Thursday, 13 July 2017

A quick Build and More Blog Candy xx

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
Had a great day in London.
Really excellent business meeting.
More will be revealed....

In the meantime, I was playing with that Inca Gold Wax Paste yesterday, which both Maria and Rosie swear by.
I decided to figure out how to use it myself.
Well it IS very good, and I DO highly recommend it!

Take a super duper Clarity Stencil designed by Mel,
House Stencil
 INCLUDED  IN THE MEMBER’S HALF PRICE SALE....
and drag some texture paste through it 
The Viva Decor paste is very good.

Allow to set dry.


Rub some of the blue colour Inka Gold Wax paste over the dry paste.



Then get the gold wax paste out! WOWOWOWEEE!
Not flipping you off! Just showing you my gold finger!
You don’t need much that’s for sure!


See how some of it went onto the black background?
You can clean it off the shiney card really easily with a wet Q-Tip or similar. See?


And you can scrape a highlight into the paste with a blade too.
All very simple, but very effective.


5 minutes of smearing and scraping.... 


Doesn’t look like much - until you frame it.
Did you know we sell packs of Mountboard which fit this perfectly?

ALSO INCLUDED  IN THE MEMBER’S HALF PRICE SALE....


NOW>
Let’s decide which colour mount we prefer, shall we?

BLACK

TAUPE

CREAM

WHITE


You tell me.
Decide which you prefer, then tell me below.
I will pick a random winner on Saturday,
and that random winner shall receive this little piece framed in the colour of their choice - plus a £20 gift voucher to spend on Clarity!

Must dash.
Got things to plan....

Love & Hugs,
Barb
xxx


152 comments:

  1. I think it has to be the black one, it makes it stand out.

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  2. Wow, this is fab. I prefer the black.

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  3. I love the black one. Just stunning

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  4. I like the white, it makes the image pop πŸ‘πŸ»

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  5. Lovely piece Barbara. I love the taupe mount. Thank you for the chance to win this x

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  6. I like the taupe,I think it makes it look elegant.

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  7. Great piece of artwork, definitely black has the wow factor. x

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  8. I think the black one adds to the drama, makes the gold really stand out. Glad your day has been good. Mine has been filled with very little grandchildren therefore I am cream crackered,time for bed I think xx

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  9. black is black as the song goes and that's my favourite, makes it pop more than the others in my opinion xx

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  10. I love it, looks lovely with the black mount best x

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  11. I think black to make it pop!

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  12. I had decided that the black looked best in that it made the houses pop then scrolled down to the other comments to see that was the decision of the previous posts as well !! as they say great minds .......... !! Looking forward to hearing about the London trip sounds exciting !

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  13. I love the taupe. Very classy... Just like you, Barbara... xx

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  14. A lovely piece of artwork.
    I think the cream mount gives it depth without it being too stark like the white, whereas the black is striking it could be too dark for many people's dΓ©cor.

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  15. Evening Barbara! Excited here! I am so looking forward to seeing you on Monday. Travelling down Sunday.
    Great artwork and I prefer the black frame! It brings the card together somehow to me!
    Anyway I'm off to bed now.
    Love and hugs xxxx

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  16. GOLD FINGER! Dah dahahhahh dah! Defo black!

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  17. Nice art work Barbara cream I think

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  18. Nice art work Barbara cream I think

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  19. I love the Taupe, we are just about to move to a new house and this is my colour of choice x

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  20. The attention is more focused on the image with the black

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  21. Wow fantastic love love live it my perfect piece if art folkish. Black mskes it really pop but combination the of the taupe and painting sits really well too.just say again my sort of art of love

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  22. Wow fantastic love love live it my perfect piece if art folkish. Black mskes it really pop but combination the of the taupe and painting sits really well too.just say again my sort of art of love

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  23. Love this! Black is the one for me - makes it look extra classy!

