Thanks for popping in. It’s a funny old day today. The TV Skype Show is at 6pm so I shall be heading over to Clarity Towers after lunch and setting up the Clarity Studio. All ready and packed – but it’s only 10am, and I keep thinking I should be DOING something! I’ve cleaned the kitchen, wiped down all the counters, sent various emails, made several phone calls, read up on How to lower your cholesterol and another report offering 10 ways to stop piling on poundage – and now I am blogging ahead!
Not used to this SLOW DOWN pace. Laundry’s out of the question – got to be here to pull it out of the machine, so it doesn’t need too much ironing. Pottery’s out of the question – not enough time for that, and I’ve already got my TV top on. So. Read a book? Sit and do nothing? Go for a stroll? Mmm…Those little gits Wurka and Hollick are definitely messing with my head today!
So, let’s just surrender to the fact that you’re a workaholic Barb. Let’s just go with it, and tick a few more boxes, so you can calm down. It’s like a fix. When you can only find relief in being productive, then that’s the place to go when you’re having a head-battle. Whether you clean the kitchen, mop the floor, write a blog or throw a pot – clearly the only place you can find relief is DOING or MAKING. Now you’ve accepted that, let’s make it count and even enjoy it. So Wurka and Hollick may have won the battle today, but not the war. Never the war!
I was smart enough yesterday to take some step by step pics of a demo I am hoping to be able to do on telly this evening. I particularly like it, because it was quick and easy, it really shows off how fabulous the new Layout Montage stamps are – and it resonated with me. Ready?
We are going to use the centre of one of the Layout stamps. Cut a piece of our 7”x7” stencilcard into quarters, or buy them ready cut. CLICK HERE.
Lay the little card onto a different colour paper, so you can see the white card, but you won’t stamp ink all over your table top.
Ink up the stamp with black Archival or Versafine Ink, plant it on the little white card, and lift off.
Now you can stamp several the same, because you have your template underneath on the coloured paper.
Decide which way up the little card is going to be, then stamp the tree first and second generation into the centre. I used Dark Garnet from the mini Artistry Set OLD PARCHMENT .
The Tree comes from the actual set. See it?
So what’s next?
Cut out a mask to cover up the middle. Post-It works. Cut 2 or even 3 at the same time.
Next, stamp the oh so appropriate words (which also come with the same set) over the trees in black Archival, and cover up with the paper mask.
Use a Spot-on sponge to introduce a little shade into the background layers. Use masking tape to block off other areas as you go too. I think Brown and Pink always work well together, so use the pink in the same Ink Pad Box: COTTON CANDY.
These are the pencils and pens I used to add a little flash of pink, create the 3-D illusion underneath the layers and edge the whole thing to tie it together……
Looks good on Kraftcard too. Still got a few touches to add on the LIVE demo. See?
Simple concept, easy to execute. VERY creative, and certainly achievable.
See you at 6 for the launch!
Love and Hugs
Barb xx And Wurka. And Hollick!
(May as well accept they’re here, always lurking. They may actually stop screeching at me if I stop resisting them.)