Thursday, 14 December 2017

Clarity Stamps December 2017 Art Nouveau 2

Clarity Stamps December 2017

Art Nouveau 2

Clarity Stamps:

Ink Pads:-
 Archival Black

 White parchment, black card

 Pergamano pens

 Stamp 'Rose' five times onto white parchment with black archival.
 Colour by scribbling pens onto glass sheet and applying to images with an almost dry fine paintbrush.
 Construct a box with four apertures from a sheet of A4 black card.
 Attach panels to apertures.
 Construct lid with a square aperture to fit lantern.
 Trim remaining coloured image to fit lid aperture.
 Decorate to suit.
 Place LED/battery powered candle light inside.

Art Nouveau

Clarity Stamps:-
 Art Nouveau 'Roses'
Clarity Canvas:-
 1 x 6x6ins canvas
 1 x 8x8ins canvas
Ink Pads:-
 Archival Black
 Pergamano Pens
 Gold Detail Embossing Powder
 Black Gesso
 Clear Canvas Sealant
 Gilding Wax - Gold
 Tiles - various sizes
 Clarity Double-sided sticky sheet
 Glossy Accents

 Apply stamp to suitable Clarity Mega Mount.
 Ink stamp with Black Archival and place tile over chosen area of stamp. Gently press down on tile to impart image. Carefully lift off and set aside to dry.
 Repeat with other tiles.
 Colour with chosen Pergamano pens scribbled onto a glass mat and apply colour with an almost-dry fine paint brush. Allow to dry.
 Run each edge of each tile over Versamark pad. Dip each edge into gold detail embossing powder and heat-set.
 Paint 6x6ins canvas with black gesso. Allow to dry then coat with sealant - I used a glossy product.
 Mask black canvas to leave an outer perimeter exposed. Apply gilding wax to form frame.
 Attach black canvas to 8x8ins white canvas using clarity double-sided sticky sheet.
 Adhere tiles onto canvas in chosen pattern using Glossy Accents.

Clarity Stamps:-

  • Art Nouveau Rose

  • Rainbow River Parchment
Ink Pad:-

  • Versamark

  • Gold Detail Embossing Powder
  • Gold Ribbon
  • Black Gems
  • Card to mat and layer

  1. Stamp 'Rose' onto chosen parchment with Versamark, add embossing powder, heat set and set aside. 
  2. Stamp another image onto scrap card, trim inside the outer line.
  3. Place this image onto chosen area of card front and draw a light pencil line around.
  4. Stamp chosen sentiment around this perimeter with Versamark, add gold powder as before and heat set.
  5. Attach parchment image to front with brads. 
  6. Mat, layer and decorate to suit. 

Clarity Stamps - Art Nouveau Stamps Dec 2017

Clarity Stamps December 2017
Art Nouveau Stamps

Gift card holder and pocket
Clarity Stamps:-
  • Art Nouveau Landscape stamp, Art Nouveau 'Thank You' stamp
Clarity Groovi Plates:-
  • Thinking of You, Congratulations - Letters to compose 'For You.'
  • Clarity Shenandoah Paper
  • Clarity Northern Lights Parchment
  • Ink Pads:- Radiance - Black Out, Versamark
  • Embossing Powder - Gold Detail, Clear Detail
Clarity Stamps:-
  • Art Nouveau - Rose
Clarity Canvas:-
  • 1 x A6
  • 1 x A5
  • Pergamano Pens - scribbled onto a glass mat and applied with paint brush.
  • Ink Pad :- Archival Black
  • Tile - (mine was  Stampbord tile I found hiding in a box in my workroom.)
  • Gilding Wax - a mixture of silver and three different golds. (Outer edge of white board left exposed while remainder masked and waxes applied.)
Watercolour Effect
Clarity Stamp:-
  • Clarity Art Nouveau - Rose
Clarity Stencil:-
  • NDC 
  • Pigment Powders
  • Viva Decor Modelling Creme - Mother of Pearl
  • Ink Pads:- Versamark
  • Embossing Powder -  WOW! Ultra Thick Clear
  1. Cut water-colour paper to fit Rose stamp
  2. Ink stamp with Versamark and stamp onto water-colour paper. (At this point I used a stamping platform to over-stamp a second time with ease.)
  3. Ink stamp again.
  4. Sprinkle chosen pigment powders over inked stamp and over-stamp image. Lightly spritz with water and blot. Pull some areas of colour into blank areas. Heat set.
  5. Apply Versamark over dry image, followed by Ultra Thick Powder. Heat set. Repeat until clear glaze achieved.
  6. Mount onto dry, stencil background.
(Although some of the stencil background is not as smooth as I'd have liked - and I had quite a few goes at this, this is my favourite as I love the effects of the pigment powder.)

