Sunday, 1 May 2016

Claritystamp Challenge - Anything Goes

Seren is a Welsh name meaning 'star'

Why is it when you have wider brief it becomes more difficult to come up with an idea.  This month's Claritystamp challenge is Anything Goes. A lot has been going on here this month and suddenly the deadline for getting my design in was looming.  After a weekend visit by my daughter and her family, inspiration finally came.  I became a grandmother again on Christmas Eve, my first granddaughter, Seren.  She is beautiful, of course.  I have designed this name plaque for her but you could use any name of your choice.

Stamps: Nursery Rhyme Alphabet, Field Mice,  Toadstool from Wee Folk Elves 
Stencil:  Tree Box Frame
Ink:       Adirondack, Lettuce and Stonewashed, Archival Coffee
Other:    Claritystamp Stencil card and stencil brushes, Colouring pencils, fine nib felt pens, sepia pen

  • Stamp your name using Coffee Archival ink.  I used this colour because I wanted to colour in the blackbirds on the letter S and thought they wouldn't show up if I stamped in the usual black.

  • Cover up the name with post-it notes.
  • Tape the stencil to the left-hand side of the card and brush blue ink across from the left taking care not to get a hard edge at the right-hand side  
  • Make a hill mask with copier paper and then brush Lettuce across the bottom. The green will mix with the blue to give a darker green.  

  • Remove the stencil and clean it before turning it over and repeating these steps on the right-hand side.
  • Remove the stencil and then use masking tape to get an edge in the central section.
  • Lightly brush on the inks to complete the frame.

  • I'm afraid this is where I forgot to keep taking photos.
  • Colour in the letters.  I used mainly pencils but also fine nib felt pens for those fiddly bits. 
  • Add a wiggly outline with a sepia pen.
  • Some shading around the frame and tree branches.
  • At this stage I thought it was looking a bit plain and decided to add the mice.
  • Make some masks for the field mice using post-its.
  • Stamp mice and cover with masks.
  • Stamp the Toadstool behind the mice then remove the masks.
  • Gently wet inside the mice and blot to remove the green then when dry colour in.
  • Add some colour to the toadstool and a couple of Barbara's heart birds in the trees to finish it off.

I have temporarily mounted the card on some brown card but not quite sure yet whether to frame it or make it into a door plaque. I will make that decision another day when I am not in so much of a rush.  I love these Nursery Rhyme Alphabet letters and noticed that you can buy individual letters now.

Looking forward to all your entries this month.

Lesley x


  1. Love these stamps like the way you used them xx

  2. Love these stamps like the way you used them xx

  3. Love how you have used these stamps. Xx

  4. Lesley, this is a beautiful piece of art. I love It to bits. It will look great in a frame but also a door you still have more decisions to make lol. I am very sure that your grandaughter will treasure it for years to come. Hugs xxx

  5. Such a beautiful personalised gift, Lesley. Your granddaughter will treasure it, picture or plaque. The great thing is they appeal to boys and girls. (I used these last year for my great-niece's 2nd birthday card and also for my friend's grandson's 1st birthday.) ;~}

  6. I find it so relaxing colouring in the letters, and they always make great gifts. Thankyou for your kind comments. x

  7. What a beautiful name and a beautiful way of celebrating it. I'm sure your grand-daughter will love it whether it's a picture or a plaque. x

    1. Thankyou Angela. Seren was born on Christmas Eve so the meaning of Star is quite apt. x

  8. Lesley a stunning name plaque, which I', sure she will treasure forever. xxx

  9. Oh what a lovely piece of art to put on her Wall I am sure it will be a favourite keepsake xx

  10. What a beautiful keepsake Lesley. I particularly like the way you've framed the name using the tree stencil; just perfect. Xxx