Sunday, 3 June 2018

Clarity Stamps - June 3rd 2018

Clarity Stamps - Floral Overlay
Barbara Gray - Hochanda - June 3rd 2018

Hi and thank you for taking time to read this. Hopefully I'm not speaking too soon but it really has been 'Flaming June' here on the north east coast of Scotland. I cannot recall the last time I have gone 'sleeveless' on a beach walk here on six consecutive days - well, apart from Far East and Middle East that is; and then there was the very hot summer of '89 when we went from scorchers in Bath from May until we left in September to experience even higher temperatures in Oman. Not complaining - I hope this weather continues ad infinitum! No rain, no garden weeds to deal with.

The new stamps on show from today open up a wealth of exploration with inks and my work has taken a grungy turn. Rather like the effect of Artistry inks on stencil card; definitely worth more exploration.

Have fun!

Triple Overlay Rounds
Mini Word Chains- 1&2 STA-WO-10570-XX; 11&12 STA-WO-10575-XX; 5&6 STA-WO-10572-XX;
·         Ink Pads:-
Archival Black – INK-AR-50030-XX
Artistry Inks:-
Amazon Trail-INK-AT-50232-XX
Rosy Cheeks-INK-AT-50272-XX
 Fancy Fuchsia-INK-AT-50250-XX
Dry Weed-INK-AT-50246-XX
Golden Turmeric-INK-AT-50252
Moon Crater-INK-AT50263-XX
Midnight Blue-INK-AT-50262-XX
Lime Kiss-INK-AT-50258-XX
Blushing Rose-INK-AR-50239-XX
Orange Popsicle-INK-AT-50268-XX
Rich Mocha-INK-AT-5027--XX
Old Parchment-INK-AT-50267-XX
Hay Stack-INK-AT-50255-XX
Green Garland-INK-AT-50253-XX
Fine Wine-INK-AT-50251-XX
Ocean Roof-INK-AT-50266-XX
Tenacious Teal-INK-AT-50275-XX
·         Card/Paper:- Stencil-ACC-CA-30095-77, Theuva-ACC-CA-30371-A5, Designer Paper Sweet Dreams-ACC-CA-30442-88, Designer Paper Shenandoah-ACC-CA-30541-88
·         Pergamano Blender Pen and Nibs-PER-AC-70303-XX
·         Clarity Dies:- Fresh Cuts – ACC-DI-30598-44
·         Clarity Canvas- ACC-CB-30128-A4

 Example 1

·          Stamps:- Triple Overlay Rounds
·         Ink Pads:-
Archival Black; Artistry Inks – Golden Turmeric, Rosy Cheeks, Fancy Fuchsia, Amazon Trail, Dry Sage
·         Card/Paper:-
Stencil, Theuva, Designer Paper -
1.       Using Archival black, stamp chosen outline onto stencil card. Stamp background using Rosy Cheeks followed by Fancy Fuchsia.
2.       Partially ink Infill stamp with Dry Sage.  Dab Golden Turmeric onto glass/craft mat and pick up colour with blender pen to colour stems. Add detail to flowers in the same way, changing nib when changing ink colour.
3.       Using –die, cut two images from stencil card and trim out some areas to colour. Colour berry areas with a mix of Fancy Fuchsia and Rosy Cheeks. Colour leaves with a mix of Amazon Trail and Dry Sage. Spritz al with water and blot.
4.       Add glaze to berries.
To assemble:-
5.       Cut circle from Theuva, place glue die-cut pieces around and attach stamped image centrally. Attach circle to trimmed Designer paper, Theuva and finally onto card blank.

Example 2

·         Stamps:- Triple overlay Rounds, Mini Wordchains
·         Ink Pads:- Archival Black, Artistry – Midnight Blue, Moon Crater, Amazon Trail
·         Card/Paper:- Theuva, textured blue (from stash)
1.       Stamp chosen outline using Archival Black. Stamp background using Moonstone. Ink in-fill stamp with Amazon Trail and Midnight Blue. Trim. Repeat for second image and cut image out; set this aside.
2.       Create card blank from Theuva. Cut half circle into blue card using a circular die, score at each side and fold so the semi-circle stands proud. Attach over folded white card.
3.       Glue circular image onto blue card. Stamp sentiment and add.
4.       Decorate with cut image and twine.

