Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Hello Bloggers

Today I'm going to show you how to create a landscape using one ink pad, a few stamps and some torn paper. It's a card I taught my stamping class , I promised therefore that I would post instructions so they can refer to it for future reference.

I would like to thank Barbara Grey of Clarity stamps for all her inspiration she has given me over the years.

Things you will need:

Splodge Matt (available from Claritystamps see link below.)
Encaustic art card.A5 size with 3cm trimmed from a short edge and long edge.I do this so I know I will have "space" to matt and layer and mount on to a A5 card.
Brayer,  I use a speedball as I find this the best.
Selection of stamps, I've used A big tree, small tree, Balloon's, and flock of birds.All my stamps are from Clarity.Link here.
Copy paper
Adirondack Earthtones dye based ink pad:Meadow.
Small punch to cut mask from post it. I used a x-cut punch. This produces a 2.3 cm circle for my sun.
Masking tape

Here is a picture of the finished card. Matt and layered ready to use.

Here I begun to assemble all my things I will need to do the card

 I now have my card and trimmed to the required size.
 Tear of a piece of masking tape and adhere to your clothes a few times to remove excess sticky. Attach to the card covering about a 1cm edge of the card. .Do this to all 4 sides as in the photo.

Roll you brayer over the ink pad giving the brayer a good coating.
Roll your brayer over the splodge mat to evenly distribute the ink over the mat.
 Get a piece of copy or scarp paper and scrunch it up into a tight ball then un-scrunch it and flatten it out. Roll your prayer along the "ripples" the impressions will be left on the brayer.
 Covering the top part of the picture, so you have about 2.5cm of the bottom exposed run your brayer along the exposed part of your picture creating the lake.  You might need to add a bit of pressure to get the effect.Clean brayer.

Take the piece of paper covering the top part, and put it back down so its now covering the water. You want it so there is a thin line of water exposed.
 Here you can see a close up of the covered water with just the top exposed.

To create the "hills" I find the easiest way is to use a ruler and tear the paper along the edge of the ruler . Moving the ruler creates the hills and vallys. Practise a few times until you are happy with your hills.

I now have my hills. Once you are happy with them keep them and use it a few times and make loads of cards.

I now attach my hill mask and after re-inking my brayer ink in my first hills. By moving the mask slightly and WITHOUTre-inking brayer you can do another hill which would appear to be in the distance.

Leaving the water still covered and the hill's now in place I now punch my sun and place it in the "sky "area of my picture.

I have now re-inked my brayer and have actually done a wheelie on the left hand side of the brayer. I now roll back and forth across the picture gradually bringing the brayer down towards the hills.

As you can now see from this photo the sky is darker at the top and gets lighter towards the hills. This is because of the wheelie that you did, and this is what you are trying to achieve.

OK we have got to this stage, with the mask removed. What we need to do now is put in the piece of land at the front of the picture to give it some depth.

Retrieving your hill mask cover up the bottom left of you picture and go across it with your brayer. Be careful not to go across the other bit of the lake. You might want to do this a few times as you want it relatively dark but don't go overboard. re-ink brayer if necessary.

I now have my piece of land in the foreground. See the bit of green to the right of the piece of land in the water, that was with the brayer and I did not cover up the water sufficiently,  you have been warned lol. Now we are going to stamp in the details.

Using the photo as a guide, ink up your small tree stamp and blot it on a piece of scrap paper. the secret here is as it in the distance you want it quite faint, so blot it twice and then stamp on the picture. Without re-inking invert the stamp and stamp in the water so you get e reflection do this twice more using the photo as a guide.

Now ink up your balloon stamp and blot it once on the scrap paper and stamp twice on the picture using the photo as a guide. The second stamped balloon will appear fainter , you want this as it gives the illusion of being further away. Thus automatically adding depth to the art work.

 Now ink up the flock of birds and stamp twice on to scrap paper and then stamp on the picture in the middle of the sun. Again the fainter the better so again you might want to press a little harder to get a good impression
Now ink up the larger of the balloons and stamp once on to scrap paper and stamp on to your artwork..
 Do the same for the big tree, using the photo as a guide.

Ink up the big tree again and using the very edge of the stamp add some foliage to the bottom left corner where the big tree is., being careful not go over into the water.

The finished piece matt and layered and attached to card.


Andy xx


  1. What a Brilliant tutorial Andy. And a Lovely card xx

  2. Oh wow!!!! Ive been trying to do this for ages, but didnt know how! Thanks!!!!!! Oh btw came via oysterstampers