh. How did you know I was squinting? :-)
    Internet connection on my phone is rubbish but I look forward to reading your blog each day, so I am persevering, as it always brings a smile to my face. I will never moan about my wi-fi connection at home again! :-) x

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  14. I'm so pleased you enjoyed making this one Barbara, I sure did! These stencils are amazing, I love them! Xxx.

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  15. Thank you as always Barb, your blogging is fabulous and I love your step by step blogs. They help so much. I am really liking the new stencils, April is going to cost me, I love the offers and the new stencils and off course the new word chains are sounding fabulous. I will have to buy them.

    Will the word chains be available to buy from Sunday from Clarity or will I need to buy from C&C. When will they be available on Clarity? Dx

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  16. Love them Barbara the artwork is fab thank you for sharing love June xx

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  17. Another masterpiece - the final effect is so cool, even without squinting (got to be careful about those wrinkles at my age!!). Love the boy and birds stamp as well as the stencil - oh the wish list grows daily! Susan x

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  18. It's a really beautiful card, must try this one when I get a few more stencils x

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  19. Love the stencil, what an amazing illusion you've created. I can see the word chains being very versatile - they're gorgeous too. Hope I haven't made any spelling mistakes 'cos I can hardly see my keyboard ..... am I still meant to be squinting ??

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  20. Hi Barb,
    Love this! I bought this stencil and the farmhouse one last week so I'm so pleased that you've done this today. Haven't got the little boy though but I'm thinking that possibly a hot air balloon could look quite good - will just have to have a play. Thanks a lot, love Alison xxx

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  21. WOW Barbara love these new stencils, wonderful effects

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  22. What a fantastic stencil and a wonderful effect it creates, or you create oh master….! Amazing. Joan x

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  23. Love it Barbara. I need to master brayering though. Must keep practising. X

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  24. Another stunning card that you make it look so easy to do, hmm must keep practicing lol xx

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  25. Good morning,
    I bought this stencil at the NEC so happy to see a fantastic sample using it. Love today's art work. Fab...

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  26. Beautiful and so funny to think of you all squinting at the screen. xxxx

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  27. Ab Fab as per usual. Can't wait to try something like this it's so so effective. I said the other day that I'd like to spend some time inside your head but I'm sure there wouldn't actually be any room!!! Keep on keeping on but look after yourself too. Xxxxxxx

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  28. Love the step by step blogs they work well look forward to seeomg what your doing every day hope the neck is a bit better today still smiling after yesterdays you tube x

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  29. another great card love it love it x

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  30. Morning, love the stencils and the idea, will be giving this a try. Another thing to add to my list of products that would like. Thanks Jx

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  31. I love this card. Just what I was looking for for a young boy's birthday. Thank you for your blog Barbara. It's my first call every morning. Sets me up for the day. :))

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  32. It's brilliant Barbara. So much dimension and not a pair of scissors or a die cutter in sight.
    Beryl xx

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  33. Again Brilliant Barbara. Those stencils will go on my must have list .

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  34. Morning Barbara,
    Love the new stencils they will be so useful and free p&p!!! How can I resist?
    Lorna D

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  35. Nooooooo! another gorgeous stencil I NEED to go with the Woodland stencil. I already nabbed the Woodland and the Cottage ones but missed the Bullrushes. I liked what Mandy did with the Woodland one when I first saw it, so it is so good to have a step by step. That tip with the fine liners would translate so well to many other stencils and stamps. Where I would have a real problem is using a whole piece of that lovely blue paper. I know it is silly (I bet I am not the only one), but I keep the pieces I don't leave between stencils in the storage folders. I keep them all together just in case. In case of what, I am not sure. It might be easier to use some like this if you would sell that paper on the Clarity site???? I love how you can create so much depth on a card and still have a totally flat card, especially as I am told the postage has gone up yet again. Not only a beautiful card, using limited equipment, but saving on postage too. Great ideas, thanks, Barbara. xxxx Maggie

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  36. Just wonderful thanks barbara xx

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  37. I love it Barbara. This is a great Stencil. makes me want to get my farm yard stencil out. xx

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  38. That is an amazing stencil! Well, all 3 are amazing! Thank you for making us squint and laugh and give us inspiration every day with your blog!

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  39. I do love your cards Barbara always gets my day going with a bit a cheer.

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  40. I love the new stencils Barbara, and the stunning card you've made with them. My list for Ally Pally is getting longer by the day.

    Sue xx

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  41. Ha ha don't need to squint as I already have a slight squint in one eye, very handy sometimes. Lovely artwork very clever as usual. Already waiting for an order to arrive, not sure I can get any more past the guard dog (husband) for a little while. He does not quite understand how we just need these things. He does like watching you though and is going to bring me to your open day so can't grumble really. Lynne xx

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  42. Wow how beautiful I'm so pleased you used the new stencil it came in my parcel yesterday so will have a go it is so good to be able to look back on the blog to follow what you make .
    Happy crafting xx

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  43. A beautiful card Barbara. Love the mask and the details..

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  44. you had me squinting LOL ... you'll have he trying to lick my elbow next!! ;)

    love the card x

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  45. This card is super cool. Really enjoyed YouTube yesterday and so looking forward to Sunday.

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  46. Beautiful Barbara :-) I can hear your voice through your words. Love the way you write and your sense of humour comes shining through. Thanks for making me laugh today. Maddy x

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  47. Quintessential clarity, gorgeous

    Mx

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  48. Gorgeous card Barbara. Would love to be so talented like you.

