Wednesday, 30 July 2008

This Thursday Challenge - Winged Things

Hello peeps,

The new challenge over on This Thursday is Winged Things. It has been sponsored by The Artistic Stamper..... and guess what? I am the Guest Designer!!!! How exciting!! :O))


For my entry, I made a Gothic Arch card kind of thing... I know, I am being vague but it is difficult to describe what it actually is LOL


I started off by cutting four Gothic Arch shapes from sturdy cardstock. I then used several of the images from the Insect & Butterflies Plate from The Artistic Stamper. I made masks for these images, basically, I stamped onto copy paper and used a repositionable sticky roller to attach the masks over the images I had stamped onto the Arches. As I stamped each image, I popped a mask over the top and then stamped the next image partly over the top. This gave me the effect that the butterflies and dragonflies were flying up the Arch in a plume.

I repeated this technique on all four of the Arch shapes and stamped until I was happy with the over all look.



I then used a damp babywipe and picked up some colour on it from an Adirondack Inkpad. I chose to use Stonewashed as this is a lovely pale blue and it really lends itself to being a great background colour. With all the masks still in place, I gently dragged the babywipe inwards from the edge of the Arches so I achieved a streaky look to the background. I used a heatgun just to dry the ink off quickly. I have found that if the babywipe is a little too damp, it will transfer moisture onto the cardstock and can buckle it - hence the heatgun to dry it off quickly :O))



I then got busy with the waterbrush and coloured in all the images. I used various Adirondack inkpads for the colouring in - I made this Gothic Arch before I got my Watercolour pencils and my Prisma's - but I was chuffed with the overall look of the painted in images.

I then stamped a few more of the images directly onto some spare cardstock and coloured these in too. I cut them out and set them aside to be used later on the finished article.

Blimey, this is long winded isn't it? I will speed up now to save you all dropping off for 40 winks! LOL



I stuck two Arches back to back and did the same with the other two, I then used some Grungeboard hinges, which I had coloured in gold using a Krylon pen, and gold brads to secure the Grungeboard. This then made the them into an opening style Arch. This was a lot more fiddly than I made it sound as I needed the backs of the brads to be sandwiched inside the back to back Arches....see, I am off again, waffling on.....


I used some more spare cardstock and stamped the sentiment stamps and coloured the card as before with the babywipe and Stonewashed ink. I attached these to the Arches using 3D foam.

The cut out images I had set aside were then attached to the Arches using 3D foam and placed so they looked like they were just resting on the card.


I added a few fancy charms, mostly which were silver so I used the good old Krylon pen again to colour them to gold. I used some fancy co-ordinating fibres to attach the charms to the Arch and finally, edged the whole thing with gold Krylon, just for a finishing touch.

*pauses for breath*

All of the products I used on this project are from The Artistic Stamper. If you click here, you can go shopping and treat yourself to some nice new stash, you know you want to don't you!!

So, if you would like to join in with this weeks This Thursday challenge, why not pop over and see the lovely ladies there. There will be some Blog candy up for grabs too, which is the A5 plate Insects & Butterflies that I used on this project and also a sheet of KlingOn Repositionable cushioning so you can mount your stamps and get cracking straight away!!

Thanks for looking - have fun!

Hels x

26 comments:

Andrea said...

Hels that is just beautiful, the colours, the stamps everything about it is wonderful x

Sue said...

I just love this - you are one talented lady and being a train driver - how cool is that .... (mind you I knew that already 'cos I read about you in a mag and it's down to you that I'm here in blogland !!). Wishing you all success - ity looks as if you're going places ....

Sequin Bead said...

Incredibly beautiful hels, just full of so much beauty! Looks like you really enjoyed creating this too x

Craftyideas said...

Gorgeous. Love it. xx

Angie C said...

Totally beautiful Hels :-) No, not you, your arch LOL

Hels said...

LOL Angie, and there was me thinking you were paying me a compliment!!! :O)) Thanks peeps for your lovley comments....I hope you can all find time to join in with this one..tis a great theme...even if I do say so myself LOL xx

Chriss Rollins said...

This is an amazing GA loving the stamps and colours used.
thanx for setting the challenge.
chriss x

craftytrog said...

Absolutely gorgeous, and thanks for sharing how you made it! xx

Hels said...

:O)) Thanks everyone xxx

Joy said...

zzz zzz zzz - Only joking!!! It's Fantastic Hels I love how you masked everything - what patience! and the colours are gorgeous - great little work of art xxx

Hels said...

LOL Joy...thanks for your comments hun xx

rattytatty@fsmail.net said...

Thanks for being our guest designer this week, I adore your peice, its so lush and the depth is fantastic
Tracey

Linda Elbourne said...

The colours are lovely, the stamps are lovely, it is all lovely XXX

Claireabelle said...

Hel's it is stunning
x

Ann said...

Gorgeous Hels, the butterflies look as if they're in flight....love the colours too xxx

Hels said...

Aw thanks everyone, and Tracey, it is an honour to be GD this week for you xx

Dawn said...

this is just stunning - beautiful images and stamped to perfection

Hels said...

Thanks Dawn x

Sue said...

Hi Hels
Stunning creation (as usual).
Just to let you know that I'm still around, just having problems linking to the Angels. Sorry. xx

jami said...

Wow, great card.

Hels said...

Thanks Sue and Jami xx Sue, will try to email you hun xx

Lesley said...

Lovely arch Helen - love the butterflies xxx

Tracey said...

Sooo gorgeous, love it all.
xx

craftyscot said...

WOW!!!! This is stunning Hels, the colours are sooooo deep and gorgeous and the butterflies and everything about it
Shazza
x

Anonymous said...

be careful on that cloud you are going to fall off it soon

Hels said...

Whoever you are "anonymous" you are a sad loser who obviously is not brave enough to say something to my face and let me know who you are.....get off my Blog and get a life.

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