Saturday, 10 December 2011

More Close Ups!

...oh dear, oh dear... I am writing this from my sick-bed. (1,2,3...awwww) I have been struck down these past few days with the mother of all stomach bugs... I won't go into details, you might be eating your butties and there's no way I want to put you off! Anyways... I had planned to have a couple of days showing close-up pics of some of the samples I had made for the shows on Tuesday. Well, better late than never, here are three more...

This tag has a lovely inky background made by smooshing Antique Linen Distress Stains onto a wet tag, then spritzing some more water over and drying with a heat tool. The background script was stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink... this time I just gently rubbed the pad over the stamp so it isn't inky all over.. this gives a more random patchy effect. The flower was stamped onto cardstock that I had coloured in the same way as the tag and overstamped with the large Lace background stamp... again using Antique Linen Stain. Stamping with the Stains is easy; either dab the bottle onto the stamp, or as I have done for this one, drag the tip of the bottle over the top of the stamp... this gives a more even coverage.

The next card was made using the same inky technique as the tag... but this time using a smidge of Aged Mahogany too. Once the Stains were dry, I spritzed Cosmic Shimmer - Ancient Copper - over the top, spritzing from shoulder height so I got a really fine mist. I made a little sentiment for the Ornate Frame - this is part of a full sentiment that says Live Your Dream (on the card below) so I just masked off the two words I didn't want and inked the Dream word only. The little butterflies were stamped with Plum Archival Ink and once cut out, I edged them with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink, using a blending tool to do this.

This last card has again been inked in the same manner... but this time instead of spritzing lots of Cosmic Shimmer over the cardstock, I did a controlled Cosmic Stamping technique with the flower border. This is one of the demo's I did on Tuesday afternoon and to re-cap; ink your stamp ( I used Aged Mahogany Distress Ink) smoosh your Distress Pad onto your craft sheet. Give the Cosmic Shimmer bottle a really good shake... Spritz Cosmic Shimmer over the top of the ink on the craft sheet and then dip your stamp into it. You can then control where the Shimmers are going to land when you stamp onto your cardstock. I used an Art Part Leaves piece on this card, colouring it with Peeled Paint Distress Stain and overstamping using Olive Archival Ink. I hope that these details have been helpful :O)) oooh and before I forget... I am giving away this card ... if you would like to win it, please leave a comment HERE ... the winner will be announced on Monday.

So... there I was, wandering through St Pancras the other evening on the way to meet Grim, when a lady came up to me and said.... "Excuse me, are you Hels Sheridan?" I said... yes and she then went on to say how she had enjoyed the shows and followed my blog... so... HELLO!!! to the lovely lady and sorry I couldn't stay and chat some more... train to catch and all that! Right, I am off back to my sick-bed now... hopefully I will feel better enough to make the Sunday Stamper later... if not, it will be posted in the morning... promise ;o)) Thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x


Ann B said...

Sorry you are not well and hope you are soon up, bright and bushy tailed again. I missed your first show - shame - but will tie a knot in my hanky for the next one (do people still do that I wonder). Love the tags and the card.

Dee in N.H. said...

Awwww, sorry you are feeling cruddy! Glad the bug delayed the visit until after your big TV debut!!! Rest up and feel better! Beautiful cards!

Helen said...

Hope you feel better soon! Get you for being spotted in the street!!
Great samples, lovely to see them properly as it were!

jason @ Gold Work Embroidery said...

Hope you've not been licking your fingers after inking!!! ;)

Get better soon, so we can see more of your lovely creations

Sandra said...

sorry you are not feeling well - please get well soon -

Hels - these are BEAUTIFUL!
Sandra ltb

Julia Dunnit said...

Ooh, poor you, get well soon. Blurgh. Lovely stuff as usual Hels, so glad you get to share your skills with tv crafters..hope you have loads of fun with your new journey. N

Shazza said...

poor you, get well soon. Love, love, love these!!!!!

Caz said...

Poor Hels - that's what comes of eating that "foreign food"!!!!! Hope you're feeling a lot better today. Lovely to see all the close-ups of your samples - can't decide which one's my favourite yet - they're all lovely and learning lots of new ideas from them!
You're such a talent!!

Janet said...

hope your feeling better,gorgeous tag and cards,loved your shows
Janet x

shirley said...

Hope you're feeling well soon!
Fab creations :)

Julia Watts said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous samples. Hope you're feeling better. Love, Julia xxx

Kirsten Alicia said...

Oooh get you missus, you're on your way to being a celebrity!! I'm so sorry you're ill, I hope the worst is over & you're feeling better very soon.
Thanks for showing us these gorgeous tags & cards.

Mary said...

These are so beautiful, and congratulations on being recognized! =P

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