Tuesday 21 January 2014

Late Night Ruins

      There are several challenges this month that wish to see your New stash and a few that would like to see something that was new a while ago but has never yet been used so this set me thinking.
      I treated myself to a set of stamps from Chocolate Baroque that I've had my eye on for some time, Gothic Fragments. These stamps seemed to fit well with a Sheena Douglass stamp I've had for a while but not used before called Ancient Arches. I also found a set of Spellbinders in a sale that were also arches...meant to be wasn't it.
      Sheena has a rather good video tutorial on You Tube to create a scene with her arches stamp so I gave it a go, not too good so I did it again, still not so good, but third time lucky. I did things a little differently the third time and for me that seemed to work. I chose to stamp first and then add colour, this helped me get it in the right places and by this time the brush technique was well practiced too!

     This is a rather dark card but I really wanted to use blues, this lent more to a night time scene. My friends daughter is a bit of a Goth so this will suit her well.
     I cut the arch from the front panel before embossing, I had to use the Grand Calibur for this as I couldn't get it through my Sizzix with out folding it over which would have messed it up. The card is a very dark blue which embossed really well with a brick folder form Creative Expressions.
     The acetate in the window is some of the packaging from the Spellbinder die set, crafters waste nothing...it may be useful!
     I have used the Choc B stamp with Flitter Glu and gilding flakes on the acetate which gives a great effect. This stamp fits the second size arch die perfectly which made life much easier when mounting it up.
     With the addition of a little ivy cut with a Marianne die on tiny foam pads to the front my box card was done. I did try adding a little white to the card front but it didn't look right so I chose to stay all dark and mysterious.
     I'm hoping that this will also fit into a monochrome challenge, it is all blues including the stamping but the gilding flakes are silver with a few bits of gold so we'll have to try it and see.
    With the addition of a Christmas Sentiment this will be perfect for Bex, she doesn't do cute!

     It depends on the angle you view the card as to what you see most. With top light you can see the inside clearly but with front light the silver window really stands out. A card that changes with the light, much like a real ruin.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Country View Crafts - Monochrome
Our Creative Corner - Untouched Item


  1. Using all your new dies and stamps has resulted in a beautiful card! Its nice that the background is dark as it really makes the arches stand out. Very artistic.

    1. Thank you for those kind words, I was a little concerned it was too dark but now I feel so much happier about it.

  2. Your friend's daughter will love it, Rocky!

    Your card is awesome! Dark themes are always tricky to do but you rocked it - yay! ;)
    Great to have you play with us at OurCreativeCorner! Thank you for sharing your terrific card with us!

    Claudia x

  3. Beautiful card, Rocky - thanks for sharing for CHNC 160 - hope to see more of your Christmas crafting soon. x

  4. oooh jealous.. have had my eye on those stamps but keep resisting... perhaps you can bring them along to our crafting play day... pretty please? :-) Fab card - love the colours!

  5. The arch stamp is beautiful and I love the moody colour you have used and the addition of the ivy is a lovely finishing touch. Thanks so much for joining us this month at Our Creative Corner. Anne x

  6. I too saw Sheena demo how to get that 'light through the window' look with this arched window and she made it look so easy! Well done you for persevering and making it work really well here. Love that you've teamed it with the embossed brickwork. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Jenny x

  7. Beautiful card, love the colours you've chosen ! Thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts. Sue C x

  8. This is beautiful. Thanks for 'showing us your new stash' at Sparkles Monthly challenges.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) xx


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