Dance, Dance, wherever you may be…

Dance, Dance, wherever you may be…

This has to be one of my absolute favourite stamping and masking techniques. Very happy with this one. Remember last Saturday’s blog? He would go fishing with his best friend? Well, this is just an advanced spin on that.

All you need is the Gymnast Silhouette Set of Claritystamps
A5 Claritycard
Speedball Brayer
Denim, Black and Juniper Adirondacks.
Versamark Ink Pad
Bubble Wrap.
Black Micron Pen
Here we go then! Leotards and leggings on, and stretch! 
Reach for the sky, reach, reach reach. 
 Ok. Well ink up the 4 beauties in Black Adirondack and stamp on A5 Claritycard.
Measure 4 mask Post-Its to cover up the images.
Cover up the 4 gymnasts with the Post-its. Notice how I have alternated the sticky ends.
Dab a Versamark ink pad over a piece of bubble wrap. (A5 size). Lay the inky bubble wrap down on the artwork and transfer the Versamark ink.
Ink up your Speedball brayer in Juniper Adirondack and roll over the card. 
The white bubbles will start to appear. 
This is called the Resist Technique.
Now ink up the brayer in the darker blue, Denim, and go back over the lighter Juniper colour.
Build up the blue gradually. This is a Thursday’s blog is Blue card, remember?
Just keep going until you think it is dark or vibrant enough.
Maybe even add a little black around the outer edges…
Using a make-up sponge, add shadow around the Post-It boxes. Gently does it. You can always add it, but you can’t take it away.
Lift the masks, one at a time, and start adding grey shadow with the black ink between the boxes, to create the illusion that they are sitting on top of one another. The boxes, not the gymnasts! Now you will understand why I suggested alternating the sticky post-it edges.
Lift off the masks.
Add a little background and ground in each of the little pictures now, using the straight edge of a post-it and a make-up sponge with Juniper and Denim. Again, easy does it.

Finally, use your black micron pen to deckle outline each of the four boxes. 
This will complete the illusion of layering.
Now, all that remains is to put the balls, ribbons and rings back in the cupboard for next time.
After all this exercise, I think it’s time to start thinking about some blog candy…
Maybe tomorrow, now I’m getting the hang of this blogging, we could start a little giveaway game….
Better check in, or you will never know what you missed!

37 thoughts on “Dance, Dance, wherever you may be…

  1. From one insomniacs to another, I love the techniques on this card. This is one set I did not get but I know the same ideas can be applied to other stamps. I reckon you are heading for another award to add to the other well-deserved one's, an award for the best crafting blog. xx Maggie

  2. Wow,
    I think this technique is fantastic and while I don't have these stamps I agree with MaggieC others could be used. What a treat when I can't sleep to have your blog already. Thanks for doing this you are such a star.

  3. I like this one … lets be honest I like them all! I see you use Juniper a lot … is it one of your staple colours? Will be back for the next 'candy' blog. Hope you are on the mend.

  4. Hi Barbara
    Didn't get a chance to comment yesterday, but love those new stencils- will have to get them! As for today, love the techniques and the step by step instructions – just what I need. Thank you.

  5. Good Morning Barbara!
    I love this blog and though I don't comment much, I still follow!
    I have to read to the end as I must see how you get to the big REVEAL !
    Lovely technique today Barbara!

  6. Great technique, I really did thing they were individual images on top of each other when I looked at the 1st pic! So a good illusion. Am loving your blog though with work don't get to read everyday, ie today its 3in a row a fab way to spend my coffee time xx

  7. It looks fab Barbara! I was only looking at these stamps the other day! I think my ladies may have to have an outing very soon!
    Your blogging of some older stamps is a great way of making us look into our expanding collection and I think sometimes it's nice to get give them an airing! Xxx

  8. What a great card, I really like the bubble and faux layer effect you have made, I must give this a go with the tropical fish stamps I got from Clarity 🙂

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