The craftroom Summer Break – time to play
There has been no Craft room post for a couple of week due to many of the group being away or busy, so for those that came it has just been a case of finishing off previous projects or doing a project of their own for up and coming birthdays etc .
Basically clearing the decks as Christmas projects will be starting in earnest from September ( I refuse to even think about it till then lol)
I even managed to take some time out for myself this last week too. September is going to be a very busy month for me with 3 wedding anniversaries, 2 21sts plus 3 more birthdays and 2 babies due so I thought I had better try and get a head with the card making whilst I had the time.
First up is my nephew’s 21st, that will be the last one (until the next generation grow up) – all my nieces and nephews are grown up now, with his girlfriend’s 21st following a day later.
What to do for a “man”s 21st? Jenna is zentangling, my mother has done the box card, so how about a bit of mixed media?
I really did not know where I was going with this. Started with the Statue of Liberty stencil from Clarity and some grunge paste. Inked over with distress inks, then remembered the city landmarks stamp which was from Unity Stamps( I think) so stamped that in Archival ink along the bottom. Used Clarity’s letter stamps to make up the cities names and stamped them randomly onto another square of card. Made a tag and embossed with Union Jack embossing folder and then swiped DI ink pads across the surface. Decided I didn’t like the card plain white at the back so stamped the landmarks stamp in random rows across it. Some die cut numbers from a tonic set and plaster of paris embellishments painted with gilding wax to complete. The saying is one I found on the internet which I printed (remembering to reverse the image first) onto acetate.
I obviously could not use this one for this month’s Clarity Challenge, apart from using a non Clarity stamp, the theme for August is Feminine. but I can try with my next card for his girlfriend’s 21st.
I have only met her on a couple of occasions so, apart from being really nice, not too sure of her taste and style, so I thought I would play safe and go vintage.
It was also an opportunity for me to have a play with the stamp pad felt and make my own stamp pad with the Distress re-inkers (Clarity have a really good deal on these on their web site) as per Maria Simms workshop and Barbara’s blog step by step.
This is the inside
The fan pieces were cut out using a template as a guide, embossed in an embossing folder and alternate ones also had a die cut out too. edges inked , a few pearls and the matching stencil on the base
I think it has worked really well. Love the effect you get making your own custom ink pad too.
It is very feminine and I have only used Clarity stamps (ok, only used one stamp lol) this time so I am going to use this for my entry for the Clarity Challenge number 18. before I run out of time.
Thank you for reading my ramblings if you have got this far 🙂