How have you all been, crafting your little fingers to the bone (whenever possible) if you are anything like me! I have yet again, flown off into another arty frenzy, as we all do, and have been re-discovering my love of colour! As my distress inks are always staring at me saying, ‘use me! use me!’ I have been looking around to see if I can find different ways of using these wonderful inks. Hence I discovered the wonderful Barbara Gray and her awesome Gelli Plate. I have been watching her tutorials which you can find on You Tube, and she is one very talented lady! I missed out on meeting her at Ally Pally as I didn’t realise it was actual the lady herself sitting there! Der! I have recently purchased the stamps and some wonderful stencils, but have had little time to play, so that will be a post for the future, hopefully next week, if I can stop working long enough! Yesterday I was very naughty and ordered the small gelli plate and mount, so once it arrives, and I can’t wait, I will probably be boring you silly with all the wonderful things I can make….I have the Carpenters song whizzing around in my head now….. Please Mr Postman…..check and see….. Anyhow enough, I have been playing around with colour and came up with the above card for my besties son, Scott, and I hope he liked it. It was really simple to do: INGREDIENTS:
- 5 cm x 5 cm (2″ x 2″) Acrylic Stamp Block
- Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick or any other in your face colour!
- Pilot Fine Liner Black Pen
- Spellbinders Stamps – Colourful Brush Strokes
- Papermill Card – Spring Green, Black, White and Silver Mirri Card.
- Tools – Blending mat, water spritzer, glue/adhesive, embellishments to decorate
- Make a base card 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm (5 5/8″ x 5 5/8″) in Spring Green
- Cut 2no Silver Mirri cards 14 cm x 14 cm (5 3/8″ x 5 3/8″)
- Cut 2 no Black card 13.5 cm x 13.5 cm (5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″)
- Lastly cut 2 no 13 cm x 13 cm White Card (4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″)
- Using a blending mat, take one of the colours and give a good splodge of colour on the mat and spritz with water. Using your acrylic block, push into the colour and move around a little to mix it. Lift the acrylic block and place down on whichever corner you wish making sure you leave roughly 1 cm (1/2″) from the top and side edge. Don’t worry if you get excess colour on the edge, you can gently blot from the edge with kitchen towel to drain the colour away.
- Repeat this step with the other 3 colours, cleaning your block and blending mat before using another colour. I use a baby wipe or damp cloth.
- Allow these to dry completely, then using your liner pen, follow the shape round the square, including the inlet pieces. It gives it character.
- To finish, just draw a ‘piggledey’ line around the outside to form a border.
- Stamp a sentiment in one of the boxes.
- To decorate the inside I simply used the same distress inks in the same placement as on the front of your card but with splats and one of the sentiments from the same set.
Simple but quite effective, with unlimited possibilities!
Now this got the old brain box wanting to play a bit more with colour, so it jumped right into scenes!
A never ending search for my brain to do a really good scene! This is what we ended up with, a bit more of an advance on my previous one, with more depth.
I was really pleased that it came out with that hazy, sun setting, sort of image.
I haven’t added a sentiment, as I thought it was a card I could keep in case of emergency!
So what else have I been up to……oh yes! The dreaded brayer!
I bought a Speedball brayer around 6 years ago but never seemed to get on with it, well after a few very well taught videos from Barbara, I got my mojo in order and told myself to ‘get a grip’ and learn!!! Guess what, look at this little beauty….
Still a bit to learn but wait and see what I have in store for this……can’t wait!
I know, I know, the lines are there, but that really helps believe it or not! Still you will have to wait and see! 🙂
I also tried a little bit of stencil work, which I’ve never done either and I was quite relieved that at least it came out and looked like a scene
This I have decided to make into a little notelet book, and I will be sending it to my future Sister-in-law, as I know that she loves to receive and send letters, would you believe at least 20 a week!
So I think that is all I have right now, the rest I will show and tell later!
For now, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I look forward to creating and telling all about it.
Oh…before I go, if you live locally to Basildon, a new Craft shop has opened called Craftplus. I literally stumbled across it this afternoon on my way home, and it is brilliant and so well priced. Lovely welcome we received and he even let us browse and buy after he should have shut the shop. Thank you so much! Do have a trip there, it really is a great place, and I shall be visiting often…..oh no…my bank manager is crying lol!