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  24. Difficult choice - perhaps helped by this ditty


    I studied the selection of mount board
    And which colour I could not decide -
    Black emphasises
    Taupe calms the senses
    Cream understated
    White, elevates it.
    Thus my frame choice decision -
    The blistering boldness of white!

    . . . . .and that is my final answer!

    Looking forward to next Wed and Thurs. ;~}

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    1. Hello Shelagh,

      See you on retreat!x

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    2. Wow that's fab I think the black makes your work stand out best. Love your blogs but wonder how you find time to do it daily xx

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  25. Black was my first thought but on further thought I'd choose the white if I was lucky. Many thanks for the chance xxx

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  26. The black is my choice. Very cool

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  27. Black for me, it makes it "pop"

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  28. Black!!!
    Hi-lites that lovely stencil design!

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  29. Beautiful artwork. Definitely Black frame. Must have a go. Cannot wait for the retreat
    Love Anne (Reading)

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  30. Ha! I chose my favourite yesterday (the black, because it really adds depth and makes it look as though you could walk right into town!) when I came across what was obviously your prep for today's blog - I guessed that maybe you'd published the photos accidentally. Anyway, it was good to get a sneak preview!
    You do like to tease and tantalise us, don't you? - I'm still waiting to learn what fantastic piece of kit you came across at the show in Germany - you told us that we wouldn't be able to do without it and I think you said something about even though you don't use dies ...?? It's ages ago now so I wonder if I missed the big reveal? I do try to catch up with the blog if I don't read it on the day (that's how I found the "preview" of today's entry, by hitting "Older post" after I'd read yesterday's!) but I don't recall seeing anything more about this. Is it something that didn't work out in the end, or could it still be coming?

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  31. This is one of my favorite stencils. Lovely artwork, I prefer the black, think it accentuates the perspectives. xx

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  32. Definitely the Black. Sets of the artwork perfectly. X

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  33. I really love them all and had to study them hard ! It took me a while, but defiantly the cream is my favourite. The frames really makes the artwork stand out. ��

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  34. Lovely art work as always, Barbara :) When I first saw the mounts, I thought the black was best but then I thought about adding a frame and changed my mind to white! Mxx

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  35. Hello Barbara

    I prefer the black.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  36. I think the black one is the best as it brings out the black background.

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  37. After a couple of g&ts sitting out in the late evening by Lake Maggiore (sorry, but I couldn't resist telling you!) I have decided that black is my favourite. It really makes the piece come alive for me. Great work, by the way Barbara. Looking forward to hearing what comes out of your meeting today - it is always something exciting from you! Thank you. πŸ˜€

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  38. Definitely black I reckon. Love the Inca Gold , not tried the paste yet. Curious about what else will be revealed, certainly busy at Clarity headquarters. I have just got back from watching some very talented youngsters at my grandaughter's school. She was in the choir but there were solos and lots of talented musicians. Thoroughly enjoyable. x

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  39. Hi Barbara

    It would have to be black for me!

    Beautiful piece of work..........as always.

    Lol Barbara W (Worcestershire) xx

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  40. I love the taupe one. Must admit i have this stencil but have never used it. I love what you do with this too. Maybe a plan for the weekend xx

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  41. I like black, it really shows it off, but they all look fab xxx

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  42. Black would be my choice Barbara. Missed Maria's programmes but hope to catch up at the weekend after child minding duties over. Great demonstration again. Looking forward for what you have in the pipeline next. xx

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  43. Love this stencil. I think the white as it makes you focus on the picture. Looking forward to Monday. Jx

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  44. Love them all... if I'm lucky enough to win, I'd love the black frame... Xxx

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  45. Hi Barb,
    I like them all! If I had to choose I think I would go with the taupe - it is very sophisticated. Great piece of artwork too - love the stencil, I have used it quite a lot myself. Love Alison.xxx

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  46. Love this artwork, the Inka gold looks awesome! Black, definitely black! xxx

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  47. Definitely black in my humble opinion. Very dramatic. I don't have the inca gold (yet!) but did get the modelling creams at the open day and now I'm thinking how gorgeous they would look on black card!

