Thursday, 5 August 2021

Castles In The Sky


     I do seem to be carrying a bit of a theme through most of my River Of Creativity projects, it wasn't intentional but I do love dragons. Our theme this month is 'One Earth', a bit of a stretch maybe but this is my dragons earth.
     Using the Lavinia Stamps Fairy Orbs I stamped on white card, this was following an idea I had seen on their FB page and I'm very sorry to say I can't remember who to credit for this idea.
     The castle is an Encaustic Wax stamp that I have had sitting in my stash for years.
     Once the castle was stamped and dry I used a fine micron pen to draw lots of tiny circles to join up the orbs, it took an hour or so but I really wanted to try this idea and I think it was worth it.
     Once I had drawn all the circles I die cut a circle in masking sheet and covered the card with it so that it would make a moon just behind the castle towers.
     I chose three shades of lilac/purple to blend around the castle, trying to avoid colouring the orbs if possible. The advantage of using Distress inks was I was able to bleach out the colour with a water brush where needed.
     When I was happy with the colour coverage I used a spritz bottle and my hand to flick water across the card to make marks. I also used a white Posca pen to make tiny specks on the card by tapping it with a rule to make it splatter.
     Using the same pen I added some white lights to the castle windows. Then it was time to add the dragon, another Lavinia Stamp, using black Versafine.
     A thin black mat around the card frames the image and helps pick out the stamping. It was a little tricky finding the right shade of purple for the wide mat layer. I didn't want to colour it with inks as I wanted a solid, plain colour that wouldn't distract from the image.
     Finally it all went on a white layer, ending up 8x8. It won't be a card, I'm keeping it as a picture. I might try another one sometime but right now it's happily sitting above my desk until I decide how to frame it.
     If you have a project that you think will fit our loosely based theme then please come and join us at River Of Creativity, we would love to see your creations. Remember it doesn't have to be papercraft, it can be anything you have made yourself with any materials. 

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps and More - #411 Make Your Mark
Ike's World - #147 Anything Goes/option Animal
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes Aug3
Crafting Happiness - Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life - #138 Circles
Country View - Monochromatic


  1. Hi Rocky this is a gorgeous card. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Forgive me if I am wrong but I think Wales is where you call home? It is famous for it's Dragons!. I love all your Dragon pieces and love this one, the work with the circles and little circles joining them creates a beautiful effect might have to borrow it. This is a lovely Dragon world and great inspiration for our ROC challenge thank you for providing us with it. x

  3. This is fabulous Rocky! I love how you've joined up the orbs with your tiny circles - so effective! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts and have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

  4. How beautiful! Thanks for playing along at ATSM!

  5. What a fantastically mystical card - gorgeous!
    Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  6. This is awesomeness all the way around! The added tiny bubbles to connect the orbs really had such a dramatic impact on the finished design! I love the colors and the moon behind that wonderful castle! Thanks for playing with us this month at Ike's World Challenges! Nan, DT for Ike's World Challenges!

  7. Lovely card, Rocky. So very mystic!
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts this month! Evelyn xx

  8. How wonderfully mystical!
    Thank you for joining us at CUYL.
    Dear greetings


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