Wednesday 30 March 2016

WOYWW #356

As it's really rare for me to have any time to take part in the challenge at Julia's Stamping Ground during term time, I thought I'd take advantage of the school holidays to share my latest creation.  A good friend joined me for crafting yesterday and I managed to make a whole card instead of just playing around and getting nowhere.  After she had to go home, I was inspired to continue crafting and finished the card this morning.  With WOYWW in mind, I took some photos of my work desk as I was working!
The new distress pen tin makes working with the pens much easier.

I've had both these stamps for a while without using them.

I love the Bookworm stamp set by Darkroom Door.

Having used vellum on the quote card yesterday, I was inspired to see how colouring on it with distress pens would look.  I had had the Bookshelves stamp by Impression Obsession for a while and glancing through my backgrounds stamp box, I came across the Dictionary Meanings stamp by Kaisercraft.   The quote from the Bookworm stamp set by Darkroom Door seemed very apt, so I was ready to go.
I stamped the Bookshelves plate onto vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed with black detail embossing powder (having used an anti-static pad on the vellum first).

The base card (an A5 landscape blank) was made from an A4 sheet of Sheena Douglass stamping card.  I deliberately staggered the Dictionary Meanings stamp as I didn't want to create too uniform a background.  I used Black Onyx Versafine ink as the stamp is so detailed with my new stamping mat by Creative Expressions underneath.  It is the most fantastic tool; large enough for the biggest projects, with a grid marked on one side and plain on the other (which I use for shaping flowers with a ball tool).

I had real fun colouring in the books and book shelves.  I chose Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo distress pens for the books themselves, with Old Paper for any pages on show.  The book shelves were coloured using Walnut Stain with Frayed Burlap in the background.  I wanted the shelves dark enough to use narrow tape behind to attach the vellum to some white card.

The finished card.
Once the colouring was complete, I cut a piece of white card 14cm x 14cm, attached it behind the vellum image, so that it would stand out against the stamped dictionary background of the card and trimmed the coloured image to fit.  It was easy to attach it to the card as I could glue on the back of the white card panel without any danger of it showing through.  Once the panel was attached to the stamped card background it was a quick matter to stamp an appropriate quote; mat it onto black card leaving a narrow border; colour a silver 'Happy Birthday' peel off using a black Permapaque pen; mat and layer that in the same way and glue the sentiment panels to the side of the focal image.  I found this a most therapeutic card to make as the colouring was very relaxing and the ideas came together very quickly once the stamps had been chosen.

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