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  48. It has to be the black for me. Really picks up on the black card in the design and sets off a striking piece of artwork

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  49. I think the black mount really shows it off well. xx

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  50. i like the combo of all the frames would make a great accsent

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  51. Wow this looks fantastic! Definitely black for me but the taupe looks good and would go well in my house lol xx

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  52. I picked out the black one yesterday and I haven't changed my mind Barbara, as I think the black gives the most contrast and complements the black lines of the beautiful stencilled scene. I love that Inca Gold Wax too. x

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  53. Oh it has to be the black as it shows off the gold more just love this.

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  54. Black is my choice,it makes the picture pop.

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  55. I love this piece and I have the stencil and most of the other bits (no blue!).. Must try. I like it best in the TAUPE frame.
    Janet C

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  56. Lovely technique and so effective with that clever stencil. I like the black mount best.
    X

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  57. It's lovely I like the one with the black mount best

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  58. Fabulous artwork but then I have always liked this stencil. The Taupe is doing it for me, I think it works really well with the tone of the gold

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    1. I'm Nellie Melon, sorry for the strange user name, my son uses the account for his computer games.

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  59. Ooooo I have this stencil, must order the paste, alas I keep forgetting lol. It's a tough call but I'm going black, fingers crossed x

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  60. I'm glad you've had a good day and that your meeting went well. I like them all but prefer the cream frame. Can't wait to have a go at this, bought the gold waxes at the open day, thought I bought all the colours, obviously didn't as haven't got the blue. Nevermind it'll still look good. Excellent art today. Not long got home from an excellent meal and get together with cousins.xxx

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  61. Hi Barbara,
    I worked with Inka Gold for years now and I can highly recommend it as well. You should try Maya Gold from Viva Decor which is liquid and has a high qulity too.
    By the way I would use the black Frame.
    Rolf xxx

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  62. Ooh, I've bought that gold paste but haven't used it yet, must have a play. I do like the black, but actually prefer the white, it gives it a fresh and sunny town kind of look x
    p.s. Has anyone else noticed that Brenda hasn't commented for a few days now? I hope she isn't ill x

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    1. Brenda's always someone I look out for too, as she makes interesting reading.

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    2. Hi there, I'm New posting. My name is Sara and I live in Kirriemuir in Scotland and I've been worried about Brenda for days now. Brenda if you're reading I am only posting as you've made me feel guilty (only kidding)!!! But seriously are you ok?

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  63. I love this stencil and use it often. I think that the black goes better this time. I love Inka Golds thanks to Jo Rice introducing them to me. I now have ten different colours in my collection.

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  64. Beautiful piece of artwork. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. Amazing how the different coloured mounts bring out different tones in the artwork. My preference is the black.

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  65. Difficult choice but my preference is the black it really makes the gold standout beautifully.��

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  66. Looks brilliant, have loved this stencil for a while. Glad things are still exciting for you! My preference is the taupe, reckon it looks really classy. Thanks for another blog comp too. Xx

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  67. It's really interesting the effect you get just by changing the colour of the frame.I was convinced black would be best, but after much deliberation, I think the taupe does it more justice....of course you could be really radical and double mount the work using taupe and then black around it all!

