Sunday, 27 September 2015

Zentangle round a Stamp

The idea for this card came by an article by Lisa Mason in the November 2012 edition of Craft Stamper.  This was the first time that I had done any zentangling, but if you've been following my blog, you know that it hasn't been my last.

Proud of my first attempt at Zentangle



As in the original article, I started by finding a stamp that I liked.  The zentangle pattern is stamped on a piece of super smooth white card (12.3cm x 12.3cm).  I decided to use a stamp from the Build a Tree set from Personal Impressions, as it gave me the opportunity to add a small amount of colour; later echoed in one of the matting layers.  I stamped the tree using black Versafine ink and the flowers using a small pink pigment ink pad by Do crafts, towards the bottom left corner of the panel.  My next job was to draw a line following the outside of the tree and a wavy line around the outer edge of the panel.  Once that was complete, I used a sunburst / tree branch pattern to divide the area around the tree into sections, following the contours of my first lines and leaving a narrow border between each area.

I really enjoyed trying out different doodles for the separate sections of the background; the leaf and bark designs tied in with the stamped image and the flowers in the small section below the tree echoed the pink flowers above.  Once I had completed the zentangled elements, I matted the panel onto black card, leaving a narrow border; then onto a piece of 14.3cm x 14.3cm pink pearlescent paper, to bring out the colour of the flowers.  The base card is a black 14.8cm x 14.8cm card blank, made from a piece of A4 card; folded in half and trimmed square.  This is the card which started my fascination with Zentangle - so thank you Craft Stamper and thank you Lisa Mason.

 
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