While I'm away, there are some scheduled posts with new creations coming your way, but I'm also taking the chance to do some catching up here at Words and Pictures. Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook. I'm calling them "Encore" posts and they're formatted differently (all the way down the centre), so you can spot them easily.
Please don't feel that you have to comment all over again!
There's a new project for you in a few days time, but for now we're Encoring again. This tag was made as part of my Design Team work for The Artistic Stamper, and here's what I wrote back in July 2014.
I'm here with a Victorian naturalist's field notes from his day's excursion in the fields... and we're back to the neutrals! It's a simple stamped tag, using Katy Leitch's fabulous Jumbo Flowers along with one of the Stampers Anonymous Classics releases from earlier this year.
I kept the stamping simple over a background of Fresco paints and crackle glaze. I couldn't resist a spot of clear-embossing though!
The flowers are done in Potting Soil Archival, which seems an appropriate enough colour for botanical sketches. This is the Bouvardia, tucked away at the bottom...
Here's the Flowering Branch...
And the Camellia...
The insects are stamped in Jet Black Archival...
... carefully labelled to keep track of genus and species.
In between, you might catch sight of the sparkle of some handwritten notes about what he's found.
I stamped the Calligraphy Mat #9 in Pumice Stone Distress Ink, and then clear-embossed it. I love the dewy shimmer as it catches the light, so I don't mind the occasional places where it's spots rather than writing - just more dew drops!
There's some simple embellishing - a word band attached with rustic twine, and the pen nib with which he's been scratching his field notes in his journal.
At the top some seam binding, dyed with Pumice Stone and bound with more twine, is fastened with a Muse Token celebrating the new knowledge he's acquired in today's nature ramble.
The whole thing is matted onto black card to give a little extra definition, and that's your lot.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I should be settling in to the new time zone by now, and I hope I've found some time to come visiting some of you and see what you've been up to. I'll be back here in a few days with a brand new project to share, but for now... Happy crafting all!
One thing I did was grow up as an ardent naturalist. I never grew out of my bug period.
It is not the strongest of the species which survives, nor the most intelligent which survives, it is the one which is most adaptable to change.