Sunday, 11 August 2013

Clarity east

 Yesterday was a Clarity East workshop run by Janet - I think this was about the fourth one Janet has run, but the first that I was able to go to, and these are the card we made. As there was quite a lot of us, we split into 2 groups - one doing birdhouse cards, one Christmas with the holly tree. The Christmas ones were the more complicated, and I don't think anyone actually finished both cards in the time we had...........
My group started with the birdhouse stamp and the matching set of small stamps, and a rather nice floral stencil for the background (so nice one came home with me). We had a large selection of distress and adirondack inkpads to choose from, and I lazily used mostly the nearest ones, so my stencil background was mainly done in frayed burlap distress ink, with a dash of spiced marigold and and stonewashed. We cut the stencil down slightly, mounted it on black card, then on pearlescent white card base.
 The scene was stamped in black archival ink across a strip of white card before we added a moon and sky - sky was lake mist, tattered rose and mountain rose, with a bit of olive and peeled paint for the ground. Strip again on a thin mount of black card, trimmed at the sides to match the background layer.
Second card is all masked, and looks surprisingly dimensional when done................ We cut a mask for the centre first, and stamped the border around the edges using the leafy stamp from the set - I used frayed burlap again, with tattered rose and lake mist. Then we masked the border off and created our central scene - i used the same colours again, plus some mustard seed for the sun. I did the background first, using torn copy paper to make the hills, then put my birdhouse dead centre just to see if it would work.
 As some people didn't make it, I was one of the lucky ones to have a set of stamps to myself, so I had time to stamp another scene before lunch, and this is it.......using the leafy stamp to create tree branches, with stonewashed and mountain rose for the sky and lake mist for the ground. I put the cat in front of the birdhouse, as I thought he was a bit out of proportion anywhere else - when I got home I mounted this onto a 5.5" square of black card, then onto a 6x6" white card base.
In the afternoon we finished one card completely using the holly tree stamp, and most of the second card.
We stamped the holly tree onto white card, gold embossed it, coloured with perfect pearls, then cut it out. The background card was brayed in the corners with bottle and cranberry inks, then the holly sprays were stamped with versamark ink and dusted with perfect pearls. Holly tree stamped and embossed again in the centre, trunk painted then the cutout tree glued on top before mounting onto red card mat and a white card base.
The second card is still in pieces - hopefully Janet will have blogged it as it should have looked - mine is awaiting a nicer stamp to use in the centre of the two embossed and resist panels of holly at the sides ----------sorry, I really don't like the holly tree, so am still looking for a similar size replacement.................


  1. The bird house cards are gorgeous but I'm with you on the Holly Tree, not sure about that one.

  2. Oh dear, I'm another who just can't take to that holly tree. I do love the other cards though Veronica and I think you did really well to finish three. I think you are right about the proportions of the cat to the other stamps and he looks perfect in the foreground. I can understand why you bought that pretty mask. I think Clarity have one or two that I rather like. Hmmm, better not go take a look, it could be an expensive mistake, lol!

    Lesley Xx

  3. You did well to make so many bird house cards and they are lovely - always under pressure though at workshops to get everything finished, especially when sharing materials with others. Look forward to seeing what you make of the Christmas one.

  4. Looks like you had a super time & I love the way you sat the cat in the foreground for the last birdhouse card - I think that's my favourite of all the ones you did - something about the black silhouettes against your super background.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. Well done Veronica, lovely set of cards! I've had lots of thank you for the cakes messages to pass on to you xx

  6. Well done Veronica, you made a beautiful job with your cards. Lovely colouring behind your silhouettes. I'm also like you I dislike that holly tree. Hugs x ChrisB


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