Thanks for dropping in.
This time last week, we were just winding up the final session
of our Clarity retreats for 2015.
It seems like months ago!
What does that signify I wonder,
when a week seems like a month…
So I decided today, to make a Thank You card for all those of you who came to Crowborough.
You brought so much enthusiasm and creative energy with you!
You handed out kindness and generosity in spadefuls;
You embraced each project and task with a smile
and left any apprehension at the door.
In short, you helped make the 12 days remarkable and successful.
So I have picked one of the stamps we used together,
which is also in the sale now.
There is a 30% Clearance Sale online,
which includes some very lovely things.
I have also used some of the techniques
& tricks we learned together,
and added another little learning spin on it.
I hope you like it….
Cor, it’s like beaming backwards on my timeline!
Stamp the Large Thank You Ribbon Stamp
(mounted on a 5″ x 5″ Megamount)
into the centre of your 7″ x 7″ Gelli Card.
Position the round Shape stencil around it
and outline with a Black Micron Pen.
Move the stencil over some, and redo with the pen.
A customer friend of mine, Jane Marbaix,
is making a book writing career out of her craft: Zentangle.
She is very talented. Always was.
Anyway, she sent me an email, telling me that she had written another book, and that she had borrowed an illustration/stamp of mine, which I was delighted to see. I was also taken with the way she doodled a certain border. Couldn’t quite work out EXACTLY how she did it, so here’s my version, inspired by Jane.
Thank you Jane.
Look out for her Zentangle Books.
With the pen and a C-thru ruler, divide up the rings, getting smaller to the crossover, giving the illusion of depth.
Do both sides.
Go back through every other one, making a stripe in the centre.
Go back again and black out.
Now to create the 3-D illusion…
Out with the Spectrum Noir Pencils.
Lightly shade the lower half of the white areas.
If you were at the retreat, you will remember:
3/4 – 1/2 – 1/4
light grey, dark grey, black.
Look how round the frame suddenly looks!
Now for the Ribbon Writing.
Light Grey, dark grey, black.
Just make sure you leave a little white.
That creates the illusion of light.
Light feathery strokes.
Build up the depth gradually,
always leaving the white part of the ribbon.
Can you see the roundness? Squint!
It works – it really does!!
Time to trim the card back and add a splash of colour.
Poppy Red Promarker, chisel end.
Dig your heel in and drag along the edge of the card.
Remember? It’s like a little revision project really, isn’t it!
Mount on black coated card. The shiny gear.
Works very well with this retro style.
But now it’s time to personalise it….
out with the Million Thank you stamps again.
And I can’t not use the little birdies.
They make it!!
Oh. And a little red pencil the the black & white.
Because I never know when to stop…
Done, cuppa tea!
Sitting on it’s little stand.
Remember these little acrylic stands?
Yep, happy with that one.
So thank you for coming today.
Thank you for coming on the retreats.
If you didn’t or couldn’t make it, maybe next time.
Thank you for supporting Clarity.
Thank you for your loyal custom.
Thank you for the presents.
Thank you for the flowers.
Thank you for the cards.
Thank you for the kindness.
Thank you for the advice.
Thank you for the help.
Thank you for understanding our predicament.
A million thank you’s.
Thank you for reading this blog,
and encouraging me to have our get together here every single day.
And thank you for leaving positive, uplifting, messages,
which make life lighter and sweeter.
love and hugs,