Thanks for stopping by.
It’s a beautiful sunny day here in New Mexico.
so I thought I would slope off to make a card.
I don’t know whether you recall, but back in January,
Dave and I came to the CHA and launched Clarity in America.
Well, we came via the house, so I left everything I had used on the TV shows - all the stamps, ink pads, brushes, stencils etc. here.
Left most of it in the fridge,
because you do out here in the desert!
And let’s face it: the American fridges are big enough to store all your crafting goodies AND your dirty laundry if you want to!!!
So let’s take a look at this card...
I decided to use the Bouquet Flower stamps
and the Cardinal Birds stamps, which come with masks, too.
The challenge was that I haven’t got a craft knife,
so had to work with card sizes I had.
Also, no coloured card for backing, but whatever.
We work with what we have, don’t we.
Made an ink pad to create a floral border, using
Cut n Dry Felt and Bottled Distres Reinkers
Stamp the bouquet onto the Cut n Dry felt with Black Archival ink,
and then paint it roughly, using the inks.
You see. Here, I am using the second stamp in the bouquet kit,
and the flowers are now painted.
Anyway, decided to try stamping 2 layers at the same time,
to make a border.
So I used A5 and A6 Theuva Card,
because that was all I had sizewise.
But then I found a little tag in a bag, the one I was writing the names of the inks on,
so that was great for the third layer, the centrepiece.
Enter the large finch...
Mask him off, and stamp around him too.
Mmm. Now if I were at home, it would be easy to layer up these elements on black card cut 1/4" larger.
That would also hide the little gap you get when you stamp onto two or three layers of card.
Double or Triple stamping as it’s called, is easiest when you can hide the edge of the lower layer with a layer of contrasting card.
But I had a Sharpie Pen. So that’ll do...
Needs to be bolder, so stick the centre piece down and
drag the big fat Sharpie pen around the edge freehand.
Only had double-sided adhesive sheets with me, so they worked.
Wish I hadn’t gone through his head with the thin line now...
Pencils to colour in the bird,
needs to be more vibrant -
so out with the paintbrush and the reinker inks.
Use them like water colour paints.
Busy, but fresh, and perfect for this place.
You see birds like this in the trees all the time!!
The reinkers are excellent, and we have a great price on the set.
Decided to stick to the original 48 colours.
Pretty comprehensive, don’t you agree?
Got to go to Albuquerque and get more paint for Dave
and some strimmer string for Steve.
As long as they’re in the mood and the zone,
I am more than happy to oblige!!!!
Must dash, said the Mexican...
lots of love,