My inky travels along life's rocky road

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Tropical Sunset

I'm very pleased with the way this card has turned out. I have been so out of touch with crafting for a while that my stamping ability has deteriorated badly. I bought this Crafty Individuals stamp (CI 497) in a recent sale. It's such a large detailed stamp that I didn't think it needed anything but an ombré background. I used DO's in broken china, fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, candied apple and a touch of wilted violet at the top. For me the best way to achieve a smooth gradation was to go back each time with my blending tool and use the lighter colour to blend the 2 colours together. It was a bit fiddly figuring out the exact placement of the blue for the sea but it worked out ok. I used my stamping platform and Versafine to stamp the image. I did try and lift some of the colour from the clouds with a wet brush and a tissue but it didn't work very well. I mounted it on a white card blank to finish. I'm debating whether to put a sentiment on the front (between the sun and the palm leaves) but I think it will detract from the image.

Monthly Challenge - January

This month's letter is A for Alcohol (appropriate I thought as 'Dry January' is in full swing). The colour options are Amber, Auburn and Azure. I used my neglected alcohol inks in stonewashed, terracotta, rust, butterscotch and stream to make a background. The gin glass was stamped, coloured with pencils and solvent and cut out. The text is a handy stamp with lots of words such as chocolate, glitter and gin that can be added to complete the phrase. I cut it with a deckle edged die and inked the edges with lucky clover DI. A couple of star gems and some wink of stella completed the postcard.
I'm delighted I've caught up and hope I don't fall behind again.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Monthly Challenge - December

December's letter was V for Vintage with colour options of vermillion, violet and viridian.
I used a couple of stencils and frayed burlap DI for the background and stamped over with some Paper Artsy numbers and a Kaleidacolor ink pad. The schoolboy image is from an old Paper Artsy set with a washi tape edging (could that green be called viridian?). The little postage stamp is from a Graphic 45 set as is the small strip of alphabet paper behind it. The text is by Paper Artsy and was attached with some cotton string. A small alphabet block brad finished the postcard.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Monthly Challenge - November

Hello (waves frantically and blows the dust off the blog)! It's been a very long time during which I have travelled and started on a new project and generally been busy with family and Christmas and stuff (life in general). I haven't done much in the way of crafting apart from some cards for Christmas but with the start of a new month/year/decade I decided I had to catch up with my monthly challenge so yes it's January and yes I'm posting November's postcard.

The letter was J for Joy with the optional colour choice being Jade (which I chose to ignore). This postcard is in memory of my German Shepherd Cassie who used to love the snow and on the rare occasions we had enough to settle would race around in the garden like a mad thing and try and catch the snowflakes on her snout.
I stamped and clear heat embossed some snowflakes and then used tumbled glass and salty ocean DIs all over to make the sky. The snowdrifts are a Sizzix die with a little sparkle embossing on the edges. The rabbits are my beloved Alice Palace stamps from Crafty Individuals with their crowns heat embossed in gold. The lower text is computer generated and the top is a printed sentiment and a Paula Pascual stamp. I added some small punched snowflakes to finish.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Monthly Challenge - October

This month's letter is H for Harvest with only one colour option of heliotrope (a pinky purple).
I used an old Heartfelt Creations stamp set for the image and the text stamping it in sepia ink and colouring it in with Coloursoft pencils and solvent. As the image wasn't wide enough I added a couple of extra pumpkins.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Monthly Challenge - September

This month's letter in the monthly postcard challenge is M for Music with colour options of mustard, magenta and maroon.
I wanted to use this very old Non Sequitur image of a singer and found a Hans Christian Andersen quote I thought would be suitable to go with it. I stamped the image and masked it before making the background with various stamps and stencils. I stamped the musical score (by Katzelkraft), then removed the mask and coloured the image with pencils and solvent. I added the computer generated words and some punched music notes.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Monthly Challenge - August

This month's letter for the monthly challenge is L for Lace with colour options of Lavender/Lilac, Lemon and Lime I had a few ideas in my head and for once I actually managed to (sort of) create what I imagined. I know that this would have been perfect for June's W for Wings challenge but sadly this did not come up in my thoughts then. I was going for a collage type effect this month and didn't really want the lace to be the focal point.
The background started off with DO's in fossilized amber and spiced marmalade roughly brayered over the card. I added TH's lace stencil in twisted citron DO but wasn't happy with the effect so added a few torn strips from a book and lightly gesso'd over all of it. As it was drying I used a hessian effect background stamp in places where the gesso was a little thicker to add some texture (this would have been more effective if I'd thought of doing it before most of the gesso had dried!). I decided to try the TH lace stencil and twisted citron DO again and this time I was happier with the result. I wanted some splatters so mixed up a little scarlet Brusho and water. When dry I added a lacy border die cut (a very old Xcut one) and a strip of lace held in place with some flower brads. The scribble circle die cut is by TH and the bird is a Katzelkraft stamp. I added some ruled lines and stamped the quotation from a  Hampton Arts stamp and die set. Finally I added some clear sequins and a few tiny gems.
Here's a better view of the sequins:

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