Down at the Seaside

I was so chuffed when the card I did for our anniversary was selected as a top 5 card in last month’s Claritystamp Challenge Blog, Mr and Mrs.  This month the challenge is entitled ‘Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside‘.  Luckily I had a special birthday card to do for a family member (not saying too much as the card’s currently en-route) and a seaside theme just fitted perfectly.

Having had a good play with my Gelli plate I had a lovely background ready to go, with an aperture for stamping into.  I decided to use Rosie and the film and fibre technique that Maria Simms demo’d at the Glasgow craft fair in March to make her dress.  A warm sun, some Spanish sea, a certain pet dog having a paddle and I’m really pleased with the result.


This is my entry into the Claritystamp Challenge for this month.


Brilliant day out

This will be two posts in quick succession!  Firstly, I had the most brilliant day at the Claritystamp workshop in Scone earlier this month.  We were away on holiday and I abandoned the family for the day to drive the 80 miles to the workshop! 

There was mild panic when I got there because I wasn’t on the list, but I had my confirmation letter with me so they didn’t throw me out the door.  We did four projects in total and I loved each one.  We got a masterclass in brayering on silk coated card from the lovely Barbara Gray and her trusty companion, Pauline.  We used the Making a Point kit and I was delighted with the end result.

The next lesson was on the Gelli plate.  Now, I’d promised myself that I was not going to get sucked into yet another crafting technique, however, it’s such good fun!  I loved this so much.  Barbara said they were only giving us 3 pieces of card to play with or we’d be there all day and she was right.  Needless to say my trip to the Clarity shop during lunch necessitated in dropping a Gelli kit into my basket 🙂

More brayering onto silk coated card in the afternoon – and we learnt how to use the splodge mat to do reflections.  I was so pleased as I’d tried to do this before and failed – probably because I tried to use the stamp upside down, as it would appear in the reflection.  Didn’t think to do it right way up then turn the card – doh!  Got some great advice to help stop getting lines and shadows on my ink and I’ve been practicing and getting some great results.

By this time we were running over – just having too much fun – so it was agreed that we’d extend the class so everyone could slow down, take their time and enjoy the last lesson, which was alcohol inks on acetate.  I have to say that this didn’t work so well for me but with a bit of time and practice I can see you get the most fantastic and interesting backgrounds. Maybe something to come back to when I’m looking for a new crafty challenge.

I don’t have photos of my projects but here’s a photo of something I did with the techniques I learnt on the day.  I created a frame for the Birdhouse kit that I bought in Scone, using the Gelli plate, the leafy swirl stencil and some bubble wrap.  I have actually sent this off to Create & Craft as In the Classroom homework for the show on 3 August.  Hopefully it might get shown.  It will, however, be passed to Charity with Clarity, where any cards sent in as homework are given to charities to sell for funds – which is brilliant.


It’s all in the Sentiment

Not only was I lucky enough to win the Claritystamp Challenge Blog in March and receive a lovely £50 voucher to spend on their beautiful stamps, I was also invited to be guest designer for their May challenge – It’s all in the Sentiment.  I was absolutely delighted! 

I picked the Gandhi quote “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” which we had received with the new design club a few months ago.  Using a technique I’d seen on Darlene’s Design blog, I sponged Tim Holtz distress ink, peacock feathers, onto the Clarity card.  I then used the clear Versamark inkpad to stamp on top of the card and embossed it with clear powder.  Using an old black dye based inkpad I rubbed the pad over the top and finally gave it a polish with a tissue which brought the clear writing to the surface.  It was then cut out using a die-cut and placed onto another piece of Clarity card which had been “cling-filmed”.  This is the technique when you brayer over the Clarity card with the ink, spritz a piece of clingfilm with water, lay it on the card and squidge it 🙂  Once it’s dry you get some really lovely effects.  So, that was the sentiment ready to go.

Nothing goes through amazing change like a butterfly so using the Claritystamp butterfly from the pretty petals kit I stamped three onto a piece of Theuva card.  Using Promarkers to colour in the butterflies, all slightly differently, I picked colours that toned with the background of the sentiment.  This is the first piece of colouring that I’ve been really happy with and used all the techniques I’ve learned from watching Barbara in the classroom.  Using a blending pen gives you such beautiful shading.

I masked off the butterflies and used the small leafy swirl stamp, again with the peacock feather inkpad, to create a background.  A bit of “ink, blot, plot” so that it didn’t overshadow the butterflies.  A toning edge down the card using the wide end of the Promarker pen to finish it off. 

Everything was then mounted onto an 8×8 card and I even added a bit of bling with turquoise gems.

I’m absolutely delighted with the end result and being asked to take part as a guest designer was thrilling.  It made me push myself a wee bit more and try something a little different for me – which is no bad thing!

I hope you like it too.  If you’re visiting from the Claritystamp Challenge blog, thanks for coming to take a look, and good luck with this month’s challenge.



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