We have a winner!

We have a winner!

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
Have enjoyed a pleasant day off with our good friends 
Linda and Rob Williams, who are down for the weekend.
Looked through the fantastic new tool book which Linda has written, so now that she has Ok’d the layout, we can move forward with production. You just cannot believe what this woman can do  with a few needle tools. Blows my mind. 
Went for a saunter through the Pantiles, and sat outside in the sunshine watching the world go by.
It felt quite nice to do something normal. 
But hey! What’s normal? Goodness knows.
But it was good to not work for a day.
Remember the other day, I challenged you to write out the instructions for the card below? Tell us how I made it?
 So many of you sent me your interpretations, and several of you got soooo close!
But the winner of the £30 Gift Voucher has to be 
She not only got the instructions pretty much bang on,
but she even replicated the technique and put her own spin on it!

And she even gave them a series title:
How long’s a piece of string?
So please let me know your postal address in an email, Margaret, so that we can send out the card and voucher to you xxxx
Ink pad: it looks like the Artistry “Groovy Grape” – which is what I think you must have been on when you set us this challenge!!
Of course there is also Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink Pad
Stamps: Ducks & Saplings set – you’ve used both sizes of Sapling but only one of the three Ducks
Gel Press Petites Set 1 – using the Square from this set
7″ x 7″ Stencil Card (3 sheets)
Pigma Micron 01 Fine Point Pen (Black)
Sharpie pen (black)
The trusty Speedball Brayer
A piece of string (cut into 3)
So, I figure that you start by laying your pieces of string in an artistic shape across the centre of the Stencil Card.
Then, spread the Groovy Grape ink over the gel press with the brayer. 
With the gel press mounted on a mega mount, use it like a stamp, squishing the ink onto the stencil card with the string still in place, which therefore acts as a mask.  Remove the string to reveal the white card beneath.
Take a second sheet of card and pull a second generation print from the gel press – put to one side for another project and a BIG clue!
Stamp the Saplings and Duck strategically in Archival Black
Take the Micron Pen and draw a squiggly line around the whole thing, weaving between the leaves and don’t draw over the duck’s wings, so it looks like the line is behind.
Trim – to about 6” square, then give the card a thin black border by running the Sharpie pen along all four edges.
Mount onto another piece of 7×7 stencil card – leaving a little of the string (which has picked up the colour of the ink) sticking out between the 2 layers (OK, maybe you left the string in the photo to provide an extra clue, but Dawn and I decided it added a little interest/intrigue to include it in the finished piece!)

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Almost absolutely spot on. 
I actually used a Plum Archival ink pad. Just dabbed it on the little Petite Gelpress. Didn’t even bother with a brayer; the archival ink would have stained it. But your idea would work perfect too.
Well done Margaret, and everybody who stretched themselves to figure it out. That’s how we learn, folks!
Love & hugs,

20 thoughts on “We have a winner!

  1. Well done Margaret. I had thought it was fine wine artistry ink.
    Sounds like you'll be in for a fab weekend with the Williams! It's nice to take time out and meet up with friends!
    Love and hugs xxx

  2. Well done Margaret !

    Looking forward to my first Groovi class tomorrow with Carole Waechtler in Abingdon, just 15 mins up the road, she has kindly invited us to lunch and one lady is coming from Jersey ! I think there's only 3 of us in total plus Carole. She's even providing lunch!

    Barbara, what's this I've read about a Kinky Festival just outside Tunbridge Wells? Have you and Dave got your tickets yet – I didn't read the whole article must go back and do that !


  3. Hi Barbara
    This is a lovely project and well done Margaret getting it right. I love the inky string it looks fab on the finished project. I couldn't get my addled brain around it this week. Hope you have a lovely weekend and manage to relax away from work.
    Love Diane xxx

  4. Congratulations Margaret!! Enjoy spending your voucher. I thought it was fine wine artistry ink as well Jane !! Thanks for the challenge Barbara, I enjoyed trying to sort it out .

  5. Hi Barb,
    Congratulations to Margaret – enjoy spending! I almost had it! I too would have said Artistry Fine Wine ink. Great little challenge though, so thank you. Glad you've had a ' normal' day today with lovely friends. Love and hugs Alison xxx

  6. Congratulations to Margaret but I just couldn't see how you made those lines, I did think you had used a gelli plate but didn't think of string, which was a great design idea Barbara. x

  7. Hello Barb, huge respect to Margaret for working that one out. Love her description. Well done Margaret and enjoy the card and spending your voucher. Take care all. Bx

  8. Well done Margaret and knew you would have a great time with Linda Barbara. I met Linda when she became a pergamano teacher at Lichfield and myself and a few other Scottish teachers were down visiting one of the teachers there. I also was a co ordinator with Linda and she was so inspirational I loved when we went to meetings. I miss those days only memories now. But I am back doing parchment and loving it. Thank you Barbara for all your inspirations.

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