Monday, 6 January 2014

Around the World in 80 Days...


Happy Monday!
Sorry the blog is a bit late today; rather late out of the starting blocks this morning, after a formidable day on TV yesterday! Thank you so much, if you watched and supported. Makes it all worthwhile.
As promised, here is a step-by-step of one of the stamp-sets which sold out before I could demonstrate them. The new Filigraphy Hotair Balloons literally flew! As did the set of 5 Cityscape masks, which I also used here.

Here’s what  I used:

NEW Tree Masks from the 5 Cityscapes Set

Ready? Here goes:

Stamp the Hotair Balloon in Watering Can on the white card.



Add the Anchor and stamp the balloon twice, on the postcards which come with the square card pack.



Cut the balloons out, as below.


Frame the square card with low-tack masking tape.


Now for the TREES. Remember? 
Mondays Blog is Trees and Flowers? I have a plan, you know!
We will use the sky part of the mask. If it’s new, remember to lay it on your arm lightly, just to de-tack it a little before you begin. Always store the mask back on the wax paper it came on.


Mask in place? Now we need colour.



Using a Brayer, Pesto and a blending mat,


add green to the treescape. 
Simply roll back and forth, lifting the brayer to avoid stripes and keep picking up more ink from the mat as you go.


Move the mask up and over a bit. Re-load the Brayer (get rid of a little green on scrap paper if it is still dark), so that the trees are more faded. 
Add the next line of trees.


Move the tree mask up and over one more time, and add the third line of trees. 
Don’t even re-ink the brayer. 



Clean your brayer with a baby wipe or water, and load the mat with Cloudy blue in exactly the same way at the other end.



Add the sky. 


With a stencil brush, add a little Pesto from the mat round the edges. Softer than the brayer.


Remove the masking tape.


Colour in the Hot air Balloons with Distress Markers or colouring pencils. Promarkers may make the Archival ink bleed, remember?


Add some sticky fixers to the back.


Layer up your Balloon.


The top layer would make a great brolly, or skirt, or pram, wouldn’t it?


Take a closer look at the patterns here. Beautiful x


Yes. That’s what I wanted to show you on telly. 


Hope you like it! There’s plenty of room in the sky to add a sentiment - whatever the occasion. 
Or nowt! Less is more...
Tomorrow, it being Tuesday, I think I’d like to broach a subject very dear to my heart: P for Perfectionism. You might be surprised...

with love from

69 comments:

  1. Ooh, it's a pretty card, and love the balloon - why is it that the buyers fall down and never get enough stock? Very frustrating if you miss out.

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  2. Another great card, thank you Barbara. x

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  3. Stunning card Barb, as always you make it so simple, but what a masterpiece xxx

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  4. This was the card that made me fall off my perch and buy yesterday. I was going to wait a bit and buy them later, but I could not wait in the end. I put my order through Clarity to be sure of getting what I wanted. Thank you for such a clear tutorial for us to follow. Great shows yesterday with plenty of giggles along the way, especially trying to coordinate watching the telly and chatting on the Clarity site at the same time. A complete experience which left me buzzing, and the mojo in full flow. Thank you, Barbara. xx Maggie

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  5. Fantastic step by step, as always - your blog is fast becoming my crafty little filing cabinet full of crafty techniques that I can go to for inspiration. Keep up the fab work, Barbara - loving the 'Filigraphy' stamps.
    Hugz, Jan xx

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  6. This is lovely, I really enjoyed watching you and Dean yesterday, you are like a double act.
    I really want to attend one of your weekend workshops this year, when will you launch your dates, I don't want to miss out. Thank you.
    Sally xx

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    1. Sally, you will not regret going to one of Barbara's workshops. I went for the first time last year and loved every second. It is very full on but great to learn new skills with such a great tutor. xx Maggie

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  7. This is a great blog, you could always use the other hot air balloon stamps with this just as well I think . Loved the shows yesterday and was thrilled to bits to get drawn for a card from your lively self . I am so lucky! X

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  8. I love it. Simple but spectacular. I think it would make a lovely sympathy card. Especially for a man. I can't wait for mine to arrive.

