9.12.2008

Leggy Witch Card with a 'written' tutorial...

I abso-freakin'-lutely love this card!!! I've had the idea for the card for awhile and I finally just did it! I had a blast making it last night and could hardly wait for my work day to get over with today so I could share it. I used a couple of Michelle Zindorf's sponging and brayer techniques. She is amazing... a true artist!

The card front you see started out as being my 'sketch' piece to go off of and make templates, etc., but once I got started, I just kept going! So now I have to try to reproduce this again... yikes! I started out with White UltraSmooth 80# cardstock base. I hand sketched the moon & witch leg w/ a light lead pencil so I could figure out where to stamp the tree. Using the Coluzzle, I cut out a large circle from another piece of cardstock to use as my mask.

First, I placed the negative over my base and started sponging the moon with Sunflower and then Raw Sienna at the edges. I removed the mask and lightly sponged more Sunflower around the moon to create a haziness. I then placed the circle over the moon and a piece of cardstock at the horizon line, covering the grass area. I brayered Beaux Arts Blue around sky edges, fading in toward moon, and followed up w/ sponging to even out the color. I repeated this step using Violette. I ran the brayer across the moon (without re-inking it) to create the thin cloud lines and add to the haziness.

For the grass area, I masked off the sky half of the base and sponged Chartreuse and then Landscape, fading inward. I used a Tombow marker to create the horizon line and then heavily sponged Landscape around tree trunk base. I stamped two different images from Fresh Air Favorites to create creepy grass/weeds... I used Landscape and rolled in Charcoal at edges. Finished up by sponging edges of grass area with Violette.

Using Noir, I stamped 'sentiment' & date with Ecclectic Alpha (retired). I traced over portions w/ Stardust Glitter Pen. Next, I used Fantastix & 'colored in' the witch leg with Noir on the base. I did this so that it would be dark under the popped up leg element... it reads like a shadow.

For the Witch leg: on scrap of White UltraSmooth, I used the journal lines from a retired GWP from a year ago to create the striped stocking and shaded w/ Fantastix, alternating between Noir & a mixture of Orangerie & Cognac. Sponged edges in Noir. I cut out boot from black cardstock and highlighted with Brilliance Moonlight White. I assembled leg/boot and popped up on black pop dots.

Finally, I matted base on black and then adhered to charcoal card base (3.5"x8.5").

[insert heavy sigh and sound of popping knuckles]

Good grief... did I just write a freakin' novel?!

Anyway, I'm going to try to recreate this again this weekend, and I might try one with heat embossing the tree... I really like it now, kind of understated... I wonder if the shininess of the EP would look funny? We'll see.

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think. And thanks for stopping by!

19 comments:

Kim said...

OMG this is beyond fabulous!!!!!!!!! Wow you put a lot of work into it and it so shows. Your sponging/brayering/masking is perfect!!!!!!! I love the leg and the details on the ground and the tree. I just love it all. Such a great idea!!!!

Cindy C. said...

BARBARA FOSTER!!!! **gasp!** This took my breath away. That is gorgeous!!! I can't even believe your talents. Well, I can, but SERIOUSLY. It is so obvious that you should be designing cards for a living. Soooooo obvious that you love this stuff.

Beverly said...

OH, this must be the one you're sending to me! LMBO!! WoW!!! Girl, you got it goin' ON!! You are truly an INSPIRATION!!!

Jeanie said...

Dang Barb...I wish I had one ounce of your creativity!!!! LOVE the card!!!!!!!

Bug's_mom said...

What an awesome card! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity, Barb. Cindy is right- when will your new line of custom cards be coming out? **smile** Great job and thanks for giving Halloween the respect and attention it deserves. It's my favorite holiday, too!!

Lisadwb said...

I need to stand beside you for a minute, and hope some of that talent runs off onto me. I LOVE that card!!

mzindorf said...

Great Piece! Thanks for sharing it with me.

Sarah said...

I'm speechless...this needs to go inside a frame or something! What an amazing work of art!!

Sarah G.

Tonya Williams jmwtlw@sbcglobal.net said...

OMG this is such a freaking neat project! I love it.

Trudy Osborn said...

Awesome card! Love all the depth and dimension it has

Chris said...

This is so incredible...I love your excitement, it's well deserved! I love your stuff!

nic_d said...

Absolutely gorgeous! This is just a fabulous work of art...very cool! Halloween inspires you, eh?

Toni said...

Barb, that's a very beautiful card. I subscribe to Michelle's blog too and you've nailed it! Now if only I was there so you could teach me!!

Paula said...

This is, by far, the best witchy card I have ever seen...and I'm on SCS a lot! Very nice job! WOW!

kssdesigns said...

This card is AMAZING. I didn't think you could top your frankenhead card, but I think you've outdone yourself this time. Simply amazing!

BarbL said...

Totally awesome!! Care to share your boot pattern?

sandyh50 said...

Oh my word, BArb, I had to stop and let you know how cute this card is! Wow!

Mel M. M. M. said...

Freakin' Out of this world gorgeousity!!!! I loved reading how you did it, but did I read correctly that you drew the witch leg!!!????? What a great idea to stamp the lines on the stocking with a journaling stamp. You're just a genius!!! I'd flip my lid for a template of that boot & leg. WOW! The brayering is way TOO hot. It's pure perfection & insanely inspiring! :O)

kellyrae said...

Drop dead gorgeous Barb! And the best part is the hand-drawn leg and boot. How totally awesome!!!

I haven't been able to brayer using the Palettes (I keep getting oval "pad" shadows), so I am encouraged that it does work (just not with me...sigh).

Thanks for the tut, too!