Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Unter der Laterne

Wednesday's blog is something new, so here's a tag I just managed to finish last time I was on TV, but which I think deserves another, slower airing. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

We need very little for this one.
The lamppost
The Small Velvet Lady
Black micron Pen
Ruler
Distress pens
Black Archival ink pad
Butterscotch Adirondack.

The pictures here speak volumes, so let's take a look...
I had a white tag handy, and started a rough outline.


Then I went round the edges, making the lines, ready for colouring in. I also used the ruler to prepare the chequered flooring.


Once I was happy with the linework, I set about dotting each box which needed colouring in. Then I started colouring in every other box with the black micron pen.


Takes a while, but looks fantastic. At this point I scanned this tag and made a load of prints of it on Theuva card! No way was I repeating that little black and white episode!


So now I had a dozen of them, the pressure was off. So I stamped the lamppost and Velvet along the upper edge of the floor using black Archival. Then I covered her up with a mask, and the edges of the entire mask, and started applying Butterscotch to the background. You can use a make-up sponge for the base where it's darker, and a Stencil brush nearer the lamplight.


This picture so reminds me of my Mum! Not because she hangs around street corners underneath the lamplight! She has a really lovely voice and when she has had a glass of wine or two, she often sings "Unter der Laterne" (underneath the lamplight) in German, of course, just like Marlene Dietrich.
Notice here, that the floor has wrapped itself around the foot of the lamppost and velvet. All I did was add a couple of lines with the ruler and add a couple of chequered rows. Much easier than trying to mask off the images.


Finally, I coloured her in with Distress markers, and added a flame to the lamp...


I like this one. Every now and then I'll make something that really please me. This one I was chuffed with.
Tomorrow I'll show you another one I was chuffed with. Let's see if we can play a game tomorrow... Give her a name and a life....

56 comments:

  1. Lovely so quick and easy. You could adapt with most stamps and use as a topper.

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  2. I saw you do this beautiful demonstration on tv it's lovely to have the step by step to follow. I am going to try and do this with her in reds for Christmas tags for special people. Thank you for all your inspiration. Xx

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  3. Good morning,
    While I am guessing chuffed means really pleased, I look forward to yet another lovely chuffed card, not sure you use that as an adjective, so much to learn. Lovely card today, thanks.

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  4. I love this tag, it looks stunning in the Yellow and black.

    Sue x

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  5. Cut myself off there. Love your blogs and also all the comments....love the idea of this one in red for special tags, might well copy that....love

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  6. It's a great piece of artwork Barbara. Love how you've got the perspective just right with the tiled floor.
    Beryl xx

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  7. Stunning! Absolutely stunning! The colour is perfect!

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  8. You are right to be chuffed with this one....it's lovely! Hugs xxx

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  9. Love this image, but the flooring makes my eyesight go all squiffy. I'll risk not being able to see straight because I love the artwork so much.

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  10. I really like this but don't have either of these stamps, however, I am sure I could use the concept to try and create something with other stamps I have, like the trees mmmm lets see....

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  11. Like Karen I really liked this tag but don't have the stamps .........BUT ....... It won't stop me from trying it out with something I have x

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  12. I absolutely love this Barbara but I think it is the floor that does it for me - a bit time consuming but so simple when you think about it - when I saw it on the telly I thought maybe you had a "disappearing" point but close up it just looks like the "tiles " at the back are smaller love it xx

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  13. Thanks for doing this Barbara saw it on C&C and liked but so step by step is great although i dont have the stamps i am sure i can find something. x

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  14. Stunning as always!!! Like others I dont have Velvet but will try with something else.
    Thank you for continually sharing your inspiration

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  15. Oh like this very much. Marlene is standing just outside the entrance to a very lovely hotel. She is dressed for dinner and dancing and is taking a moment before entering to meet a special someone who is waiting inside for her.

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  16. Lovely just shows you don't need lots of gear to make a great image, just a black pen and a ruler!
    Super tag. Aileen xx

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  17. I liked this one when I saw you doing it on C&C so it is great to have a step by step. Just one query - how do you establish where the vertical lines go for the floor to give that perspective, speaking as someone who is mathematically challenged at times. Do you just do it by eye or is there a formula by which to put them in? xx Maggie

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  18. Super tag, Just one little thing - can you tell us the what size it is? (Or did you use a die?) Many thanks

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  19. Morning Barb! I absolutely loved this when you demo'd it, the lamp post stamps are among my faves and I use all 3 sizes, I have to have a go at this with all the lady stamps and Douglas too. X

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  20. I too loved this one and really wish I had thought of it I would be using it on so many tags! I just tried a pink Kitchen floor similar to this, actually not similar at all because it just didn't look like a floor and I abandoned it. I can see why now and adding the lines afterwards to incorporate the lamppost is genius. You should be chuffed with it too !! xx

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  21. Gorgeous tag. Love it.
    Hugs
    CraftyJacq
    Xx

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  22. Lovely tag love the tiled floor very art deco. You should be really chuffed with your little work of art. Is the word chuffed in the English dictionary... YES- definition:- delight, pleased, satisfied
    woo hoo! Best wishes Joan x

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  23. I like this tag really ver much. Great idea! Wish you all the best for today and the day after today.... and so on...... xx

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  24. Another great creation. Love it, and well done with the tiles. you're very patient. Your tag looks very "Art Deco". I also love the idea of having her in red.

