After all those fluorescent colours last month I thought I would go more subdued for this month's masking challenge. I bought these lacy swallow stamps a few weeks ago in the Design Club sale and have been dying to try them out.
Ink: Adirondack Peach Bellini and Stonewashed, Archival Black
Other: 6 x 6 Gelli Plate and mount, Clarity Stencil card, Spectrum Noir Pencils
- Make some masks for the swallows by stamping them on a post-it note and cutting out. I didn't worry too much about the little curves at the front of their wings as I knew I could fill any little gaps with the pencils afterwards.
- Maybe these stamps needs a proper Clarity stamp. Are you listening Barbara. I did have a quick look and couldn't find them on the website.
- Move the masks around on the card until you are happy with your composition.
- Stamp the birds onto your card with Archival black ink and then cover with their masks.
- Put the Gelli-plate on it's mount. Ink up the Gelli plate with some Peach Bellini and lightly brayer. I wasn't aiming for smooth here. Take off some colour with a scrunched up sheet of copier paper. Using the Gelli-plate mount, place down onto card and take a print.
- Without cleaning the plate add some Stonewashed at the top and bottom. and repeat the above step.
- Remove the masks.
- Go around the edges of the birds with blue and peach pencils. This makes the stamps stand out more. Add a bit of shading to the birds.
- I also deepened some of the blue and peach splodges in the background with some pencil work.
- I debated whether to colour in the birds but decided I liked them as they were.
- Stamp the sentiment
- Finally, trim, mount on blue card and then onto a card blank.
A fairly simple card that didn't take long to make. I don't think I have used stamp masks with the Gelli before as I usually have a Gelli background session with no cards in mind and then browse through them when I need a background for a card. Definitely worth doing though as you end up with a lovely smooth card.
Hope this has given you some inspiration for this month's Claritystamp challenge. Looking forward to seeing all your entries.