Monday, 8 December 2014

Towit Towoooo! The Owls sold out!

Hello there!
Thanks for stopping by here on Advent Day No. 8.
I am hoping that you don’t mind my not doing Christmas for 24 straight blogs; 
 I don’t think I could take it!

Yesterday on the TV show, the Owls literally flew out, 
and I didn’t get to do any artwork with them.
Mel drew them and they are fabulous!

I want to show you a simple inking trick too...

So here’s a cool step by step, using our Chromo Card - the ultra glossy stock. It is excellent for stamping on with both dye based ink and Archivals.

Let’s take a looook...

Attach the Chromo Card to the Flare Frame stencil

and run it through an embossing machine, if you have one, 
like an Ebosser, and then stamp the little oak leaf stamp from the Stag set 

(or any leaf stamp) through the apertures.
The ink pad is a blended one, made with 
hence the various autumnal colours in one pad.

Fill the frame with leaves, (2nd generation ink - ink, blot, plot)

then brush lightly to and fro across the stencil 

If you’ve got time and a very steady hand, 
outline the lines of the stencil with a Distress Pen.
Wild Honey is great.

Buff it to a high gloss with a paper towel.

Now for the owls in the centre.
I want to mix two colours on the stamps itself, so here goes...
Add Coffee Archival to the bottom half of the stamp,

and Red Geranium (fabulous colour) Archival to the top half.

Fan out a stencil brush with your fingers, 
and brush the stamp from top to bottom just 2 or 3 times.

Now plant the image in the centre of the frame.

Inks are beautifully blended, and have a super texture from the bristles of the brush.

Make another panel,  mat and layer to finish.

Just for fun, let’s try another colour blend combination with the brush:


Ok. How about  Cornflower Blue and Sepia...
and I’ll use a heavier brushstroke...

 Love it! Especially the fingerprint!

Anyway, that’ll do. I think you get the picture!

So let’s see....
The Archival Inks are excellent. 
How about a little offer:
These 5 Archival Ink Pads (rrp £27.45) for just £20.

Cornflower Blue
Red Geranium


much love,


  1. Oh wow! lovely effect! I've just ordered the owls, stag, and the stencils this afternoon from Clarity - should have added the chromo card. Will go back and do that and the ink pads I think as I don't think they are amongst my growing collection.! Suppose I'd better get the wild honey distress ink pad as well..... It's all too much ! I love how you've done the extra panel too. xx

  2. Fabulous! I love the owls.
    Barbara, do you need to clean the Archival off the brush and if so, with what?

    1. Good question. I didn’t bother, because it dried off. x

  3. Just think this owl is beautiful a must have temptation on ink pads live the effect love joy

  4. Beautiful card Barbara, love the oak leaves amongst the branches and the 2 colour trick on the owls, hadn't thought of doing that before :-) xx

  5. Oh I love these techniques, the stencil and the owls. I'm definitely going to do this one, it is fabulous. Thanks Barbara, a lovely bit of inspiration x

  6. Hi Barbara
    Great demo and I'm not surprised the owl set sold out.

  7. Hi Barb,
    Another great technique. Especially like the different colour combos, and the fingerprint!!
    Making my list as I speak. xx

  8. Barbara how stunning love the Owls and stencils so many colours each looks so different xxx

  9. Barbara I have pulled a print of my gelli card with acrylic paints buff titanium stamped image with black Archival what is best to colour in with please ?xx

  10. Absolutely magnificent art work. The owl stamp is a must. Really enjoyed the programme and although my e-mail wasn't read out, I will have to (with trepidation) honour my promise to send a card to you, Dave and all at Clarity! Getting a bit too brave I think.
    Best wishes

  11. So clever using the two ink colours on the same stamp - really effective, and a wonderful new stamp! I know how to get the fingerprints on my artwork already though!!! Susan x

  12. Gorgeous! Love the inking technique! xxx

  13. I love this owl and those colour combinations are fabulous.

  14. Hi Barb,
    This was my favourite set on yesterday's show closely followed by the squirrel. I really like what you have done here especially blending the two colours on the actual stamp - very clever. This will be a must try once I get the stamp and stencil. Thanks for the inspiration. Love Alison xx

  15. Love the blog Barbara and they stencil and stamps are

  16. This is a lovely break from the holidays... Love,the new collection, awesome! I ned to talk with Santa, ho ho ho! Love this card. Off to teach a few Texans about making candles, next week we will do,shaving foam!

