Saturday, 30 January 2016

in the night garden

Two rather different takes on the another brick in the wall garden  stamp - why, when it is so obviously a hot summer day scene, do I want to try to make it a night scene and then a snowy one?
I have to admit I do sometimes wonder about my sanity!
The first one is stamped in black Memento onto grey card - branches and leaves  coloured with grey promarkers, then green pencil added to the leaves, I coloured the shutters with darker grey pencils, then added white and yellow pencil to try to give the impression of light leaking out through the shutters.
A black matt, then mounted onto a 15x15cm white card blank
For the snowy one, I stamped onto kraft card using a brown ink, and used brown marker pen for the branches., green pencil again for the leaves, I used a white pencil to add the snow on the shutters and a little on the wall, then a white chalk marker pen to add the snow lighlights to the branches , window sill and the ground.
Another black matt, and 15x15cm white card blank

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

brusho garden

I spent Monday introducing fellow WI arts & crafts committee members to the inky delights of brusho, and of course ended up with several sheets myself - putting two together gave me this card.
I stamped the walled garden stamp onto watercolour paper with black versafine and clear embossed it. I then added brusho powders in sand and leaf green to appropriate areas of the stamp and spritzed with water, then heat dried it. The background was just a piece using blue powders that was an inital demo sheet.
Today I added pencils to colour the roses, then cut the image out. I stamped the mini tree that comnes with the main image 3 times using forest moss distress ink onto a pale section of the blue, and pulled some of the colour out with a water brush to ground the trees. I lined up the image over the trees, then carefully trimmed the blue down to size, then glued the stamped image in place.
A dark gold pearlescent card matt onto a 15x15cm white card base to finish off.

Some of the ladies efforts - we also tried brushos with shaving foam - they went home with very inky hands!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

walled garden

the new stamps from Chocolate Baroque are real;y lovely, and quite addictive once you start playing with them!
simply stamped in black versafine onto white card,and also onto masking tissue. I cut the arch way out of the mask and stamped the mini tree that cpmes with the main image in the arch in distress ink to create a mini landscape, drawing the colour out with a waterbrush to make the grass.
The main image was coloured with a waterbrush and marker pens.
Background was a spare bit of watercolour card coloured with brushos - faded as it was used to mop up and tone down another piece of card where the colour was too intense.

Friday, 8 January 2016

brusho walled garden

A very simple card today, using my favourite brusho powders and the fab new walled garden stamp from Chocolate Baroque.
If I had heat dried the brusho it would probably have taken 10 minutes maximum............
Watercolour card, image stamped in versamark and embosssed with white EP (my versamark pad is definitely getting to the muddy stage, so clear EP was a no-go). Sprinkled leaf and sand brusho powders in rioughly the right areas, spritzed with water and left to dry.
Once it was dry, tore out the imnage roughly, painted the roses in using brusho ost red, and mounted onto a 15x15cm kraft card blank

Sunday, 3 January 2016

butterfly and wall

Two samples from the recent TV shows on the Craft Channel for you today, using both old and new stamp sets.
The first card uses the large butterfly from the steampunk butterfly set, and techniques I learnt from Lesley - many thanks, Lesley!
I started with a square of black card, covered it with a layer of crackle medium, then one of white acrylic paint once it was dry. When the paint was thoroughly dry and had crackled, I added a wash of brusho powders made into a paint, splodged on fairly randomly - I was trying to create a weathered wooded effect.
The butterfly was stamped twice, once onto the background and once onto a sticky label with versamark and embossed with copper EP. The label one was coloured with promarkers and fussy cut out, cutting off the antennae. The label one was then stuck over the original image, with the embossed antennae reappearing.

The new walled garden stamps are big stamps, each coming with a mini stamp as well, and I chose to use the brick wall version.
Stamped using sepia versafine onto kraft card, then coloured with white and brown pencils to enhance the brick effect. I also used blue pencil on the shutters, and green on the bush and the ground.
The matts are a pale blue to match the shutters and a very dark brown.
I stamped the mini blossom stamp randomly along the edges of the cream card blank to create the background, and also sponged the edges with more sepia ink.