Step by step guides to artwork, cards and projects and a bit of me thrown in for good luck. I have tried to link most of the products used. If you have any questions about the projects or techniques used, please don't be shy, just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.
Hello and welcome fellow crafters on a very wet and windy day in Yorkshire.
This months inspiration started off life as a plain piece of kraft card. I don't have many Christmas stamps so I had to just use the couple that I did have. I started off by stamping the holly stamp around the edge of the card with versamark ink and then heat embossing with white embossing powder. I really love this effect on the kraft card.
I decided to use pencils to colour the holly in, but half way through I regretted this decision as I spent an awful lot of time sharpening my pencils. The kraft card was really quite rough and was blunting them rather quickly. It looked nice when finished though.
I wasn't sure what to do at this point, so just looked at it for a couple of days. Then I had one of those 'aha' moments whilst looking through my stencils. I placed the winter tree stencil over the card with the obligatory moon mask too. I used chipped sapphire and gathered twigs distress inks through the stencil with cut and dry foam, as I wanted the ink really dark. When I removed the stencil I noticed that the ink was still really wet so thought i would put some clear embossing powder over it. When I heated it I noticed that it had lots of white flecks in it that must have in the clear. I must admit it looked really cool, like snowflakes.
I edged the card with more of the gathered twigs ink, but it was still lacking something, so out came the gilding wax. I rubbed some into the moon and then around the edge of the card. Also onto the black card that I mounted it onto. The word and stag stamps were done in versamark ink and heat embossed with gold to match. I really loved the overall look of this one, even my Mum likes it and she's my biggest critic!
I do hope you have enjoyed reading my blog, it was a bit of a long one this time. I hope you find some inspiration and can join in with the challenge.
Hello bloggers and welcome to this months blog, which is all about being clean and simple.
This is not something that comes easy to me, especially the clean part. I always end up covered in whatever medium I am using.
This card came to me when I wasn't even thinking about it. It just popped in, so I got on and did it straight away before I forgot.
Firstly I used various sizes of circle dies and cut out holes in a descending order. Then got to work on the backing card. I drew through the holes with a pencil so that I would have a bit of an idea where I was working. Then used pink and blue distress ink to sweep across the area.
It looked a little too dark so I used a white inkpad and a scruffy brush and went across each area with this. It gave a lovely whitewashed effect.
Next came the stamping, I always knew I wanted to use the boy stamp, but I needed more birds. Luckily Clarity have lots of sets that have different sized birds which are really useful.
Once stamped, it was just a case of placing the holey piece on top and glueing. I went round with the obligatory black marker to finish off.
Thanks for reading, hope you feel inspired to give this a go.
Hi bloggers, I must admit this has been one of my favourite challenges as I love stencils.
I started off by using a pencil to draw through the elegant lady stencil and the mirror, I then flipped the stencil to draw in the reflection.
Next I used coloured pencils to colour her in, I must admit this did take me quite a while. I think I lost a few hours here! But they were very enjoyable hours.
Once coloured I cut some masks to cover the images and places the trees stencil over the top.
I also used some of the snowflake stencils but I forgot to photograph that bit.
I used distress ink at first and then removed the stencils and put in some definition using pencils. I was pleased with the overall effect. It also shows that stencils can be used in alsorts of ways. I think that especially with the Clarity stencils a lot of them can be used in this way, to draw round and colour in.