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20 March, 2013

WOYWW No 198. Stormy Night

Hello again dear WOYWW friends and followers. We've had a wonderful break from the heat complete with about 20mm rain. Oh frabjous day, callooh, callay! (with apologies to Lewis Carroll). It's warm again today and I'm just about to take pre-dinner nibbles down to the beach which is like a mirror. If you're more interested in exploring desks, do visit The Stamping Ground where it all starts every Wednesday. Off you go! 

I was very taken with a card that Heather Telford created, and have thought much about how something similar would look in reverse colour as though a film negative. Using VersaMagic Cloud White, I had a little play with sponging, masking and some picture stamps on black paper.

Ghostly tree in moonscape.
From left to right you can see the stamp positioner (I restamped the tree for stronger white), tree stamp, VersaMagic, StampScape stamps - clouds, fences, torn paper for sponging, white pen for high-lights yet to come. The StazOn was not used this time.

There is more to tinker with but I'm reasonably content with this first effort.  Thank you Heather for your inspiration and teaching.

Miles of smiles to all,


Helen said...

Oh I adore your ghostly tree, how fantastic!! Have a good week, Helen 8

Annie said...

Wow that card is gorgeous.
A x # 62

RosA said...

Hi Ros,

Your ghostly tree is fabulous! Great effect!
And nibblies on the beach sounds like bliss! Wish I was there.

RosA # 84

Sue said...

Your ghostly tree is just beautiful, Ros. I think I will pop along to the beach with you, nibbles is just what I need. I am off to London to play with my gorgeous grandson who has just learned to crawl. I can see I'll be worn out by bedtime. Have a wonderful day

Amy Wright said...

Lovely ghostly tree, looks really great!

Happy WOYWW!

Amy #97

Julia Dunnit said...

You're so modest. reasonably content!! Good grief it's marvellous! Hope your stroll on the beach has dissipated the frustration...I totally get it. Wish I had a beach!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Gorgeous image you've created there! Enjoy desk hopping. Take care Zo xx 87

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Oh wow.. what a fab blog!
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Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Love the moody scene you've created ! Have a wonderful day, Shirleyx

Ria Gall said...

your stamped image is looking really good and with all the snow that is around at the moment it fits in.
Your desk looks ready for inspiration to take place
Wishing you a very Happy WOYWW

susibee said...

I love how you have done the tree - it looks amazing.

Happy WOYWW Susi #67

Eliza said...


Wow that is amazing I love it. Dont you love the weather we are having ATM

Eliza 24

Heather Alger said...

Wow,looks wonderful - Really Love this x
Happy WOYWW and have a great week Heather#133

mamapez5 said...

I love your 'negative' picture Ros. Well done. You have caught the effect beautifully. here in Spain we seem to be half way between your heat-wave and UK's Arctic weather. It is just right for now, comfortably warm, and bright sun all day.
Happy Wednesday to you. Kate x #57

Monica said...

The tree is wonderful and it really looks like a negative. I noticed the office manager was no where in site and so must like what is on your desk. It is bright and sunny here today, real spring weather.
Monica 127

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ooh, I like that's so mysterious and invites a good story told about it! It looks like a clever technique. I wait with baited breath to see what plan you've hatched!!
Harry is a fine cat, very talkative when he's hungry and will leap on me demanding fuss and tickles when he's in the mood...he's definitely my cat!
Hugs,LLJ 45 xxxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh my artistic stars, Ros, your Heather-inspired tree landscape in it's negative and ghostly glory is a vision. A briliant, brilliant vision!

Please do take a full-on photo of it, filling the frame so that it can be truly showcased. I can just visualize it both framed and as a genius illustration for a best-selling novel.

You are amazing!!

tuesday afternoon said...

Love your ghostly image, I have one of those fence stamps but haven't used it yet. Happy belated WOYWW

Karen said...

Stunning stamping ~ just fabulous!:D
My SIL is just outside Melbourne!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Ros,
As always a great creative space today, just loving the ghost tree.

It reminds me of one that used to be out of my high school windows at Murwillumbah High School, I think spent more time staring at it and wondering what it had seen that doing lessons. :D

..and well would never have thought of doing it like a negative glad you are having cooler temps, enjoy autumn my fav. time actually! !
Thanks so much for popping over and for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #25

Stampin Boots said...

Wow love that tree! Very eerie!

Happy WOYWW!

StampinBoots x #144

Elizabeth said...

Hello Ros, there you are wishing for and enjoying some cooling rain and here I am desperate for a few days of really warm weather ... isn't that just like the thing :) Like how your night time scene is coming along in this photo and I love the finished piece seen in your later post. I so agree with you regarding irresponsible cat owners - my Bonnie is not allowed out at night for fear of what might happen to her. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #55

Redanne said...

Hi Ros, I am very late this week too, been busy! Your ghostly tree looks wonderful, have seen it finished now too - so beautiful.

Yes, the class went well, we all got very painty but they seemed to enjoy it. Pleased you like my tag book, it was fun to make. We are in the middle of a blizzard here and a biting east wind with lots of snow - just what you would expect on the third day of Spring!

Hugs, Anne x

Anonymous said...

The "photo negative" effect is very cool and makes for an atmospheric scene.

MaggieC said...

I am seriously impressed with the way you managed to re-stamp your beautiful tree. Such an effective image. Thank you for your visit and your kind comments. The main reasons we started doing our own bread was to avoid all the unnecessary additives, and because I was developing a problem eating bread. since doing our own from good quality ingredients, the problem has vanished - could it be the additives, I wonder? Have a good week, and please send us some of your sunshine. It is freezing here again. xx Maggie #32

April Story said...

Love the tree. I also spied a flower with a butterfly. We have those flowers in our field and I enjoy them when they're blooming and after they've dried out.
April #138

Spyder said...

What a lovely tree stamp stamp and the fences too! VERY very late woyww!