Thursday, 7 November 2013

Sing it from the rooftops!

Thursday's blog is always blue, so here's a cool blue Christmas card I made, using the Clarity Carol stamps. There's a whole collection of them: We three kings, While shepherds watched, I saw Three ships, In the bleak midwinter (my personal favourite set), and others. But here we have God rest ye merry gentlemen, complete with merry gentleman and family!

So how did I do the background? Easy there's a brilliant rooftops Claritymask available, which make this a cinch. You do have to cut out a mask for the musical banner, but that's all.

This is a sky-brayering exercise! I used the square white gelli plate card, and Black and Denim Adirondack ink pads mixed on a Splodgemat, to make a lovely dark night sky.

Sometimes folks get daunted by stamp-masking, but it really isn't all that complex.

Just stamp the Carol in black Archival on the card,

stamp it straightaway on a Post-it with the more faded ink,

cut the Postit out,

cover up the image with the mask and add a moon mask.

That's all you have to do.

Then you can add the background without spoiling the image in the front.

Next thing here is the Rooftops mask. Now you can cut it out from a piece of copy paper, or you can treat yourself to a Claritymask. This one is even in the Set of Landscape Masks, which, I have to say, is just about the best thing we have come up with.

The carollers are a Silhouette Stamp, so no need to mask. You can place them wherever you fancy in the front, but I recommend Black Archival for a good solid black.

The little blue detail dots you can see are created just using a piece of sequin waste and very lightly brushing Denim blue. We've got the most awesome stencil brushes; you should try them.

So there you have it, a lovely, blue note for Christmas. Anyway, I must get off to the NEC Exhibition! Doors open at 9am this year! I am really looking forward to it!



  1. Love this one..good news-I have those stamps!…not got the roof tops masks so will improvise in some way…thanks for this one…have a great day! xx

  2. Happy Birthday, Dave,
    What another lovely card, I so look forward to your daily blogs and thank you for your effective efforts and sharing of your craft. Danke

  3. This is lovely, I like Kim have the stamp but not the mask.
    I must start on Christmas cards. Don't work to hard at the NEC Xx

  4. Happy Birthday Dave, enjoy your day. Barbara I hope you all have a fab four days I wish I was able to get there,maybe next year! I am loving your blog thanks for the continuous inspiration.x

  5. have that set of masks love the will try this brilliant once again love our personal class room dairy have a good day xxx

  6. Hi Barbara
    Absolutely love this one, it's so effective. Will have to treat myself to the mask set I think. Enjoy the NEC, - hope your thumb holds up!

  7. Lovely card. I am off now, on my way to the NEC, traffic permitting. Yippee!!!

  8. Definitely need those landscape masks, so effective, thank you, have a great time at the NEC x

  9. Happy birthday dave hope you have a great n e c visit Barbara the card is lovely xx

  10. I love the dramatic sky!!! and yet the way you do it it looks so simple!!

    Happy Birthday to Dave ...I hope he got the card!

    Have a great show at the NEC over the next few days.
    Love and Hugs. Jane xxxx

  11. wow I love this and am adding the landscape stencils and stencil brush to my wish list xx

  12. gorgeous card barbara. Wish I was going to the NEC but no babysitter this year :-( have a fab time! x

  13. love this style of card. almost monochrome. glad to have seen you again at nec. see you tomorrow xx

  14. Beautiful card yet again Barbara, Hope you are managing to celebrate the lovely Dave's Birthday this evening xx

  15. The Clarity Stencil Brushes make doing this roofscape a breeze to easy to use as the brushes are soft and don't shed like other brands do x

  16. I have recently bought some stencil brushes, but they do shed. I should have waited and bought some Clarity brushes!


Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x