Sunday, 22 June 2014

Clarity East today

 Had a lovely messy inky day at Bawburgh with Janet Pring today (we all admired Janet's smart new apron) - still getting ink off my fingers!
We used Janet's set of distress re-inkers, filigraphy stamps and a couple of stencils throughout the day.
The first 7" sq cards involved putting drops of reinker onto a blending mat, spritzing with water then sponging through the block stencil - once that was dry, we sponged a palish ink through the flower stencil to give an indication of where to put the cut-out stamped petals and leaves. Yes, I believe the designer's  original  idea was to stamp over the stencilled image - you need very good eyesight and co-ordination to do this, way beyond us, so we trimmed the background card down to size then stamped, cut out and glued!
We used our own version of multicolour inkpads, mostly using the same reinkers we used in the background - I  did add stickles glitter glue over the flower petals (thanks Jeannette)- matt is a mid blue grey colour, not as dark as seems in the scan.
We had a set of stencils each, so I tried a different colour combination while waiting for the first one to dry, but used the distress ink pads and brushes - background was scattered straw and wild honey, and I stamped the flower with rusty hinge, and used spare leaves from the first card.

 The second card again used our DIY inkpads and some of the smaller stamps stamped randomly to create the background. We cut this up into 5cm wide strips, and I darkened the edges with stormy sky and dusty concord before matting them onto the purple card and adding flowers from Janet's collection. Sentiment stamped in dusty concord onto a strip of paper sponged with ink picked up from the DIY pads.
Our afternoon session was even messier - we had great fun with shaving foam marbling! Fortunately there was lots of spare card, as we all ended up with piles of backgrounds - all went swimmingly until we came to the stencil bit............. This involved putting the flower stencil over a sheet of card, the using a spreader to splodge the inked shaving foam through the stencil, scraping it off and leaving to dry before adding more foam to tint the background - well, that was the idea, and Janet had 2 lovely samples to prove it could be done........
The foam had other ideas, got under the stencil, splodged everywhere when we scraped it off - you name it, it did it!
we did eventually end up with sort-of ok in many cases, with a few people managing lovely clean prints to the great envy of the rest of us.
We edged the image with pens before trimming down and matting onto a marbled background and onto a white card blank.


  1. Lovely cards vronnie, it sounds like you had a great inky day

    Jackie x

  2. Lovely cards, as always Veronica. Thank you for supplying the cakes too

  3. Wow that certainly sounds like a really fun day and you have some lovely results - even if they weren't quite as first intended. I always think that is part of the fun of experimenting with techniques.

  4. Lovely cards. I love the mask you have used. Sounds like you had fun. Hugs x ChrisB

  5. These are all fabulous Veronica. Looks like you had a really wonderful time creating them and I don't think I could possible choose a favourite. I really love the flower colours on the first one and the background colours on the third though.

    Lesley Xx


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