Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Just as you are

Have you entered the STAMPLorations Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge yet? Only 2 weeks to go,  but I am here today to show you how I used the October Theme &  Photo Prompt. 

 


For my second make I took my inspiration from the plants in the photo, whilst still using only 3 colours (you can add white, black, and other neutral tones such as beige, ivory, greys …)



The image is a bit more colourful than I intended but this is due to my choice of colouring medium. I love stamping in colour so I had decided to do just that with the succulent image from Thankful & Blessed and used some Ecoline markers to ink my stamp.

I had never used them in this way before and they are so much more vibrant than pans or tubes watercolour, that there was enough colour in the line stamping to colour the leaves (without adding more). Now I'll know for next time...

I created a mask and used my stamping platform to get the right colours and sections of the stamp to print.

Then I used a water brush to tease out the colour from the stamped lines and colour the image. I added washes of colour around the image by picking up the colour with the brush from an acrylic bloc scribbled with the pens.

I added the sentiment from the Fond Expressions 2 stamped in Versafine Onyx black.

Your turn to create something with 3 colours or less and/or following our photo inspiration. There are prizes to be won... a $15 gift certificate to the winner and $10 to the runner up chosen by a DT member as well as a $5 gift certificate each to three randomly drawn players.

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And don't forget, whenever  you shop for STAMPlorations products you can get 20% off with my code: STAMPGIRLCRAFTY
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Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Craft Stamper challenge.


   

Friday, 11 October 2019

Autumn morning (bis)

Today is my second inspiration post for our Country View Challenge where the theme is Bokeh.
 
And yes, as the title suggest, another morning... although this one is very abstract,
so it really is up to you what you see in my make!


I have no step by step because I had no idea where I was going with the piece of cardstock I started with. I applied some Fresco paints in Butter, Pumpkin Soup, South Pacific, Blue Oyster and Claret. I did this in several layers until I was happy with the result.
I then used a DIY stencil and a foam sponge to apply gesso for the Bokeh effect, and here too I had to apply several coats to get the circles to stand out.

I added some stamping with the Paper Artsy set ELB33, the dotty border and corner with Distress Oxide in Denim and the wheat in Versafine Clair Pinecone. Neither of these inks dried on the acrylic paint and  I hastily embossed with clear EP.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set with Black Versafine and embossed with Wow! Chai Latte  EP, which has a subtle sheen and slight opacity.
 
I hope you like my make and will play with us at Country View Challenges, there's a £20 voucher to win...

Happy weekend!
I am entering the Addicted to Stamps, Bleeding Art, Craft Stamper, We Love To Create,  Creative Artist challenges.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Back and rebooted!

Today starts a new term at STAMPLorations and the old Theme & Sketch challenge has now evolved into the Theme & Photo prompt challenge.

https://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-challenge.html


In this card I tried to replicate the photo inspiration's stark contrast of the black background with the colours of the motifs, by using an emboss resist technique.


First I applied Distress inks on the lower half of my card and through the Retro Circles Stencil on the upper half.

Then I stamped and embossed with clear powder 4 of the images from the For the Birds set.

Next comes the scary stage... I took a Memento Black inkpad and "smooshed" it directly on the card. I chose this method rather than paint and brush to avoid getting the cardstock too wet.

Taking a cloth I rubbed over the embossed areas to reveal the image underneath. The ink also picked out the detail of the embossing from the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die, giving a distressed effect I liked.

I added a sticker sentiment from the Shine Bright set and voila, my finished card:


Your turn to create something with 3 colours or less and/or following our photo inspiration. There are prizes to be won... a $15 gift certificate to the winner and $10 to the runner up chosen by a DT member as well as a $5 gift certificate each to three randomly drawn players.

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And don't forget, whenever  you shop for STAMPlorations products you can get 20% off with my code: STAMPGIRLCRAFTY
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Thanks for coming by,


I am entering the SSS Wednesday challenge.



       

Foggy morning

Welcome to my first inspiration post for Country View Challenges. The theme this month, chosen by the lovely Sue, is Bokeh.


The effect I was after was a foggy early morning. I used Picture this stamps to build my port scene (Fisherman's wharf and Captain's Cottages) at low tide an used both Distress Oxide and classic Distress inks to colour the scene. The D.O being slightly opaque allowed me to push the houses further into the background whilst the looks closer.

For the Bokeh effect, I stencilled circles with Distress Oxide in white pigment ink and Gesso .

I do hope you will join us at Country View Challenges this month, I can't wait to see your makes with Bokeh! Plus, there's a £20 voucher to win...

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday challenge.