Wednesday, 23 April 2014

When a Bird Table became a Solarization project...

Hello there!
Thanks for stopping by!

Our Wednesday Blog is always something new, and I wanted to show you this new Birdhouse stencil, which comes with 2 birds.

I was in the Clarity Laboratoire (our kitchen) yesterday, and wanting to figure out how Open acrylics work. 
It was the actual birdhouse I was interested in, the bit that falls out.
So I got my Golden Open Acrylics out, and brayered a thin layer of it over my 6 x 6 Gelli Plate and placed the stencil pieces on the paint.

I used Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.

The open acrylics dry much more slowly, so you can do other things with them. That’s not to say they’re better than the faster drying acrylics we usually use. Not at all! Just very different. 
They behave differently...

So, I blotted the lower part with copy paper for the land, and blotted the sky area with bubble-wrap. Patted it here and there with a tissue...

Sheryl Crow was keeping me company, the late afternoon sun was warm through the window, and I was in my element. 

I took a corner of copy paper and made sure I had blotted well in the lines of the bird-table.
These paints stay open longer, wet longer, so you can play and manipulate at your leisure. 

Then I carefully lifted the mask-stencils off,

and simply pulled a print on the white card.

And what I got was fabulous.
 Just like an over-exposed photo.
Although I had fully intended to add more layers and more colour, 
I knew in a moment, the piece was complete. 

And could I ever get the same again?
Not in a month of Sundays.
It took 2 minutes to create, not longer,
but hours of WOW!

When I showed it to Jim (who has a degree in photography), 
he immediately said, “Solarization. Looks like a photo which has been deliberately over-exposed”

So I just wanted to share this with you. 
It may not be your cup of tea at all, 

but for a slosh of paint, a stencil and a bit of bubble wrap on an Easter Monday afternoon in my kitchen - 
it certainly gave me a sense of artistic well-being.

That’s it, isn’t it. 
It’s that Nirvana Moment.

You can have your champagne and your caviar,
your diamonds and your flashy car;
The joy to be found in paint and ink
is far more precious,
don’t you think?

much love,

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

YouTube Tuesday - TORN GELLI PLATE

Hello there!
Thanks for stopping by here on 

Thought it was time to tackle a Gelli Plate video.
Here’s an 3-layer trick for you to try.
I did this as a photo step by step blog a while ago, too.
Thought it was a good idea to capture it on You Tube, too. 

Here’s what I used:

Copy Paper
Bubble Wrap

The hardest part is waiting for the layers to dry!
If you can sit on your hands long enough,
you can do this!

Here’s a similar one I did recently on TV, using different colour paint and our brickwall stencil.

If you do decide to have a go at a 3-layer piece of Gelli-Art,
 email me a picture of your work please, 
so that we can upload a Gelli Homework Gallery here! 

much love,

Monday, 21 April 2014

Trees for you on Easter Monday

Hi there.
Hope your Easter weekend has been pleasant? 
Ours certainly has.
Here’s a little step-by-step project for you, using 1 of 2 stencils, which were designed to work together, but can be used alone, too.

Enhanced with our two Sapling Trees and 

Let’s take a look...

Let’s see how the 2 sit together first.
Even though I have only used the underneath, I wanted to show you how they are related.

But how can we used them together? Well, I was thinking I might do a You Tube Video on this topic in a couple of weeks time....

But here, let’s just use the less obvious one - the snowy one.
And let’s get off the SNOW train quickly!

Using one of our fab Clarity Brushes
brush Lettuce and Meadow Adirondack into the fields.

Remove the stencil.

Using our Clarity Moon Mask and some Post-Its, 
let’s make a huge sun.

Load one of the Clarity Brushes with your Butterscotch Adirondack,  and swish around the edge of the orb.
Keep going round in circles with the tip of the brush.
Use a make-up sponge to add depth to the base.

