Tranquil Meditation and a Happy Place

Good morning. Today I am sharing some of my recent show samples using Tranquility, Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Happy Place Tranquility Meditation

I created 3 different scene cards, one using vibrant happy colours, one in blue & white monochrome and my third was an attempt at Parchment. I hope that you like them.

The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Mon) is ‘a trio of something’ – so I thought that these would fit perfectly.

Happy Place

AW Happy Place

I love colour so I created this ‘Happy Place’ using a bright cheery colourway.

Materials:

  • Tranquility, Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets
  • 8 X 8 inch card blank, white stamping card, scrap copy paper
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Distress Ink (Wild Honey, Dusty Concord)
  • Pigment powders (Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Urban Amethyst, Poppin Pink, Luminous Lemon)
  • Embossing powder (purple and pink mix)
  • Watercolour, sparkle and glitter pens (Spectrum Noir and Sakura – yellow, green, purple, pink, orange, brown, clear sparkle) and coloured pencils
  • Fine tipped marker (waterproof brown, opaque white) and alcohol marker (dark purple)
  • Zig 2 way glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA pearls (Vintage Pink), Stickles Glitter Glue (Star Dust) and Glossy Accents

How it was done:

  1. The lanterns were stamped onto copy paper and cut out to create masks. I dotted a little zig glue on the back and left to dry. This glue then gives a temporary tac to hold the masks in place while stamping.
  2. The scene was stamped with Versafine, stamping the foreground images first then covering with masks while stamping the images set behind. The scene was extended by drawing with the fine tipped pen (i.e. water swirls).
  3. The foliage across the top was stamped with Versamark and pigment powders were applied with a soft brush. Further foliage was stamped with Wild Honey Distress Ink. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with powder.
  4. The image was coloured with watercolour pens, dissolved pigments, sparkle overlay and glitter pens. Highlights were added with white pen and additional shading added with pencils.
  5. The image was edged with alcohol marker and by blending with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.
  6. Extra sparkle was added with glitter glue and Glossy Accents. PVA pearls were applied to the border.

Tranquility

AW Tranquility

I have been trying to have a go at Parchment craft as I love the delicate result. I thought that it would make a lovely tranquil version. No picot cutting as I am hopeless, so I cheated with a die. I tried to hide the glue but still ended up with a blob of showing through the parchment – eek! I was fairly pleased with the results but have a lot to learn and more practice needed yet.

Materials:

  • Tranquility stamp set
  • 6 X 6 inch scalloped card blank, parchment, gold satin board
  • 6 X 6 inch decorative stencil
  • Pergamano tools (embossing mat, embossing tools, mapping pen, Sticky Ink and Perga Glue)
  • Inkpads: StazOn (Opaque White), Distress Ink (Tattered Rose)
  • Scalloped circle dies (Pin Dot Scalloped Circle – Tattered Lace)
  • PVA pearls (tangerine), extra fine glitter and sequins
  • Used tumble dryer sheet

How it was done:

  1. The gold card and parchment were cut out using dies. The background was created using Distress Ink through the stencil (using a blending brush).
  2. The image was stamped onto the front of the parchment using white StazOn. I then embossed the outlines on the back of the parchment using a fine embossing tool, tracing the stamped image. To help aid the embossing tool to glide on the parchment I rubbed over the surface using the tumble drier sheet first.
  3. Larger embossing tools were then used to add shading. Although it is generally called ‘shading’ it is actually ‘highlighting’ as embossing stretches the parchment and makes it whiter. You need to work gently and slowly, leaving the parchment to rest between layers of further whitening. I did tear her cloak (eeeeek) but managed to disguise it with a little Perga Glue which was later covered with glitter.
  4. Sparkly highlights were then added to the front using a mapping pen (dip pen), sticky ink and extra fine glitter.

Meditation

AW Meditation

I love creating monochromatic blue & white cards. Perfect for a tranquil meditation.

Materials:

  • Tranquility and Wisteria Lane stamp sets
  • 15cm square card blank, blue card for die cut panel, white stamping card
  • Versafine Inkpad (Majestic Blue)
  • Water based sparkle pens (Spectrum Noir – blue and clear)
  • Alcohol marker (dark blue)
  • PVA peals
  • Decorative square and arched panel dies (Tonic)

How it was done:

  1. The images were stamped with Versafine ink and were coloured with sparkle pens and a damp brush to create shading. Decorative stamped elements were positioned to frame the central image.
  2. The panels were cut using dies and edged with blue marker to frame. 3D foam was used to mount the central image and give it more depth.
  3. Finished with PVA pearls.
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Country Cottage Scene Building Tutorial

Good morning. This was one of my recent show samples with the scene building stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I have created a step by step for you, ‘warts & all’ as I made a bit of a mistake with masking! I think that I disguised it reasonably well – tee hee.

AW Country cottage 12

The theme on Simon Says Blog Challenge (Mon) is ‘whatever the weather’. The bright colouring and moody sky gives a slightly eerie feel and maybe the threat of a storm.

