Once again it all started with a big piece of card that I coloured.
I used Pin Flair Gentle Blends in Sunshine and Lavender on plain white card.
I cut the piece of card in half and then added more detail to one piece using the Grunge Polka Dot stamp and purple Brusho paint.
When this was dry, I gave it a quick blast with the heat gun to hurry it along, I brushed a very dry brush with gesso over the whole piece to soften the colour.
When this was dry I used the Polka Dot stamp again this time with gesso to add white spots. Remember to wash the gesso off straight away!!
Next came the stamping. I used black embossing powder for all the images.
This was a little fiddly as it all needed to line up nicely.
There are a few ways of doing it and this time I used the 'by eye' method!
The stamps are clear and the acrylic blocks are clear so that helped!
I cut the 2 pieces of card, one just the colour the other with the gesso and dots, to the right size.
I laid the clean stamp on the corner of the plain card and then placed the acrylic block over it lining the block up with the corners of the card.
I then stamped and embossed. I used the patterned piece of card as a guide and stamped some additional branches in the other corner.
After cleaning and drying the stamp thoroughly I placed the patterned piece of card over the first image and lined everything up, moved the first piece out of the way and stamped the second part of the image.
Sentiment stamped and all pieces matted with white card to make them stand out.
A few faux gems and there we are!
OK, me thinks a photo step-by-step of the positioning is in order. I will do a new post later this evening for that. I also have another way of doing this technique which I will show you at the same time.
Confession - I know the second impression 'jumped' a bit but it's branches right, so I just left it!
How often do I tell you about how wonderful these stamps are? Well, I'm going to tell you again! They are fantastic! Made from a high quality photopolymer, these stamps are all hand poured, hand cut, packed with love and care and they perform bloomin' marvellously!!
I am reminded of this every time I get out the stamp I want to use! As long as you wash off any 'dodgy' product immediately, these stamps will last and last!
By 'dodgy' I mean things that extreme stampers will have a go at using things like bleach, gesso, polyfilla, anything wet in fact that might leave an impression! I always have a pot of water on the desk usually used to clean brushes but it is also where I drop my used stamps so they don't dry out!
Right, on to my project for today! I love using brown craft card especially with blue ink. Something about it. I like to team it with green sometimes and this is where I went with this project.
I mentioned Gesso earlier on, and I am a little obsessed with white inking on cards at the moment. White stamping ink isn't always very opaque and also there are times when I don't want to use white embossing powder. Gesso, or even acrylic paint, is the solution for me. I also like the texture it adds.
The card I made this week uses wet Brusho paint applied direct to the stamp. I used Lime Green and Prussian Blue, but Peeled Paint and Chipped Sapphire Tim Holtz distress inks would work just as well as the colours are very similar.
Using Bronte script and ink splats I made the detailed background. Starting with the Brusho then moving on to the Gesso. The butterflies were done in the same way.
To make the sentiment stand out I used just the Brusho paint.
It goes like this, on a Monday I blog for my DT. I am on the Visible Image design team.
Each week I show you one of the pieces I have made using ONLY Visible Image stamps.
Hopefully my project will inspire you!
Make yourself a drink, pull up a seat and enjoy the ride!
Sometimes I get the inclination to do some serious cutting out! It may not be for anything in particular but I like to have a stock of bits ready to add to random projects. I have a few favourite Visible Image designs I like to stamp and cut. Butterflies is one of them but this rose stamp which was the freebie with Craft Stamper a while back, is another favourite!
Now don't worry if you don't have the freebie stamp because Visible Image do the same rose in a couple of sizes. Details at the bottom of the page.
I started as I usually do by colouring a couple of A3 pieces of card. Here I used dark pinks and pale greens which I then stamped over with the grunge polka dot. Once all this was dry I went over the whole area with a very very dry brushing of gesso. This took the edge off the colours and also gives a lovely chalky finish.
On a piece of card which was big enough to be the main background for the project I stamped the rose all over in a burgundy colour. On another piece I stamped and embossed the rose in white.
I then stamped some leaves from the Poinsettia set using just green watercolour paint.
Then came the cutting out! I settled down with a cuppa and got to work. Little while later I had a pile of roses and leaves!
Theses were arranged onto a piece of burgundy card and I used some of that 3D silicone glue to give them some height. I placed them in a swathe across the card, I used a piece of vintage lace to give some more interest.
I then stamped the sentiment which is from the More than Words group of stamps. A few faux gems to add a bit of sparkle and it was done!
As always here is the ingredients list, just click on the image to go straight to the web-shop page.