The chosen tools

The chosen tools

Yikes! This is called the Spring Blog Hop and my card looks like Halloween! Don’t quite know what I was thinking when I made it. 😉 …actually, I guess I was trying to do something a little different to my norm and to use these stamps which I have not used near enough.

So, please, scroll down and see a more Spring-like offering to go along with my mental aberration!

Halloween in March!

Here’s my (original) contribution to the ‘hop’,  you should have come here from Laura’s place but, if you get lost anytime then check the list at the end of the post. I decided to use the Michael Strong Houses set for this plus a Dreamweaver stencil which is my all-time favourite one and which I was lucky enough to have won as a prize from them 🙂 .

I punched a ‘moon‘ from a Post-it (the fully-adhesive ones are really great for this sort of thing) and placed it on some creamy coloured pearlescent card. The stencil was then taped to my glass mat, over the card, using low-tack masking tape. I misted water over the stencil and sprinkled various colours of Ken Oliver Colour Burst (sorry, Color Burst!) over the top and misted again lightly. I then carefully removed the stencil to reveal a very blurred impression which I quite like, it’s kinda spooky. The stencil is not as big as the piece of card I was using so I dried everything with my heat-tool and then replaced the stencil to the side to repeat the process. I masked-off the part I’d already coloured with the tape I was using to hold the stencil in place – it’s not too obvious where the join is! 😉

The houses were stamped with black ink and heat embossed with clear powder before colouring with the same Colour Bursts (diluted with a little water in a palette and brushed on). I found these a little too bright compared to the background so I toned them down with a grey glaze.

Everything is matted with black and the larger house is raised on foam to add dimension.  I haven’t put a sentiment on it yet, I shall wait until I choose to send it to someone and then pick a suitable one at that time.

Hope you like the finished result.

Colour Bursts

Colour Bursts

Coloured Houses

Coloured Houses

Finished Card

Finished Card

A Host of Golden Daffodils
Finished card

Finished card

Now, what’s more Spring-like than these? The photo of daffodils was adhered behind the oval die-cut after I’d decorated the card. I used the Picasso tool from Dreamweaver to make the clouds in the sky and then used a very old wooden-block stamp for the daffodil clusters. It was stamped a couple of times across the bottom and then the flowers coloured with ProMarkers.

I stitched the card to a blue mat to complement the blue of the sky and then moved onto the vase. This is Michaels Cloisonné Vase which I stamped with Versamark and embossed with a metallic powder, Jasper – I think. I used a scrap of watercolour card I had lying around and painted it with Brusho powders before cutting out the parts I wanted. I tried adding the handles to the base of the vase but it just didn’t look quite right.

The vase is raised with silicone glue for a little dimension – I can’t wait for more of my daffys to bloom in the garden so I can bring a vase-full inside …… a hint of Spring! 🙂

Daffodils

Daffodils

Picasso tool

Picasso tool

Stamped jug

Stamped jug

Coloured

Coloured

Brusho palette

Brusho palette

 Blog-Hop List

Pop over to see the next eye-candy with Peg, happy hopping.

Michael Strong: http://www.blog.strongstamps.com/
Hetty Sanders: http://craftchaos.blogspot.nl/
Heidi Wegman: http://heidi-thereluctantblogger.blogspot.ca/
Laura Holm: http://holmadelaura.blogspot.com/
Joanna Mackintosh: http://www.craftyjo.org.uk/ (you’re here!)
Peg Klitch: http://stampinwiththescottishlass.blogspot.com/

 

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