Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Claritystamp challenge - Masculine

Hello to you all.  Its been a while I know;  I've had a lot going on recently, and have to admit that I've been struggling to find my mojo during the last couple of weeks.  Still here is my effort for this months challenge.

I created what I hope is a card that would be suitable for a man taking up a new job that requires a lot of travelling.  Although the stamping of the British Isles is a bit uneven, I don't think this spoils the overall effect.  The remainder of the stamping is all done in black Archival, even the photo corners which are from the journaling set, and were clear embossed, before being attached with foam pads to add a bit of dimension.  The hot air balloons were coloured with Distress Markers and I did a bit of zentangle in the same colours to add interest and detail.  I added a couple of metal pointers to the compass.
I'm off to chase my mojo.  Maybe it is floating away in one of those hot air balloons...
Good luck to everyone.  Till next time.  Xxx

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Hello everyone.  This is a card I've made for my daughter-in-law's birthday.

Its just a simple background made using the Claritystamp cloud stencil with stonewashed Adirondack.  The rainbow was drawn by hand, and coloured using Inktense crayons with a little bit of doodling with a black micron pen and white gel pen.
The little girl was then stamped with black Archival and the heart grass added to the card blank  The artwork was simply matted onto black card, and...  done!
Hope you like it.  Please leave a comment when you stop by.  Till next time.  Xxx

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Poppies for my dad

Well, really enjoyed this mornings Clarity show on Create & Craft.  This little piece of artwork will be for my dad, for Fathers Day.  He loves poppies...

I made a messy background spritzing Distress inks and stains, then brushed some colour through the dotty wave stencil and stamped the frayed burlap from the journaling set.  This has to be one of my favourite stamps for adding texture.

Then I coloured my embossing paste and smeared it through the stencil.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled on mica powder and some gilding flakes.

In this detail, you can see how once it was dry, I replaced the stencil and added more definition with ink.
This detail shows how I also used the sprig form the journaling set faintly in the background.  "Ink, blot, blot, plot!"

I then just trimmed the artwork to fit this very simple frame from Ikea.  I have to say I'm quite amazed at how it is transformed by just putting it in a frame.  And it was so quick to make.  I hope you like it.  Please take time to let me know what you think.  Till next time.  Xxx