Saturday, 24 November 2012

Bella with Sledge

Today's card uses a sweet Wild Rose image.  I've not used these Bella the Elephant stamps before and this image is just adorable.

The image is quite large so I've not adorned this card with my usual die cuts and embellishments, just few flowers and a gorgeous aqua satin ribbon bow.

Aqua is my favourite Christmas colour this year.  I absolutely adore these Nitwits Joyful Hearts papers but it feels a real shame to cover them up !

The clouds in the background are done with my chalks using a cloud template that I've created myself (see below) and a similar technique to the fab background tutorial posted by my fellow Stamp Basket designer Penni last week (see Penni's tutorial here) where she shows you how to mask your image first too (which is the bit that I shortcut, cos I'm lazy!)

I've included my template below in case you want to download it.  Please do leave me a comment too to let me know how you get on using it too.

Click on the template to see it in its original size, save it down to your computer and then print it out on card or acetate.  Cut out the cloud shape and then use it as a mask.

I use shimmer chalks to colour my clouds (yup, you can see the one I use the most for my clouds!) but you can use inks too.

Before I start applying my chalks, I outline my image with B000, a really pale blue which makes the image pop off the page a bit:

I then lay my cloud template over my image, starting at the top, and just cover the top of the image with my template:

I apply my first row of clouds across the full width of the image panel. I use the little pompoms and work in a circular motion to apply the shimmer chalk:

I apply about 3 to 4 rows working down each side of the image right down to the 'ground'.  To create a random effect with my clouds, I offset the template as I apply each row.

If you want to see the card I made with the image used in my mini-tutorial (Bella with Wand), then pop back here on 5 December when I'll have a new project to share for Top Tip Tuesday.

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Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,love the image and fabulous

Mojca said...

Waw this is so pretty Annette. I love your background technique. Hugs! Mojca

Christine L said...

Beautiful Bella card hon... love that image! And thank you for the cloud tutorial.. I have my template on my desk ready for me to have a go!

Christine x

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card hun, Bella's just adorable and your clouds look fab :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Super cute card hunny! and great you shared this Tutorial again! love it your so clever! have an AWESOME weekend hugs me xx

Pam said...

What a beautiful card! Love the sweet image, the light blue and your design is so pretty. Thank you for the cloud tutorial. I am going to try this.

Thank you so very much for playing with us at Stamptacular Sunday! We are so happy that you could join in the fun.
:) Pam

Brodders said...

Great use of ribbons and pearls x
Thanks for joining us at PTW - Jane x

Katelyn said...

This is beautiful, I love the colours.

Jingle said...

This is so very cute! I love the sparkle you've added! His hat looks so perfect! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Bettina L. said...

Just love how you've coloured Bella and added those gorgeous flower and bow. Love your tutorial too. Have a lovely evening. Hugs Bettina xx

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Annette :-) such a cute Bella and your colouring is just brilliant ! she looks so cute with delicately rosy cheeks :-) Love the clouds too :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Larissa said...

So sweet! Love these bella images. Your clouds are perfect, i must remember to print your template, because it is fabulous.


Joy said...

Cute cute cute, gorgeous colouring and wonderful tutorial too.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

xxxtglxxx said...

Brilliant! :)

Thank you so much Netty! Love the template - I have snagged that, and your tutorial is just spot on. I have those chalks and pompom applicators but have never used them this way ;)

Gorgeous card too hun, love the cute image!