I have been meaning to share this card collection for weeks, in fact, make that months as they appeared in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler
There are four cards in total but I have split them over two blog posts as it would be too photo heavy otherwise!
It had been in my mind to make a collection with the fabulous Darkroom Door photobooth images as the focals but where I would have normally played around with neutrals I decided to go in the completely opposite direction and inject colour into the lives of those girls although by their wide smiles, maybe they were leading colourful lives anyway!
From the outset I had in mind fabrics, representing old cotton dresses that have faded through wear and drying in the summer sun and also of old quilts. I wanted the fabrics I used, which although initially were bright, at least I call them bright (!) with the paint and water application, they toned down just lovely and to exactly the feel I wanted overall. Each background is different but in a way they are the same. Lots of layers of paint, layers of stamping including stamping with paint and lots of water to create drips and allow the colours to blend, let’s just say, lots of abuse! In this photograph you can see the stamping which I randomly stamped with paint. Darkroom Door background and texture stamps, to my mind, are amazing for stamping with paint and they are also amazing for adding touches of background texture, here and there no matter the project.Now I think about it, I am sure I applied Grungepaste initially, along with the fabrics before any paint application.
The words are from a Darkroom Door Word Block. Fabulous stamps! I used the stamp by randomly applying ink to particular phrases, stamping directly onto the background panel and then later I once again inked up the words/phrases I wanted to work with, taking the painted cardstock to the inked stamp. I find this an easier way to work when I am zooming in on particular words/phrases.The Photobooth images really are wonderful and those images perfectly capture friendship and silly times.For this background the Word Block was randomly stamped. It is very faint as I didn’t want the words to be obvious, it was more about creating another layer. I also used the Splatter Texture stamp, stamped with paint.Not that I am trying to tempt any of you but the Word Blocks are such great value because there is an abundance of words/sentiments and a stamp which can be used in different ways.I will share the other two cards from this collection very soon. In the meantime, many thanks for your visit to this post and also for your words of encouragement whether I share something vintage inspired, with a neutral colour palette or one of my more colourful pieces.
18 Sep 2015 13 Comments