Saturday, 13 June 2015
At last ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and your weekend has started well or awesomely (I’m trying to channel my inner be happy or positivity gene) lol! Sadly I’ve been MIA because of fibro and RA flares. But finally, and well to be honest, I very happily got to play with my stash yesterday, I had not stamped, drawn or crafted for twelve days – and for me that is a really long time and not good. I have a card to show with you today and here it is …
An A6 pretty card
A final look
Created especially for these Challenges:
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge Texture: see 1-7 below
Make The Day Special Challenge: Colours
I chose the middle set of colours because they remind me of summer and butterflies
1. There is a lot texture on the stamped and embossed butterflies. I created pink card by sprinkling Brusho watercolour crystals very sparingly onto white card that was slightly damp (I regularly coat my card with a layer of water before adding any sort of paint or ink to colour it: you get a lovely soft blend of colours and spots where the colour is very vivid too).
2. Once dry I applied a coat of with white gesso, keeping the bush marks visible.
3. I left it to completely dry (overnight). I have found that this technique/experiment requires me to work in stages and not rush the next step.
4. The next day I stamped and embossed the butterflies on the white/pink card and gently heat set the EP. The gesso was flat-ish at this point.
5. I grabbed a small paintbrush, brushed water onto the stamped butterflies and coloured with blue, pink and purple H2O, whilst it was still damp.
6. The final step was to heat set the H2O wash and I had lovely bubbly and very textured butterflies.
Lovely lush yet subtle pink!
7. I die cut the tag from cereal packaging, and added two coats of white acrylic paint. Quickly, whilst wet, I dragged Perfect Pearl powders through. That coloured and gave the tag such gorgeous texture. You can really see the texture from the brush marks in a photograph above. I was so happy that I was able to do this because it was a deliberate attempt by me!
I am in love with being able to create texture with gesso or white acrylic paint – yay! I am hoping to spend the rest of the weekend creating my late Christmas Card Club projects as well as getting some projects created earlier than they are required. I’m still going through my stuff in my craft room too. I have a lot of old stuff that I think is going to be passed on to a group or a crafty person in need.
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 this weekend ttfn Karen x
Stamps: WPlus9 Stamp Set; Simon Says Be Stamp Set
Die Cutting: Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Sizzix tag set #
Miscellaneous Tools: Heat gun; pot of water; paintbrushes; spray bottle of water
Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for stamping and for base; blue pearl paper #
Colours: H2O paints; Platinum EP; DecoArt white gesso; Perfect Pearls # ; The Works Crawford & Black white acrylic paint; Versamagic dark blue chalk IP #
Embellishments: white sequins from my stash # ; Wild Orchid Crafts white roses which I coloured with H2O’s
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Versamark Ink Pad
# My Sizzix tags are really old, at least ten years, no idea if they still make them and they were part of a Christmas present.
# My Perfect Pearls I have had for a long time and I can’t remember which colours I was playing with: I apologise.
# The Versamagic ink pad is an old one too and I can’t quite find it at the moment, the blue pearl paper must be five years old: I am stash busting old stash right now lol!
# I’m not sure when or where I purchased the sequins, think it was last year but can’t remember!