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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Elegant Ladies with a bit of Grunge!!

Hi Folks!  Hope you are well!  I am finally getting round to blogging a birthday card that I made back in March. I have been busy with other projects and I forgotten to finish writing this one up...sorry! (I have a few more like that too...note to self - get busy!)

So starting with a Blank Piece of Gelli Card I created this little scene using Grunge Paste, Clarity Stamp Elegant Ladies Stencil (set of 3) a selection of Distress Re-Inkers and some ink pads along with a Brayer.

Tape Low tack Masking tape around blank card to create a white border.  Stamp Easel into place using Archival Ink. Stamp again onto Post-it note for mask, cut out and place over stamped image.
Place a piece of torn copy paper over the top half of the card and use a Brayer along with Adirondack ink Pads to add colouring of choice to the bottom.  Take copy paper, place it over the 'floor' moving it up slightly to get a blank band.  Ink up Brayer and add Denim to the top right corner - coming down and to the left. Ink up Brayer again, this time came in at the diagonally opposite corner - coming up and to the right.  This way you can achieve the look of light filtering through a window.

Remove the Mask from the Easel as the next step is creating the image on the Easel.  Make your own Ink Pad by stamping onto Cut and Dry Foam with Black Archival ink.  Then colouring with drops of Distress Re-Inkers.  The ink will bleed and you can achieve a lovely blended effect.

Let the inks soak in a bit and then stamp a little scene onto the easel.
Use a piece of torn copy paper, makeup sponge and Adirondack inks to create a mini set of hills in the background.
Take a note of which inks and stamps used on a piece of card and put these all together with the stamps in an airtight plastic bag for future use.
You can add in a Dado Rail if you wish at this stage on the upper part of the card.  You can do this by colouring in a band or add a coloured Peel-off.
The next step is to add the ladies with the Grunge paste

Tape Stencil securely into place and add Grunge Paste. Let this dry for about 10 minutes and then go into the Grunge Paste with a fine ball tool to mark of details - hair, clothes and to cut away the grunge paste at the knee.

Once dry add the other lady...I wanted them to be standing closer or I could have grunged them at the same time.
You can colour the Grunge Paste using a variety of mediums from Ink, Acrylic Paint and Pencils.  For these though I used my ProMarker Pens. Add extra shading by taking a Light Gray Pen or Pencil around one side and underside of all images.  You can also at this stage add highlights by scraping away the edge of the Grunge Paste if you wish.

Shading has also been added roughly under the ladies feet with Cool Gray 1 ProMarker.
Remove the Masking Tape from around the edge of the card.  Use a permanent FineLiner to draw a rough edge around image.  I draw around one way and then come back around the other way. Using either ProMarkers with a Fine Nib or Spectrum Noir Pencils colour in the spaces between the lines.
Matt and Layer onto a complimentary background and then mount onto a Card Blank.
Add a string of Flat Backed Pearls around the edge to finish.  I used double threaded dressmaking pearls.  You can attach them using a glue or strong double sided tape.

Apart from the Card Blank, background layer and Pearls all items were sourced from Claritystamp

Large Easel Stamp, a post-it note mask. Archival Ink - Coffee

Homemade Ink Pad with Distress Re-Inkers - Forest Moss, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Crushed Olive and Squeezed Lemonade along with Tree, Mantle and Floral Verge stamps.

Makeup Sponge, Brayer. Adirondack Ink Pads - Denim and Lettuce.

Scrap paper for hills. Scrap paper for Skirting Board and Dado Rail.

Thank  you for popping in and having a peek.  Any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Happy Crafting

Emma xx

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