Yay – my project has been picked for the Designer Spotlight on the Simon Says Blog Challenge – FAB xxx

Materials:

  • Stamps: Landscape edges (wall and background skyline), Village Life (trees), Townhouses (trees & bushes), English Cottages (cottage, trees & bushes, post box)
  • 8 X 8 inch card blank and stamping card (smooth white)
  • Scrap copy paper (needs to be thin) and temporary glue adhesive (such as zig 2 way glue) or masking tissue
  • Watercolour pens and inks (yellow, orange, brown, turquoise, bright green, olive green, red, pink, grey and black)
  • Fine tipped water resistant pen (black and opaque white)
  • Alcohol marker (black)
  • Versafine (Onyx Black)
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum (masking fluid)

Step by Step:

AW Country cottage 1

Planning a rough layout.

The first thing that I do with a set of scene building stamps is to stamp all the elements onto scrap copy paper and roughly cut them out. I then use these to plan a scene, laying them out onto my project to decide on placement. Individual elements that may be needed to create masks (e.g. buildings, trees, bushes etc.) I cut around carefully. Any elements that are silhouette stamps (e.g. solid black trees, branches and foliage) don’t need to be masked so I just cut around roughly. I keep all these cut out elements to use again for future projects.

AW Country cottage 2

Stamp the post box and cover with the mask before stamping the wall. Using masking you work progressively from foreground to background. Masking ensures that element sits in front of the one behind. Don’t worry too much if you get a few gaps in the image around the masked elements, these are easily corrected with a fine tipped pen.

I put a couple of dots of zig glue onto the back of my masking pieces. It goes on blue and dries clear, and is then a tacky temporary adhesive for holding elements in place while stamping. If you are using masking tissue this already has a tacky backing.

AW Country cottage 3

Next stamp foreground trees and bushes. The foreground bush on the left was masked before stamping the ones behind. Cover the trees with masks.

AW Country cottage 4

Continue stamping and masking trees and bushes as you work backwards through the scene.

AW Country cottage 5

Continue stamping and masking as you work backwards through the scene.

AW Country cottage 6

Continue building the scene using masks as needed. Now can you see where I went wrong? I forgot to mask the bushes on the right hand side of the cottage! You can see the base of the house through the bushes. Eeek! I decided to leave it and try and cover up the mistake with the colouring.

AW Country cottage 7

Stamp the clouds along the top and the birds into the sky. Mask the foreground tree and stamp the silhouette tree on the right.

Use the fine tipped pen to draw in elements and extend the background. Try to ‘go with the flow’ and just quickly draw. Rather than solid lines try and be a bit sketchy with light touches, dots & dashes. To give the illusion of perspective draw the path wider as it gets nearer the front of the scene. Draw a letterbox and scribble text onto the post box.

AW Country cottage 9

Next cover the cottage and trees using the Drawing Gum. This masking fluid is brilliant. I had always been used to the older stinky rubbery style masking fluid that ruins your brushes. This fluid is fabulous, it paints on easily and washes out instantly with water (treat it as you would an acrylic paint and wash brushes immediately – it will ruin your brush if you let it dry on).

It is not essential to mask before colouring but this makes it much easier to slap colour across the background and leave the elements protected.

AW Country cottage 10

Apply ink colours (or watercolour washes) across the background. Work freely working ‘wet in wet’. I used intense coloured inks to create a vibrant scene.

AW Country cottage 11

When the background is fully dry rub away the masking fluid.

AW Country cottage 12

Now colour the rest of the scene. I used watercolour pens and a damp brush, picking up colour scribbled onto my palette.

Use the fine tipped pen to draw in a few extra details, adding grasses and texture to the path. To keep perspective draw them slightly larger towards the front and reducing in size as you go back. Use the opaque white pen to add a few highlights.

Finally edge the scene with black marker to frame and mount onto the card front.

Medici Flower Card

Good morning. This one was created with the lovely Medici Flower stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Medici Flower

The challenge this week on the Simon Says Stamp Blog (Wed Challenge) is ‘Make your own background’ so I have entered this one.

 

  1. The collage flower was stamped with Versafine and the image masked with Pebeo Drawing Gum to protect.
  2. The background was painted with inks and texture added by dropping on water and blotting off with tissue. Highlights were enhanced with white pen.
  3. The masking was removed and the flower coloured with watercolour pens.
  4. The panel was mat and layered onto blue card to frame. Alcohol marker was added to the edges to further define the layers.

Materials:

  • Medici Flower stamp (Chocolate Baroque)
  • 6 X 6 inch white card blank, blue card (for layering) and watercolour card
  • Versafine Inkpad (Onyx Black)
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum (masking fluid)
  • Water based inks (Spectrum Noir Aquatints – red and purple)
  • Watercolour pens (Spectrum Aqua – blue, yellow, green)
  • Fine tipped pen (opaque white)
  • Alcohol marker (black)

Mini Landscape ATC

I thought that I would give a mini artwork a try and make an ATC (Artist Trading Card). Generally I work much bigger than this so it was actually a challenge for me. I tried to be less planned and to free myself up a bit too and just ‘go for it’. I was quite pleased with my bright and cheery landscape.

