To start the week, I thought I would share four cards which appear in The Stampers’ Sampler.
It was actually the packaging for RELICS & ARTIFACTS, which I had also used as a substrate for this collection, HERE ,which led me to make the cards. I deliberately limited myself to the stamps I inked up and also embellishments, you can see they are minimal, only tiny little accents.
Character Constructions Stamps.
French Laundry No. 11 (female/upper torso and arms) available from That’s Crafty and direct from Character Constructions
French Laundry No. 5 (dress)
Mad Tea Party No. 8 (parasol)
The dress was stamped directly onto the re-cycled RELICS & ARTIFACTS packaging, dressing it up with tiny pieces of fabric
giving the gown a lacy collar.
This is one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, she is much loved by me.
I like the way the design on the packaging shows through the stamped image.
Little shabby details such as Paris stamped onto some found/re-cycled paper and a fabric scrap layered with another stamped piece.
What I have learned is that proportions do not need to be accurate when working with Character Constructions stamps. It is very freeing not to be bound by such constraints although it has taken me a long time to be comfortable with doing so!
A snippet of lace and pearl detail to embellish the gown.
Darkroom Door stamped stitches directly onto the packaging and also onto brown found/re-cycled paper.
I like the effect the stamped stitches bring to the cards.
I like adding small details, tactile details.
There we have it, the first post for this new week. I don’t know about any of you but I cannot believe it is April already!
03 Apr 2017 9 Comments
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22 Mar 2017 11 Comments
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This collection of six cards, appears in the Jan/Feb/March issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.
It meant so much to me that they published all six in a feature over three pages.
All stamps are PaperArtsy LPC and all feature Infusions, Royal Blood.
They are some of the oldest LPC stamps but for me some were inked up for the first time for this collection.
Some rusty wire coils. The colour of the rusty wire worked so well against the Royal Blood Infusions.
It’s no surprise that scraps were utilised throughout the cards such as little stamped elements added here and there.
Card No. 2
Card No. 3
Mop-up papers bring texture. I stamped onto them, even though the stamped images are not crisp, it still brings something extra to the effect.
A wisp of coppery fabric.
Card No. 4
I liked the watercolour effect achieved. If you are interested, it is actually watercolour paper I worked with for the backgrounds and stamped focals, HP and NOT.
Card No. 5
On this card, I also used Infusions with a That’s Crafty Dinky Stencil, creating a hint of pattern on the base of the card
More scrappy mop-ups and another piece of that lovely copper fabric which lovely Dorthe gifted to me.
Card No. 6
I like that texture of the mop-up paper (kitchen paper towel) adds dimension even when stamped upon.
It’s all about the layers – this stamped piece of mop-up paper layered onto the stamped focal.
Thank you, always for your visits.
10 Feb 2017 8 Comments
Squeezing in this collection of Valentine themed cards.
Now, the reason the cards are so simple in design, they were actually submitted to Take Ten (criteria is for card makes of 10 minutes or less) but they obviously decided to print them in The Stampers’ Sampler, where they appear in the Jan/Feb/March issue.
Redlead Paperworks Musical Heart stamp is the focal for each card. I remember at the time of making the cards that I wanted to work with only that stamp as the main image, pairing different Redlead loved themed sentiments with the heart.
The watercolour paper provides a lovely texture.
I deliberately worked with only two paint colours, Frescos Blush and Nougat. In fact minimal supplies:- 2 Frescos, 1 ink pad, 1 focal stamp, various sentiments and fragments of found papers and lace.
For the musical note accents, I simply
inked up the Musical Heart,
stamping onto various found papers to layer to the cards
Redlead’s complete Valentine stamp collection can be found HERE.
Not relating to Valentine’s Day, Redlead have, at the time of scheduling this blog post, a 20% discount on new stamps.
Thank you so much for your time to visit this post.
28 Jan 2017 7 Comments
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Thank you if you made it through to today for the sixth and final Valentine paper doll.
Be Mine paper doll is approx 3.5″ x 8″
(All paper doll stamps are Character Constructions)
For some reason, her face makes me smile!
Here she is with her pretty dress, with lace trim and a touch of sparkle.
A wooden heart with crackle and of course, PaperArtsy Fresco paints with a Redlead sentiment declaring her adoration for her Valentine.
I’ve noticed I seem to like to bundle tags and sentiments, to suspend from the wrist of a paper doll. Not sure why I feel the need to do this, maybe it is just another way to adorn them.
This crinoline stamp is a “must have” for paper dolls and it is versatile because there is no reason it then cannot be layered with tulle, lace, net, whatever you can lay your hands upon. The ribbon, which I pleated was another way to add detail to the skirt.
Thank you so much for visiting. If the paper dolls brought a smile to your face then I am more than happy! They were such a joy to create, then to have them published was such a wonderful feeling.
Soon, I will be sharing another, much smaller collection of paper dolls, again which date from last year but for now, posts return to normal on Sunday with my regular That’s Crafty DT post.
Have a lovely weekend.
27 Jan 2017 7 Comments
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Today is the penultimate Valentine paper doll.
As with the previous posts this week, the paper doll comprises Character Constructions stamps and for this project, a That’s Crafty white/greyboard heart, which has become a fun piece as I adhered it to a painted and stamped wooden stick.
She is approx 4″ x 11″
A Dinky Stencil was used on the heart, you can just about make out the design.
It’s such a lovely stencil, this is the link HERE, TC038
This LOVE banner was made from the individually stamped letters (from Paris Flea set), forming it into a shabby banner. (The V appears to be shy!) She also holds an envelope.
Could that sweet flower be a wrist corsage from her sweetheart?
Thank you so much for staying with me for this week of daily posts. One more paper doll and then we will return to normal!
26 Jan 2017 9 Comments
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Today is No. 4 of the paper dolls I am sharing from the latest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.
She is approx 4.5″ x 9″
If you love details then Character Constructions stamps allow you to while away the time adding all manner of details. That fabulous sparkly heart was a gift from lovely Dorthe Hansen, perfect to add a touch of glamour to a stamped bow.
Those stripey sleeves are such great stamps, the instantly inject fun into a paper doll.
The wooden heart receives a pretty trim edging, that sweet trim I received from an art friend, Clintine Steele.
This paper doll does like a hint of bling! Tiny rhinestones form a bracelet.
I love the stripey tights as much as the sleeves.
Look at the tiny rhinestones on her shoes!
Thank you so much for your visit to this post.
25 Jan 2017 9 Comments
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Character Constructions Valentine paper doll number 3 to share today.
The face of this particular paper doll stamp (from Paris Flea collection) has such expression. You just know she is a mischief maker!
This is approx 4″ x 11.5″
A That’s Crafty white/greyboard heart with heart Dinky Stencil.
It’s fun to mix and match the Character Construction stamps. I gave her a hat with a sweet little floral detail added.
This wooden word was the perfect detail to create balance.
The stamped crinoline is made into a skirt with the addition of lace and pretty trim.
Sweet messages hang from her wrist
with a Redlead Paperworks sentiment stamped onto a painted wood stick.
Thank you so much for your visit. I just thought that there seems to be an air of negativity in the world at the moment that a few photographs of paper doll projects would lighten the atmosphere, even if only for a few moments.
I hope you are enjoying spending time with those young lady paper dolls.