Its going to be a busy few weeks for me so please forgive if I forget to post my blogs, I will try to remember. I have 3 Birthday cards to do, 5 more pictures, samples to make for a company for their Christmas card selection ( could be an order in excess of 200 in it for me ) and a 70th birthday cake to decorate and two competitions to enter.
The first competition is of course for my favourite - clarity stamp challenge which you can enter via the link: http://claritystampchallenge.blogspot.co.uk
This months entry is all about Animals and I have decided to enter the picture that I have just finished and framed. It features my two cats Billy and Blue doing what they love best...hassling the birds. We have a tree right by our little pond and on a daily basis you can find one or both of the cats hiding amongst the plants and there is a couple of blackbirds that come and sit in the tree chirping away at the cats. Thank god that my cats are not quick enough to get them but they do try!
I used Clarity Paper (170GSM double sided coated A4). I cut it down to fit in the frame and then attached it to A4 copy paper (with LOW TACK Masking Tape) giving it a .5cm border.
I decided on Teal Zeal Memento Ink to represent my black cat Blue (so named for his blue eyes) and I chose Whispers Starry Starry Night to represent our ginger and fawn striped (with leopard spots) cat Billy (so named after a comic character...which those of a certain age will remember...Billy Bunter...and you will also know the reason why!)
I stamped up Blue first on to my Clarity paper, then I stamped on to a bit A4 copy paper 3 times. 1 - mask for Blue, 2 - Stencil for Billy, 3 - mask for Billy. So obviously I cut around for two masks and then cut out the cat shape to make the stencil. I then stencilled Billy using the reverse image of the stamp to put him in to the left of the picture. Next I stamped the Hollyhocks and grasses around the cats making sure to mask up the cats for the planting going on behind them.