A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Fireworks above the City

Less is More has a colour challenge this week and is asking for fireworks colours.

I went with fireworks colours up in the sky but without actually depicting fireworks (since I have no fireworks stamps).

My friend, Loll Thompson, cut the cityscape die for me on her Silhouette and gave me both the negative and the positive.  I laid the negative down and went over it with black ink and then heat embossed it.

I sprinkled various colours of Brushos over it and spritzed them with water, controlling the colours so I didn't get a muddy mess.

I trimmed it and added it to a white cardbase with a simple sentiment.

Stamps -
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, homemade stencil, various Brushos


  1. LOVE this card Susan. Definitely looks like a night sky lit with brightly coloured fireworks! Great interpretation of the challenge! xx

  2. Lovely sky...your colors are vibrant and do remind me of fireworks. Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

  3. Wow! What a gorgeous sky, Susan! I love the solid black cityscape that enhances it!

  4. Wow!!!Stunning fireworks sky for your silhouette city!! A truly amazing Work of Art my friend. TFS Hugs

  5. Such a great effect, so eye catching and love it x

  6. Your sky is spectacular with brushos! Never thought to watercolor with them! Love how you carefully applied the color so they did not turn to brown. This is gorgeous, Susan!

  7. Love the effect of the night sky with fire works. So pretty :)

  8. What an incredible sky Susan and it looks so dramatic against the black silhouette cityscape. That water colouring with brushos is something I haven't tried before but you have inspired me. Thanks for popping this in to us at Less is More xx

  9. Love the use of the brushos! Great card!

  10. I love skylines and this is a fab one. Goes wonderfully with your fantastic sky.

  11. Fabulous Brusho sky, Susan. So bright and colourful. Powdered inks is sonething I have no luck with. Love it. Thank you for joining us at Less is More. xx


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