My Own Unique Self

AW Unique Self

Good afternoon. As we have just had International Woman’s Day I thought this one would be appropriate to share this week.

The theme on Simon Says Challenge Blog (Wed) is ‘Girl Power’ – so I have entered this one.


  • Tranquility and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets (Chocolate Baroque)
  • 8 X 8 card blank, smooth white stamping card, scrap copy paper (to create masks)
  • Zig 2 way glue pen
  • Shallow tray and shaving foam
  • Ink sprays (green and turquoise)
  • Versafine Inkpad (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Coloured pencils, glitter pen (gold), sparkle pen (clear)
  • Fine tipped pen (black) and alcohol marker (black)
  • Gilding wax (gold) and glitter glue (gold)

Step by step:

  1. The background paper was created using the shaving foam technique. Inks were dropped and swirled onto a layer of shaving foam and picked up onto the card. Excess foam was then scraped off to reveal the transferred ink pattern. Note: I have found that it can be difficult to add colour on top of these backgrounds. The surface can slightly resist watercolours. However, these monoprints do make fabulous quick backgrounds and I generally create a whole batch at a time to create plenty to keep in my stash for future projects.
  2. The lanterns were stamped onto copy paper and carefully cut out to create masks. A few dots of zig glue were added to the back and left to dry (goes on blue then dries clear to create a tacky temporary glue surface).
  3. The lanterns in the foreground were stamped with Versafine. Working from foreground to background masks were applied over the lanterns to protect them while stamping images behind.
  4. Masks were removed and scene elements added using the fine tipped pen (horizon and water swirls to ground the images).
  5. The image was coloured with pencils and glitter and sparkle pens used to add a bit of bling.
  6. The scene was edged by blending in a little Distress Ink. Black marker and gilding wax was also applied around the edges to frame.
  7. The topper was then mounted onto the card and glitter glue used to add more sparkle to the scene and around the edges.

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