Thanks for popping in. Up with the sky lark this morning. Restless night. So much to consider, to do, to think about. Our Queen’s death has had such a profound impact on so many, including myself. Speaking personally, I’ve never been one for crowds, even less so since COVID, so although we live very close to London, I choose to pay my respects to her good self and her family from a distance.
Needed to get out of my head and get with my hands. Did enough cleaning and sorting yesterday to last the rest of the year. Pottery? Not enough time to get stuck in before I have to go visit Dad. New Lino cut design? Head not right for designing.
Decided to get up and make a card, using another of those lovely Tina Cox designs in our new KISS range of stamps. Keep It Simple = KISS. Keep it Simple Stamps, Stencils, Silly, Stuff. You decide.
The thing about these KISS designs is they give you a lovely result very simply. Seriously, it works every time.
I thought a photo step-by-step might be good today. One for the archives.
First things first. What am I going to use? Simple Shape Mask and that tall stamp.
- Stencil Card. Stamp the flower near the middle, using a black Archival ink pad. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
- Colour in using a B pencil or 2 from our Perga Liners. Creates a waxy protective cover.
- Position the outer Simple Circle Mask over the top, and cover up the rst of the stencil card with low-tack masking tape
- Use Clarity Stencil Brushes to swirl coloured ink into the open circle, concentrating on the outer edge. I used Old Parchment Distress Oxide ink first, but you can use any inks.
- To blend a little blue into the mix, I dabbed a little blue ink (Stormy SKy) onto the mask and then swirled that in from the edge too. That’s how I got this lovely greeny blue blend.
- Third colour Spiced Pumpkin, swirl in from the edge top left and bottom right.
- Flick a few droplets of water at the artwork, and blot.
- Remove the mask and replace on its carrier sheet for next time.
- The perfectionist in me spots a spot, a tiny bleed. So can you ignore it Gray? Or do you have to do something?
- Not a butterfly though!
- Let’s add the sentiment from the same stamps set.
- And will we stamp straight onto the artwork? Nope. We need a cover-up!
- Top tip: if you want to use the box frame, stamp the words first, then the frame.
- FInishing touches now. Embedder frame and Companion paper will do the trick.
- Pick the right size Embedder
- Attach it to the front with Low-tack masking tape.
- flip the work over and emboss from the back, using a Groovi No. 2 tool.
Colour background? Northern Lights Companion Papers – Perfect…but which one?
A softer orange methinks, mounted on a Kraftcard instead of white for a change. Classy.
Like Yoga for the mind, with something beautiful and uplifting to show for your efforts. We are blessed to be crafters, aren’t we?
Have a good Sunday.
Barb x x x
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