It’s early Saturday morning,
and I am waiting for Jan to come over;
there’s a Sandwich Sale on across the forest!
Now to the average reader, that would infer that we are stark raving bonkers! That we have finally - and in unison - lost the plot...
But no! We are still compos mentis! (Just)..
Allow me to elaborate...
Sandwich is a fashion brand, quite an expensive one. A lot of the clothes I wear are Sandwich. But that’s because twice a year, in East Grinstead they have a factory sale. And the quickest way to East Grinstead from here is over the Ashdown Forest! Hence we are going to a Sandwich Sale across the forest !!!
Woffle woffle woffle.
Let’s get on with the serious business of crafting, shall we?
I have got a beauty today, even if I say so myself.
I actually prepared it for the TV show tomorrow, but then decided it was too complex. Not difficult, but quite intricate.
And my TV Mantra is KISS
Keep It Simple Sunday.
So here’s a little peek of one of the new stamps being launched tomorrow.
Take a piece of Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet.
Sand it lightly on the wax side, so that you can stamp on it.
Using a Black Archival ink pad,
stamp this beautiful round scene which Mel drew onto the sanded area.
With a craft scalpel, lightly score the lineart.
WHAT?? I hear you gasp. Are you kidding??
This bit’s easy!! The hard bit’s at the end folks!
Now for the good bit.
One section at a time, use the tip of the scalpel
to lift the wax paper and expose the sticky.
Enter the Perfect Pearls.
I have put together 2 sets of 7 colours:
the Floral Set
and the Landscape Set.
I stuck with the Landscape set here.
It’s all about mixing. What? No brown?
Mix some blue and copper to make a beautiful woody colour.
Paint the boat.
Hoist the sails. White Pearl,
plus a tiny amount of blue for the shadow.
The most important thing is to make a contrast where two elements like the sails overlap. Just add a little blue to the back sail.
And when you add the powder, lay it on a part you have already don. Then brush it onto the fresh adhesive. That way you don’t get blobs of colour.
Work you way up from the bottom of the sea, one wave at a time.
Just change and mix the blues, greens and white.
It really looks a lot more difficult than it is.
When you have finished the round,
gently wipe the piece clean with a tissue.
Now for the background.
Remove the wax paper around the outside.
Spot the fingerprints!
Let’s make the ocean.
The best thing is to deposit some Pearl White powder
on the finished area and sweep it into the adhesive surround.
That establishes a contrast between the round and the backdrop.
Wherever the white lands, it will prevail. You can then add a little blue to the white and add some depth, and keep adding darker flashes.
Get the stamp back out again.
Now it’s time to focus the mind.
Ink up in Black Archival, say a little prayer,
and stamp back over the top of the round.
Nobody will ever notice where you scored so deeply you peeled the adhesive away too....
Now peel away the back paper and lower your masterpiece carefully onto a piece of white card. Trim back.
Now we need to protect this.
The Perfect Pearls have a built-in binder;
therefore we must cover it up, so that it doesn’t stick to anything....
Add a sheet of thin acetate. It will stick after a day or so.
I hope you like this one.
I was quite happy to do this on the telly
until I thought about the stamping over the top.
Too much pressure on the day. And whilst I don’t get too terrified anymore, there’s no need to give myself palpitations on live TV over an overlay line up!!
So tomorrow I’ve got another lovely demo for you instead!
Hope you can join me?
Create & Craft 9am-11am.
I did this technique on a YouTube video recently. Or did I dream it? Let me go check...
Ahhh, there it is!
Freehand Vs Stamped.