Monday, 9 March 2009

Craft Stamper - The Magazine

I bought my copy of the Craft Stamper magazine on Friday.
Had visitors all day on Saturday, and out all day yesterday. So today I took myself off to my studio for a 'read' and to have a go at the inspirational articles in there.

I was inspired by the front page so just had to try that out first.

I had a brayer - to try out the technique, but it was not the same make - and I wonder if that made a difference because no matter how hard I tried I just could not achieve the look that Tracey has.

Maybe is was my inks. I threw so many attempts away, that I improvised to make this version.

I really love the effect of the hanging branches, the butterflies, and the fairy - but without anything remotely suitable I could use to create that fabulous look, I just had a play.

I sponged on the ink colours, created a mountain and topped it with 'snow' which I embossed. I added a misty look with white chalk ink, and using an Oriental stamp I stamped the foreground several times with water reeds at different heights.

Isn't it strange the difference in colour that photographing on a different background colour makes!

I finished it off by drawing oriental style butterflies in the centre foreground, and birds flying off into the distance.

I used some Japanese kimono ribbon, to add authenticity to my 'Land of the rising sun' but it doesn't really go does it - so will change it for an organza ribbon.

I am making tags lately, mainly because I got all the free mount board and I can try out lots of techniques. They are also make great bookmark gifts.

There are so many things in this months magazine that I want to try - it will keep me busy until next months comes out!

Tomorrow I am off to see Paula who is also featured in the magazine. I don't expect to get any creative work done though, we will be too busy talking!

One Powerful Hour Challenge

Apologies for the photo being on the 'hough' as we call it in this part of the country - the backing paper in reality is straight and properly proportioned. I cropped the photo, as it looked worse seeing it crooked on the desk!

I have used inks to blend colours onto the monochrome coloured paper to blend in with the backing paper and the pale blue colours in the photo.

The chipboard swirls have been inked too - to tone in - and embossed.

On One Powerful Hour challenge site site the task is to use some chipboard on your art - and I have!

And a rarity, I managed to complete this in a hour - hence my entry

Object d'Art Photo Challenge

I have been so busy - but really wanted to have a go at the Object d'Art challenge this week.

I wanted to make a 'scrapbook' page for a little album I have planned - but can't find the photos I had for it.

So this is what I made instead.

Apologies for the photography - the backing paper looks as though it is cut askew - but its my - not managing to photograph it straight!

I used inks to shade the black and white paper to tone with the backing sheet. I coloured the chipboard swirls the same way then embossed them with clear embossing powder.