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!
So glad you enjoyed the Doll Exhibition over at Calico - thank you for stopping by even in my absence! I've made it to Hong Kong, and had a lovely couple of days seeing a bit of the place, but now it's back into the theatre pretty much full time, with the odd break. Internet is still unpredictable (think it's the hotel's fault here), but I hope to get round for some visiting once the shows are up and running. But for now, I've another flashback post for you. These cards were created as part of my Design Team work for The Artistic Stamper, and here's what I said back in June 2014...
Simple??? Cards??? Yes, you did read that right... Not only is today's project very simple, it also consists of a pair of cards. Regulars at Words and Pictures will know that's a very strange double whammy indeed! Still, it should mean a shorter post than usual!!
I wanted to play with the magnificent giant flower stamps, new from Katy Leitch. I started by applying Distress Inks to the stamps, graduating the colours roughly from top to bottom. I used Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Broken China and Faded Jeans.
Once it was inked, I gave the stamp a light spritzing of water and stamped onto watercolour cardstock.
I tapped Archival ink onto the little words at the bottom, just to keep those sharp and fresh whatever came next...
With that done, I then borrowed some techniques from one of last year's Tim Holtz tags - the June 2013 tag... I inked around the edges with a blending tool and then used a water brush to draw the ink in towards the image.
And I also put some ink onto the craft mat from Distress Markers in those same colours (except the Iced Spruce - don't have that as a DM as yet), and then let them soak into the nib of the brush. Then you splatter delicate little ink droplets over your image.
I grabbed a couple of sheets of thick kraft card in A4 and, using the paler side, cut them to size to fit the watercolour panels I'd created. I used the leftover cardstock to stamp my two sentiments - selected from various Tim Holtz sentiment sets - in Coffee Archival.
Obviously they were chosen partly because the font is similar on each, but also specifically for the shape of the words - a long tall one, and a wide flat one!
I inked both the sentiment panels and the borders of the card with the Coffee Archival ink pad, just brushing the pad against the card edges.
And inside each card, there's just a little echo of the image on the front.
This time they're stamped in Coffee Archival.
It's nice to get both versions of the stamping - the sharp clarity of the Archival, and the delicate softness of the "watercolour" Distress Ink.
Two cards, and they really hardly took any time at all...
I could get into this simple thing!! Though it seems the post isn't that much shorter than usual. I just like having lots of pictures, that's the trouble.
Thanks so much for stopping by today for this Encore post. There'll be another along soon, as well as some new projects scheduled in between. I hope you're all well and thriving, and I'll see you again soon. Happy Crafting all!
Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.