Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Lions at Dusk

Hi everybody.  I decided to get out one of my Sheena Douglass sets and used the Acacia tree from the African Landscape, and the silhouette lions from Roar.  Unfortunately they don't seem to be available anywhere at present.

There is a story to this card as I made it for a birthday in November and I wrote the post and after sending the card off realised that I hadn't taken a photo of it.  When I sent out my Christmas cards I very cheekily asked if they could take send it back to me, or take a photo themselves and send it to me as an attachment, and I also said if they didn't have it any more I would quite understand as not everyone keeps their cards for very long.  Well a little while ago it came in a nice padded envelope and I was so happy to complete it's cycle and show it to you all, as in truth I was so disappointed not to be able to put it up here as I felt it was rather a success.  It has travelled to Hertfordshire and back and considering the mileage it has fared

I started with the background and using my Brushos I sprinkled some Ultramarine at the top of the piece of white card, following by some Yellow and Orange in the middle, and then some Purple and Dark Brown and some Black towards the bottom.  I sprayed some water and guided the ink with a brush to get the colours roughly where I wanted them.  I then dried it with my heat tool and stamped the tree and the silhouette lions towards the centre of the piece using Black Archival.  I used my Misti as the stamps are quite large and reinked a couple of times to get the depth of colour I wanted.

I thought the sky and the foreground needed to be darker as the stamps looked far too prominent,  so I sprinkled some more purple, dark brown and black in the foreground and added quite a lot of water and moved it around with a brush, and used some of the same colours up the sides to make the yellow behind the lions stand out and look more like the setting sun.  I also darkened the sky by adding a little black to the aquamarine, mixed it on my mat and applied it again with the brush.  I dried thoroughly with the heat tool as it was very wet and did crinkle a little, and I was too impatient to let it dry on it's 

I cut the scene using a Stitched Square die from The Works and backed it with a some black card and some white funky foam to give it a bit of dimension and strength, and added it on to the white 6" square base card.

I finished by die cutting a sentiment from another piece of black card.

Before  finishing I would like to introduce a new follower called Ksenija, and you will find her blog here.  She is probably known to quite a few of you, but if you have never visited her then you are in for a treat as she is very talented.

Thank you for dropping by today and I will see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Cards 4 Guyz Challenge - No. 188 - Something beginning with 'L' (Lions and Landscape).  (So pleased to be chosen as Top 3 Winner)
Country View Challenges - February 2018 Anything But Cute.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Die Cut.


  1. what a beauty this card is and so glad to here you got it back in order to take your photos of it. your work with the brushos is lovely as it is quite a technique in using them so I'm led to believe. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Fabulous!
    Your scene looks so good. the lions and the tree instantly make you think of Africa!
    Great job, PAt.

  3. gorgeous scene, the colours give such a warm dust effect. Love it and glad it made it's way back to you unscathed :)

  4. I don't blame you for wanting a photo of this fabulous card to share with us, Pat! It truly is a stunning work of art and shows your marvelous talent!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. I enjoyed the back story nearly as much as I did this gorgeous African scene. I hope the recipient (if you return it!) will display it somewhere, as it's certainly worthy of such. What a clever treatment you've done on the great Brusho background, and your stamping with Archival worked so well. I think the after addition of the extra brusho work highlighted the yellow sun and made the dark silhouettes show up beautifully. I would not have thought to do that. TFS & Hugs

  6. So pleased you were able to show us this fabulous card Pat! Again, you have put so much work and techniques into this card and it has certainly paid off! You have created a lovely scene of the lions in the shadow of the setting sun! Beautiful work my friend! Have a wonderful day! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
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  7. What fun to get the card back..its a real beauty Pat. Lots of atmosphere . Thanks so much for joining in with our anything but cute challenge over at Country View over at Country View. Hugs Jane xx

  8. What a wonderful scenic card Pat and those lions look so relaxed under the shade of the tree. It sounds like this lovely card has been in quite a journey but I’m really pleased that you got to share it with us all. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  9. Gorgeous card, Pat, such an atmospheric scene. Glad you managed to get it back to share on your blog. xx

  10. Fab make, Pat, and glorious colours

    Thanks for the visit to mine and, yes, it is YOU that are correct - they SHOULD be for two different occasions so my efforts have been wasted, sadly!

    Happy Saturday


  11. What a beautiful scene card, fabulous.

  12. This is quite a beautiful piece of ART! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Add a Die Cut” Challenge! Awesome details and design! Super work!

  13. Great scene ! Thanks for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  14. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  15. Hi Pat, beautiful art on your post and I've scrolled to see other beauties that I've missed. Thanks for stopping in at my blog :) Cheers xx

  16. I found your card on the SSSWchallenge. I had to stop more and read more about it. Love what you did.


  17. So glad you got the card back so you could share it with all of us, Pat. It's gorgeous. Great job creating so much depth with your mix of colours. It's really a very special card. xx

  18. Pleased you managed to get your card back, I hate it when I forget to take a photo of a project! A super scene on your textural Brusho background.
    Thanks for sharing at Cardz4Guyz. :)

  19. love this...great stamps.
    xx Karen


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