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.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

June tags

 These are my tags for this month's  Chocolate Baroque technique challenge - Margaret asked us to use a masterboard this month.
I used two different ones for these, the toppers are the same though.
For the first one I dug out my long disused glimmermist sprays, and sprayed an A4 sheet with 2 different blues and a silver before stamping using various CB butterfly stamps from the 'orphan' box in night of navy SU ink - I also used a Crafty Individuals dragonfly stamp in silver. It was quite difficult to get a photo due to the shine of the glimmermists, and I have replaced the photos with scans.
The second base I used distress inks, mostly broken china and chipped sapphire, before stamping with a Crafty Individuals dragonfly background stamp in chipped sapphire. A small CI butterfly stamp and an old Elusive Images oriental butterfly in a purple ink, with a script stamp and an alphabet stamp from the mini scripts set filled in the gaps with forest moss ink.
The poppy image on both tags is from poppy meadow, stamped in black versafine , coloured with promarkers and cut out. The butterflies were part of the main image from butterfly flourish, also in versafine but clear embossed before colouring with promarkers again, but adding a spray of silver sparkle.
I used pinflair glue gel to stick them onto the tags to give a bit of dimension.

Saturday, 7 June 2014


 I fell in love with this Clarity Stamp stencil, and couldn't resist trying it out with the large stamp from the Chocolate Baroque tranquility stamp set, especially as the bullrushes sort of match!
The stencil is a 7"x7" two-part one, with an inner and an outer, and I used both - admittedly, the outer one was just to show the space I had to stamp in. I lightly pencilled round the inside of the frame on a 6"x6" piece of white card before removing the outer stencil and stamping the figure. I wanted a dreamy misty look, so used versafine smoky grey to stamp with, and watercolour pencils to add some colour to the statue. I was trying to get the effect of moss and lichen on an old statue. The background was sponged with distress inks, mainly broken china and peeled paint, and some foliage from the same set was added at the top. I then tried to match up the inner stencil over the stamped image and sponged round it with a mix of forest moss, tea dye and chipped sapphire inks - forest moss seems to have come out as the dominant colour, but the others are there.
A simple mat of green card before mounting onto a
white 8"x8" card blank.
The second version uses the same sizes, this time with a cream base card. This time I reversed the stencil and twisted it around so that the bullrushes matched better with the stamp, and stamped the image with butterscotch adirondack ink. I coloured the image with the same ink using a waterbrush and added touches of peeled paint distress ink, a more definite image and more resembling stone.
Background with distress inks in tumbled glass, peeled paint and faded jeans using inkduster brushes and the traditional torn copy paper.
The stencil was sponged round with tea dye ink for the bullrushes and forest moss for the rest, this time dragging some of the ink to the edges of the card.
Mounts were dull gold and green, card blank is a cream pearlescent - wording is a Penny Black stamp I found when rummaging in a sale bin at the last Thetford show, a bargain at 50p!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

lots of owls

Since Moira introduced me to the Hobby Art owl stamps, I have become quite addicted to these cute little guys - and I don't normally do cute! Customers at the Country Market like them too, and they often go as quickly as I can make them, it does take ages cutting them out. They are all coloured with promarkers and on distress ink backgrounds.
Branches on the edge of cards are using a Clarity stamp stencil, and the tree trunks in the background of another are also from a Clarity stencil.
The woodgrain effect was done using a Sizzix embossing folder, inking it up with brown ink and then pressing a  sheet of paper over the top - I repeated this 3 times to cover an A4 sheet of card, so that I could cut out two 6"sq pieces. Distress inks in brown and green were randomly sponged on the card to create a weathered effect, then i used a small circle die to cut the nest hole out.
The cut out bit was sponged with darker inks, then glued in place on the base card - place the main piece of card on the base first, then glue the cutout into the hole to make sure it all fits properly. The big owl was glued onto the 'hole' piece, the the main piece of card glued down and the baby owls perched on the rim of the hole. Remaining big owl sits on a diecut branch from the Stampin Up bird punch.