Tuesday, 7 July 2015

All At Sea at Make My Monday

Hello everyone and apologies for my absence lately which is because work and life have been very hectic over the last couple of weeks and I've had no time for crafting. On top of that I still have eyesight issues as my Optician recommended changing my gas permeable lenses that I've had for over 20 years to soft lenses. These arrived on Saturday and I can get them in very quickly but taking them out is a nightmare. I couldn't get the right one out last night until gone midnight and ended up with a rather red eye so today I'm having to resort to the glasses that didn't quite work in order to be able to see at all!
As you can imagine, I'm feeling somewhat miserable but I'm just about managing to craft and was able to finish what I started for our challenge this week at Make My Monday which has the theme of

The Sea
This is for my father in law's birthday in a couple of weeks but as he doesn't see my blog, he won't know it's here :D

All the men in my hubby's family love the sea and my Stampscapes stamps came out to play. I hope you like my background which is one of a Gelli print session on Sunday when I made a small batch with my new 6x6 plate which, if you like making square cards as I do, is fabulous!

Here's a pic of the print I took showing the 3 left. The darker versions were the originals from applying 2 shades of teal and 2 shades of blue with white Gesso using my figures. I then misted on water to make the paler prints, one of which I used for the card.

As you can see, you can get a good effect of sky, sea and waves if you apply roughly horizontal stripes across and I know I'm going to struggle with adding anything to the darker versions as I can't bear to cover any of them up!

To make the card, I stamped on the sea and wave stamp, followed by rocks and the lighthouse. I then added the ship which is from Crafty Individuals CI-294. I added coloured to the images with a chalk pastel for the grey and Inktense pencils in greens, blues, browns and white to make the images pop. The most useful was actually the white as I found applying it quite strongly covered up any unwanted lines which was the price I had to pay for not stamping first and masking.

I think it worked quite well though and hope you think so too.

I simply added the panel to a kraft card to finish - it's a bit wonky due to my eyesight issues but it will have to do!

Sorry if I haven't been to visit lately but hope to remedy that soon.

Fliss xx


Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic cad, really great! Hope your eye problems are soon over. Hugs, Valerie

brenda said...

How miserable for you Fliss, I've never used them but one of our boys does and I know they can be a real nightmare at times.

Your card today is beautiful, such a serene scene.

B x

Amanda said...

This is fabulous and hopefully that cheered you up. Your father in law will love it I'm sure
Amanda x

Paper Profusion said...

Gosh I hope you can get used to the new lenses fast Fliss! I can only imagine the panic not being able to remove one. Great card and that background is so evocative of the sea - something else that I find scary! Im sure your Father in law will love it. Nicola x

Inky and Quirky said...

Brilliant masculine card Fliss,very atmospheric. Oh you poor thing, nothing worse then eye problems, fingers crossed your optician finally sorts it out :/
Biggest hugs
Donna xxx

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Fliss, I am still wearing gas permeable. I started just before my 18th birthday and turned 47 in May, so you can do the math!!!! It would be such a thought to change after this length of time. I am rooting that it all works out well for you.
A fabulous creation, the colours are perfection. I am with Nicola, I also have a fear of the sea, what lies beneath yet I do like to view artwork along this theme and even creating it. We can all be such funny creatures with our phobias ... my other one, which is much worse, so much so I cannot even look at any images are green and yucky to look at and are F*$G. I will probably have nightmares of them bobbing up and down in the sea!!!
Anyway, I absolutely love this special card.

Sally H said...

A stunning card, Fliss! You can't beat a sea scene and your background is wonderful! So sorry to hear about your eye problems. Hope you get used to the new contacts soon x

Joan said...

Fabulous card - I love the scene and the coloring you did!! Aren't Gelli prints fun and add such beautiful backgrounds to cards!
Hope the contacts work out soon.

craftytrog said...

What a beautiful card! The background is wonderful!
Hope you get used to those lens soon, so glad I only need reading glasses!
Alison xx

Marina said...

Beautiful, realistic background and fabulous scene.