Sunday, 26 February 2017

Claritystamp Challenge - Flower Power


My entry to the February Claritystamp Challenge, Flower Power. My first outing for my Funky Foliage stamps and the Oriental Vine stencil bought in the Claritystamp Members January sale and I am quite happy with the result. The stamps are so striking I thought it best to keep the design quite simple. Also trying out an art shop sale buy, Derwent Inktense Ink pencils. Here I just used them like I would use watercolour pencils but the effect is much brighter. Will have to experiment further with these.

Stamps: Claritystamp Funky Foliage Set, NDC Time for Something New
Stencil:  Oriental Vine
Inks:      Adirondack Butterscotch, Archival Black
Other:    Gelli plate, Inktense Ink Pencils, Black Sharpie

  • To make the background paper use a brayer to load butterscotch ink onto the Gelli plate,
  • place the stencil on top and then blot with some scrap paper.
  • Remove the stencil and then take a print with the ink left on the Gelli.
  • With black ink stamp the seed heads and leaves.
  • Colour in with pencils and then blend with a damp brush.
  • Trim and add a black border with a Sharpie pen.
  • Stamp on sentiment and colour in.
  • Mount onto gold and then copper card before attaching to blank card.
Happy Crafting

Lesley x




Friday, 27 January 2017

Claritystamp Challenge - Animals


Leaving it a bit late but finally got round to completing my entry for this month's Claritystamp Challenge. I have been frantically but unsuccessfully trying to remember where I might have put my camera battery charger since moving house last year. In the end I had to resort to borrowing my husbands camera which I am not used to, so apologies for blurry pics. 

Stamp: Claritystamp Cockerel and Hen set 
Ink:      Archival Black
Other:   Colouring pencils and black pen

  • For the background I brayered some yellow and red ink onto my Gelli plate and took a print. Make two so you have one to mount onto as well.
  • Straighten out the 'Cock-a- Doodle' stamp on an acrylic block and stamp it four times to make a border. (Keep an eye on the first C. It kept wanting to bend back, as you can see from my stamping at the bottom of the card)
  • Stamp the Cockerel inside the frame.
  • Lightly pencil in the sun and frame and then go over with a black pen. 
  • Doodle patterns inside the black lines then rub out any pencil marks.
  • You could stop at this stage ......
  • ...but I carried on and added some shading with colouring pencils. The only ones I had at hand were children's ones that I leave out for the grandchildren but they still blended quite well.

  • Trim, mount onto red card and then onto another Gelli background. There is some patterning made with scrunched up copier paper on the Gelli prints but it doesn't show up in the photos.

Lesley x


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Christmas Cards

I know Christmas is well and truly over now but I did say I would try and put up a couple more of my Christmas card designs.  Better late than never I have finally got round to it. Both are straightforward so I am not putting up any step-by-step instructions but if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them if I can. This one uses the Claritystamp NDSC#121 Holly Deer and the Snowflakes stamp set.


My second card uses the Claritystamp Santa and Star corners set stamped onto a Gelli print background. The sentiment is not a Claritystamp but one from my stash, not sure of manufacturer. 


Hope it's not too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Lesley x