Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Wheatfield Surprise

Good morning blog visitors, Kirsten here with a Tuesday tutorial.
 This is the first project I made using Imagination Crafts’ Silkies paints & I was very impressed by them.
I chose one of the Lavinia Stamps background papers & based my background scene colours on it, so I used the following distress inks;
Weathered Wood, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac.


I stamped the Zen Houses onto Super Smooth white card with Onyx Black Versafine & stamped them again onto a sheet of Mask It. I cut these out, removed the plastic backing & placed the sticky backed images over the houses on the white card.


I tore a piece of paper & placed it over the top two thirds of the masked houses, then blended Weather Wood distress ink over the lower third of the card for the ground. For the sky I used Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac distress inks, with a little Tumbled Glass at the edges.


Keeping the masks in place I began applying Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade & Seedless Preserves distress inks through the Glitz Craft Wheatfield stencil, trying to vary the amount of colour as I went.


I flipped the stencil over & also used just sections of it, trying to create different heights & making sure to leave open space too.


Once I was happy with the stencilling I removed the masks & began to start painting with the Silkies, using a very fine detail paintbrush & mixing the paints with water, to create thin washes. The colours I used are; Apple Lace, Sunshine Satin & Sunset Satin.
 It was at this point that I realised I had forgotten to set the Versafine with clear embossing powder. I decided to go ahead, using a clean baby wipe to wipe off what paint I could from the black ink.
At the end, I went over some areas with a fine detail black pen, but I would definitely recommend you use clear embossing powder before painting. It will give you a much crisper image.


I built up the paint slowly, drying in between layers – although the Silkies do dry very quickly, so I needed a quick waft of my heat tool. I also used watercolour pencils in a few areas to create layers of colour.
I added the Card-io Flutterby Garden butterflies & the Sweet Birdhouse flowers with Atlantic & Boysenberry Versacolor inks to add extra details.


Glossy Accents went on the windows………..

The finished picture was put on a square of dark purple card, layered onto the background paper & then onto a 7 x7 white card blank…….
Zen Houses    Background Papers 1    Wheatfield     Flutterby Garden    Sweet Birdhouse
     Silkies - Apple Lace   Silkies - Sunshine Satin     Silkies - Sunset Satin  
 Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Mini Set 1   Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Mini Set 2       Pens and Pencils      VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black    
Thanks for looking, don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. See you here next Monday when I announce the winner of the Lavinia Stamps promotion giveaway. Have a great week.


  1. Beautiful as always....love the use of the wheat grass in the background makes the perfect backdrop for these pretty little houses......love today's blog very much !!! xxx

  2. Great card, do love these little houses and you have made them so pretty, love it all,xx

  3. Just so beautiful. What cute little houses. Well done.

  4. Lovely card......these little houses are so cute! x


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