Good of you to pop in!
Got back to Blighty early early this morning, and after unpacking all the bread and cheese, decided to celebrate our wee trip to Leiden in Holland with you.
What a wonderful, beautiful place!
Honestly! Our Wee houses and Shops Stampsets AND Baby Groovi must have been modelled off Leiden architecture ! Look for yourself !
And the surrounding countryside was just like the Wee Village and Wee Farm Stamps too. Blimming spooky! Look! Windmills galore!!
Property was pretty pricey though. Dave and I checked out the real estate windows, and you wouldn’t get any change out of £1 million for one of these little listed houses in the centre.
Ouch, I thought! Nice to visit though! And we can certainly change the price on the stamps and Groovi! Hahaha.
So today, in the lead up to the Gray Friday Sale (we don’t do Black Friday – sounds much too much like a disaster day from the past), how about a Flash Sale on our Wee Leiden Houses and Shops? And since we can, let’s throw in the farms and surrounding villages too! I can assure you that you won’t see better prices than this in the upcoming sale. 33% off and that doesn’t include your club discounts.
I have done a step by step for you . I hope you like it….
Let’s make a reflection in the canal – because there are loads of waterways in town! A guide told us that although many of the canals were filled in to make roads for traffic. Unlike affluent Den Haag , which could afford to fill in ALL the waterways, Leiden was so poor that they couldn’t fill them all in! A rare example of poverty actually being a good thing!
Place the Clarity Stencil card on the Gel Press and pull the print of the houses, remembering that they are in the water, they are the reflection.
It will be easy to add the houses above the water now. Much easier than the other way round!!
Hey Presto! A whole row. £5 million squids, minimum. I like the yellow one…
Yellow one! Matches the gloves!!!
Now for the masking… these little stampsets come with masks too.
It was going so well, until I realised that the masks only work if they are symmetrical. Shucks. Chimneys in wrong place, see? And also, I only had one of the lefthand one. But where there’s a will…
Stamp the house on a piece of copy paper. Cut and attach a piece of the masking material to the house. We sell this material blank by the sheet, you know. Just in case you wanted to cut your own masks out, this is how. Much better than trying to stamp on the slippery material. Blanks masking sheets
Moons next. We need 2 – one for the sky and one for the reflection. Load up a Clarity Stencil brush with a blue ink and sweep in the sky and water. Darker to the top.
Brayer some black into the sky area. You can’t beat a Speedball brayer…
Look what beautiful water you can create, with a Speedball brayer and scrunched up paper! Remove the masks in the water. Load your brayer with blue ink. Roll the inky brayer hard over a sheet of scrunched up paper. Then roll over the water area, once from one side to the other.
Next step : a little colour.
One yellow Perga Liner B Pencil. That’s all you need. Told you I liked the yellow one!
Flick a little water at it. It does rain occasionally too!
And now for the final touch, the clincher, the icing on the Gateau. Or Kuchen. Or Cake…
Our very versatile and funky Word Chain ABC stamps
On scrap first… just to make sure it looks right…
Perfect. Just like Leiden.
Mount on yellow. Done.
I hope you enjoyed that little arty trip?
You will find our Wee Leiden Houses and Shops in the Flash Sale until midnight Wednesday. And if you’re looking for a bargain, check out the Groovi Plates with the Wee houses & shops too.
Here are some lovely Groovi samples from our ever clever team.
Dee ParamourJosie Davidson
Don’t forget the Farm and Village stamps too!
Shop the Flash Sale here
Love & Hugs