Example 3

·         Triple Round Overlays
·         Ink pads:- Archival Black, Artistry Inks – Blushing Rose, Lime Kiss, Fancy Fuchsia, Orange Popsicle, Midnight Blue, Amazon Trail
·         Card/Paper:- Theuva, Kraft
1.       Using Archival Black, stamp chosen outline image at extreme right-hand side of Theuva card. Ink background stamp with Blushing Rose and over-stamp image. Ink in-fill stamp with Midnight Blue and stamp onto image.  Ink leafy parts only with Amazon Trail and over-stamp blue image. Allow to dry.
2.       Apply mask to first image and repeat 1) using (in order) Archival Black, Blushing Rose, Orange Popsicle and Amazon Trail.
3.       Repeat with Archival Black, Blushing Rose, Fancy Fuchsia and Amazon Trail.
4.       And finally with Archival Black, Blushing Rose, Lime Kiss and Amazon Trail. Trim.
5.       Create card blank using Kraft card. Add stamped rectangle.
6.       Embellish with twine.

Example 4

·         Triple Round Overlay stamps, Overlay fine circle, Mini Word Chain
·         Matching stencil
·         Ink Pads:- Hay Stack, Old Parchment, Orange Popsicle, Fine Wine, Rich Mocha
·         Card/Paper:- Stencil, Kraft
1.       Cut stencil card to measure 5ins x 5ins.
2.       Dab and brayer Hay Stack ink onto small round Gel Press then remove some ink with screwed up rice paper. Invert over cut card and repeat until surface is covered with ink patterns.
3.       Place matching mini-stencil centrally over inked card and blend through Old Parchment. Stamp a number of off-centre circle frames around with a variety of inks.
4.       Stamp sentiment in centre.
5.       Ink in-fill stamp with Orange Popsicle and stamp image in each corner – re-inking between stampings.
6.       Over-stamp images but slightly off-set with Fine Wine. Repeat with Old Parchment.
7.       Stamp leaf only using Rich Mocha followed by Old Parchment.
8.       Layer onto kraft card and card blank. Embellish.

Example 5

·         Triple Overlay Rounds
·         Ink Pads:- Midnight Blue
·         Card/Paper:- Stencil, Sweet Dreams Designer Paper, Card Blank – 8ins x 8ins (trimmed)
1.       Cut stencil card to measure 5ins x 5ins.
2.       Ink background stamp with Midnight Blue and apply centrally to card.
3.       Stamp in-fill stamp using same inkpad at each corner of square. Select area of stamp to be repeated, ink with Midnight Blue and stamp between corner stamps. 
4.       Layer onto white, Sweet Dreams paper, white followed by card blank.

Example 6

·         Triple overlay Rounds, Mini Word Chains
·         Ink Pads:- Archival Black, Midnight Blue, Green Garland
·         Card/Paper:- A4 White x 3, Acetate,
1.       Create card blank by folding A4 white in half and die cut into a circular card blank. With smaller die cut out centre (and reserve) from top sheet of card blank. Score half way to create easel.
2.       Cut three single circles and cut out centre as before. Glue acetate to reverse of one single circle, score in half and add to the half circle.
3.       Add frames to front and back.
4.       Stamp image with chosen stamps and colours. Trim and add to centre.
5.       Stamp around reserved circle, edge with black marker and add to centre of card base.
6.       Stamp sentiment with Archival Black and embellish.

Example 7

·         Triple Overlay Rounds, Mini Word Chains
·         Stencil -
·         Ink Pads:- Archival Black, Artistry – Fancy Fuchsias, Ocean Reef, Tenacious Teal, Orange Popsicle, Golden Turmeric, Amazon Trail, Ocean Reef, Versamark
·         Embossing Powder:- Silver Pearl, Detail Clear
·         Card/Paper:- Theuva, Black glitter
·         Canvas:- A4
·         Misc:- Sparkle pen, hessian strands, chalk paint, grey-board heart
For the background
1.       Blend chosen colours onto Theuva card. Tape stencil onto coloured card and sponge on white paint. Before it fully dries, spritz with water. Dab with tissue. Stamp words inside circles and heat emboss. Layer onto black glitter card and trim.
2.       Blend colours over heart. Stamp in-fill stamp using Versamark, add Silver Pearl embossing powder and heat set.
3.       Stamp outline using Archival Black onto Theuva, stamp background followed by in-fill. Glue onto heart.
4.       Apply Versamark over entire heart, add clear detail and heat set.
5.       Attach to background using Clarity double-side sticky sheet.
6.       Trim with hessian strands and attach to canvas.

Hope to see you again soon. 
Best wishes and happy stamping!
'The Making Lady'

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Clarity Stamps - Mixed Media

Piece de Resistance
This was created from the idea that one of the stamps reminded me of the mysterious Omani ladies who wore intricately embroidered and beaded veils. It is a mixed media canvas with altered printed photos as a topper. It was fun to do!

