Monday, 17 November 2014

The Winds of Change

Morning all. I thought I'd continue with the umbrella theme and blog this card today.

It was designed in a rather different manner - I had the idea of the umbrella border and designed the rest of the card to fit that.

I worked out that 4 umbrellas gave me a nice size gap to fit a scene inside. Each umbrella is 4cm long, so I drew a 16cm square on the card in pencil and marked it every 4cm. Then I just stamped an umbrella in each section, trying to get them as close to the line as I could, until I'd completed the frame.

The clouds were created with Stormy Sky (that seemed appropriate!), Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone Distress Inks. I used Lettuce, Meadow and Pesto Adirondack inks for the grass. It's finished off by stippling with a shaving brush to give it some texture.

Once I'd got that far I couldn't decide how to finish it off. I really wanted to use the verse but I wasn't sure how or where and I didn't want to mess up a piece I was really pleased with.

To help me decide I stamped it in Stazon ink onto a piece of the cellophane packaging that the Clarity stencils come in. I could them move it around and see what I thought.

I quite liked it at the top (it's nice and balanced) but I also liked the stormy sky and didn't really want to cover the clouds up. I eventually decided that I preferred it at the bottom but I wanted it to be less obtrusive........... I stamped it in green. Much more subtle. What do you think? I hope I made the right choice.

Stamps Used



  1. Morning Lynne, I just managed to catch up on your blog and you caught me out by posting do love to hear your thoughts behind your designs...I love the umbrella border...really clever...hope you have a good week ahead...hugs. X

  2. Hi Lynne, I thought this was an amazingly creative card. Love it and thank you for explaining how you worked it our. xxx

  3. This is a lovely card Lynne - it was very popular on the Clarity Stand at the NEC too. I think it fell off in the end though?????? Wasn't me!!! xxx

  4. Great card, Lynne - definitely the right choice for the message!

  5. love the composition of this card. your sky is ominous and i love it. i love that saying it is so true and the man struggling with the umbrella is so realistic xx

  6. Hello Lynne.
    What a truly FABULOUS and inspired piece of card art. Everything is so perfectly placed and works so well. I love it.
    Well done you clever thing!
    Sending crafty hugs ~ Cobs. x

  7. Hi Lynne,
    What a great idea for the border, makes a lovely card, these stamps are growing on me...they may have to go on the wish list!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Jackie, x

  8. Fantastic artwork, I ashtrays always enjoy the story behind your creations x


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