Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you
all! As ever, thank you all for the grand entries to last weeks natural challenge - it was great to see some new peeps entering too! The theme this week is all about what you do at the start of your creation... oh yesh, this week we are looking at BACKGROUNDS. *I know the song title is a little tenuous but backgrounds are often in the shadows right?* You can interpret the challenge how you like: make a background that is inky, painty, papery, stencilled, stamped....
choice, it be yours! To
join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy. Add in the theme AND
some stamping *this is THE important bit guys, please remember your rubberstamps!* and then hop back here, leave me a comment with a link to
the place you are showing your entry and I can come see you. If you
haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook (just tag me name) or
by emailing a small res.pic to me. The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 23rd August 2014.
A few weeks ago, Darkroom Door released some new fabby Texture images into their range... HERE's a linky to the page showing them all. I was super lucky and was sent four beautiful backgrounds to play with. For my tag today, I used the new Flourish and Splatter stamps. Starting by inking the tag with Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky DI's, I then stamped the Flourish using Stormy Sky and popped some Frosted Crystal Antiquities embossing powder over the top... heat embossed it and then stamped some of the splatters using Frayed Burlap DI. I lightly blended more ink over the tag as the embossing powder gives a really cool resist so it intensifies the colours if you have used it already with the same colour you are re-inking... if that makes sense!!! This next photo is just the background.. the embossing doesn't show up too well on this one (yep, my great skills as a photographer... not!)
|No idea why this background has a lime green look to it, on the photo it isn't like this!!|
Once I had the background how I wanted it, I stamped the Darkroom Door large butterfly - isn't he grand! I used a smidge of Wild Honey in the middle of him and then Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky DI's to colour him up. I knew he was going to be the focal point of the tag but wasn't quite sure what else to do...so I went and had a rummage in my dies and decided to cut a few bits of greenery and a heart... I also cut a few other bits that didn't make the tag, they can be stored safely on the massive pile of stuff lurking on my messy desk!
I inked the heart and overstamped with the Flourish stamp, again using Stormy Sky and then added a few Chit Chat stickers for my words... and then rummaged some more and found some paper flowers... aha, the whole thing was coming together nicely now... layers of flowers, leaves and lacey bits... Oh and the pic above shows up the Frosted Crystal powders...
And of course, where there be flowers, there should always be embellies... ok, there should always be embellies - you can never have too many right? The little heart is an Idea-ology charm, I smudged Tumbled Glass Distress Paint over it and then dried it off... and I did the same with the Foliage for the middle of the butterfly too. A little pearl in the middle finished the butterfly off nicely I thinks. And there you have it.... all about the background, which is still a bit visible :O)
I am doing a sun-dance today... and a wind-dance too. It is the local airshow today at Sywell and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, with those two magnificent Lancasters, is doing a flypast this afternoon (not to mention the Dakota, the Red Arrows and the Blades) but... I have seen that the weather is not playing ball and it is likely the BBMF might be cancelled! So, if you hear some distant thumping about, you will know it is me, doing a jig in the hope it will shove the bad weather away so the old ladies can fly... finger's x'd!!! I shall leave you with the vision of my mad dancing and bid you a very goodly day! Thanks for looking... TTFN