Sunday, 31 August 2014

A Feminine Card

Hello Everyone.  I seem to have almost forgotten about my blog during these last few weeks.  Note to self:  must try harder!!  This card is my entry (last minute, I know) for this months Claritystamp challenge.

First, I stamped Madeleine into the centre of a piece of gelli card using black Archival ink.  I masked her off before pulling a background gelli print using buff titanium acrylic paint.

I kept her masked off while I pulled another print using gold acrylic and the cogs stencil.
I masked off Madeleine again, and used make-up sponges to smear colour into the background.  I used stream and wild plum Adirondack inks, and wild honey Distress ink.
Then I coloured in Madeleine with Spectrum Noir pencils and trimmed the artwork back.  Here you can also see that I have added colour to the paper I used to blot when pulling my gelli prints.  I think this could work in the background.
In addition, I also brushed the same colours through the same stencil onto a plain white card blank.
Now it was just a case of mounting everything.  I used charcoal to define some of the cogs and to create a bit of shadow around Madeleine and added "Inspire" from the word chains.
My other half doesn't quite get this design, he can't see why the cogs should have such a prominent place on a feminine card.  I have to say that this feels a bit like me:  there is so much going on at the moment, the wheels inside my head never seem to stop turning!
Hope you like it.. I'd love it if you could take time to leave a comment.  Good luck to everyone else in the challenge.  Till next time.  Xxx

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A wedding card for Simon and Dawn

Hello to you all.  This is another project I can share with you now that the occasion has passed.  I hope that Simon and Dawn will enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.

I taped the oval shape stencil onto a piece of gelli card and dusted very lightly with Tumbled Glass distress ink using my stencil brushes.  Leaving the oval stencil in place, I taped over the Leafy Swirl stencil and added a bit more colour.

Then I added some Stream Adirondack around the edges of the oval.  Now I could remove both stencils.
I stamped the lovebirds into the centre of the oval using Black archival.
After practising on some scrap paper, I extended the perch for the lovebirds and added a couple of strings for it to hang from.  Then I coloured them using my spectrum noir pencils.
Finally I used the plain banners to frame the oval with a personalised message (this needed some practice on scrap paper too), matted it onto two shades of co-ordinating card, and added a couple of pearls to the photo corners (stamped using Black archival and embossed with clear powder) from the journaling set.
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you like it.  If you have time, I'd really like to know what you think.  I appreciate all your comments;  they are a real source of encouragement for my crafting journey.  Till next time.  Xxx