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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Friendly or Loving Roses

I wanted to work with the latest release of rubber stamps from Chocolate Baroque (UA5SP0402 Rose & Thistle) which is also the current Stamp of the Month set at the same time as building myself a repertoire of background techniques which I can turn to. Initially I thought of making ATC sized panels but upon rummaging in my W H Smith white card box (I only take a new sheet of A4 card/paper if I don't have a large enough piece in one of my scraps boxes which are sorted according to type/colouring medium: watercolour, alcohol markers, W H Smith 220gsm white & Southfields 160gsm Bright White) I found a whole pile of 3½ inch Zentangle tiles I'd cut & these are proving a perfect format.

front of card
close-up of image panel
angled view of image panel showing
dimension & shine of wet embossing 
close-up showing detail of corner embellishing, patterned
paper panel plus layered background stamping 
inside of card
close-up showing inked edges of both patterned paper
frame (Tattered Rose) & message panel (Spun Sugar)

The image was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black & then wet embossed with clear embossing powder prior to colouring with Copic Markers. This is a technique which I learnt from Elizabeth Allan which gives a lovely finish, particularly with a stamp like this where there are large solid areas, & avoids the 'contamination' of the marker tip which can occur when using black/coloured embossing powder.

The background was made by stamping each of the three rose images randomly around the edges working inwards: using the large bud with Dried Marigold first, then the flower-head only from the single stem with Tattered Rose, & lastly the smallest bud with Spun Sugar. Finally Spun Sugar Distress Ink was applied around the edges using a blending tool.

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UA5SP0402 Rose & Thistle.
Inks VersaFine Onyx Black with Stewart Gill Ultrafine Embossing Powder (main image); Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar & Tattered Rose Distress Inks (background & internal panel inking as detailed above & in photos).
Pencils/Markers Copic Markers.
Cardstock White & assorted blacks in various finishes.
Paper Joanna Sheen.
Dies Spellbinders Shapeabilities Lace Doily Motifs.
Punch Woodware (scalloped square).

Challenges Entered
Stamping Sensations January Challenge - Friendship (my card is intended for a friend's birthday but it could equally be used for a 'Just to Say/Friendship' card)
Penny Black & More January Challenge - Love is in the Air (with the rose imagery & the pink colouring this would be appropriate for a Valentine or Anniversary card)

Sunday, 20 January 2013

January Quintiles

Firstly, thank you to everyone who left me get well wishes - I'm finally getting back on my feet again.

The Chocolate Baroque Online Community now has quite a number of groups, each dedicated to different aspects of crafting (from ATCs to Zentangle) using Chocolate Baroque products or items available through the Chocolate Baroque online shop. Some of the groups are swap groups, others focus upon encouraging one another with ideas through uploading photos of completed projects. This year we have a Christmas Group in the latter category: a theme is set  each month spurring us on to making one or more Christmas cards per month in order to avoid the mad scramble in December.

We have a new format of "Quintiles" for a monthly swap where we submit two 5 inch square pieces of artwork created along a given theme. The two Quintiles can be exactly the same, varied slightly (different colours, embellishments etc........) or completely different. I thought I'd like to explore how different colour combination can alter the appearance of the same basic design each month, so that's what I'm starting out with. The January theme is Winter Wonderland.

fronts & backs

close-ups of wet embossed vellum pattern fragments 
embellished with brads & gems

 close-ups showing dimensional shaping & 
interwoven layering of flowers

 close-ups showing corner details & sequin embellishments

The flowers were stamped 6 times for each tile, coloured using Copic Markers & cut out. The petals were shaped around a pencil prior to layering the flowers in pairs whilst interleaving & offsetting the petals. Each flower centre was made from a punched floral shape topped with a piece of card candi.

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UA4SPO398 Pears & Baubles (pattern fragment) & UA4SP0362 Steampunk Christmas (flowers).
Inks Memento Tuxedo Black (flowers), Emboss Tinted Stamp Pad with Stewart Gill Metallic Silver/Metallic Gold Embossing Powders (pattern fragment), Black Soot Distress Ink (inking some cardstock edges).
Pencils/Markers etc... Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Marker.
Cardstock Black & white plus assorted silvers/golds in various finishes from stash.
Paper White parchment from stash.
Die Cuttlebug Vintage Corners
Punches Woodware (scalloped square, flower)
The card candi is Craftwork Cards; the brads & sequin stars are from stash.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Vicious Virus

I've fallen prey to one of the nasty viruses afflicting humanity so apologies for not leaving comments etc... in my normal fashion.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Tidying The Creative Process

Whilst making the Alphatags I acquired a heap of odd images & die-cuts that weren't quite right for what I was working on. I never have a completed project in my mind - I start & then proceed by trial & error with the design evolving as I go. The image & the die-cuts for this card were in that discarded pile. Incidentally, the die-cuts had also been doctored slightly with elements trimmed off them so the die-cut under the image is missing a corner & the vertical has had both of its endmost parts removed.

This card actually developed over roughly three days of experimenting with different ideas of placement & additional components such as background & embellishing. Daily life & the incidentals of correspondence, commenting & tidying/rearranging etc...... carried on in the meantime. This is fairly typical of my creative process which means that I'm not particularly fast or prolific in production/execution.

front of card
angled view showing sparkle & pearlescence
of gems & matted layers
close-up showing watercolouring & inked edges
 of image panel plus tone on tone background stamping
inside of card showing textured red paper
plus silver inked edges of message panel

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UDLSP0056 Butterfly Whimsy (retired).
Inks Black Soot Distress Ink (stamping & watercolouring plus edging image panel), ColorBox Chalk Warm Red (background tone on tone stamping & inking cardstock), Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver (inking message panel edges).
Cardstock Winsor & Newton Cotman 190gsm Cold Pressed/NOT Grain Fin Watercolour Paper; red, white, white, Moondust black & textured silver all from stash.
Paper Textured red from stash.
Dies Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ironwork Motifs & Nestabilities Large Deckled Rectangles.
The gems are from stash.