May 6, 2012

"Cities of the World"

Being a bit of a country bumpkin, creating a cityscape was an awesome challenge!
"Cities of the World" is the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
So I give you my fear and my excitement in one!!!
Paddocks are replaced by streets upon streets of houses, hustle and bustle, crowds, tickets, tolls, lack of time, the unknown, the mystical and the secret stuff behind closed doors.
I even threw in an umbrella because everyone in the city (on t.v. anyway) carries an umbrella.
Oh, I forgot the traffic!!!! lol. nevermind, on this card we can have a break from the traffic.

There really is nothing complicated about this card!
It is cardstock that is DI'ed with bundled sage, crushed olive, milled lavender and tumbled glass inks.
And spritzed and flicked with water.
The moon is added with pan pastels.
As an after thought l've gone around some of the edge with vintage DI, and I think it adds a bit of a city smog effect.
The background scenery is all masking!!!!
Just starting at the bottom and working my way up...just to show you what I mean, I am adding the background on it's own to show you.

It looks great as it is doesn't it??? Then I added the city crowd.
Again...all masking!
I don't have many people stamps, so I used what I had and masked them all together to create a crowd, watercoloured them with DI's, fussy cut them and layered them with mounting foam.

So only a 2-layered card.
And heaps of fun to make!!!

Treat yourself to the awesomeness of the Fashionable Stampettes, and follow the link for a glimpse into city life.  Join in the fun and you will be in the running for a prize from Cottage Crafts (thanks Marina!)
Stamps and Ink and Fun...are the only ingredients you need.

Thankyou to the new people who have joined me on my journey...welcome aboard!
I hope you enjoy my blog.


Claire said...

Fab card Dot, really atmospheric, you've really given that city scene so much depth, I love it!
Claire xx

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful scene you have created- love the added umbrella too!

Ephemera said...

Hi Dot, fabulous stamping, so much gorgeous detail and Claire is right so atmospheric and a touch gothic. This will make you laugh, its early in the UK and I nipped on your blog forgetting the speakers were on full and right next to sleeping Hubbys ear LOL. Have a great Sunday. xx

Fliss said...

A fabulous inky creation Dot. Just love that gorgeous urban background which is a little Gothic but I love it! The images look beautiful layered up in the front too.
Hope you're having a good weekend (we have a long one here in the UK which is why it's cold and wet lol).
Hugs, Fliss xx

SHARY said...

Love , love this card and all it's elements. The more Ilook the more I see. Thanks for joining us for our distressed theme on polkadoodles.x

Shirl said...

I adore this Dot especially the witch on the broomstick all amazing.

Also love the Dolly Parton 9 to 5 can't stop jigging along to it.

Hugs Shirley x x

Meggymay said...

Fantastic card, love the stamped background and how you created the busy crowded look.
Yvonne x

Meggymay said...

Fantastic card, love the stamped background and how you created the busy crowded look.
Yvonne x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Dot, a wonderful card, love the stamping and the children in front of the card.

Lynne Moncrieff said...

This is masking to the very highest of standards and great use of different stamps styles.

Brenda Brown said...

This is superb Dot. The background provides the perfect backdrop for your your added images and it is so evocative of being in the hustle and bustle of the city that you describe. I love it.
hugs {brenda} xox

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous card Dot, Love the city background, and the addition of your 'crowd' is just a brilliant touch.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Dot, your card is absolutely amazing!!! Every thing about a busy city life shows through your card, including the witches whizzing round on broomsticks! :))) FANTASTIC my friend!!! xxxx

Sue C said...

Great card Dot, the stamping is beautifully done and gives a real impression of depth and atmosphere. Sue C x

Redanne said...

I love your card Dot. The way you have built up the city is wonderful and I love the witches too. There is a lot of depth for just two layers.

JayBe said...

What a fabulous cityscape, Dot - some great masking for the background. Thanx for joining us at the Polkadoodles challenge this week. Jan xx

shell said...

Totally amazing card hun, thanks for joning us at Polkadoodles this week.
Shell xx

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful creation, background fab and great collaging. x

Marjie Kemper said...

I adore masking, Dot, and you have totally rocked it on this beautiful card! Love love LOVE it.

Ellie said...

LOVE your DT piece, I like your collaging!

xxx Ellie xxx

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

This is a fabulous collaged piece. Great compositon & colour palette.

Maria said...

Hi Dot, this is absolutely fabulous, I so love your unique style. Gorgeous images, and I particularly love the eye through the keyhole in the corner.

Maria x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW love the fabulous stamping, so much gorgeous detail and the color combination is amazing.

Julia S-W said...

Really love the colours, composition and the beautifully stamped images! I'm now your newest follower and will be back soon!

Terry said...

You always amaze me with your layers of color and 3-D effects! You have created one fabulous city! Love this!

Mina said...

wow its stunning,even Tim Holtz would be proud of this stunning make...perfect combination of colours, images and design
Mina xxx

norine said...

Wow, amazing card!! Love all the details and coloring!! Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles!!

Kim x said...

Fabulous card, you can tell that you like masking.
Well done and thank you for entering the challenge at The Stampman with your favourite technique.
Hugs Kimx

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

Fabby card, thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge.

die amelie said...

This one is so fabulous! The others too, but I especially like this one. Stumbled over your blog today and am so fascinated by your work. You give me a lot of new impulses for my attempts. Thank you!