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  68. After much deliberation I have finally decided the black because I think it makes the gold stand out beautifully. Love this stencil but have always wondered what I would do with it and now I have an idea ��. Thanks Barbara for the inspiration xx

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  69. Definitely the black - really makes it stand out. x

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  70. There is no doubt in my mind --- BlACK . Joy now Jan

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  71. Hi Barbara
    Sounds like you had a fun day today, looking forward to hearing all smooth it. I think the black looks great, oh but the taupe looks good too, no I think the black wins! Hope you had a lovely evening. New forest campsites looked quite good roday s I trundled past on the train, I thought of you and Dave and the caravan!
    Love Diane xxx
    Lind

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    1. Whoops no idea where the Lind came from! Haha. Hope everyone is ok today xxx

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  72. Oooo I like them all but I think my favourite is the cream. Beautiful art with the stencil and the Inca paste. Xx

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  73. Hi bloggy friends, hope everyone is well. Nearly the weekend. Xx

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  74. Definitely the black, the others are too bland in my opinion

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  75. Black. Very effective. Looking forward to doing something similar myself. (Looking forward to joining the clubs when I get back from holidaying in Westward Ho!) x

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  76. Great project, love all the mounts but my choice would be the white if I'm lucky. Look forward to hearing the news when it's appropriate to share...you do love to tease us don't you?! Xx

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  77. Black all the way! Love the stencil - really into buildings, townscapes etc at the moment.

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  78. For got to say earlier taupe color

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    1. Thought had commented earlier but cannot find it must be going made how well back to bed hugs x

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  79. Most definately black, it pings the picture right out of the frame. Love it x

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  80. So hard to choose but I think the black! I have a thing about house scenes. Love the stencil. Xx

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  81. Hi Barb, another fab idea, and I think the black sets it off perfectly. Take care all. Bx

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  82. Oo, ooh, ooh. I know the correct answer to this one as it's a personal choice. Although making up my own mind can be a bit of a lottery at times :o). Don't ask me to decide on a carpet or wallpaper though. Black please. Thanks for sharing as always. Love Jx

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  83. Black is my choice. Lovely piece. Am dreaming that your business meeting will lead to Charity London. A shopping and workshop space with a cafe and I can come and play and maybe even work there. Oh well, lala land is a great place. But you never know......

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  84. Looks great with all but black is my choice.

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  85. Fabulous Barbara, black is definitely my choice

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  86. Black seems to be the favorite, however, I prefer the Taupe. So, it's 'Taupe' for me!
    Looking forward to seeing you at the retreat next week on Friday & Saturday xx

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  87. Black is my choice, it matches the lovely, glistening picture best and makes it pop out. X

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  88. They all give a different effect and none of them look wrong at all however if I was looking from the point of view of showing the work off to it's best then I would have to choose the black one. How awesome to have a Barbara Gray original hanging on my wall. Fingers crossed. Xxx

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  89. The black does seem to show it off best. Lovely bit of artwork again.
    Good luck everyone.
    Linda xx

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  90. Black is my choice. Makes everything stand out more. Xx

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  91. Beautiful picture like it in black

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  92. Had a sneak peek on Wednesday when the pics appeared with no words all by itself. Sticking with my choice of black as its stunning Andi was umming and ahrring about the mounts and now you have made my mind up x

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  93. A stunning but simple piece of artwork. I definately prefer the black mount. Sue

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  94. because there is black in the picture, I would go for the black (but I was considering if a 'double mount' would work of black and cream).
    Have a good day.
    Love
    Maggie (Yorkite)

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  95. I think the black one is perfect for your masterpiece. Thanks for a chance to win this beauty!
    Lula oxo

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  96. I have to go with the majority this time...... Black for me as it makes the picture zing!

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  97. Absolutely stunning. I like the black best. Love and hugs. X

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  98. Love this! Bought some Inca Gold recently but haven't had a chance to use it yet. I think the black frame is perfect for this piece!

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  99. Love them all but Taupe is my favourite. Must give the gold a go xx

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  100. It's the white for me it emphasizes the gold so well. I'm going to have to try this product soon.

    Mags

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  101. Hi Barbara, this is very interesting, it sure has lots of possible things you could do with your other stencils.
    Glad you had a good meeting, and I am sure that you will bring us some wonderful things in the future.
    It's black for me.
    Have great weekend.
    Lynn xx

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  102. I think the black is best, it really makes the gold stand out. Have a lovely weekend. x

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  103. I like the black it picks out the black lines of the buildings.

