Well, where did June go? At least summer has finally arrived this week. Thanks to all of you who entered last months Claritystamp challenge on the theme of "Boys, boys, boys." So many fabulous entries, its getting harder than ever to choose our top 5. This month, we've decided to give you free rein; absolutely anything goes, so the only constraint is your imagination. And of course, your collection of Clarity stamps and stencils and new Groovi stuff too!
As this is wedding season, I decided to make a keepsake horseshoe.
I started off with an MDF blank, and dragged some grunge paste through the dotty wave stencil to add some texture.
Once the grunge paste was dry, the whole thing was given a couple of coats of pewter paint.
I then quickly coated it with white paint, and wiped off a lot of it, allowing it to remain mainly in the crevices to give an old, distressed look.
A tiny amount of gold acrylic was then dry brushed over the surface to add subtle glimmering highlights.
I die-cut this fancy label, stamped the couple first with watering can archival, then offset slightly with versamark and gold embossed. This gives a very subtle shadow; not too much, or you lose the definition of the figures (yes, I found out the hard way!) I then gently brushed round the edges with blue distress ink.
A very small amount of seedless preserves distress ink was also brushed round the edges. This required a very light touch to avoid overdoing it.
The flowers were repeat stamped with watering can archival onto some paper that had been coloured using Oak House Studio Colour Chemistry sprays. They were fussy cut, and 3 layers glued togethet in the centre for each flower
The leafy sprigs were stamped onto gelli card, VERY carefully fussy cut, then dipped into my melt pot.
"Forever" from the word chains was stamped first in watering can archival, then offset in versamark and gold embossed to create a shadow. This was then carefully cut out.
The doves were stamped in grey archival onto gelli card, and in versamark onto some clearly for art modelling film which was then carefully gold embossed.
I arranged all the components and stuck them into place with pinflair glue gel.
All that was needed to finish was some complementary ribbon.
I hope you like it, and I'd really appreciate it if you took time to leave a comment so I know you've stopped by; I love to read your feedback on my work. Now its over to you; I am so looking forward to seeing loads of amazing entries this month. Its always so inspiring to see all your different ideas. Go on, you can do it!
Till next time. Xxx