Happy New Year to all.
I can't believe it's a year since I was asked to join the Claritystamp Challenge Design Team. Where has the time gone? I still feel very privileged.
Another month, another challenge. This month's Challenge is 'Say it with Flowers' and my example was inspired by a Japenese Print. If you follow my blog you will know I attend an Art class once a week. Just before Christmas we were doing monoprints and for research had to look at Japenese Woodblock prints. I really liked one of a single Chrysanthemum so when I saw the challenge was flowers I just had to have a go at my interpretation using Clarity stamps.
Stamps: Claritystamp Chrysanthemum and Filigraphy Foliage
Ink: Archival Watering can, Adirondack Lettuce and Cranberry
Other: Spectrum Noir Pencils
- Make masks for the leaves by stamping on post-it notes
- The stamping is done using 'Watering can' as I didn't want it too dark. Stamp the flower and then lightly sketch where you think the stalk should go. This will help in placing the leaves.
- Using the leaf masks where necessary stamp the leaves. For the small top left leaf I masked some of the stamp with masking tape before inking. Then removed the tape before stamping .
- Draw in the leaf stems and flower stalk with a fine black pen.
- Now just use your colouring pencils to add the colour. Start light and gradually add darker colours until you like the result.
- Trim to size and then brush the edges, first with Lettuce ink and then Lettuce with a bit of Cranberry added.
- Mount on Gold card.
- Add 'LOVE' sentiment. I tried to draw it in a pseudo Japanese style to go with the Japanese Print inspiration. Apologies to any Japanese readers.
This is a fairly simple card. The only tricky bit was working out the order of stamping the leaves. I hope this inspires you to have a go at this month's Claritystamp Challenge and I look forward to seeing your entries.