Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Eastern promise

I was trying to create a Chinese-style landscape scene behind my Buddha  - not too sure how successful it was, but definitely mountains! All the stamps are from Chocolate Baroque, and the scenery is all created using brushes, distress inks  and torn paper masks - lots of fun..
I stamped the buddha figure first, coloured with inktense pencils, then with a versamark pen and clear embossed it. Mountains are black soot distress ink, with tree stamp from teeny weeny meadow peeking out in places. The same tree stamp was used in the meadow-type bits, and the large single tree was part of a stamp from terrific treescapes  coloured with marker pens. Wisteria stamp  in the foreground  also comes from the tranquiility set along with the buddha, and was stamped using 3 different green inkpads.
I am entering this for two challenges,
Make my Monday - Eastern promise
Craftascene - make your own theme

Sunday, 26 January 2014

vaseline resist

I meant to add these to the last post, but blogger wouldn't let me add more photos to the first post.......
The vaseline resist was far easier than the crackle, and so far these are the samples. Very layered colours in the background, as the first efforts didn't work - not enough vaseline and too thin paint, and I was too impatient and wiped it all off before the paint had dried...............
With more layers of vaseline and thicker paint, and far less impatience, it worked fine and I stamped and embossed the words with versamark and white EP.

**!!/ crackle!

 February's technique tags are more variations on the resist theme, with crackle effect and vaseline resist being the chosen variations.
The crackle recipe involved painting the tag with dilute PVA, overpainting with acrylic paint and blasting with a heat gun.
Now Margaret had some lovely crackly samples she sent with the instructions - did I get artistic crackles? NO - what I got looked like the tags had some dread alien disease! The top 3 scans are the best of them, full of bubbles and blotches, but I think they may possibly be rescuable eventually with an image glued on top.............

Number 4 worked beautifully, much to my amazement - then I ruined it by not checking the embossing powder carefully. I found that it was possible to stamp with versamark over the acrylic and emboss, but you needed a very heavy hand with the anti-static powder first. I used an ivy stamp from the christmas foliage plate, embossed first in distress EP weathered wood, then in an anonymous green EP from a box of donated EPs. That was fine so far, but the ivy didn't really show up, so I decided to fill-in the design with a versamark pen and add gold - only snag was I chose a cosmic shimmer from the same box , which turned out be very pale and practically invisible - that'll teach me to test strange EPs first on something else!
 I then risked using one of the better failures , and found that the bubbles didn't like being stamped over, although using the more solid version of the ivy stamp worked better, and the word stamp embossed well with a 'known' pirate gold EP.
 The final version was stamped using green stazon, which gave a much better effect, although the crackle isn't as good on this tag

Thursday, 16 January 2014

technique tags- relief stamping

This year we have a new swap theme at Chocolate Baroque - back to tags, with a different technique featured each month. Relief stamping is the first theme, and I thought it would be a doddle - I remembered doing this many years ago, using versamark as a resist on glossy card, and  it always seemed to work fine................sadly, it didn't this year! I rapidly cam to the conclusion that the glossy card I had was definitely not the same, as the inks wiped off almost completely, leaving a VERY faint watermark image behind.
So I had to resort to the second way of doing this - versamark again, but clear embossing before adding the ink. I ended up with quite a collection of tags, and these two are the ones that are going in the post tomorrow. I cheated and scanned them together, apologies to anyone who wants to check up close for the mistakes!
Top tag uses my current favourite stamp set, tranquillity - well, it is my newest one!- and I stretched the relief theme a bit here. I stamped the buddha image using black versafine ink, then coloured it with promarkers. I then stamped the iris image using versamark, and went over the buddha with a versamark pen before dunking the whole tag in clear embossing powder and heating it. I then added the background using distress inks and brushes, and the wisteria stamp along the top in 3 different greens.
The second tag uses a very old  Elusive Images stamp of the lady together with an appropriate quote from artistic affirmations. I used the relief technique for the words, stamped the lady using baked brown sugar ink
 from Stampin up, then sponged the background with distress inks in scattered straw, tea dye, vintage photo  and black soot.
 It will be very interesting to see what everyone else comes up with ! Next month is crackle, which I haven't tried before.......................

Monday, 13 January 2014

tranquil (and craft club)

 This is the second card using the tranquillity set from Chocolate Baroque - I managed to get a better scan by playing with the settings, although it looks squiffy here it isn't, homestly! The background blossom was stamped using marker pens to colour the stamp, before inking round the edges with green distress inks. The buddha image was stamped first, coloured with promarkers, then covered with versamark ink using a pen and clear embossed before sponging the background around the figure with distress inks. I extended the background across the base card as well after first stamping, colouring and embossing the stone lantern.

 The other cards were from an afternoon playing with Moira and Janet over at Gissing. Moira was inspired by a design team card by Janet for Clarity Stamps, and thought up this version using the wild meadow stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I filled in the stem of the cow parsley stamp in black, which I decided was a mistake - didn't help when I found that the fine-liner pen was running out............small butterfly hides the biggest gap! I added the trees as it looked as if something was missing. The butterflies have got grape stickles added so they shimmer in the light, if not on the scan.
When I got home I decided to redo the card, with a darker sky and a more interesting background (and a green stem) and just one punched butterfly. I scanned both together, and just couldn't get both on straight, sorry.
The second card was supposed to have used some partridge stamps, which I just don't like - fortunately, I had a new stamp with me , the clear peony from Chocolate Baroque, which I hadn't really used - Barbara also used this for her card .It was stamped twice in grey memento ink, and coloured with a waterbrush and watercolour pencils - I was trying to get a very pale colour, and it ended up looking rather washed-out instead , so I hurriedly brushed some green ink round the edges to give it a bit of definition before mounting it behind the cut-out heart and then onto green card.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

tranquillity? - maybe!

Got my new tranquillity stamps from Chocolate Baroque on Monday, and this is the result of my first sessions - apart from an overflowing rubbish bin that is!
I was surprised at how big the buddha image actually is, for some reason had expected it  to be smaller, no idea the first snag was that it didn't fit a 6x6 card, at least the way I wanted it to go! I really wanted the buddha reflected in the water, and just couldn't get it right - hence the 20+ in the bin -I ended up using a  midnight muse Stampin up inkpad as my favourite versafine just wouldn't co-operate, I could get a lovely image on the brayer or acetate block, but would it transfer to the card? no.
Anyhow, once I'd got something approaching lined up. I coloured the image with derwent watercolour pencils and distress ink pads, the iris was coloured with promarkers. Base 8x8 card was coloured with distress inks, aiming for a watery effect - wisteria stamped in distress ink, iris in verafine and promarkers again. Not really happy with the face, but going to use more stony colours for the whole image next time -and yes, i do have a decent image waiting to be coloured!