Time for a new post featuring cards I made a wee while ago and which appear in The Stampers’ Sampler Summer issue
For this card collection the idea in my mind was to work with Redlead Paperworks Floral Stems stencil as the focal for each card but I also needed stamping to feature as well and what was really important, as they were submission for Stampington’s Take Ten (even though they were actually selected for The Stampers’ Sampler), they needed to be quick makes.
Just as I set out to create this collection I had been working with another Redlead stencil, beautiful feathers. The base for that collection was Stampington & co artist paper something which I had not previously worked with, always keeping the papers intact within the pages of the magazines. With the cards needing to be quick makes, I decided to work with another sheet of artist paper, immediately cutting down on time. The artist paper I selected for the Floral Stems had a lovely textural appearance with colours blending from yellow/orange to a deeper orange …… let it be noted that orange and yellow are not favourites of mine!Onto each background I stencilled some subtle pattern to bring added depth to the backgrounds. Yellow and orange might not be favourites of mine but it showcases the boldness of the floral stems especially by stencilling with black.
This sounds fanciful but most times there is an idea that is my springboard. I had this idea of a summer’s day, when you take a photograph direct into the glare of the sun and the focal whether architecture, a person or flowers, will create a silhouette. I actually like this effect and enjoyed taking photographs in this way to heighten the drama. Anyway, that was the foolish notion in my head!The paint flicks bring texture and I just cannot resist adding them. I also deliberately flicked onto the stencilled flowers to mimic pollen floating in the air.Stamping must feature so I stamped the wonderful labels from Redlead Paperworks. The labels cover different themes and are so useful.I don’t think I pointed out that Floral Stems is one stencil with me focusing on particular stems.Torn pieces of muslin were painted to blend in with the backgrounds and cardstock painted for the stamped labels.I varied the strength of colour for the muslin to bring contrast.The final card, Spring Beauty.A hint of gold catches the light beautifully.Thank you for your visit to this post and thank you to Devon Warren and The Stampers’ Sampler team for publishing this collection even though they were outwith my comfort zone (again!). Also a huge thank you to Chris and Sharon, Redlead Paperworks for allowing me to play with their fabulous products.
If you are in the middle of planning your Christmas projects then you might want to visit Redlead Paperworks where they have festive themed stamps, stencils, collage images and embellishments or if Christmas still seems too far off, then why not take a peek at their Halloween offerings.
This is a scheduled blog post but I wanted to add heartfelt gratitude for all the comments here and at Facebook. Your messages of congratulations for my Somerset Apprentice article really touched me, in fact, overwhelmed me!
02 Oct 2015 25 Comments