Saturday 29 April 2017

Mission Inspiration: April

Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of days; sickening headaches and computers don't mix.  This page was completed four days ago.  I must admit that the suggested colour scheme put me off attempting this page initially; purple, orange and green together are not my favourite colour combination.  However, as I haven't missed a mission since starting these challenges last August, I was determined to see this one through too.  So here is my page, just before the end of the month!
Finished: All 8 steps!

Step 1
Step 1: Cover page with stamped images.  For this I used Deep Purple Archival ink and stamped the large ledger script stamp from the set by the same name designed by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous and the typewriter alphabet from the School Desk stamp set.

Step 2
Step 2: Add a thin layer of colour.  I stuck with a purple tone and brushed Hydrangea Archival ink lightly all over the page using a Claritystamp stencil brush.

Step 3

Step 3: Add texture with fabric fragments.  I don't know about fragments; for this step I wrapped a piece of purple mesh across the middle of the page, added a length of bright green chiffon at right angles and held them down with short lengths of green mesh tape in two different shades of green. 

Step 4
Step 4: Add layers of torn paper or card.  I must admit that I didn't tear the strips of paper for this step; I cut thin strips of different patterned green paper and a length of textured (thinly corrugated) purple card and added them over the fabric, both for extra texture and to help hold the fabric pieces in place.

Step 5
Step 5: Glue or paint a focal image.  For this step I decided to add a splash of orange.  I die cut and embossed the large jar from the Perfect Pairs (Home Front) In a Pickle die set by Sheena Douglass out of bright orange card. I also added Coffee Archival ink through the die before removing the card.  I added this to the centre of the page, together with some fabric and paper purple flowers.  As an additional splash of orange, I used the Nuvo Crystal drops in 'Ripened Pumpkin' by Tonic Studios to the centre of each flower.

Step 6
Step 6: Make marks with your fingers.  For this step I added fingermarks in Violet Shimmer Paint by Cosmic Shimmer in random areas of the page attempting to keep them balanced.

Step 7
Step 7: Add a quote, phrase or title.  I used my Dymo Letratag to print out the phrase 'April Showers bring May flowers,' and added it to the right hand side of the focal image.  To balance this up, I added 'blooming' and 'flowers' from the Seasonal Chit Chat sticker book by Tim Holtz to the left hand side of the jar.

Step 8: Add doodles, scribbles or zentangles.  For this step I added some scribbles in a black micron pen below the dark purple strip of card, and went round each of the word segments with white pen.

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