Thanks for popping in. Had a hankering to make something arty, after cleaning up the mess a certain cat with a dodgy leg made today (Grrrr. Little git. I know he’s bored because he can’t go outside yet, but I really hadn’t expected to spend half a day mopping up after him!). Want to know the best bit? He actually HID behind his brother when I came flying down the stairs to find him!! Honestly, it’s like having cheeky children again! Ah well. Apparently, Duvets need a professional clean every 6 months…
So, rather than growl at Erik, which serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever, I disappeared up to my little artroom for an hour, and completed a card, which I had half prepped for a TV demo, but we sold out of the KISS stamps before it could be showcased. That happens when the stamps are as exquisite as these… Tina’s Designs: CLICK HERE
The KISS Range which was launched in September this year, has been a BIG hit. In a bid to Keep It Simple (KIS-S) we came up with a range of stamps which are uncomplicated and fresh, which help you create lovely artcards simply and quickly. We have been selling out of these stampsets as fast as we could make them. They are so delightful to work with. This stampset is just one of many KISS designs. Here is one set of Tina’s Flowers:
Right. Here’s a little step by step project to try, using:
Clarity Basic Shapes masks. A simple and easy to use set of framing masks:
- Pick a shape. Circle is good.
- Lay the outer mask sticky side up on your table, and place a sheet of Clarity Stencil Card down so the circle will sit in the centre.
- Flip over and cover the 2 outer exposed margins with masking tape. Low-tack masking tape please
- Pick 3 Inkpad colours, and use the lightest one first, to brush through the centre of the circle. Clarity Stencil Brushes are ace. And we have most of the Oxide Colour pads.
- Add the orange around one edge and sweep ink in off the mask using a Spot On Sponge.
- Do the same with the blue ink. Use a different brush for each colour .
- Flick water at the ink and allow to soak in before blotting with tissue.
- Remove the mask and replace on carrier sheet for next time.
Next thing to do is add a faux letterpress edge using our Embedders. If sales are anything to go by, I’d say they were the idea of the year at Clarity! Very, very simple, but oh! So effective!
Allow the ink to dry before you stamp and colour the flowers.
Layer up on a Northern Lights Companion Paper, and mount on Kraft Card .
As I said. So simple. The Basic Shape masks, the Embedders and the Companion papers – all very straight forward in their application – are almost essential products for me when cardmaking. They give me a starting place and a lovely finish.
I hope this step by step gets your crafty mojo going! I’m going to ask the Clarity Design team to post their lovely KISS Flower samples on Facebook now, so you can see lots of other ideas !