Wednesday’s blog is something new. To who? To me? To you? Clearly, I can only approach this from New to me, because new and old are very subjective, don’t you agree? If you’ve been stamping for 20 years, you will encounter a lot less NEW stuff than, say, somebody who has just walked through the crafting saloon doors!
Here I have taken a brand new Claritystencil, Madeleine, and run her through a Gran Calibur embossing machine. This may be old hat to many of you, but to me, Stampy Barby, this type of paper embossing is totally new, and I think it is SO totally elegant!
The first thing I notice is that I can flip the image by simply flipping the stencil. Now for a stamper, that is pretty cool!
Then I notice that, depending on which side of the card I look at, I can get a positive or negative impression, an inny or an outy. Another lightbulb moment for a stamper like me.
I love the image just left plain white actually, but I wanted to try out some colour, just to see how it worked best. My verdict? Clarity Stencil brushes and a subtle dye based ink colour, like Cloudy Blue Adirondack.
The longer I craft and create, the more I realise that I like simple lines, mono colours. A thing doesn’t have to be complex or tricky to be good. In fact, when you look at the lineart of this rather wonderful stencil, the word which springs to mind for me is delicate. So delicate it must be.