Parisian Evening

Happy Sunday, everyone! I went looking for a combination of orange, purple +1 color and ended up at the Color Catalog by Sara Rene Clark. I was completely inspired by her photo for this combination (dark blue, dusty blue, orange, purple, black). Although my photo does not show it well, all the “light” sources, including the reflections, are Distress Oxide Jack-O-Lantern Crayon. An ORANGE!! There is something peaceful and beautiful about this image. Thank you, TH, for all the wonderful products you give us to play with.

So, here is what you will need if you would like to make this:

  • Papers: Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Black Black Cardstock, Blue “sequin” cardstock from the stash, Black Fun Foam, clear acetate
  • Distress Spray Stain: Wilted Violet, Prize Ribbon, Stormy Sky
  • Distress Oxide: Black Soot, Picket Fence
  • Distress Mica Stain: Jack-O-Lantern
  • Distress Oxide Crayon: Jack=O=Lantern, Wilted Violet, Prize Ribbon, Black Soot, Stormy Sky
  • Ink: Archival Ink in Black Soot, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Copic Black fine liner 0.05mm, Black Sharpie
  • Embellishments: Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls, Foundry Wax in Sterling, Black Cherry Aroma embossing powder by Emerald Creek, Perfect Pearls in perfect pearl
  • Stamp set: Stampersanonymous Tim Holtz, Cityscape CMS 224
  • Tools: Stamping platform, Exacto blade/knife, Waterbrush


Cut the watercolor card stock down to 3.5×12. Get out your splat box and have some fun with your stains! Dry with a heat tool. Cut the cardstock down to two equal sizes. Decide which you will use for your base and which you will use for the Paris stamp. Stamp Paris on your inked background using multiple layers of Archival ink and Onyx Black Ink. While the ink is wet, apply your embossing powder and emboss. Cut out your cityscape using an Exacto blade. Color the highlights of your city using crayon or mica spray and a water brush on your city as you like. Using your cut-out, decide where the line of demarcation will be for the city vs. the water. Using Versamark Onyx black ink, the stamping platform, and acetate, stamp the city a second time and then use the acetate to “transfer” the city for your reflection on the paper. This is textured watercolor paper, so it will not stamp perfectly. GREAT! It is a reflection and not to be perfect! Scribble crayons on a glass mat and use the water pen to pick up colors and add more color and softness to the reflection. Tired? Go get some coffee! Order Starbucks for delivery. YUM!!! White Chocolate Mocha Venti, please!!!! Cover the “water” with paper and add “stars” with Gilding wax. Then cover the city, using Perfect Pearls add the stars’ reflection on the water. Add the light reflections using either DO crayon or mica stain in Jack-O-Lantern. Ink the city’s and sky’s edges with Black Soot and a blending tool. Using a fan brush, add “wisps” and water lines to your water using Glossy Accents. Allow drying time. Ink the edges of the water with Picket Fence using a blending tool. Place your city on the card front and outline using the Copic fine liner. Fill in the outline with Sharpie to give the city a dark “glow.” Mount your city on black fun foam and glue to the card front. Frame with Black Black cardstock and blue sequined cardstock. Add to a card base made from Black Black cardstock. Have fun!

Here’s the inspiration photo and color guide:

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Here’s to the ones that inspire us and don’t even know!!!

Challenges entered: Craft Roulette, SSS Monday Challenge, NBUS Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge (Paris-obviously!), Time Out Challenge, The Dream Factory Challenge (stars)

Designer Spotlit card at SSS Monday Challenge, The Dream Factory Challenge

20 thoughts on “Parisian Evening

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  2. This card is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at The Card Concept- could you please revise your blog post to include our inspiration photo so that your card would be eligible to be a winner? Thanks again for playing along with us at The Card Concept!

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  4. Your Parisian night sky is just incredibly beautiful, Makira! Thank you for the wonderful detailed instructions and thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

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