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    1. This is the first time I have every commented on a blog and I posted it twice sorry.

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    2. Welcome to Blogland. Be warned, it is very addictive, but there are some lovely friends around in it. Have fun, you have chosen a great blog to comment on. xx Maggie

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  10. Something else to add to my wish list! The card is gorgeous x

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  11. Beautiful card Barbara, amazing stamps xx. Thank you! Xx

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  12. waiting patiently for mine to arrive they look brilliant
    chrissy o

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  13. Good morning,
    Can't wait for these stamps and masks to arrive, look the cards. Awesome!

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  14. This is gorgeous Barbara,

    I love hot air balloons and would love another flight in one, my last flight was 13 years ago!

    So love this stamp.

    love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Thank you for such a clear step by step guide. I didn't see all of this yesterday, so that's great. My one balloon flight so far was so worthwhile, but more than 20 years ago. Perhaps it's time for another!

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  16. This is gorgeous I love that stamp and the tree scape, my wish list is getting very long and Santa didn't give me any pennies to spend :( oh well I'll start saving
    Your step by step tutorial is so clear thank you
    Jackie x

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  17. Hi Barb,
    Terrific shows yesterday - you & Dean together are so much fun - naughty but nice! I bought to masks but sadly not the balloon stamps ,but I do have your other balloons which I could use instead. Can't wait for all my goodies to arrive from C&C and also from yourselves - what a fab time I'm going to have when they come! Thanks again for the inspiration. Alison xxx

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  18. This is such a beautiful stamp, absolutely outstanding x

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  19. Good Morning Barb or Afternoon I should say!
    I love the patterns on the Balloon ..can't afford it yet but its a must have ! I have your other Balloon stamps but the style on this one is different so I do NEED it !
    Loved the laughter yesterday with Deano!
    LoveMarg

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  20. Really gorgeous set. I love the trees. Such a Victorian feel to the balloon. Still catching up on yesterday's hilarity :)

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  21. Wonderful shows again love new stamps all I need now is the ballon to try this thank you so much x

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  22. I love this Card very much - and the stamps . xx

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  23. Oh Brb - I love that tree mask - how perfect - love the balloon stamp too - wonderful scene xx

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  24. Really love this stamp as it reminds me of the time I went up in a Hot Air Balloon over Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Shame it sold out yesterday before you could do the demonstration, however I love this step by step guide on your blog.

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  25. Oh wow! can't wait for mine to arrive Might have to invest in some more ink pads though! Such a great display of cards yesterday - well done everyone on the D.T.

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  26. Beautiful card barbara love it.
    Hugs
    CraftyJacq
    Xx

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  27. Beautiful card love the balloon, love pattern on balloon love the locks and keys hugs ginnyx

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  28. Lovely stamp, I do like the Filigraphy stamps, I have the leaf one and now think I need this one. Thankyou for explaining how to get a lovely treescape looks fantastic. I think I shall join one of your workshops this year, will definitely help me get a few techniques right. Enjoyed the show yesterday. Lynne xx

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  29. This is a beautiful stamp and an equally beautiful card. Love the idea of using the stamp as an umberella! x

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  30. I must say i do love this stamp, I must have a thing for hot air balloons that I didn't know about, there is another hotair balloon stamp in the NDC, which i totally loved too. Really cool way to use the "negative" mask too... such a quick easy way to get a treescape going. Thanks Barbara xx C

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  31. Love this card! Hot air balloon stamps are great but yours is the best I have seen. Those masks are also on their way to me so I will be giving this technique a go. Thanks for the shows on sunday. XX

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  32. Lovely card. I love the tree mask and will be getting it soon. The designs on the balloon are gorgeous too. Great shows yesterday. xx

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  33. Another great card Barbara. I really like the tree mask you have used. Nice idea to use part of the balloon as an umbrella.
    Lesley

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous Barbara and a whole new approach to stamping for me. Unable to craft much this past couple of years but slowly getting back so joined the Clarity Club today, found your blog too so here´s to a very Happy 2014.
    Nicola -x-

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  35. I really like this and sorry it sold out, plus I like the diff shapes you could cut out from the original. Brill.

