Hi everyone and welcome to another Monday post from Jenny. Visitors to my blog will know that I was lucky enough to attend a Demonstrators two day workshop at IndigoBlu HQ in Retford recently. The days sped past and I met up with an incredibly talented bunch of ladies. On the second day we all had to complete a short demo – talk about nervous! yet we all performed so well. I made a start on creating a brayered background but didn’t get to finish it on the day, so…
here it is! I started by stamping the tulips from the brand new ‘Butterfly Collector’ A5 stamp set in Archival Ink and watercolouring them with Distress Inks. After cutting them out I used a ball tool to shape them, giving the flowers some added dimension.
Next attention turned to that background. I mixed some Pantry White and Hot Cocoa English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic paints with a little water, ran my brayer through the mix and applied it to the plain white base card with VERY gentle strokes from top to bottom. You can always add more but you can’t take any away. The lines were achieved by running the edge of the brayer through the paint mix and again, running it along the card in the same direction. The paint dried as I cleaned off my brayer – acrylic paint sticks permanently if you don’t clean it off with water straight away!
With the paint dry I blended a mix of Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks over the top before flicking on some water droplets and drying them with a heat tool. To finish the card I added some splatters of an awesome new metallic colour from the English Cottage range (more details coming soon). As well as using the end of my paint brush for this there’s also a stamp in the set which gives you that more tightly packed splattered effect – great for control freaks! The sentiment from the ‘Butterfly Collector’ stamp set was added to a matching background using Archival Ink. It has a fabulous hand drawn line around it and I replicated this with a black marker and white gel pen around the background to frame the card before matting and layering it.
Have a great week everyone.