The idea for this card grew as it went along. I started off just knowing that I wanted to use the heart stencil, the sentiment "The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of" and the little girl with the balloons.
I started by creating the background using squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry and mermaid lagoon distress inks. I'm just loving this colour combo at the moment. I brushed and blended the inks randomly over the background, then sprinkled with water and blotted with kitchen towel.
Then I stamped the sentiment in the same colours randomly over the backgound. You just want a subtle texture, so check it out on a bit of scrap; you may need to blot the stamp first, particularly for the darker colours.
Next, I took the heart stencil and brushed lightly through in the same colour as the background for another layer of texture and interest.
Then I stamped the sentiment randomly over the background again with versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.
Then I brushed the inks through the heart stencil again, offsetting them. The embossed sentiments resist the ink, so you get another subtle layer of texture and interest.
Now, I sponged Paperartsy fresco finish metallic glaze through the stencil (repositioning and offsetting it again), using a blending tool. If you wash the sponge straight away before the paint goes hard, the sponge can be reused time and time again.
The final step for the background was to pull clear embossing paste through the heart stencil in the top right and bottom left corners. While it was still wet, I sprinkled on a tiny amount of glamour dust glitter for some sparkle.
Here is the finished background.
Apologies that I don't have step by step photos for the groovi centrepiece, but I'll talk you through it.
Firstly, I dusted the parchment with talc and stamped the little girl with versamark and embossed using detail white powder.
Working from the back, I embossed the double oval frame into place.
I used just the hearts from one of the lace borders as a frame; and large and small dots from one of the other lace borders to decorate the oval .
I also added in a sun/moon and a couple of hills. This would make it easier to cut out and give a bit more strength and stability.
Before cutting out, I coloured in the hearts using spectrum noir pencils. I tried to follow more or less the colours of the background underneath.
My original intention hadn't been to cut all the central section away, but once I'd done the background, it seemed a shame to cover it all up. So it was out with my 2 needle pricking tool. For me, my magnifying light is vital at this stage to make sure I prick the holes neatly. Then you snip away with parchment scissors to create that beautiful picot edge; a technique I'm still trying to master, but practice makes perfect!
Then it was just a matter of rubbing a little gilding wax around the edge of the background and highlighting with glitter before mounting onto the card blank and gluing the parchment topper into place. I used Pinflair glue gel and was careful to place it under the embossed image, and tiny dabs under the dots, to make sure it couldn't be seen.
And voila!!! I hope this card has given you some inspiration to look at how you can combine groovi with stamps and stencils to produce fresh and modern artwork.
We had a record number of entries for last months challenge, as many of you took up Barbara's challenge to join in. Its never too late, so if you didn't enter last month, I hope you'll think about joining in this month, especially if you've never entered before. Its always exciting to see new people taking part. There's nothing to lose, and there's a £50 Clarity voucher up for grabs every month. The winner is chosen at random, so if you're in it, you definitely have a chance to win it. Till next time. Xxx