Happy Saturday! I thought I’d begin by sharing with you a photo’ of the well dressing that is currently on display in the village where I live.
For those of you not familiar with the art of well dressings, they are created from natural materials, mainly flower petals , pressed into clay. They are thought to have begun as a celebration to give thanks for pure water after the Black Death. They are particularly prevalent in my part of the world. We have two wells in Dore and both are decorated with dressings in July. This one, on the village green, is organised by villagers and anyone can pop in to the village hall and do a bit. This year the tableau represents the signing of the Magna Carta. Sadly, well dressings don’t last very long and, because the weather had been dry, you can see this one is now quite cracked and will be taken down very soon.
As this is my last weekend before I begin a six-week stint of working away from home I intend to make the most of it, starting right here with a card I have made for this week’s City Crafter Challenge Blog challenge.
The theme is Woodland Animals and if you’re thinking that this delightful little silhouette from The Graphics Fairy is familiar, you would be right. Here’s how I’ve used it before, you click on the picture if you’d like to see that post.
For today’s card I printed the image on to card stock and cut it to size. Then I stamped the leaves, which are from Paper Artsy, the moon and the starry flowers, both of which are from Rubber Moon. Next, I swooshed on some Distress Inks using and Ink Duster – Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire were all in the mix.
I stamped the moon and the star flowers again, coloured them with Promarkers and paper pieced them over the originals. The leaves were coloured with black crayon. I couldn’t resist adding white highlights with a Posca pen. I’ve used mats of black, silver glitter and aubergine cardstock and added a few more stamped leaves on to the white base card.
Have a happy weekend, and thanks for buzzing by.