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  36. Love this card and the mask, just used my voucher that I won from Barbara, it was really hard to choose - so many great stamps. Thanks to Stephen for taking my order and thanks again for the voucher. J x

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  37. thank you so much for this, these are the stamps I managed to get yesterday but the cityscapes sold out so I have ordered them from Clarity website instead. Will be doing this when they all arrive, gorgeous!! Great shows yesterday, especially the ones with Dean, brightened my day x

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  38. Stunning card, and it just give me another excuse to have to try using my brayer......One day will manage!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Laurence xx

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  39. Love..love..love..love..everybloominthing! Got lots of your stamps and masks BUT want everything!!!

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  41. Gorgeous. More for the wish list.

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  42. Loved the shows yesterday fantastic inspiration and more lovley things to buy
    Sheila xx

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  43. See now, you've gone and done it..I ordered the padlock set and now think I should have added this balloon!!! I love the whimsical feel of it and can almost imagine George Verne in the basket!!! I like this one a lot!!!
    Kim xx

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  44. Gorgeous
    Cant wait to get mine. Thank you
    Marilyn x

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  45. Hi Barb ,

    just joined your blog and lovin every minute
    Bev xx

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  46. Yours is a fab card Barbara! I do love this stamp but also that mask of the trees is really useful and really lends itself to be used with the balloon! xx

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  47. fab card and colours. need to get this mask. didn't buy set as i have other 4 xx

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  48. Fantastic Barbara and so clear straightforward are reading the blog. Thanks xx.

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  49. Beautiful card - love the intricate design on the balloon and the wonderful tree scape! I have just taken delivery of some clarity goodies so these will have to wait until pay day :)

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  50. Absolutely lovely Barbara, can't wait tho get my hands on these stamps! X

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  51. Just stunning Barbara, love the different layering techniques which gives the whole thing a lot of dimension. You are a genius!

    Alice xx

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  52. Great stamps Barbara & the tutorial is brilliant once again. X

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  53. Oh this is stunning, I must have this Hot Air balloon stamp, it's just gorgeous and the masks are fab as well xx

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  54. Stunning as ever Barbara. Inspiring xxxx

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  55. Up up and away - a beautiful balloon x

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  56. Absolutely amazing Barb, love the card and the balloon image. Thanks for the detailed tutorial. Bx

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  57. This is stunning, I ordered the masks but not the balloon, think I made a mistake!
    Lorna D

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  58. OH WOW! loved watching that come together! way to turn a stamp into something amazing! xxx

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  59. Saw your show and loved every bit of it..I have a thing for hot air balloons and I think these stamps are beautiful!

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  60. Hi Barbara. Love this one. The stamps are all on my wish list, as are many other Clarity stamps! Thanks for showing so clearly how to copy your fab work, and also a really big thank you for the reminder about which pens to use. I still forget which ones work with which ink! You really understand how some of us work. You really are the best. Take care.

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  61. Your blog tutorials are truly inspirational and can't thank you enough for them. I think I can remember from watching the show demos but there's often something I can't remember so the blogs are great for those sometimes forgotten 'bits.' I love the treescape you demo'd yesterday and will definitely be purchasing it.

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  62. Just spent most of my xmas pennies on the web site, my basket included both the balloon stamps and the masks along with a few other bits to add to my Clarity collection. Can't wait to play with them. Last of my xmas pennies will go on re joining the Design Club. Have just come to the end of my first year and have loved getting my envelope each month.

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  63. Fabulous as ever Barbara - I missed the shows as we weren't back at home until today - hope I'll be able to catch up with the classroom on the website, but maybe after we start the decorating, or my other half won't be too impressed!!

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

Barb x