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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Reflections of India (posted by Elaine)

I am loving working with these Indian themed stamps and working with silhouettes is one of my favourite techniques, especially when combined with ink shading as I have done here. This card uses the Taj Mahal image from the Indian Textiles stamp set. I wanted to create a feeling of peace and tranquility and the sun setting over water.

I started by stamping my image in Cobalt Blue Archival ink. I added the reflection by stamping into acetate and laying it ink side down under the original stamped image to transfer the ink and make the reflection. I then masked the sun using two circles die cut out of Eclipse tape. I masked off the top of the card above the horizon first using post it notes and then added pink, lilac and pale blue dye inks inks and added hills using a torn piece of paper and Eggplant ink. All my ink shading is done using Cut and Dry foam, working to build layer on layer of ink and depth and range of colour. Once the sky was complete, I moved the masking and then inked below with shades of turquoise and blue and added the reflection of the hill with more Eggplant ink. I added some touches of darker blue here and there in the water to get a more watery effect. I stamped the water lillies from the Lily Pad clear stamp set and added birds from the Landscape Edges set. I added colour to the lilies with Prisma coloured pencils. I finished with a lattice work die cut border which made me think of looking out of a window in a ancient building with pierced stonework.

I am sure you will be enjoying the work of all my DT colleagues this month, there are some delicious designs coming your way inspired by these great new stamps.



  1. This is beautiful, i can't wait to have a few days off work and start playing with my set.xx Trena

  2. This is beautiful, i can't wait to have a few days off work and start playing with my set.xx Trena

  3. Elaine this is awesome. What a beautiful Indian Stamps and such a beautiful Scene. Marvelous rhe shadow done.
    lovely greet

  4. What a beautiful serene scene you have created.


  5. This is stunning Elaine, I love the colours you've used. The lattice dies around the edges match so well also.

    Sue x

  6. Just stunning stamping and coloring! Love the dept created bij the lattice! Greetings, Gerrina

  7. The sense of Eastern Magic is wonderful in this with your pierced stonework window onto the scene. I love the movement you created with the reflection & the wonderful glow you achieved around that sun. The addition of the lily pads with the pencil colouring adds lovely life in conjunction with the flying birds. The colour scheme is a real wonder.
    Paula (PEP)

  8. This card is so impressive! I love the colors, and I've just got to try the "reflection" technique. Beautiful!

  9. What an amazing card!!!Love the colors and the image, what a masterpiece!!!



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