Friday, 23 November 2012

Inspired by an early morning!

At the beginning of the week I had to get up practically before I went to bed to take our lovely French exchange student to the train station for his return home. It was cold and dark and I was not at my most cheerful, but as we left the house my spirits lifted at the sight of the sky as the sun was rising. It obviously stuck in my mind because today's card happened a day or two afterwards!

The sky really did look like this - bright orange in a strip at the bottom with the light of the sun illuminating the line of the horizon, and a purplish grey above it. It was magical. You can see some gorgeous photos of similarly dramatic sunrises here taken by my lovely blogging friend Irene.

I started by stamping the trees in Early Espresso ink onto my card stock panel. Then I made two masks by stamping the trees on a post it note and cutting along the horizon with my sharp paper snips. One half was held over the land so I could sponge in the sky, then the other half was used to mask the sky while I sponged in the ground. Sponging over the stamped trees gives them a misty sort of look and I inked up the trees again (using a marker this time, so I could use just the trees, not the ground) and stamped them again in the foreground. The scene was mounted onto black card stock to make the sky appear to glow.

I thought this design would make a good notecard, so I added the hello sentiment from Easy Events and  pierced a little home for it using my piercing template. I'm so excited about piercing at the moment - it adds detail but in a really nice, subtle way.

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Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Easy Events (sentiment)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Marina Mist, Early Espresso
Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Other: Piercing template, piercing tool, markers, stamp-a-majig, paper snips
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Today's card reminded me of a nursery rhyme I used to read to my children when they were small:
One misty moisty morning
When cloudy was the weather
I chanced to meet an old man
Clothed all in leather
Clothed all in leather with a cap under his chin
Singing how d'you do and how d'you do and how d'you do again.
Does anyone remember it? The children and I were amused by it and whenever it's a damp, foggy day, we always refer to it as a misty, moisty morning in our family!

Hope you have a lovely weekend with no mistiness or moistiness - but if you do, don't worry, there are always more Christmas cards to be made!

See you very soon,


  1. Doesn't Mother Nature create the most wonderful colours at open and close of day, Vicky? We had some beautiful sunsets here earlier in the week.
    You have captured your early autumnal morning so beautifully. I love your tree stamps and the colours you achieved by sponging:) x

  2. Beatiful sunrise! I love sunrises and sunsets :D

  3. Yes, we used to say that rhyme too, and we have been having misty moisty mornings aplenty!
    Beautiful card, Vicky, very atmospheric and pretty. xx

  4. Beautiful scene Vicky. Love the glow you've achieved. The piercing gives a modern twist. Haven't heard that rhyme but it would suit us up in bonnie scotland! x

  5. Absoloutely beautiful Vicky, and captured so well.
    Does this mean you are getting up early more often, LoL ???

  6. Beautiful scene Vicky and the colours are wonderful:) Moist was an understatement last night we had to call a cab to travel a 1/4 of a mile!
    Val x

  7. Beautiful card, very atmospheric.

  8. Lovely card Vicky and love your misty morning scene


  9. I do love this stamp set. Thre is such a lot you can do with it and this is a gorgeous example. I love those odd occasions when you're up and about so early that you get to see these fsbulous colours in the sunrise too.

    Louise xx

  10. One of my all time favourite stamp sets - I never tire of it - funnily enough , I pinned a very nice tag onto my Christmas crafts board today on Pinterest using this set which had been made very beautifully with lots of cascading snow ! Your card depicts exactly how I think today will end - with a soft pink and grey sunset - just lovely Vicky ! Have a great weekend ! Jane x

  11. Lovely sunrise card, Vicky. I see colors like this every morning on my way to work. I start out in the dark and by the time I arrive in town an hour later, the sun is peeking over the mountains. I LOVE how you added the paper piercing to embrace your sentiment.

  12. Beautiful Vicky! You've captured the sunrise perfectly!

  13. What a beautiful scene you have created with these beautiful stamps Vicky! I love the sky, such a pretty effect with these inks!

  14. Wow Vicky, this is gorgeous. I rarely see sunrises, as I am a bit of a 'night owl', but your card re-creates the ones I have seen, beautifully.

    I also love how you have nestled the greeting in its own little bed of piercing.

    Jennifer. x

  15. A gorgeous card. You've really captured the early morning feel. I love the sponging that you have done, and the pierced detail really finishes it off beautifully.
    I remember that nursery rhyme and have sung it to my children in the past, although I would get a lot of eye rolling if I uttered it now!! x x

  16. This is fabulous Vicky, beautiful scene and colours, I love it :) Viv xx

  17. i get an email from you whenever you post Vicky and I saw this yesterday. i had to pop on and say - wow this is absolutely gorgeous. i love this type of stamping because it looks so elegant and beautiful xx

  18. Hi Vicky

    What a beautiful card. Love the colours and those gorgeous trees.

    I don't know that full rhyme but my Mum used to say part of it and do something with her index fingers as if they were bowing to each other and saying "how do you do". Mmmm... will have to ask her about that next time I see her.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  19. A lovely inspiring card. Fab! xxx

  20. Brilliant card. We have such lovely skies sometimes I'm glad it inspired you to make this card.

  21. Gee, I haven't heard that nursery rhyme for years. No misty moisty mornings here, and this week summer seems to be just around the corner. The last couple of weeks have been cool and slightly damp. Oh by the way, your card is lovely!

  22. Beautifully crafted Vicky , you have created such a warm autumn scene rich colours and amazing stamping.


  23. Dawn and dusk are my favourite times of the day too and I love how you've captured the colours in the sky so vividly :0)
    Jenny x


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