Clarity Challenge December 2017 - The Final Countdown!

Clarity Challenge December 2017

Last Clarion Call!
Three years ago I was in a flat spin, trying to work out how to set up my blog as I had just been invited to join the Clarity Challenge Design Team. Who'd have thought I'd be turning my hand to parchment work along with stamping and stencilling. And here we have come full circle as this is the final challenge not only for 2017 but for good. Your comments and support over these years have been second to none, and all that remains to say to you is Thank You! 
Happy making!
Shelagh Metselaar
'The Making Lady.'

'Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum!'

Groovi Plates:-
  • Art Deco Daisy Lady A6 Square - head
  • Willowy Wreath - leafy surround
  • The Finest Music - Stave, Clef and 'Ribbon,' letters in 'Life is a Cabaret' from central verse
  • Gentleman's Collection - Bowler Hat, Bow Tie
  • Indian Summer paper as background
  • Parchment:- White, Indian Summer
  • Self-adhesive gems
  • Faber Castell Polychromo Colouring Pencils

Swinging Birthday!
Composition 1

Variation on a Theme
Composition No 2
Clarity Papers:-
  • New England Fall
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Brighton Rock
Clarity Stencil:- 
  • ND Stencil C 29 - Twin Trees
Clarity Stamps:-
  • Wee Folk 2
  • Word Chains 3 - Your, Birthday; 10 - 'It's'
Dies (from Stash) - flowers, leaves, circle mats

And there we have it - my last and final Clarity Challenge DT Blog.

(I will continue to blog my DT samples so keep watching!)

Season's greeting and farewell - for the time being at least!

Shelagh Metselaar
'The Making Lady'

Clarity Challenge November 2017

Clarity Challenge November 2017

A retrograde post I'm afraid, but at least it is now complete. This card helped me through a difficult time and I deliberately  chose to angle the frame. The gold came from a Quickie Glue Pen and Pebeo mirror foil. There are one, two, three and four layers in areas and all coloured with Faber Castell Polychromo pencils - my go-to pencils. 

Christmas Basket
Groovi Plates used:-
  • Spring Bouquet - Basket
  • Nested Squares Extension and Alphabet Frame - 'Merry Christmas' and Square Frame
  • Universal Framer - Part of Ivy Frame
  • Jayne's Holly and Ivy Frame
  • Jayne's Poinsettia Name
  • White Parchment
Christmas Wreath

Clarity Stamps:-
  • Merry Christmas Sentiments
  • Funky Foliage
  • Northern Lights Designer Paper
  • Own background paper created with spritzed Pigment Powder 
Happy 'making.'

Shelagh Metselaar
'The Making Lady.'

Sunday, 19 November 2017

October 2017 Clarity Challenge - Winter Florals

Clarity Challenge October 2017 
Winter Florals
Mixed Concepts
Clarity Challenge

Hello. it's ages since I have posted my makes, but here we are now and I hope it is all easy to follow.

  • Mini stencils:- Clarity Petites
  • Card:- Black, white
  • Clarity Double Sided Sticky Plastic
  • Embossing Powder :- Gold Detail
  • Ink :- Versamark
  • Glitter:- Gold, Silver, Copper
  •  Black raffia

For each card:-
  1. Cut sheet of Clarity double sided sticky to size, peel off backing sheet aand adhere to black card of same size.
  2. Attach chosen stencil. 
  3. Add varying colours of glitter and press down to adhere. 
  4. Remove stencil and further tamp down glitter. 
  5. Apply single colour of glitter to remaining area and press down as before.
  6. Cut to size and trim. Mount onto white card.
  7. Mount onto black card blank.
  1. Run chosen Clarity Petite stencil onto black card through die cutting machine to dry emboss. Attach to inner left of card.
  2. Stamp chosen sentiment with Versamark into card square. Add gold detail powder and heat set. Stamp sentiment multi times over remaining areas, add clear embossing powder and heat set. Attach to right-hand of card blank. 
  3. Add raffia and flower - created from heat embossed layers of Clarity Petite stencils. 

Many thanks for looking in.

Wishing you all Clarity happiness!

