Daffodils in Darkness

Well folks, the stakes are getting a wee bit higher! It's week three of our six-week Gambler's Sale and we're stepping up the discount again -- this time to 30% off store wide! With that kind of discount, some of your favorite sets on your wish list won't last long!
Why is this sale a gamble? Well, ALL of the items now in the store will be going, going, gone -- never to return again. So, if you see something you really want -- buy it now or take a gamble to see how low the price will go! Like we said, this week everything is 30% off with the code GAMBLERS30. Just use that code in the coupon box at the time of check out to get 30% off your entire order, even on already reduced sale prices! Each Monday, between now and February 24th, we'll be adding another 10% off!
While you're shopping, be sure to check out this special deal!

Our MYSTERY BAGS were WILDLY popular in the past and so, why not bring them back? Each bag is valued at roughly $40 but... you pay only $25!!! Each bag has two stamp sets -- YES TWO! One is an unpackaged set that we cannot sell because it doesn't have an index sheet. But, it stamps perfectly and would love a new home! Each bag also has a fun tutorial sheet showcasing a card or technique. Add in a few yards of ribbon and an embellishment and that is what is in each Mystery Bag. It's one heck of a bargain! Click HERE to visit the store and pick one up today!

You know Picasso was said to have had a "blue phase"? Well... I think I'm in the "dark phase" of my work this week. LOL!  This is the second card in a matter of days where I created a dark back ground but you know... it's just SO dramatic and I love that!

If you didn't happen to see my first "dark phase" card creation, you can check out here. ;)

So I thought I'd share with you my "dark phase" process.  First I cut out a piece of Classic White Cardstock.  I then stamped two of the glorious daffodil images from the "Signs of Spring" collection using Memento "Black Tuxedo" ink.  I created 2 masks from Post-It-Notes from the same image and placed them over top of my images.

Next I took my Copic Markers and loaded them into my Copic airbrush (V04, V09, BV25 , BV29 and Y13) and airbrushed the entire back ground.  I concentrated my darker purples towards the back ground of my flowers and the lighter pinks and the yellow around the edges.

Leaving the masks on my paper, I laid a Tim Holtz "Burlap" Layering Stencil over top of the cardstock at an angle.  I used some Copic Blender Solution on a piece of paper towel and dabbed it through the stencil to resist the Copic air brushing and this is the design I got...

After removing the masks and colouring my image using the following Copic Markers:
BV20, BV25, BV29, BV31, Y11, Y13, Y35, Y38, 
YG03, TG05, YG11, YG21, YG63, YR18, YR21, V04 & V09.

Here is my final card...
I backed my image with a piece of "Cool Canteloupe" cardstock from the Terra Cotta Color Made Easy collection and then put them onto a card base made from Classic Black Cardstock.  I think that pop of fine, fine orange colour makes the perfect frame!

Lately I have been trying to learn more about adding proper shadowing to my work.   I'm finding that BV20, BV25 and BV31 are going to be my best friends!  LOL!  Thanks for stopping by!

Now, one last treat to share with you today! The Flourishes Design Team put their creative powers to work this week sharing some creative inspiration to help you kick off your week! Keep in  mind, if you love their creation and want to make one just like it -- these stamps won't last long!

Have fun shopping! Don't forget the code  GAMBLERS30 --  and remember that once these items are gone they will be gone forever!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by Flourishes LLC

stamps: Flourishes (Signs of Spring)
cardstock:  Flourishes Classic White & Black Cardstock, "Terra Cotta" Color Made Easy Collection
ink:  Memento, Copic Markers
tools:  Copic airbrush, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil
other: Copic Blender Solution.


Becky said...

Gorgeous card, love the background

TLady said...


Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Clever masking for your nighttime daffodils Ally. So pretty.

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Love the effect you achieved with your masking, stenciling and Copic Blender-ing. Beautiful card Ally!

ChristineCreations said...

GAH this looks amazing!