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  104. Hi Barbara - glad to hear that your meeting went well and look forward to hearing what it's all about in due course. Originally I went for the black option,as it really does make it 'pop' BUT after lots of consideration (no wonder it takes me so long to make my cards) I think that the Cream option is my favourite, as it seems to draw you into the picture. Hope that all is going well with your preparations xxx

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  105. Anne Bagshaw

    Hi Barbara, I think the black looks best.in my opinion you can't go wrong with black and gold.

    Have a good weekend
    Anne

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  106. It has to be the black for me as it just makes the gold stand out more.
    Good luck with your retreats next week. X

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  107. My favourite stencil of all time!! I think yours looks best with black mount. First time I've been moved to comment!( I'm a slow starter!)

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  108. Has to be the black for me like the way it pops out at you.

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  109. I love the taupe, makes it look kind of beachy/seasidey. xx

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  110. I prefer the Black mount, makes it ping!

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  111. It is the black for me, not only does it stand out well, but my lounge is black and white and my bedroom is black and gold to it would fit in either room so well and I would be proud to display it

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  112. Inca gold is on my list πŸ˜‚ Think the black looks best, makes it complete. News from London sounds intriguing 🌈

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  113. Definitely the black for me.

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  114. Great piece! Black all the way for me, picks out the line-art.
    Send love & looking forward to the retreat xxx

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  115. Definitely black. It just brings out the outlines of the houses and is a lovely contrast with the gorgeous gold. xxx Maggie

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  116. I never think to use grunge paste on black card but it's so effective, especially with the inca gold. It's a cream mount for me - classically elegant, and I would add a black frame to set it all off! Hope the business meeting won't mean you get even busier, otherwise you'll need to learn to clone yourself xxx

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  117. always the black as it makes it pop. lovely piece of artwork, but the mount board (black) makes it, hugs xx

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  118. Definitely black, it really stands out

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  119. I know what people mean about the black but I like the cream and then a black frame would finish it off. Off to the Clarity Retreat in a week's time. Retiring after 39 years teaching deaf children the day before. Can't wait! (For both that is!!) See you there. X

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  120. I definitely prefer the black Mountain and would so love to win this x

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  121. I think the black makes it pop x

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  122. It's a great stencil this one, and I'd go for white with a black photo frame which would highlight Barbara's signature beautifully.

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  123. Hi Barb, I prefer the black frame. It really makes it pop. Love and hugs
    Alison D x

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  124. Hi Barb, I prefer the black frame. It really makes it pop. Love and hugs
    Alison D x

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  125. Hard choice but I'm going with black xx

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  126. Definitely black! It looks fab! Wx

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  127. Definitely black for me.
    Love the Inka colors too...I have 5 or 6 of them. They at great fun- but as you showed they work best hands on (or finger 😁). Can create wonderful cards with these - and such a great variety of colors

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  128. Deffo Black. It s gorjuss. Begging you to stop with the items we can't live without. My family will be cross with Clarity cos their inheritance is in decline. (Am I bovvered). Ha ha ha.

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  129. The black makes the outline in black stand out and gives it all a lot more dimension. Super piece of work Barbara.

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  130. Black for me too! For me it complements the artwork perfectly - bold, sophisticated and stunning. Clarity in a nutshell! Love your products. Thank you. Pam

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  131. Black really makes it pop, overall a lovely piece of art, thank you!

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  132. Great artwork, the gold is fantastic. For me, I like the black mount. Complements the piece wonderfully.

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  133. Hi barb
    it has to be the black. I love the highlighting technique a great idea, will have to try it
    with best wishes
    Elaine Ann

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  134. Great piece. I love the black, the contrast makes the image stand out more.

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  135. Love the black one! This would great hanging on my wall!πŸ˜‰

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  136. Black stands out a bit more. But they all look amazing x

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  137. Definitely BLACK! The perfect contrast.

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

Barb x