Saturday, 30 May 2015

Three Crowns

Hello! I can't believe it's the end of the month already! Where is this year disappearing to?! Earlier this month I made a journal page using this group of materials:

I am using them again, in a slightly different way today! To start, using a stencil and Grunge Paste I added arrows to a page.
Then I brayered blue paint over the whole page. Please only use about a 5p sized blob of paint - it goes a long way!
Then I added white over the top, again with my brayer.
To add highlights of pink I repositioned my arrows stencil and rubbed tiny amounts of pink paint through the stencil. You really don't need to use much and you can remove excess with a baby wipe if you accidentally add too much!
I added more pink paint as highlights over the page picking up the textures left by the brayer.
To add a little more interest in the background (as before) I added stencils!
I then stamped the main image on tissue paper and three crowns.
I left two crowns unpainted. I could have stamped these crowns straight on to my page but sometimes  stamping doesn't go to plan and so adhering a tissue paper version saves messing up stamping! You will see, in the finished version that I replaced her hat with a crown and chopped off the two side bits from her head. I do like to use stamps as intended but sometimes it can refresh your view of your stamps if you alter them to suit your needs. I have cut up a few stamps to be able to use them in different ways. It takes courage the first time but after that you'll not look back!
This is my finished page. I drew round the arrows in pen to emphasise them and added a quotation attributed to Frederick the Great - clearly a sensible chap!
Thank you for stopping by today - much appreciated!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

There's beauty in simplicity!

Good morning fellow crafters!

The inspiration for this card came from musing how perfect nature can be.  I was watching some bees in the garden and it struck me just how incredible this planet is, full of beautiful creations which we think of as simple but are actually perfect feats of biological engineering.  It is the simple things in life that are the most beautiful is it not? [s]  Anyhow, this grungy card was the result of said musings…

Here are my steps:

Thanks for stopping by to visit, have a wonderful day and a great weekend!

Chris xxx