5 more sleeps left – and a little Wind.

5 more sleeps left – and a little Wind.

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
Five days to go before the Grand Paper/Parchment launch on HOCHANDA on Saturday. Rosie and I are working together.
I am doing the early call at 7am
Rosie’s doing the Dutch show at 8am
I am back in the UK with you at 10am
and Rosie’s doing the 2pm UK Show. 
I was thinking about this all day, wondering whether it would work.
Came home early because I had to find out!
I wanted to use the wonderful Wind & Air Element stamp by Mel on parchment, but with a twist.
Follow my thought process here….
Stamp the image on the front of the designer parchment, 
i.e. the more faded side.
(soft side of the mat underneath is good)

Flip the parchment over, so you are looking at the vibrant inky side.
Amazing how well the stamped image shows through.

Use a pencil eraser to eliminate the colour.
The inky line art is on the other side, so no fear of smear!


Flip to the back and darken his pupils. 
Much better!

Add a drop shadow around the outside of the bottom line.
You can do this from the front or back, using a pen.
A Perga Colour grey, or a grey/blue Distress Marker

Trim back and let’s tear some hills –
ye old Gray signature!

But we’ll put them behind the art part.
I need a large piece of plain A4 teal parchment to mount this work on, which I have at the office, so I haven’t attached and finished it yet, but you get the picture!
Did I tell you we have had a whole selection of beautiful new plain coloured parchment made? Yep. Coming off the press this week…

But anyway, in a nutshell, you stamp on what’s usually the front of the parchment (the duller side), but use the bright ink-saturated back as the front. That way you can rub away colour to create wonderful highlights.
And that’s all I did. Very, very simple. 
To be honest these papers are a dream. They make anything look good!
Love & Hugs,

31 thoughts on “5 more sleeps left – and a little Wind.

  1. It's amazing! It looks like stained glass in a window! I reckon the parchment may not make it to the 2pm show! It'll be lucky to make it to 10 o'clock.
    Anyway enjoy your evening.
    Love and hugs Xxxx

  2. I think I love these papers already! Can't wait to see more of them. They work so well with the elements stamps, bet all the demos and samples are going to be beautiful. Xx

    1. Hi Donna,
      Pleased things went well at the dentists. We've had a good day weather wise today. Im with Diane and reckon we're into Autumn already without having a Summer!! Love and hugs Alison xxx

  3. Hi Barbara
    Isn't this beautiful, I like the torn hills behind, they really add something. I must investigate a rubber pencil, I think it may come in handy. Emma has got an electric rubber that she uses for art, I might have to borrow that to try out. I don't think these will last beyond the first hour, they really are beautiful aren't they.
    Love Diane xxx

  4. Hi Barb,
    this is beautiful. Love that blue parchment. Interested to see the new colours for the parchment too. Idont think the new papers &parchment will last the first hour! Love and hugs Alison xx

  5. Hi bloggy friends, hope you've had a good weekend and good day today, no crafting this weekend for me, spent it at my daughter's to celebrate my 70th with the whole family. Not often we all get together so had a brilliant time and was thoroughly spoiled.xx

  6. Gorgeous colours in this parchment and the stamp with just the colour rubbed away for highlights looks great Barbara, and love the torn hill. I think these will be gone very quickly. x

  7. Hello Barb, the colours of these papers are truly magnificent. Love them with these stamps, and your ideas/inspiration is just brilliant. Take care all. Bx

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