Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Tiger Reflection Tutorial (at Sheena's request!)

Good afternoon, peeps!  Are you saying 'what's this?  Two posts in one day....will wonders never cease?'

If you watched wor Sheena's show at 4.00 p.m. today, you'll have heard her ask me to write a tutorial for the tiger reflection card - this one:

...that I blogged a few days ago.  I thought I'd more or less said how it was made but, when I checked back, the description was fairly incomplete, so here goes:

I produced the tiger reflection by using a 6" brayer to pick up the image from the stamp and then roll it off again on to some Neenah Card.   Once I'd rolled the reflection off the brayer, I  cut the A4 card to size (19 cm square) because it was easier to make sure that the reflection was in exactly the right position doing things in this order.  It's also possible to produce a reflection by stamping the image on to acetate and then, whilst the ink is still wet, burnishing the acetate on the reverse to transfer the image.  The result is not quite so clear but the, it is a reflection!

I coloured both images with Spectrum Noir Pens but made the reflected image paler to enhance the realism.   I tore the edge of the card underneath the main tiger so that it would look like an area of earth next to the pond.

The jungle background is made with various shades of green and cinnamon coloured Twinkling H2Os (just use what you have) splodged on to the matte side of Centura Pearl and dried.  Then I stamped the leaf images from the same tiger plate with the same paints I'd used for the base layer but this time using only the greens.  The last stage for this section was to emboss the card with the Jungle Leaves A4 embossing folder.  It's a good idea when you're creating this piece of card to make it larger that needed, then you have some embossed green card from which you can cut out some of the embossed leaves to use as embellishments.

I embossed a piece of acetate that I'd first painted with a slightly watery solution of Bolivian Blue Luminarte Silk using the Water Ripples embossing folder when the paint was dry.  Another option would be to leave the acetate flat if you don't have a suitable embossing folder.

Finally, I edged the acetate with the Pebeo Silver Gilding Wax and glued on some leafy die cuts in various shades of green.  The ones I used are available here but anything that could be a variety of water weed would do the job.  Mount the resulting piece on to a dark green piece of 19.5 cm square card and then mount this on to a 20cm square base card.

I do hope this is all clear and that you'll have a crack at making the card for yourself.



  1. I'll say it again... Stunning... Definitely worthy of a frame on the wall Di.. You're so talented Px

  2. Thank you for the tutorial, I do love this card very much.
    Linda xxx

  3. Thank you so much for the full tut Diane.It's an amazing piece of artwork. Hope you don't mind if I case this (to the best of my abilities) for my SIL.
    Beryl xx

  4. Wow, I love this card so much - it's one of my favourite 3 from all of the samples. Truly stunning. This is going to inspire me to make a wall art piece. I bet Sheena will be keeping it on her mantlepiece. thanks for the wonderful inspiration Diane x

  5. Love the card and the tutorial is great xx


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