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!
Wednesday, 30 July 2008