Looking good!
If you missed the You Tube Tuesday video this Tuesday past, I did an orb like this against a dark blue sky. Check it out!

Using Fern Archival ink, 
stamp the Sapling trees into the Paths of the stencil.

Smaller tree to the back, larger tree to the front.

3’s plenty....

This artwork almost has a Japanese, crisp feel to it, 
don’t you think?

Let’s add a duck in flight. First generation ink,

and second generation further away.

Very very basic stamping, but easy on the eye.

The more I hang around this cardmaking world of ours, 
the more I like the simpler things.... 

One of those brilliant word chain words might work well in the sky, but which one?

YOU decide. 
Let me know, and I will pick one, 
finish the artwork with it 
and send it to somebody..... 

that’s if they want it!

much love,

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Sunday Celebrations

Hello there!
Thanks for stopping by on this lovely Sunday morning.
I hope you are well and happy?
Thought I’d send an Easter card project to you;
a simple celebration Sunday.

I remember great amusement when doing this card together with Dean on telly; let’s see if I can embed the You-tube of that show....
Anyway, here’s what we used:


I cut and embossed an oval shape out of Theuvacard.
I heat-embossed the Easter banner and the Greeting with a heatgun

Stamped the 3 chicks onto Translucent Shrink Plastic, 
Cut them out, like so...

but let’s watch Dean the crafting Guru tackle 3 chicks, eh.
Or was it 4 chicks....
Managed to embed this from You Tube, and thanks JantheNan, 
the lady who put it there in the first place!

This is very funny! 
Dean is brilliant!

To make the flower, I bought a set of very reasonably priced punches at my friend Terri’s shop in Wisbech 
Terri Lucas, The Craft Den. Fab shop, even fabber woman!
If you live in that area, you should pop in, or sign up for one of her workshops. She is one talented lady. 
And our Clarity Design Team Kelly Ketteringham (Kelly on the Telly) works at the Craft Den, too, so you will meet her there.

So there we are.
Happy Easter to you and yours. 

All the stamps are in the Easter sale this weekend.
Sales ends Monday 21st April, 2014.

lots of love,

Saturday, 19 April 2014

A crackin’ Easter Project

Hello there!
It’s Easter weekend, and here’s a cute idea you might enjoy trying.

I used our Easter chicks and some cracking good eggs:

Blossom Egg           Leaf Egg

Oh. An Espresso Adirondack and a few Promarkers, too.

It’s as easy as boiling a soft egg, once you know how!
Let’s take a look....

Stamp the bottom half of the cracked egg in Espresso.

Use the Cracked Egg mask to cover up 
and stamp the Blossom egg through the aperture.

like so...

We are going to do the same for the top half of the cracked egg, but we are going to cut it out. 
So anywhere on a piece of Theuva card is good.

Colour in with Promarkers.

Both halves.

Mask off the lower half and stamp a chick into the egg.

Coming together here..
Now for the Message.

Bend it into a curve on the mount....

Let’s anchor the egg, so that it isn’t just floating.
Mask the egg off, 
and add a little ledge with Espresso and a make up sponge.


Speaking of floating eggs,
I remember a while ago, the fridge was pretty empty except for a few eggs, so I thought I’d rustle up some egg mayonnaise. 
“Not sure how long these eggs have been in here,”
says I.
“Well, if an egg floats, it’s no good.”
says Dave.
I put all 6 eggs in the pan of water and they all bobbed to the surface. All 6. No hesitation. They shot to the top. 
“Fancy beans on toast?”
says I...

Anyway, yolks aside, where was I?

Ah yes. Trying to stop the egg from tipping over.
Colour in the little chicksicle..

Add the lid with a brad.

Dust a little Butterscotch Yellow around the edge of the card 
with one of our fabulous Clarity Brushes.

All done.

We hope you are having a cracking good Easter weekend.
Check out our Sale on the website;
all these stamps are on offer until Monday 21st April 2014.

much love,