Clarity Stamps

·         Clarity Stamps – Tina’s Henna Doodles
·         Ink Pads:- Archival Black; Artistry – Rich Mocha, Sweet Toffee, Black Shadow
·         Grunge Paste
·         Various Spray Colours – found whilst rearranging stash
·         Rice Paper
·         Photocopied photograph x 2
How to:-
1.       Tear around both photo face images and set aside. Add texture paste to canvas, roughen the surface with a palette knife.
2.       Stamp around photo using black ink followed by clear detail. Repeat with gold embossing powder.
3.       Apply photos onto canvas and brush glue over.
4.       Stamp a variety of stamps onto rice paper, add embossing powder and heat set.
5.       Glue around perimeter of canvas.
6.       Add Inka Gold around edge.

Thank you for your visit. There will be another blog at the beginning of June.
Until then, take care and craft happily.
Best wishes,
'The Making Lady'

Clarity Stamps - Tina's Henna Dangles - Barbara Gray - Sunday 20th May 2018

Clarity Stamps
Tina's Henna Dangles
Hello again and welcome to 'The Making Lady's' blog. This name came about when I used to volunteer at my old school and spend many hours each week teaching Art and Craft to two classes of five, six and seven year olds'. They had the use of many of my various crafting accoutrements and it all began as whilst on a visit, I discovered few could use scissors with confidence. We all looked forward to the 'Making Hours' and it was great teach and interact with small groups - a luxury I never experienced as a teacher. 
These are examples using the stamps Barbara demonstrated today on Hochanda. 

Celebration Box

·         Tina’s Stamps
·         Card
·         Archival Black
·         Silver Pearl Embossing Powder
How to:-
1.       Cut card to measure 1 x 7.5ins square, scored at 2.5ins and 5ins; 1 x 6ins, scored at 2ins, 4ins; 1 x 4.5ins, scored at 1.5ins, 3ins so that each square is divided into 9 equal squares.
2.       Cut away each corner square from each layer. Edge each layer front and back with silver pen. Set aside.
3.       Cut eight squares of each measuring 2.25ins x 2.25ins; 1.75ins x 1.75ins; 1.25ins x 1.5ins.
4.       Stamp and emboss images of choice on each square and attach to front and back of each box net.
5.       Layer and glue smaller boxes inside largest.
6.       Make a lid to fit and decorate with stamped images.
7.       Stamp and emboss two strips of card, form into a double heart and glue to centre of box.
8.       Add self-adhesive gems.

Easel card

·         Tina’s Stamps
·         Shenandoah Card
·         Theuva Card
·         Ink Pads:- Archival Black
·         Colours
How to:-
1.       Create an easel card using Shenandoah card.
2.       Stamp chosen image four times to form square.
3.       Colour, trim and mount onto Shenandoah card.
4.       Add to easel card.
5.       Add stopper and decorate with stamped image.

Black Gold

·         Clarity Black Card
·         Kraft Card
·         White Card Blank
·         Archival Black
·         Gold Detail Embossing Powder
How to:-
1.       Stamp semi-circular stamp twice onto black card. Emboss with gold detail.
2.       Mount onto double kraft card, edging each layer with black alcohol marker.
3.       Add to white card blank, cut to fit.
4.       Embellish.

 Dream Catcher

·         Clarity Black Card
·         Kraft Card
·         White Card, White Card Blank
·         Archival Black
·         Gold Detail Embossing Powder
How to:-
1.       Cut black card to a square.
2.       Stamp dream catcher and emboss with gold detail.
3.       Stamp partial dream catcher in each corner and emboss.
4.       Stamp partial dream catcher between each corner and emboss; fill in gaps with partial stamp and emboss.
5.       Add corner decoration and self-adhesive gems.

Stamped Pattern

·         Tina’s Stamps
·         Black Archival
·         Theuva Card
·         Shenandoah Card
·         Colours
How to:-
1.       Stamp image in each corner of half sheet of Theuva. Stamp same image centrally top and bottom.
2.       Colour.
3.       Edge with black pen.
4.       Mount onto Shenandoah card. Trim.
5.       Add to card blank.
6.       Stamp same image back to back on Theuva then again at each side. Cut to fit, edge with black pen then adhere to foot of card.

Pattern 2

·         Tina’s Stamps
·         Archival Black
·         Theuva Card
·         Shenandoah Card
·         Colours
·         Glaze pen
How to:-
1.       Stamp chosen image back to back on Theuva card.
2.       Stamp image in each corner. Fill gaps by stamping foot of stamp.
3.       Colour.
4.       Layer onto Shenandoah and white card.
5.       Stamp and add sentiment.

Thank you for taking the time to look in. I'm sure you will find plenty of uses for these stamps. Weddings must be on the cards, methinks!
Best wishes,
'The Making Lady'