    1. Thanks Debbie for answering my question yesterday about the heat gun.

  17. Great tip with the two toned stamp Barbara, another technique on my 'to do' list! Anne x

  18. What a great tip for two tone inking on the stamp. Sooo another one on my give this ago list! The stamp and stencil are on my wish list.....though they may just fall into my basket when I place my next order - which will be soon. :-) hope you've had a good day. xx

  19. Stunning artwork, I love the combination of stamps and stencil you've used, my christmas, list for Hubby is getting longer lol xx

  20. Brilliant blog. Loving the stamp and stencil set. I will have a go at this technique, it looks brilliant. I really need this set. xx

  21. Hello Barb, what a fab technique, need to try it with some of my other stamps as definitely did not get the chance to get the owls. Love the stencil and the stamp, one to get when available again. Love the ink pad offer - that may be one to go for. Have a great evening. Bx

  22. Hello Barbara. This is a lovely idea. Never tried brushing with stamps and ink. Gotta give it a go. This is a lovely stamp and really want that stencil. Just imagine what it would look like in the spring with flowers and pastel colours. You are such a star with all your lovely ideas. xx Margaret Col.

  23. Lovely owl stamp and a great technique blending the two ink colours.
    Those ink pads are a brilliant offer too
    Jackie x

  24. A welcome break from all things Christmas!!! Its so easy to get caught up in all the rush and christmas card making - and then remember all of a sudden you have birthday cards to make etc!!! So you showing us what you were unable to show yesterday is just great! Not surprised they flew out - everyone loves Owls!!! Love the two tone effect - clever stuff!!!!

    Hope you are well and can wind down a little for the holiday season before you jump on the Clarity bus again xx
    Much Love
    Kim xx

  25. what a neat trick with the brushes and two inks. it gives such texture. this is brill. pity i have all the ink pads and some of them double as well, hugs xx

  26. Hi Barbara what fabulous stamps and stencil and a great technique with the inks. The owls are so versatile, men's and ladies cards and of course the Harry Potter teenage fans!really great and a wonderful offer on the ink pads, you are a star. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend and Jim got some sleep! Take care. Love Diane xxx

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  28. Really love what you've done with the colours. Stamp and stencil amazing. Have to go now as it's late and I've a long day ahead of me tomorrow xx

  29. What a fantastic card. Loved all the stamps & stencils on C & C show, lovely two tones & brushstrokes tricks. More for my wish list. Thanks Barbara.

  30. Whoa great technique! Lots of dimension. I love that appature stencil and the owls will definately have to find their way into my stash! I haven't even managed to watch the show yet but the DT samples i've seen so far look lovely.

  31. I've just watched the recorded show from yesterday so I expected this demo to be similar, but not at all! You stun us with yet another take on the stamp and stencil. Beautiful card and lovely techniques. Great offers too.... but I have the inkpads already.

  32. Hi Barbara,
    Sorry I missed the show yesterday, but will do back to watch it.
    I love the two tone effect with the inks, another idea I'll be trying and the blog offer today is brilliant, just what I need, so I 've given myself permission to get them as my present to myself :)
    Take care,
    Jackie, x

  33. Love the owls Barbara, and the inking up idea is fabulous, and love the colours you have used. Great offer on the Archival inks too. x

  34. Hi Barbara. The owls are beautiful and I love how you have blended two colours on the stamp. What a brilliant effect. Take care

  35. Great technique Barbara !! A lovely card too. I couldn't put these owls down! Xxx

  36. Hi Barbara this is such a fantastic card. I do love owls it is no wonder the stamp sold out. Hugs Jackie

  37. Lovely Barbara, yet another work of art - love what you do x x x


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

Barb x