Sunday, July 31, 2011

Airbrushed Lake Scene


Here's another airbrushed sunset - I love using this method for quick backgrounds! And the sunset theme is perfect for the summery lake images. This treeline image (an old one from CC Rubber Stamps) is especially good for this technique, since it is solidly black, and there is no extra coloring to do.

Lakeview Sunset


Note: Finished card size is 4 1/2" x 6"


Not Quite Navy (SU!)6" x 9"; scored at 4 1/2"
Neenah Solar Crest4" x 6"
Whisper White (SU!)3" x 3"


Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Basic Black (SU!)
Versamark (Tsukineko)


Treeline (CC Rubber Stamps)
Dream a Little (SU!)


COPIC markers (Imagination International)
COPIC Airbrush System (Imagination International)
Eclipse Art Masking Tape (
Big Shot Pro (Sizzix)
Grand Labels 11 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous)
Heat Gun
Modern Label Punch (SU!)
Foam dots
ATG (Scotch)
Rotary Trimmer



Score and fold the blue cardstock; then align the Grand Label 11 die just above the fold and cut/emboss the card. By positioning the die above the fold, the fold remains intact, and you create a shaped base card.


Stamp the treeline image on the eclipse tape, and carefully cut it out - splitting it into two masks at the shoreline of the image.

Ink the treeline stamp with Versamark ink, followed by the black ink. Stamp the image in the lower center of the white cardstock panel. Heat emboss the image with clear embossing powder. Position the Labels 11 die around the stamped image, and cut/emboss it. Leave the image in the die for airbrushing - this will create the white frame around the finished image.

Lake Sunset Scene

Stamp the treeline image on the eclipse tape, and carefully cut it out - splitting it into two masks at the shoreline of the image.

Put the mask over the lower half of the image, and use a post-it note to cover any remaining open area in the bottom half of the card front. The sunset is created by airbrushing 3 colors of COPIC markers, starting with the lightest color. Airbrush the yellow (Y15) right around the one area of trees. Then, airbrush the (YR16) marker on the outer edges of the yellow, all the way to the outer edge of the panel. Finish up with the YR18 marker, around the outer edges of the card.

Lakeview Sunset

To do the water, take the masking material off the lower half of the card, and place the mask for the top of the treeline image onto the top half of the card. Add any post-it notes you need to cover the remaining area of the sky. I used 3 colors of blue, and painted lightest to darkest. Starting with the B93 marker, airbrush the center of the lake area, then use the B95 marker just outside the light blue, and then add the B99 marker to the the outer edges of the card. I finished the water by adding a little bit of extra dark color around the edge, using the C10 marker.

Remove the mask, then use E35 and E39 markers to darken the shoreline.

Remove the image from the die - you can clean the ink from the die with hand sanitizer. I found some sanitizer hand wipes at Target that work for this just great.


Stamp the sentiment with blue ink on white cardstock. Punch out the sentiment, using the label punch and sponge some blue ink around the edges.


Adhere the image onto the front of the card. Mount the sentiment label with foam dots.

Thanks for stopping by!



Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

Beautiful. You're really getting the hang of that airbrush system...

Helen said...

Way to go! Nice job with the airbrushing - this card is beautiful! Also, great step-by-step instructions.

Anne Temple said...

Absolutely gorgeous and so eye catching!


Well missy, I think you have got a grip on this technique. This is so very beautiful and perfect in every way! Well done!

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