    Laurence xx

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  25. What another great idea. I don't have these stamps but I am currently speaking to my partner very nicely to buy me one or two of your hampers for Christmas as I have fallen in love with the simplicity and quality of the Clarity Products.

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  26. Beautiful and I bet it was so relaxing to do.

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  27. The perspective on the floor is amazing! Your attention to detail just amazes me. Gorgeous.

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  28. stunning Barbara - the perspective on the ground looks fabulous - really amazing! Hugs xx

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  29. Lovely tag Barbara. Given us all lots of ideas...I will have to buy the large lamppost now! xxx

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  30. Wonderful so elegant. Love making cards that need a little time spent on them, you are right to be chuffed. I am feeling like that now Xmas shopping just about completed. So Whoopee back to the crafty corner and time to play again. Thanks again for your lovely ideas. xxx

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  31. How lovely and effective. Another one I need to try but I'll have a go with kasha and see how she looks. I like the idea of doing her in red for a Xmas card. Thanks for the inspiration. Lxxx

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  32. This is just amazing Barbara - the floor and the tag surround look like they are in completely different planes! No wonder you are pleased with the final result, and great tip about scanning before you stamp!! Thanks, Susan

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  33. Lovely Tag. Great Idea with the floor .....This will need practice me-thinks!

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  34. Lovely, the flooring looks so effective x

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  35. Love this, especially the lampost stamp, I am adding this to my ever growing list of must haves.thanks again

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  36. I 'm with Bernie on this one.Practice makes perfect.

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  37. Lovely tag. I think she should be called Marlene.
    Lesley

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  38. I love this idea...and, spookily, put a pack of white tags in my basket atTesco's yesterday! I had no idea what I was going to do with them, at the time............ Thanks, Barbara! x

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  39. Chuff chuff!!! I now have to imagine your mum singing after a few drinks with you doing a duet I think…there you go.. hows that for a story!!! I liked this on the tv and I love it more now you have broken it down as I had not spotted the flame on the lamp!!! xx

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  40. Hi Barb, fabulous idea, love the chequerboard floor. You have the patience of a saint, but will give it a try after the mad Christmas card rush is over. Bx

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  41. Hi Barb,
    You have a good right to be chuffed - this is lovely. Saw you do it on c and c but as others have said it is good to see the step by step instructions written down, so thanks for that. The colour you have chosen is lovely but I also think she would look lovely in red or a lovely rich blue.

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  42. love this barbara, the floor looks great and those stamps are wonderful x

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  43. i'm glad you've put this on blog as you hardly got anytime to do it on tv. and you should be so chuffed with it. it is so beautiful. it gives me a sense of peace and tranquility when i look at it xx

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  44. A beautiful tag, the shading really sets the scene and creates great atmosphere.x

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  45. Nice ....and all the way from the wilds of Brittany ... Sous la Lanterne...
    Probhably waiting for Douglas.
    X

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  46. Scanning it was a great idea, I bet my floor wouldn't look like your though, your is fabulous!

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  47. Love the perspective on the floor. I'm currently teaching perspective drawing to my year 10s and I might adapt this idea for them to have a go as a fun little task. Thanks for the inspiration Barbara. X

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  48. Wonderful - love the perspective on the b&w floor! Good move to make an electronic copy! Love the yellows and atmosphere you have created too :)

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  49. Thanks for posting this on your blog, I loved it when you showed it on the telly and was disappointed that you didn't get to cover it as you would have liked. The floor is stunning and I'm definitely going to give it a go - must add it to my list! Angela x

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  50. Lovely! One of my fav colour combos yellow and black; have done several art deco themed cards in these colours.just lovely.x

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  51. Thank you for the step by step, really useful after your race to the finish on C&C

    In point of fact, a big thank you the blog full stop. I was first inspired by you when I was trapped at home with flu a few years ago, and came across C&C. Since then I've watched the shows, joined the club and bought some stamps ... and then sat and stared at them!

    Your daily dose of inspiration has kicked started me - I've pulled my socks up, got the stamps out, and had fun playing - really clapping my hands with childlike glee fun.

    A huge thank you for your injections of crafting joie de vivre

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x