Hello there. I hope you enjoyed Barbara's show on Sunday. As promised, I'll explain each of my cards in a bit more detail.
Hope you like the vibrant colours of this one created with distress inks (squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry and mermaid lagoon). I stamped the 'Thank you' first and masked off the centre. Colours brushed and blended randomly over the background, then spritzed with water. Then I used the same colours to stamp the butterfly randomly over the background too, for an additional layer of interest. Many thanks to Pauline Butcher for sharing this technique with me.
I did some background stamping in gold acrylic on this one first as a resist. The card was then coloured with distress sprays in mermaid lagoon and twisted citron. Thank you and wee grasses stamped in versamark and gold embossed. I cut out the aperture and created my central image on a separate piece of card.
A mixture of Paperartsy Fresco finish paints and Paynes Grey Golden Open acrylic were used to create a simple gelli print. The wee fairies and elves were stamped onto shrink plastic and a tiny touch of glitter added to their wings once shrunk down.
This background was created with distress inks (blueprint sketch, wilted violet and picked raspberry), and stencil brushes. Really easy to do, but you need to build up the colour slowly: plenty of time and patience are needed. Don't be tempted to try and add too much colour too quickly or you won't get that velvety soft colour blend. I brushed a little black around the edges too, for added drama. I went through the stencil with black archival for a drop shadow, before using the copper embossing paste.
A custom inkpad made with distress reinkers (mermaid lagoon and twisted citron) and used for simple pattern building. When is a tree not a tree? When its a snowflake of course!
This was made from a gelli print clean up sheet of copy paper mod podged onto a little canvas board. The stamping was done in black archival and spectrum noir pencils used to highlight and define the scene. This wasn't what I originally intended, but I love it just the same.
Well I hope that these samples will inspire you to create some art of your own and maybe try something new that you haven't done before. I'm off to continue with all my Christmas preparations. I hope you're more organised than me; I still have an awful lot to do! Till next time. Xxx