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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Fantasy Castle (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend.  It's still very cold with piles of snow here in Ontario, Canada.  We are looking forward to Spring, it's been a very long, cold winter, the toughest that I can remember.    However the sun has been shining a lot in the last month which always feels good.

I have a design today featuring a castle and clouds from the gorgeous new Fantasy Castles.  I love the details in all the new designs they are quite beautiful.  I wanted to create a true fantasy with a castle in the sky surrounded by clouds.   


I used Teal & Cut Grass Dylusions Inks to create the smaller background.   Next I stamped the castle and clouds with Cobalt Archival Ink.    I bleached the ink away from the clouds and painted them with Midnight Dylusions Ink (using my craft mat, water & brush).   I coloured the castle with Prisma pencils and added glitter to highlight some areas.  

The larger background was created with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using an acrylic block.   I stamped with a decorative textile stamp from Indian Textiles using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. 

I distressed all the edges and added a little Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.   I added a strip of background between the layers that I had cut away from the smaller background.

To see who won February's commentor prize  please see this post here :)

I hope you can come back often to see what my talented teammates have created using the new stamps.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day,
Shirley

24 comments:

  1. Such a stunning card, love the stamp and the gorgeous colours used to create a wonderful background

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  2. That's so beautiful! The colours are gorgeous.

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  3. absolutely stunning - love this to bits - the colours are amazing xx

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  4. Wow wow!!! This is an amazing card, so gorgeous!!! Have a great week-end, Coco x

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  5. This is gorgeous,fab colours.xxx

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  6. Wow, a card that looks as if it comes straight out of a book!! Beautiful! Have a creative weekend, Gerrina

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  7. Beautiful card -the colours are stunning. Rhian

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  8. This is a beautiful card and I love these stamps. I sooooooo want them but need to wait untill after payday. :-(

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  9. What a gorgeous card I love those colours you have used in the background and the castle looks

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  10. Mmm don't know what happened there, was going to say the castle looks straight out of a fairy tale
    Jackie x

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  11. It really looks like you built a castle in the air with this one! Those clouds are so effective & your matting provides a perfect foil to showcase the image & background. The way you used the Indian Textiles stamp is a lovely touch for it really brings out the crenellated balustrades by echoing it with the rope work pattern, & of course those lovely bulbous roofs have their counterparts in the Indian pattern too. Those pearls really draw the eyes inwards with their diminishing sizes starting from the diagonally opposite corners. A lot of design features hidden in this one.
    Paula (PEP)

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  12. Oh Shirley, food for the eyes! Absolutely stunning

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  13. Wonderful Shirley. Such beautiful colors.
    Have a good weekend Anneke.

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  14. WOW! This is fabulous Shirley, love the clouds and the castle is stunning!
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  15. Great work Shirley , I love your painted background and your beautiful stamping work and you beautiful soft colours!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  16. What magical stamps and such a beautiful interpretation. I love the colours and the castle does have that eastern look, so the Indian Textiles stamp goes perfectly. I like the way you have brought the two layers together by using that strip of paper from the top layer, underneath, and the black pearls finish it beautifully.

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  17. Wow, what a stunning card. I love how you painted with Dylusions. Great idea. Here in Sarnia, we've escaped many of the storms, but I'm not far from where pileups on the 402 are occurring. It's been a horendous winter for sure.

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  18. Trying to catch up with all the beautiful creations I have missed due to bad health recently. I love this, such wonderful colours and the stamp is fabulous - really beautiful inspirations thank you x

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  19. Shirley - this is magical! Like a "shangri-la" castle, hidden in the clouds & only visible at certain times.....& in my favourite colours, too! Love the purple minarets.
    Just fabulous!
    all the best, Liz M x

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  20. Magical and stunning gorgeous design and colours x

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  21. Wonderful and beautiful colours right up my street x

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  22. Wonderful and gorgeous I totally love the colours and design

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  23. Beautiful colors on this lovely card! Very pretty!

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