In the Craft Room 22nd February 2014 – All things Clarity – The finale
Alas it is the final session of the craft room for “All things Clarity” and there is sooooo much to do and soooooo much we haven’t even tried yet
I had planned a very busy session today for the group as we had a lot of finishing off to do (including actually making some cards) from what we have been working on from the last 3 weeks. I also wanted them to try the Angelina fusible fibres and I had also promised them last week that we would have some more gelli play, this time with acrylics. Not asking a lot am I?
Ok first on the agenda, lets get the sentiments using the clever corners and pattern building finished and mounted ready to put on a card
I purchased a set of the “Perfect layers” tools from Joanna Sheen’s web site last week (£19.99 p&p free) and am wondering why its taken me this long to get them. They certainly make layering up so much easier and the rest of the group loved them. A couple of them have struggled in the past with layering, getting the measurements right and then trying to position correctly. These tools do away with all that. Right enough with the advertising, on with the show.
The gelli backgrounds we printed last week with the distress inks were next to be finished off. Using black archival ink and the Clarity birdhouse stamp set ( the Clarity cat stamp managed to sneak in too) the images were stamped onto the prints and then mounted (using the perfect layers of course) onto cards
Next, Angelina fusible fibres.
This had to something quick and simple and I found the perfect card to make from Clarity Stamps 2nd DVD ” The art of transparent stamping 2″ – Gay Paris- using the “Sketchy Lady” stamp.
We had to make a slight change to the background scene. As I did not have the Eiffel Tower stamp, we changed venues from Gay Paris to Old Amsterdam. apart from that we followed Barbara’s instructions as per her DVD
Briefly, we stamped the “Sketchy Lady” stamp onto watercolour card using black archival ink and put to one side to dry. Took some Angelina fibres and fluffed out, (enough to cover the stamp) inked up the Sketchy Lady stamp in black archival ink, layered on the fibres covered with baking parchment(not greaseproof) and ironed over with a med-hot iron ( not steam, I only had a steam iron but we managed by turning off the steam) When the ladies first tried this they were a bit to0 tentative with the iron and ended up over cooking the fibres. After a couple of trys they found it worked best if they just put the iron over the whole thing and moved it up and down a couple of times, perfect. Cut out the dress, hat and gloves, Stamped the windmill in the background, moon mask, make up sponge and black archival, gently dabbing to give shadow, dressed the lady (using double sided tape to stick fibres – wet glue will not work) matted and layered, yes you guessed, with perfect layers. Job done
Barbara’s DVDs are well worth getting, It is like having a one-to-one lesson with her plus you can work at your own pace, and like we did you can use different stamps, it is the techniques you are learning.
Time for a well earned break I think, coffee and cake for now (Bottle of Rose is chilling in the fridge for when I finish this session) Ginger and Orange cupcakes this week, my own recipe again this week (pdf on my recipe page if interested in trying). Complemented this week (i think) they said my cupcakes were improving. (Funny though there are never any left, lol).
Its time for Gelli play. Now we were just going to have a play about with the acrylic paints with stencils, bubble wrap etc as seen on tv but, when they all saw the card that I had made (and submitted to the Clarity challenge) they all wanted to have a go at the “slide” technique instead. So here is a quick tutorial if you would like to try it too.
You need a stamp with good outlines for this and the Clarity Design Club Rose stamp is perfect
Take your gelli plate and lay down a coat of acrylic paint, we used white acrylic and printed onto black card, but I do need to try with different colour combos.
Take your stamp and press into the gelli plate and slide. You can see how easily this “mistake” happened now as I originally was just trying to stamp into the paint and the stamp just slid lol.
Just continue stamping and sliding until done.
Take your print, but remember to wash your stamp straight away before the paint dries.
It is different every time and makes a great backgound.
There cards all finished (and so am I, glass of wine please) All the girls have had a fun and productive afternoon, I hope.
We have, I think, learnt an awful lot this last month with Clarity Stamps, skills that we can carry on practising and perfecting now that we have learnt the basics and we will definitely be revisiting as there is so much more to learn. Thank you so much Barbara Gray and Clarity Stamps
Next week it will be the 1st of March which means a new month, and a new theme.
We will be learning the art of “Zentangle” and Zentangle inspired art, and my daughter Jenna, who has been Zentangling now for all of 6 months will be showing us the way.
She has come a long way in those 6 months, taking honours twice now in the “I am the Diva” blog challenges and here is a sample of her artwork for which she used a Ben Kwok template
To see more of her artwork here is her blog address – proambathbombs.wordpress.com
I am not sure our artwork will be quite like this in a month’s time but it’s going to be great fun learning.
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