Thursday, 20 March 2014

Today's card...........  A stencil Zentangle card...........
With the wind so blustery outside I thought I'd show something that when I was doing  the design was very calming.

This card was one of my first attempts at Zentangle - and I don't know about you but I found it to be so relaxing and all I was doing was doodling.  The card itself is 6" x 6" and the bottom edge of the card is punched with an EK Success border punch - I can't tell the name as its been in my crafting box for numerous years.  The black and white card and paper used for the matts were also out of my scrap box and they served their purpose.

The actual design of the butterfly came as a result of tracing the outlines from the Dreamweaver Stencil LG740 the large open butterfly.  To outline the design and to doodle I used micron pens.
I didn't follow any patterns I simply doodled, I just made sure the the designs were balanced across the 2 halves of the butterfly.  The background of the design was plain white and to break this up I randomly did 3 dots with one of the pens, it stops the background  from being very bright.  My final addition to the card was a knotted piece of black and white spotted grosgrain .

I must admit there is something about black and white cards that have ( I feel) a touch of elegance

Hope you like 


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Finally I think I've sorted my camera out and can start to put pictures on to my blog.  So here goes.......Today I have sent off my samples to Dreamweaver to apply for a Dream Team position.  One of the pieces had to be dimensional, after racking my brain I came up with idea of making a bonbon box and decorating the outside of the box with stenciled images coloured using the Scrie technique.

The stencil image is embossed using either the traditional light box or one of the many embossing/die cutting machines, and then the colour is applied with a stencil brush being stroked across the embossed design.  The ink catches on the raised image and gives the colour effects. I must admit that I enjoyed this technique as it easy and the effect can be as delicate or as strong  as you want it to be.

The stencil I used for this item was Dreamweaver LL543 and the ink pad used was the Splendour Colour 'Circus'.

Hope you like the idea.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Here is a card I did with a Stampendous stamp and coloured using Gelly Roll Sparkle pens to get the gentle colour I used a waterbrush.  The Sparkle pens just give that shimmer to the design.  The stamp would lend itself to more vibrant colouring but I preferred the lighter shades. As I was going to watercolour the ink pad that I used was a Stazon, this prevented the image bleeding when I used the waterbrush.

I put 2 matts on to the white card, a pale blue and a black.  The black one made the design pop off the card, whilst the blue blended with the design.

Hope you like it.


Monday, 10 March 2014

I thought I'd share a card that I made a while ago using  a Dreamweaver stencil LM2001 its called petite fern and really is a delightful Stencil.  I used gold embossing paste and covered this with gilding flakes.  The matts and layers were what I had left on my table at the end of the day.