Tuesday, 5 April 2016
For the gift box ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend has started well. I have a home décor piece to share with you today and here it is …
I love it!
Yes I am happy I let the brown ink flow
This sentiment is so useful and has been one of the best value stamp sets I've purchased
I hope you like it too!
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I chose to celebrate spring and Easter by using pastel colours, bunnies and floral
Pixie’s Snippets Playground #223
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Try to Resist: Gesso is my favourite resist medium as it stops ink and paint seeping through but isn’t bright white so it doesn't jar
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
#40 April Stencil Sunday
This was so much fun to create, lol, and it was so nice to be creating something decorative again. These chipboard circles that I purchased many years ago have been really great for experimenting with over the past year, no idea when or where I purchased them but they are fabulous and I had a lot of them (at least ten or twelve). I’ve really enjoyed and loved altering them and I have found that if I want sharp stamped images a better result is achieved by adding a layer of card to the chipboard; it means this relative newbie achieves a much better finish.
I cut card to approx 18cm square and added gesso through a gridlocked stencil and left it to dry. Once it was thoroughly dry I coloured the card with AquaTints, two pale green washes from the landscape set. I put the card one side to dry whilst I moved onto another step. I stamped and embossed the phrase onto a parchment snippet and I gently tore around the top and bottom and put to one side. I coloured two bright white felt bunnies with a weak brown ATs wash and put them aside to dry. I used the red from Beautifully Grunge ATs to create a pale red which I used to colour the pretty blossoms and I left them to dry. I moved back to the card and started stamping with greens, reds, pinks and purples. I quickly blasted the stamped card with my heat gun before I glued it onto the chipboard. After an hour I used my craft knife to trim around the chipboard and then I used a piece sand paper to buff the edges: it’s wonderfully smooth with no nicks: result!! Then I started to play with the layout, the stamped phrase and embellishments. At this point it didn’t look quite how I wanted it to so I used a damp paintbrush and the watered down paint I had used for the bunnies to colour the edges. I am happy with the end result lol!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x
Stamp: Tim Holtz stamp set: CMS001 Nature’s Moments
Stencil: Stamplorations Stamps: Gridlocked stencil
Heat gun; paintbrushes; paint palette; pot of water; sponge; pipettes
Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass white card
Snippet parchment paper #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Beautifully Grunge set
WOW EP: purple
Wild Orchid Crafts: pretty blossoms
Waitrose Grocery store: bunnies
Stickles Glitter Glue: Pink
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; white gesso
# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old