Thanks for popping in. On the way to the Chinese Shen Yun performance the other week, we drove past Maclaren Headquarters, Woking.
“Oooh! Look! There’s the Maclaren Headquarters!”
“Forget the cars! Look at the Silver Birches!!”
What a wonderful avenue of silver birches! And in the twilight hour, they just looked magnificent. Then yesterday, Dave and I were out walking, and came across a whole forest of them again. Absolutely glorious right now. The lilac haze atop the white legs is magical.
So I came home from work this evening and decided to pay a little tribute to – no, not the Maclaren (although I’m told it is a rather special kinda car) – no, no. This is a tribute to the delicate, the elegant, the mysterious Silver Birch. She will last a lot longer than a Maclaren, provided we take care of her. She probably does a lot more for the planet than a car, too….
I drew a silver birch stamp years ago, complete with wispy leaves, and found a very lovely blessing to match…
Here’s a quick how to:
Stamp the branches either side of a sheet of Clarity stencil card. Add the little leaves randomly in an archival blue
One trunk at a time, colour in with a Versamark PEN and add Detail clear embossing powder. Heat emboss from underneath, from behind.
Add some blue Artistry ink (water based) to the blending mat, and roll out onto a Speedball brayer. Add a large moon mask, then transfer the blue sky ink to the birch card. Roll off the blending mat – roll onto the card, until you like the depth of blue. Wipe the ink off the embossed birch trees, to make them white again.
Add a little Lilac artistry ink to the blending mat.
Add a little Lilac ink to the blending mat. Spritz with water, lay a polybag over the top, squoosh around, remove the poly bag, then lay the birch card down onto the watery ink on the blending mat.
Once the card is dry, add more leafery, using the Archival blue ink pad again. Mount on white card. Then decide. What next?
What next? What would you add to the opening we have here. Please don’t say a picture of a Maclaren!!! Write down your idea below… What‘s it to be? Whimsy? Fairies? Hares? A poem? Where do the silver birches take you?
I thought we’d have a bloggy offer on the Silver Birch Stamp – just in case you fancy her. CLICK HERE. Great price – especially if you’re a Clarity Club member too! £19.99 down to £12.99 (plus 10-15% additional discount!). The leaves are really useful too…
I’ll announce the winner of last week’s competition tomorrow. Forgive me. Just hit a wall. Metaphorically speaking, you understand. Have to concentrate to read through all the entries! Will do it tomorrow….
Love & Hugs,
Barb xx (aka AUDI GIRL!)