Saturday, 23 January 2016

Toucans... better together...

Hello there, and welcome to my new look blog.  I hope you like it, and that you find the links and other features I've added helpful.  A huge thanks to my dear friend Emma Burns whose tips and advice have made it all possible.
I thought I would share this card I made for step son's 30th birthday at the beginning of January.  Can you guess the tipple of choice for the celebrations?
 I had made the background a while ago using a technique that Pauline Butcher demoed at Port Sunlight last autumn.  I sprinkled colour bursts onto a piece of stencil card, then sprayed on ordinary spray starch.  A piece of cling film was scrunched over, then the piece was set aside to dry.  Barbara Gray does a very similar trick using just water on coated Clarity cardstock;  you can check out her You Tube video here.  With the spray starch you can use any cardstock, and I find if anything the cracked effect is intensified. 
I stamped the toucans into place in the centre of the card using black archival.  I also stamped them again onto a scrap of stencil card, and onto a post-it so I could cut out a mask.
Once I had masked off the toucans, I pulled grunge paste through the olive wreath stencil and set aside to dry.
I replaced the stencil, and sponged through distress inks.  I'm not 100% sure of the colours I used now, but I think it might have been spiced marmalade, faded jeans and twisted citron.  These merge and blend beautifully.
I coloured the toucans on the scrap piece of card using spectrum noir pencils and glued into place.
The edges were finished with a ruler and a black Sharpie pen, before mounting onto a card blank. 
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  1. Such a fabulous background, Barbara and the Toucans a fab too! xx

  2. So nice love the colours you have used

  3. I love this Barbara, the grunge paste through the stencil is fab when it's inked. I got some grunge paste and have only used it once. I think I may have another go. Yours looks really good. Fab background technique too.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Xx

  4. Wow loving the background you have achieved on this card in particular, it really looks like a rainforest which is perfect for the toucans. I'll have to try this with my brushos, thanks for the inspiration xx

  5. Spray starch has been added to my shopping list Barbara - what a fab piece of inspiration for the crafting community. I love the blend of colours and these toucans are adorable....another stamp I have that gets over-looked far too often. I may well get them out to spread their wings over the next few weeks :-) Have a fab Sunday xxx

  6. what a fab piece of artwork! So lovely ! xx

  7. what a fab piece of artwork! So lovely ! xx

  8. Fab card Barbara I must get some spray starch and give this a go x

  9. Fab card Barbara I must get some spray starch and give this a go x