Let It Be - Cardmaking Tutorial by Dot

Hi everyone,
It's Dot here with you today with a card tutorial for you.
I wasn't too sure where this card was heading until around step 5.  That's when it turned into a love story.

The finished card.

Step 1:
I started by using Shaded Lilac and Broken China Distress Inks on my craft sheet, spritzing with a little water and swiping my card through it. I dabbed it a couple of extra times because I get side-tracked with the beautiful droplet effects.

Step 2:
I thought I'ld do a little ghosting with a stencil and water but it didn't really have much of an effect on this background so ...
using the same inks, I added a little background stamping with some stamps from the Textured Feathers set.

Step 3:
Using my stamping platform, I stamped da Vinci Old Man and a da Vinci woman (this one isn't available anymore, but I think that the da Vinci Woman #3 would work beautifully).

Step 4:
At this stage I thought that I'ld lighten the images by lifting a little of the ink off.
It's only a little thing but sometimes it's the little things that make difference.  

Step 5:
When I was looking for some words to add to this, I came across these two sayings on the Something Wonderful set.  I think they go perfectly together. 
I decided to trim the panel down so that the lady wasn't floating quite so much. Now it feels like my card is turning into more of a story, and that's my favourite thing to do.  This one is a love story.

Step 6:
I also made a quick paper mask for each of the images and added a little more ink around each of the da Vinci's. Again, it's only a little thing, but I felt better doing it.
Oh, and a little random stenciling too.

Step 7:
I mat and layered my card.  Walked away. Came back and decided to play with it a little more.
Why not?
So I added a little more stamping in the background and some more stenciling.
Now it felt better.

Step 8:
Yes ... I walked away ... and then when I came back I decided to add a little more.
Using my masks again, I chose a couple of flowers from the Antique Botanicals set and added them behind the image.  I didn't want them to overtake the main images so I stamped them in Archival Watering Can and coloured them with a little watered down distress ink. 

Sometimes it is all about the little things.

Stamps Used:

Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: Shaded Lilac, Broken China, Weathered Wood
Distress Oxides: Broken China, Wilted Violet
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Black Embossing powder

Thank you for looking.


Stunning card Dot! Loved every step❣️ Thanks for sharing // Melina
Bibi Lindahl said…
Gorgeous card, Dot! It was interesting seeing how you built it up, layer by layer, and then adding more after walking away and seeing it with fresh eyes. The result is stunning!! Love how the old man is hiding between the flowers, it makes him look less grympy ;-) Thanks for sharing this little love story tutorial! ♥ ♥ ♥
Bibi Lindahl said…
Or "grumpy", as the word normally would spell ...
ike said…
ACK !!! Simply AWESOME !!! xxxx
Sue said…
This is amazing Dot, just when I thought it couldn't get any better you came back and added something to make it even more wonderful! xx
aussie aNNie said…
Love this Dot, may have a go at it.xx
Love this Dot, amazing details and the colours are so soothing
Donna xx
Susanne Rose said…
Brilliant card Dot! I love your style!!!

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