    Hugs
    CraftJacq
    xx

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  49. I can just picture loads of people squinting at their PC screens right now! Lovely effect Barbara - very clever. Pat x

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  50. I'm squinting Barbara which makes it hard to type........oh you mean I can stop now so I can type ....ok! .............you are making me as mad as you lol but it is fun and a brilliant effect with these masks which I "need" my wish list is ever growing :)

    MaggieH :)

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  51. Loved YouTube and this card is amazing. You are such an inspiration Barbara. Jane x

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  52. Squinting at your card Barbara, I can just imagine you imagining us squinting. Your card is lovely the new stencils are great as are the stamps
    Jackie x

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  53. Ooh this stencil is lovely. Got to spend some of my birthday money on this!

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  54. Ha, ha!! And did you see me pull tongues and cross my eyes? Lol, I wasn't doing anything, that's my natural look, lol.
    Beautiful card, and it really does look like the birds are carrying the boy away into another world, magic!!! xx

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  55. Absolutely love this, it is so spring like.Yet more stuff to add to my wish list, buthave alreasy spent my bydget for this month.

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  56. This is stunning Barbara, just love the effect of this so gorgeous and yes I did squint lol!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  57. These new masks are fabulous and what you do with them is just amazing. I love that you love blogging. Now I get to see you create wonderful artwork everyday - not just once a month on the telly.
    Lesley

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  58. Great new stencils and I love the 3D effect, looking into the aperture. Very clever! Thank you Barbara for your ideas and inspiration. Jan

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  59. Barbara, you need to market that blue stencil packaging in a pack. It's a gorgeous shade and I can't keep buying stencils at this rate ;0) love the card today. Thank you for a fabulous tutorial. Looking forward to Sunday. Lynne.x

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    1. I quite agree about marketing that lovely blue paper/card. Such a gorgeous shade. xx Maggie

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    2. I agree, that colour always works and I love the sparkle of the finish

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    3. I agree as well, it is stunning. Also the red paper that comes with the A 5 stencils is lovely too! Alison xx

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  60. I absolutely adore that card. Thanks for sharing it. When can we have some FRENCH words please? xx

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  61. Beautiful card, was so busy squinting I nearly missed the last comment!! X

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  62. Beautiful card and the stencil I really like,so much so I will have to buy it.Amanda's card is also stunning using the cottage stencil.

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  63. clean and crisp spring colours xx

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  65. A very clever card, the shading techniques have created a great effect which tricks the eye into seeing dimension without the decoupage layers-brilliant! x

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  66. I love this Barbara! I got this stencil on Saturday at Port Sunny but not had chance to use it yet! What with you and Mandy I feel so inspired!!! xx

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  67. Beautuful and yes I was squinting away and it did look like I was peering out through the papee. I'm very good at squinting...was an expert at those magic eye pictures. Now it's because I'm trying to see through my varifocals! Looking forward to the shows this weekend xx

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  68. B E A Utiful love this stencil as it reminds me of a photo I took in Ashdown forest. Standing looking out across the valley and the scene was framed by the trees just like this stencil. I am always amazed how 3D it looks just by edging with a pen, such a great technique. Can't wait till the shows at the weekend. XX

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  69. This is amazing! Such a fab stencil, I need it! I was squinting, I hope you could see me !!!???

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  70. this looks truely amazing barb - love it to bits xx

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  71. Love it, love it love it!Wx

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  72. Oh Barbara, these new stencils and stamps are GORGEOUS. What a clever idea and the card you have made looks so fresh. Ela x

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  73. Wow wonderful techniques.

    Hugs diane

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  74. Yet again you have done it - the new stencils I loved instantly as got my little brain a whirring .
    BUT once you showed your idea I had a whole new set of uses .
    How do you do it ? Do the ideas just pop in to your head while shopping or is it something insures you and starts the journey to these end results ?
    You have also made me happy as I get on so much better with brushes than I do with the brayer ( I will not be beaten and keep practicing ) but the brushes I feel I have got to grips with and get a pretty good result so love to play - all I can say is thank-goodness I am at work on Sunday as I might have already blown the bank balance this month and it's just the 3rd lol!

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  75. I love the look of these - like peering through a misted window out on the world - loving the look of those new stamps as well - you have an amazing amount of stencils now - from little acorns eh!! And you were worried about introducing them not that many months ago!!! Fantastic - can you sell time though - there are not enough hours in the day to go to work and then come home and play!!xx

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  76. Lovely card, Barbara. I really enjoy reading your blog. It's the highlight of my day!

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  77. Hi Barbara - this was my first visit to your blog and so glad I found it. Loved the "aperture effect" and the stencils. Made me smile thinking of everyone squinting at the screen too!lol x

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  78. Love the stamps and new stencils.Beautiful make.Hugs Debbie x

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  79. I love these stencils which make you feel as though you are looking into the scene through a tunnel. I think the extra ink and Promarkers give it great definition, and the girl and boy stamps work with it perfectly, as do those lovely Wordchains. Squinting is great when looking at a scene to see where the lights and shades are too. I'm not sure why but I suppose it is just that it makes you look at the big picture and not all the little bits which make it up. Your stencils are so unique and well designed and will be added to my wish list. x

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  80. I'm a bit late catching up with the blog Barb, but I love this soooo much. And yes I squinted and saw you squinting too, lol xx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x