With a free choice this month in the Claritystamp Challenge I thought I would use a couple of sets of stamps I had bought recently but not actually used yet. I had several attempts at this one until I came up with a design I liked. Unfortunately I was so wrapped up in doing it I forget to take the photos for a step-by-step so hope my instructions are not too long-winded. The method was inspired by Barbara's Fabric Fields NDC 100 so if you are in the New Design Club look back at her instructions, she has photos.
Stamps: Hares and trees from 'In the Country' set, Filigraphy Foliage set, Laurel hedge
Inks: Adirondack Butterscotch and Lettuce, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Other: Theuva Card, Stencil brushes, , Felt pens, Spectrum Noir pencils, Sharpie black pen
- Stamp the hares in archival ink onto Theuva card, cover with the mask that comes with the set.
- Cover all but bottom section with a copier paper mask and brush lightly with Lettuce ink then stamp the trees using the mask that comes with the set as you move along.
- Move onto next section leaving a white gap. This one was brushed with Butterscotch and stamped randomly with leaves from the Filigraphy set.
- Moving up again brush with Lettuce and stamp with Laurel hedge.
- Finally the top section is brushed with Butterscotch and stamped with the trees again.
- Remove mask from the hares. I used fine felt pens to colour in the sections but pencils would be just as good. If you want to use alcohol pens to colour in don't use Archival ink when you are stamping. Add shading to the hares with Spectrum Noir colouring pencils.
- Barbara adds some Zentangle to the white strips in her example but I quite liked it with the white so just left them.
- Edge with a black Sharpie pen then mount on white then silver/grey card.
- Brush a piece of white card with Lettuce and stamp the Laurel hedge around the edges. Colour in as before and use as final mount.
My aim was a Zentangle look without having to draw the the shapes myself. The colouring-in took a while but it is so relaxing it is time well spent.