AW ATC

AW ATC side

The Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Wed) for this week is ‘anything goes’ – so I have entered this one.

How it was done:

  1. I cut the ATC from a scrap of mount board and covered with white gesso to prime.
  2. I cut the flowers from recycled packaging and a punch and edged them with black pen to enhance. I layered up the flowers and then dunked them into molten UTEE to create the glossy flower embellishments. Finished with a sparkly sequin.
  3. I stamped the sun with StazOn and drew the abstract landscape with a marker. I coloured using watercolour pens and a damp brush.
  4. I added some texture using paste through the stencil and plus a bit of acrylic paint. When dry I rubbed over some of the areas with Gilding Wax.
  5. I edged the ATC with black marker to frame and added some sparkle over the sun and clouds.
  6. I finished with some Glossy Accents over the sun and rays.

Materials:

  • Country Views stamp set from Chocolate Baroque
  • Texturised Stencil (Crafters Workshop)
  • Scrap mount board, recycled multi-coloured card packaging
  • StazOn Inkpad (Jet Black)
  • Acrylic paint (turquoise)
  • Gesso (White)
  • Acrylic texture paste (Pebeo)
  • Fine tipped marker (black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Pens
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear Overlay)
  • Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Melt pot (or small foil food dish and heat gun to melt UTEE)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Silver)
  • Glossy Accents
  • Tonic Petal Pairs Punch
  • Sequins
  • Sizzix BigZ die to cut ATC (Artist Trading Card 2.5 X 3.5 inch)

Because I Care Poppy Card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This was another of my recent show samples for Hochanda using the lovely poppy themed stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I used Brushos on this one to create a loose watercolour background.

 

AW Because I Care Purple Poppies

Materials:

How it was made:

  1. The border panel was cut from hammered card and glued to the card front.
  2. The pink card was trimmed to fit and the sentiment stamped with Versamark and embossed with white powder. Faux stitching and little dots in the background were added with white pen.
  3. The poppies were stamped onto watercolour card, ‘inking’ the stamp with the pink and green watercolour pens. To get the lovely watercolour effect the card was spritzed with water to get the stamping colours to bleed slightly. Brusho crystals were then dropped onto the background.
  4. After drying the image was overstamped using Versafine (Vintage Sepia) to bring back some definition. I used a black pen to enhance some of the stamped outlines. More colour was added using watercolour pens and a damp brush. The sentiment was stamped with black ink.
  5. The image was trimmed and glue to the card front. Finished the card with a few PVA pearls and yes …. obligatory glitter glue. Just cannot help myself x.

Autumnal Heart Hanger created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This was another of my recent show samples featuring the Autumn Hedgerow and Nature Table stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

 

AW Autumn Heart Hanger

Materials:

How it was made:

  1. The patterned paper was glued to the heart front, a sandpaper block was used to neaten the edges.
  2. The tree was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Olive powder.
  3. The sentiment was stamped using the moss green watercolour pen. Note: I used only parts of the larger sentiment stamp, colouring just those areas with the pen.
  4. The leaves were stamped around the edge using green and brown watercolour pen.
  5. A little blue mica spray was added to the right hand side. The left hand side was covered with Versamark and embossed with clear powder.
  6. The leaves and autumnal embellishments were stamped onto pale orange card. A little more colour was added with watercolour pens. The images were cut out and shaping was added with a ball tool. Glossy accents added to the fruits. The Autumnal embellishments were attached with 3D glue gel.
  7. Lose glitter and glitter glue were added for extra sparkle.
  8. The quilling flower was cut from pale orange card and rolled up the create the flower. It was embellished with ready made stamens and a bit of glitter glue.
  9. The background decorative heart was cut from copper pearl card and glued to the back. The hanging ribbon was glued between the front and back layers.

Friendship Gives Wings card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good afternoon. This is one of my recent show samples using the Pretty Poppies and Butterfly Poppy Collage stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

 

AW Friendship Gives Wings A5

Materials:

How it was done:

  1. The poppies were stamped onto watercolour card and the stamps coloured with watercolour markers. I used a stamping press for this project – it is perfect for adding the different colours in layers and repeat stamping perfectly aligning with the previously stamped sections of the image. Similar can be done by applying all the colours needed over the stamp then huffing or very lightly spritzing to ensure that the watercolours are activated (otherwise some areas dry up a bit while working and don’t stamp well).
  2. The card was very lightly spritzed with water to encourage a little bleeding of the stamped image giving a soft watercolour effect. More colour was applied to the foreground poppies, picking up colour and applying with a damp brush.
  3. The sentiment and butterflies were stamped with Versafine. The butterflies were cut out, coloured and lightly shaped for added dimension.
  4. I painted over the butterflies with clear sparkle pen, and added dots of glitter glue on the butterflies and stamens.
  5. Finished with PVA pearls and added Glossy Accents to the butterfly bodies.