Thanks for popping in.
Just a quickie step-by-step from the weekend, before we hit the road and trundle up to Leyburn, North Yorkshire for our Clarity Open Day Extravaganza up north.
What a busy week this is! Dodging spite-soaked arrows from nay sayers, whilst scrambling to get all the orders sent out on time, get out the door to Leyburn and get my Dad taken care of. Long story short. The NHS let him down badly (very badly), so we had to get off that bus quickly and get on a private bus. My brother and I are pedalling now, alongside the private bus, with daily visits to the clinic, to repair the damage. You can imagine what I think, can’t you? And you can imagine what I said when the prescription from the pharmacy for bandages went from costing £100 to – wait for it – £1,000. (That was for one week’s worth). Reason? They’re hard to get hold of. Extortion. Sorted it now, but that certainly got a reaction from Steve and me. YMBFJ.
So I just want to go through the neat little Christmas Card I did on telly using the 3-way overlay stamps.
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I think they are BR I L L I A N T.
Use the dies cut border you are going to frame the work with to position the stamped image.
Stamp the first lineart stamp into the opening, using black Archival ink.
Now for the inner fill stamp. I call it No. 2 Blend blue and pink ink on the stamp and fill the lines. You can go in more than once. You can go in with the pink, then go back in with the blue if you prefer too.
If you are using new ink pads, blot before you plot! Remember? Ink – Blot – Plot.
You could stop here, and it would be lovely. But let’s keep going.
Let’s use the third stramp in the set, the background fill, to add yellow where there is white at this stage. Don’t forget to ink-blot-plot on this one.
Perfect. How quick and arty is that?!?!?
Now. I must have got carried away here, because I didn’t take pics of the night sky. It is easy. Use the Claritymask which is included in the set to cover up the houses and the outer area.
With the tip of a blending pen nib, dot dot dot Pebeo masking fluid into the sky area to make the stars, or snow. Allow to dry.
Using a blending tool with a sponge, pound black Archival through the openeing until the sky is jet black.
Carefully pick of the masking fluid dots. Done.
Stamp Happy Christmas onto a little panel with the new Wee Word Chain Stamps. Line with a black Sharpie pen.
Got to go. Whilst Steve is on the bandage trail, the rest of us are joining the back of the M25 queue to get up the country. God give me strength!
And before you decide to burgle our house while we’re away, let me warn you that Steve is staying here. And I wouldn’t want to meet him in the hallway in the dark just now. I wouldn’t want to meet me either! But Steve? Definitely not. He’d mummify you. He’s got the bandages!
Love and Hugs,