Sunday, 1 February 2009

Gypsy Tilda

HE HE HE, well this card took me a week to do. The main image took two attempts before I was happy, and Tilda took three attempts. I did consider not putting Tilda on as I REALLY liked how the main image turned out, but decided as I have more Magnolia stamps that I know what to do with I'd better start using them. So take a look at my Gypsy Tilda...

How I made the main image...

1. The caravan is a rubber stamp from alota rubber stamps and the trees is by Inkadinkado.

The caravan stamp didn't really look like a gypsy caravan. Gypsy caravans don't have stoves, so the chimney had to go, and they don't have a back board behind the step, so that had to go as well. I masked both of these off with some low tack masking tape then I inked up the stamp removed the tape and stamped. Because then there were gaps I used my Pilot pigment ink drawing pen to draw in the missing roof and under the step I drew in a box, as that is what you will find there on a real Gypsy caravan. Coloured it in with my Derwents and Sansodor, and went over the red frames and "metal" parts of the caravan with Sakura Gellyroll Glaze pens (red & clear). Then I stamped the caravan again on to a large Post It, cut it out and used it to mask the coloured caravan. Then I stamped the trees twice with Versafine vintage sepia ink using a stamp positioner. As the trees are bare and I wanted the trees to have leaves, I cut a small piece of sponge. This is just an ordinary bath sponge, don't use real sponge, the ink just soaks straight in and you can't sponge onto the paper. I made the sponge as small as possible then using Versafine olympic green ink sponged "leaves" onto the trees, and then randomly scribbled my green derwent onto the the ink to make the foliage look a bit thicker in places. The grass I did with Derwents and Sansodor and to make the tufts and blades of grass I used Staedtler triplus fineliner pens (0.3mm). Just for fun I drew in some daisies with the Pilot pigment pen and used Sakura Gelly roll white pen and yellow pen to colour them in and the birds were drew with the Pilot pen as well.
Tilda is coloured with derwents and Sakura Gellyroll stardust pens (on the apron and the band in her hair). She's sweeping away a cobweb that is a stamp from Magnolia. And the ribbon is from Nostalgia Ribbons. It was VERY expensive, £5 a metre, but I couldn't resist it :) The paper is from Basic Grey "fruit cake".
I must thank my Dad, he helped me choose the DP and the ribbon for this card. In fact before I actually stick any of my cards together, I always show him first to get his opinion, and if there's something he's not happy with I'll change it 'til he says "that's it".
Well, a pretty simple looking card that most of you would probably have thrown together in a couple of hours, but I like it and that's why I don't do as many Tilda cards as I would like to. There are so many accessory stamps, I just feel the need to do a scene with them.
Thank you for stopping by, and when I'm a t work tomorrow I'll see if I can think up a SIMPLE card to make :P
Take care & keep smiling


Wildärtan said...

Oh - it's just lovely Ann! I understand it took you long time to do, thats quite complicated! I should try it, though... Thanks for the inspiration!!

Hugs and take care!

Anonymous said...

O-M-Goodness!! Ann!!! This is an amazing seems like it should be the cover for a novel :) Seriously, I love ALL the wonderful details you added! I could sit and study the card for a long time. What a great creation. And the purple dress is sooo pretty, the leaves on the trees are perfect, wow, I love it all! I'll wait for the book that goes with it... I'm sure it will be a best seller! :) Hugz, Mary

Carolyn Bounds said...

Holy moly!!!! I am at a complete loss for words!!!! This card is so very amazing, and it is so incredibly realistic that I feel like I could roll around on the lovely grass:o) The caravan is...SPECTACULAR and far better than perfect!!! Actually, this entire creation is beyond perfection!!!! The time it took was well worth it because you have designed a striking masterpiece!!! Looks like you and your dad make the best card making team around:o) I am completely mesmerized and totally in love with this BRILLIANT creation!!!


Els G. said...

Wow! This is stunning! Love how you mage a 'gipsy' caravan out of the stamp.It's incredible how you altered all those details. I would never have thought of that! Love your trees and the foliage you created.
The ribbon is stunning. I would have spent that amount on it too (in fact I have, I have a ribbon quite simular to yours - colours and all, lol).
Great job, and you have a great assistent too!

Rosella said...

WOW Ann! What an amazing card with such detail. BEAUTIFUL. Thank you also for the detailed description on how you achieved this great card!!
Smiles and Hugs from Canada!!

Rachel said...

Ann this is a GORGEOUS card! i love how you made your scenery and how everything goes together so well. you did a beautiful job!!

Wildärtan said...

How are you Ann? Working on a fab card??
You're challenged!! Take a look in my blog... :-)

Nancy said...

Ann, I love your card! A lot of thought went into it and your coloring is perfect! Now when you said: "I have more Magnolia stamps that I know what to do with..." Well, send them my way! I'm sure I could figure out what to do with them! haha! I'm joking of course.

Keep on blogging & crafting!