Monday, 5 December 2016

angel of light

 I have been playing with one of my favourite Christmas images, the lovely angel of light from Chocolate Baroque.

This one was stamped directly onto a 5"x7" black card blank, (with fingers firmly crossed that it would be straight!), using versamark and stamp'n'bond powder, then a gold mix of gilding flakes.I had originally thought of trimming it down and layering it up, but decided to leave it as it was, especially as it was straight!

The second version was actually started first, using the silver soft form relief paste to cover the stamp after brushing some areas with mica powder.
Once it had dried, I found that I hadn't put enough powder on to add colour, so painted over with more mica pigments mixed with water. I wanted a starry background, so sprayed the black base card with white decoart shimmer mist - got a bit more of a nebula than starshine though,,,,,,,

The final version was stamped onto white card with versamark and a black sparkle embossing powder, then coloured with mica powders mixed with water.
I tore the card close to the image, using a ruler to get the torn edges as straight as possible, then added blue, silver and lilac matts before mounting onto a white card blank.
The blue and lilac matts were coloured round the edges using the same mica powders used on the angel.

I have left plenty of space to add a greeting, once I have decided where this one is going, I shall leave the first two without a greeting on the front.

Friday, 25 November 2016

holly script

Playing with the soft form relief paste and mica powders, and the large image from the
holly script set of stamps.
I dusted the stamp with mica powders in red and green before covering the stamp with silver soft form relief paste and leaving it to dry. The mica is held in by the paste, and doesn't rub off.
Very simply peeled the pste off and mounted it onto black card, then onto a 15x15cm white card blank

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

colour challenge 29

 The new colour challenge for Chocolate Baroque features lovely autumnal colours, so to be awkward I did a Christmas card......
I used a bauble design stencil, sponging white pigment ink through it on a kraft card base. Once the pigment ink was dry, I stamped the new single Christmas stamp Christmas post through the aperture using black memento ink- should have used a stamp positioner, then the postbox may have been straight! (or maybe not, as I don't tend to get on very well with those gadgets!)
Coloured image with my favourite watercolour pencils and a water brush, with white sharpie pen highlights for the snow.

I used the same stencil, this time on white card with peeled paint distress ink for the bauble for my second card. Stamp this time is from the new set floral notes, again stamped in black memento ink and coloured with watercolour pencils - and again with a squiffy image! My excuse this time is that I was trying to get as much of the stamp in as I could - having it straight would have lost the smaller buds............
Sorry in advance, but I am becoming quite addicted to this stencil, so you will probably be seeing more of it that you would like....................

Saturday, 12 November 2016

brusho postbox and trees

 Good morning, even if it is cold and rainy here, hoping you have better weather!

I have the threatened card using brusho powders and the new Christmas Post stamp.
A very simple card,stamped with black Versafine onto white card, and painted with brushos. The tree was stamped a second time onto a scrap of card, coloured and cut out, then decoupaged onto the original image. The baubles were dotted with glossy accents, and glitter added along the top of the wall and to the bare branches of the tree.
Matts are black and gold mirri, and the base card is 5"x7" white.

For the second card I went for a night-time effect, and a non-Christmas feel. The stamp  may be called Christmas tree tangle, but it is not an obviously Christmas image and could be used all year.
Stamped in black versafine again, and painted with brushos, using just grey and leaf green, with the moon masked off. Matts are black and silver mirri card, and the base card is A5 green.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Christmas post

Today I have two versions  of a very minimal card using the new Christmas Post single stamp from Chocolate Baroque to show you - the brusho version will follow!

 The first one is coloured with water-based marker pens. The mount is gold mirri card, which is showing very dark on the scan, but it was too dull to take photos by the time I finished this.
This one is on a 5"x7" white card blank.

For the second I tried using small ink pads to colour the stamp - it's not as successful as they were square, and teardrop shaped ones would have been easier to use.
This was cut down to a rough square, and glitter added. Chunky flakes for the snow on the wall, brown glitter on the tree branches and a finer clear glitter on the baubles and ground. Having done it, i think it was a bit of a glitter overload, it would have been better with just the 'normal' glitter.
Matts on this one were black, gold mirri and more black, and the base card is white 7" square.

I used the same method to create a tag, just inking up the christmas tree and the using a water brush to draw some of the colour out. . The baubles were coloured with marker pens and glossy accents.

Monday, 24 October 2016

gilded trees

A very quick play with the new Christmas tree tangle stamp from Chocolate Baroque and some gilding flakes that surfaced when I was looking for Halloween stamps!
This version is a tad dramatic, but I think this is going to be my go-to stamp for quick Christmas cards this year - thinking white embossing on blue card........
Am linking this to challenge 31 Moving along with the times - trees or leaves

Thursday, 20 October 2016

brusho halloween

Watching Lesley on the Craft Channel last week I saw her demo a different way of using brusho powders, much more controllable but still with all the varied colours - naturally I had to try it out!
Having found a set of Halloween stamps - needless to say not the one I was looking for! - I decided that it would be ideal to try on the skies.
Tags were a nice size, not so much space in which to go wrong but still big enough. The  base tag was cut from white card, and the top from a pale kraft card.
I stamped the images from the nevermore set in black versafine, then added a moon mask. Black brusho powder was sprinkled sparingly over the images. The brusho powder is then activated using a brush and water, sort of splodging a little water on one small area at a time, keep wiping the brush clean as you go before moving to the next bit. You can see where i didn't quite get a smooth transition of colour, but it looked like clouds anyway.
Once dry, I removed the moon mask and coloured the tree, tombstones,  fence and grass with marker pens. I stamped the window from gothic fragments at the top of the second tag and cut out the window shape. More black powder on this piece, more heavily this time, and the same water and brush technique. Once dry, this second part tag was glued over the first one.

same basic technique for the second tag, apart from both tags being cut from the kraft card.
Images this time were stamped with versamark and embossed with lava black EP before adding the moon mask and the black brusho. The top tag was stamped with the same window stamp, but this time at the bottom of the tag using brown ink, and only the actual window cut out. I added some more stones using a marker pen, then used yellow ochre brusho powder to add colour to the stonework.