Thursday, 29 June 2017

Learning to write

I'm over on the Stamps and Stencils blog today sharing my dabbling a journal writing. This is something that I've admired for a long time in other crafter's work but never had a go myself.


To see how I got on and how this journal bag came together hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Words with Meaning

We've arrived at the first Thursday of the month again so that means it's the start of a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. I am the host for the new challenge and I've chosen Words with Meaning. I may be an old romantic but I love to see quotes and meaningful sayings on pieces of art. These can be quotes that are particularly meaningful to you or family sayings ! So, for this challenge I want to see your words taking centre stage, big and bold ! Remember, as always, you need to include some stamping or stencilling or both !


I doubled up for this project as I needed a family birthday card too. I started with Smoothy card and 'smooshing' various colours of Fresco Finish paints over it using the firm side of cut 'n' dry foam.  


 To knock the colours back slightly, I used my finger and rubbed Snowflake Fresco Finish over the card, being careful to not totally obliterate the colours beneath.


 To frame the card I've stamped around the edge using a stamp from Lin Brown's ELB32 set using Fresco Finish paint. 


Next to add the interest to the background, I grabbed a few stencils and stencilled using Fresco Finish paints.


 I always think that some script adds that certain needed touch to a background so I've used another Lin Brown stamp from the ELB30 set and heat embossed it with white EP.


 I bought a Kay Carley stamp set a while back and never got around to inking it up, so thought it would be good to give it an outing for this card. I've stamped the images from EKC02 using Watering Can Archival ink then used my Sharpie pen to add some dots.


 After rummaging around in my craft room I came across some chipboard frames, I've no idea where they came from but they were the perfect size to frame the quote I had in mind. I've glued Art Stones to the frame then used Fresco Finish paints mixed with acrylic glaze to soften the colours and allow them to blend more easily.


 The quote I've used is an old Serendipity stamp that I've had for years. Before stamping I rubbed some more Snowflake Fresco Finish paint where I wanted to stamp it to make sure the words would stand out from the background.


 I've also rubbed from White Fire Treasure Gold over the Art Stones on the frame to add a little bit of shine to the card.

It was great to get back to some stencilling and stamping and to make something that would be going to a new home (my Mum's house ).

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects the rest of the DT has created.