' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: The letter Y

Sunday 11 December 2016

The letter Y

Running late this fortnight with my Craft Barn Dictionary page for the letter Y.

Initially I was stumped, the only word I could think of was "year" and I wasn't excited by that!

A quick delve into a dictionary and I came up with lots of alternatives, settling on "yore". Excellent excuse to pull out some of my vintage image stamps...

The focal image is from the Paper Artsy Hot Pick 1207 and the Vintage ads background is from Crafty Individuals CI-461. The base is watercolour paper, Bockingford 300gsm/140lb.

As to the colouring I was inspired by the Paper Artsy Bleach theme, particularly Alison's project, and used Infusions in Violet Storms and Are you Cerise before bleaching the focal image.
I will take this opportunity to share what I learned in the making of this page.

I stamped the girls image with Versafine black as I thought it would give me the most detailed stamping. But actually it looked a bit blurry... I put it down to stamper's shake syndrome.
Only later, when I applied the water across the page, did I realise it was the ink that had a strange effect on the watercolour paper. I don't know what chemicals are involved in that reaction but the Versafine made the paper extremely porous (did it neutralise the size in the paper?) as well as feathering into the paper. I photographed the back of the paper and you can see clearly where the image is that the water (and some of the dyes) have gone through.

Lesson learned... next time I'll try with Archival or keep to trusty Memento (this is what I used for the Vintage Ads background stamp)!!!

My idea of a ribbon of Infusions colours across the page didn't quite translate during the execution, execution being the operative word, as I may well have killed off a perfectly good piece of stamping!
I mean does it look like I spilled my cup of coffee?

Well, anyway I don't have time to have another go, today is the Craft Barn sale day and I wouldn't miss it for the world as a) I love a bargain and b) I miss my regular visits to the shop so much!

Thanks for coming by,
Also entering the Fashionable Stamping challenge.


  1. I always find it tricky to stamp on watercolour card, I love the overall effect of your creation, bleaching out the colour from your focal point looks really great. Good luck with the challenges!!

  2. Hope you had a profitable day at the sale, I decided I could not afford to be tempted so I stayed away. Like your word choice, I haven't done any bleaching for a while.

  3. Très beau résultat final. Bravo. Bises, Sylvie

  4. I think this is terrific. Hope you got some bargains

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. A lovely page, I like the effect.

  6. Beautiful make Christine, just love the focal stamped image. The vintage feel goes great with your "yore".

    Hope you had a great time at the sale and bought loads of goodies.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  7. Bon et bien c'est bien chouette quand même !!!!
    Je retiens l'idée du ruban d'infusions (ou brushos pour moi car je n'ai pas d'infusions), et le fait que mieux vaut éviter la Versafine..
    Et une bien belle utilisation de ce tampon de fond CI !!!

  8. I think this is a great effect and I love the deep contrasts. I also bleached out my people but they seemed to go a bit yellow! I would have loved to have gone to the sale yesterday but had a children's party to help with 😕

  9. Yore is a great choice - a chance to go vintage with those lovely stamps. I love that deep plum blooming across the piece, and the bleaching is really effective in highlighting the image.
    Alison x

  10. I find stamping on watercolour is a bit hit and miss but yours looks pretty good to me. I love the swirly band of colour going across the page.

  11. Oh very clever - a really different word! Love what you have done here - I wonder if a smoother paper like Arches would have helped? Just thought lol! Good to meet you on Sunday Thank you for entering the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge xx

  12. No idea how I missed this one Christine, the one below came up on my dashboard but not this - blame blogger again. It's a piece of artwork, thanks so much for sharing another lovely creation with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  13. Hi Christine. I love the splash of colour across the page, it fits beautifully with the challenge theme. I know what you mean about the ink on water colour paper, I've had the same thing happen and it's a little frustrating.
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  14. Love the vintage look of this and it's a fabulous focal image.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x