Thursday, 4 January 2018

On the Bright Side for Stamps and Stencils

Hello and Happy New Year ! We're back with our first challenge of the year over at Stamps and Stencils and our host is the lovely Ruth. Here's what Ruth has to say:

On the Bright Side - It may still be winter but it's a brand New Year, the days will be soon getting longer, and pops of bright colours will soon start to appear in the garden. This month I'd like you to dazzle us by useing lots of bright colours in your Spring themed creations ...and don't forget to use stamps or stencils.

 One of my favourite things to see are the daffodils starting to open as you know that Spring is well and truly on its way. All the shades of yellows and oranges are just magical and I love to use this colour combination in my projects.

I bought this 10 x 10 inch sketch book a while back, the covers are a sturdy grey board so perfect for altering. 

I gave it a coat of Gesso then used a Kim Dellow stencil with Teresa Green Fresco Finish acrylic paint. I used a baby wipe with Banana Fresco Finish and wiped it over the whole cover.

 I used another Kim Dellow stencil with Banana Fresco Finish again.

 I've jumped a few steps here, but the flowers are a Kim Dellow stencil and I've built up the layers, first with Banana, then Tango, Autumn Fire and finally Claret.

I've done more layers with a baby wipe before stencilling the stars with Claret and the dots with Cherry Red. I was feeling it was a little too bright so I've used Snowflake with a baby wipe to knock it back slightly.

 I've continued with Kim's stamps and stamped onto PaperArtsy White/Grey Board with Vermillion Archival ink. The flower is painted with Fresco Finish paints and I've added more definition with a Stabilo pencil. I glued some book paper onto the board and then sprinkled on some Slime Infusions. The sprigs have been stamped directly to the cover with Fern Green Archival ink and then painted.

 It would appear I've neglected my texture pastes for some time as most had dried up ! I managed to scrape some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste out of it's jar and mixed it with Infusions. The beauty with this is as the paste dries the colour darkens. While the paste was still wet I sprinkled on some metallic flakes.

I spritzed the cover with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and also flicked some Cherry Red Fresco Finish paint over the cover. To finish, the sentiment is by Yvonne Blair.

I hope you're all ready to start another year of your crafting journey and hope you can join us for this first challenge of the year. The Design Team have created some fantastic projects to help inspire you so do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils.