Thursday, 1 January 2015

Anything with wings

Hello, and Happy New Year to you all.  This is a very exciting start to 2015 for me, having being asked to join the design team for the Claritystamp Challenge Blog.  I hope that my take on each months theme will give you some ideas and inspiration for your own projects.  I can't wait to see what you all make.

Main Ingredients
23cm x 23cm Ribba frame from Ikea
Gelli card
Few vintage book pages
Old Paper distress ink pad
Frayed Burlap distress ink pad
Black archival ink pad
Butterfly tree stamp set
Blending mat
Stencil brushes
Mini ink blending tool
Butterfly tree stencil
Black embossing paste

My first task was to tear some hills from the book pages:  the edge of the Claritystamp blending mat really helps with this and makes it very easy.  I then used the distress inks with the stencil brushes and blending tool to add some colour, working from light to dark.  The book pages are quite delicate:  so gently does it.  
 
 
 
 
Working on a piece of gelli card, I cut a large moon mask from a post-it note and very gently brushed some Old Paper across the sky.  It doesn't look like much until you take the post-it away.
 
 
 
The hills were then glued into place to create the base of the landscape.
 
 
 
 
Then I stamped the beautiful butterfly tree into place using Black archival.  As you can see, I missed a bit, but not to worry;  this can be touched in using a black micron pen, and no-one will know, (unless you tell them that is!!!)
 
 
 
Next job was to make some 3D butterflies.  These were stamped onto the book pages using black archival, cut out and layered up, then some old paper distress ink was added around the edges. 
 
 
You can see here how they were positioned onto the picture.
 
 
In order to give an extra dimension to the picture, I taped the stencil to the inside of the glass, before dragging through some black embossing paste.
 
 
Once dry, it was just a matter of reassembling the frame, and...  voila!
 

 
 
I hope you like my first project, and I can't wait to see what fabulous ideas you come up with, and the artwork you create.  Good luck to you all.  I always like to see how a piece of artwork progresses from start to finish, so let me know if you find the step-by-steps helpful and interesting.  Till next time.  Xxx 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

44 comments:

  1. Fantastic piece of art Barbara using so many techniques and I love your step by step.

    Welcome to the team xx

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    1. Thanks for the warm welcome, and for all you've done to help us newbies over the last few weeks Sazz. Xxx

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  2. Morning Barbara and Happy New Year....I am so thrilled that you are now on the Clarity Challenge Dt and your first project is stunning...
    Thanks for your photo tutorial too...hugs...Jo. X

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    1. Thanks so much Jo. I am so thrilled to have been asked to join the Clarity Challenge Design team... I still can't quite believe it! Xxx

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  3. Congratulations on joining the team Barbara. Your project is fab, it has such dimension and I love how you've added the tree to the glass. Great idea. x

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    1. Thanks Lynne. I am so happy to be on the team, and am glad you like my project. Xxx

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  4. Bloomin brilliant Barbara. Love this idea and will definitely be giving this a go. That glads trick is awesome. Xxxx

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    1. Thanks Dawn. Over the moon that everyone seems to like my first Design Team project. Xxx

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous Barbara, I love the use of pages for the landscape and also the glass trick. I'd love to have a go with those techniques if you don't mind. What a great start. xxx

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    1. If I've given you some inspiration for projects of your own Julie, that has made me very happy. I'd love to see your take on these techniques. Xxx

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  6. Brilliant Barbara. It really shows how you can play around with dimension. I had a play around with glass and a Stencil back in November...not a picture and not a tree though. I still want this for my wall remember. Hugs xxx

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    1. For your wall? What a compliment Emma; thank you. Xxx

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  7. Morning Barbara, this is gorgeous and thanks for sharing how you achieved such a great look. x

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    1. Thanks Angela. So glad you like it. Xxx

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  8. This is stunning, I love it. Looking forward to seeing all your future creations. Well done on being made a member of the design team. xx

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    1. Thank you Lynne. Sounds like I am going to have a lot to live up to with future projects. Xxx

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  9. Morning Barbara, welcome. What a beautiful piece of Art, anyone would be very happy to have it hanging on there wall. Clever to use the paste on the glass and so effective. xxx

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    1. Thanks for the warm welcome to the team Naomi, and for your help with all the technical advice behind the scenes. Xxx

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  10. Beautiful work of art Barbara. Congratulations for being part of the new Clarity challenge DT. - Well deserved!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Janet. Its very encouraging for me, as its lovely to know my work is appreciated. Xxx

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  11. Welcome to the team Barbara - this is just beautiful and I love how you have given it even more dimension be using the inside of the glass for the embossing paste I also like your clever use of the book pages. Can't wait to see what you come up with next (no pressure then lol)

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    1. I'm starting to think I may have given myself too much to live up to! Seriously Linda, glad you like it. Thanks for the warm welcome to the team, and for your help and patience behind the scenes in dealing with all those Blogger gremlins! Xxx

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  12. Welcome to the team Barbara - brilliant first project, absolutely stunningly fact xxxx

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    1. Thanks for the warm welcome to the team Yvonne. Glad you like my first DT project. So looking forward to working with you and the rest of the team. Xxx

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  13. Stunning, this is why you were invited to join the Clarity Design team, I absolutely love this xx

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa. You are always so complimentary and appreciative of my work, and that means a great deal to me. Xxx

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  14. Congratulations on being part of the DT for the challenge blog.
    I love this and so good to see the step by step on how you made it, brilliant.

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    1. Thanks Jackie. I'm glad you enjoyed the step-by-step, hope it will help and inspire you with your own projects. Xxx

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  15. Loving this card look forward to seeing more of your art work. Xx

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    1. Thanks Carol. Its going to be so exciting working together and seeing everyone's artwork. Xxx

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  16. Well you have inspired me Barbara. A wonderful card. Love the use of old pages. x

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    1. What a lovely thing to say Lesley. I think as a team we have produced a great variety of projects to hopefully inspire some fabulous entries for this month's challenge. Xxx

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  17. Congratulations on joining the clarity DT. I really liked the beautiful streamlined simplicity of your design...stunning. The application of the texture paste to the glass was inspired . THANKYOU for sharing your work .

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    1. Thank you Charlotte. Glad you liked my project. Xxx

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  18. well done on joining clarity challenge team. lovely project. has given me some ideas xx

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    1. Glad to have given you some inspiration Theresa. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Xxx

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  19. This is a real 'wow' piece Barbara, simply gorgeous. I can't wait to see what else you come up with in the coming months. I really love your blog too. Xx

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    1. Thanks Amanda. Its been exciting sharing our first DT projects. Looking forward to working with you. Xxx

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  20. Hi there Barbara I am so excited that you are on our Challenge DT, Congratulations. I love your first project and look forward to see more. xx Sam Crowe

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    1. Thank you Sam. You and the rest of the old(!!) team have set the bar very high, and we have a lot to live up to. Xxx

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  21. Hi how exciting for you and I just love this picture bet it looks fantastic up on your wall xxx

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    1. Yes it is very exciting Joy. The picture still doesn't have a permanent home, but I'm not sure I could bring myself to part with it as its special being my first DT project. Xxx

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  22. Barbara many congratulations, it is such an achievement for you. Your picture is fantastic love it. See you soon xxx

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    1. Thanks Pearl. I'm over the moon and still pinching myself to make sure its true; being on the Challenge DT is pretty awesome I think. Glad you like the picture. Xxx

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