Thursday, 14 September 2017

Metallic Blooms !

I'm sharing in Inspirational Post over at Stamps and Stencils today and totally indulging myself using lots of metal !


For all the details on how this project came together hop over to Stamps and Stencils.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Metallics for Stamps and Stencils

Today we kick off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. The lovely Rachel is our host and has chosen Metallics, here's what Rachel has to say:

Metallics ... This month I would like you to make a piece involving metallics in some way - it could be metallic paints, rusted metal techniques, actual bits of metal, metal foil ....the possibilities are endless - also please use stamps and/or stencils. Have fun!

Metal is one of my favourite things to work with in my projects, however for this project I chose to go a different route and dig out my Treasure Gold, which is also high up on my favourites list !


My Mum has recently developed a passion for colouring but some of the images in the books you can buy are rather small and quite fiddly to colour. So, I decided I'm going to make a colouring book for my Mum with images that are large enough for her to do. The book I bought is a 10" x 10" sketch book from Paperchase and has a great grey board cover, perfect for covering.



I've used Tim Holtz tissue wrap for the initial layer, giving it a coat of Glue 'n' Seal to protect it from the layers of paint to come. To give the cover some texture I used heavy gel through a Scrapcosy stencil.


Then comes the paint, I've used Fresco Finish acrylics and gave the whole cover a layer with Vintage Lace using a baby wipe, building up darker colours from the centre outwards.


The above stencil is a beautiful flourish by Prima and I've kept the stencilling to the opposite corners initially.


I carried on building up the stencilling, introducing a pop of Honeydew Fresco Finish.


I introdcued some subtle stamping using Watering Can Archival ink and Lin Brown's stamps and also some stencilling with French Roast Fresco Finish.


The leaves are also from a Lin Brown set and I've inked with Watering Can and Potting Soil Archival inks. I've also done some stamping around the corners using more Lin Brown stamps and Potting Soil Archival ink.


I've kept the embellishments to a minimum as the book will be well used so just made a couple of things using molds I've made and black UTEE in my melting pot.


The embellishments were brushed with Treasure Gold White Fire and Onyxite.


I gave them a good buff before glueing into position.


To finish the front I've used Raspberry Infusions with the script stamp by Lin Brown and stamped randomly, this just adds a watercolour effect and softens the whole design. I also gave it a spritz with a Lindy's Stampgang spray. I replaced the stencil over the centre piece and then brushed the Treasure Gold over it while the stencil was still in place.


I followed pretty much the same techniques for the back cover, the differences being the stencil, which is still by Scrapcosy, and I've done more stamping and stencilling with Infusions.


The subtle stamping above is using Watering Can Archival again with an old Katzelkraft stamp.


This final shot shows how beautifully the Treasure Gold picks up the stencilled gel medium.

Now all I have to do is create lots of images inside for my Mum to colour !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects the rest of the team have created.