Best wishes,


'The Making Lady'

Friday, 8 September 2017

Clarity Challenge September 2017 'All Things Jayne Nestorenko'

Clarity Challenge

September 2017

'All Things Jayne Nestorenko'


This is my interpretation for the September challenge, using Jayne's plates. I made this back in June and it has been waiting patiently to be given to my mother-in-law for her birthday at the beginning of this month. I deliberately chose this colour scheme as it is not one I would usually choose and I did want to present myself with a challenge as this was my little bit of therapy and my first major project since our beloved mum, granny, great-granny died in May. 

  • Groovi :- Jayne's Roses Plates, Dahlias - Butterfly, Agapanthus - Butterfly; Nested Hearts; A5 Diagonal Piercing Grid
  • Parchment:- white
  • Polychromos
  1. Trace chosen size of heart on white parchment with a white pencil.
  2. Turn to wrong side and emboss a frame of roses using Jayne's plates. 
  3. Pierce and picot cut. 
  4. Pierce a pattern in the centre of heart using diagonal grid.
  5. Colour outside roses with Polychromos. 
  6. Emboss, colour, pierce and picot cut a number of roses to add to frame as per decoupage. 
  7. Emboss, colour, pierce and picot cut butterflies from a variety of Jayne's plates. Add to frame.
  8. Mount onto mirri card then onto a card blank. 


As someone who began teaching as school budgets were shrunk considerably and used to finding alternatives (all my initial work cards were made on card retained by Mum, Gran, aunties et al from their Kit Kat etc packs) I cannot bear to throw much away and knew I'd find a use for the inner rings left over from empty red-liner reels. (These are the larger rings, roughly the same size as Sellotape in diameter.) Jayne's flowers are so beautiful to work with, I felt they required a simple elegance to showcase their beauty.

  • Stamps:- Jayne's Fuchsias
  • Card:- Theva
  • Ink Pads:- Archival Black
  • Misc:- Polychromos, red glass seed beads, empty inner reel from red liner tape, paper string 
  1. When the tape is down to the last layer, remove red covering to expose a sticky circle. Wrap paper string around tightly, finishing off at the top with a loop to suspend the ring from.
  2. Stamp fifteen large fuchsias and and eight small onto Theuva with Black Archival. Colour with Polychromos and fussy cut enough to decoupage all. 
  3. Arrange around covered ring and glue - I used Glossy Accents. 
  4. Once in place, add a tiny dot of Glossy Accents to each stamen followed by a seed bead. 
  5. Stamp butterfly twice onto parchment scrap, colour and cut out and attach to ring. 
Have fun with Jayne's stamps and Groovi plates in your collection. 

Will be back son.

Best wishes,

'The Making Lady.'

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Clarity Stamps - Time Flies - August 29 2017

Clarity Stamps 

Hochanda August 29 2017 

How Time Flies

Hello, welcome to my blog and thank you for looking. Below are a number of examples I made for Maria's fabulous show on Hochanda. Cannot quite work out my favourite yet - I do like the one immediately below, 'Ding! Dong! and 'A Matching Pair' although the other two follow closely. 

       Hold On Tight!

·         Stamps:- Carpe Diem, Girl and Butterflies
·         Stencils:- Clockwork
·         Ink Pads:- Lime Kiss, Morning Dew, Tenacious Teal; Archival Black
·         Card:- Stencil Card 7ins x 7ins
1.       Using Archival Black, stamp Carpe Diem centrally on card.
2.       Ink Girl only and stamp onto the edge of the ‘M.’
3.       Ink Butterflies only and stamp onto top of ‘C.’
4.       ‘Smoosh’ over Lime Kiss, Morning Dew and Tenacious Teal. Spritz with water and mop.
5.       Attach stencil to reverse of card and emboss using a die-cutting machine.
6.       Colour letters with Polychromos.

2.       Love You

·         Stamps:- Cogs, Big Ben, Word Chains – 6, 11
·         Stencil:- American Love
·         Ink Pads:- Archival – Watering Can; Artistry – Blushing Rose, Aged Stucco, Moon Crater
·         Card:- Clarity Card
1.       Mask stencil to leave heart only exposed.
2.       Sweep over Moon Crater then Blushing Rose with stencil brushes.
3.       Using 1st and 2nd generation ink from Aged Stucco pad, stamp a variety of cogs. Allow to dry then polish with kitchen roll.
4.       Scribble an outline using a fine Micron pen.
5.       Cut a frame to fit using another sheet of Clarity card.
6.       Add some Blushing Rose and Moon Crater to craft sheet; stamp cogs around frame edge.
7.       Glue frame in place.
8.       Stamp sentiment using ‘Watering Can.’

3.       Ding! Dong!

·         Stamps:- Big Ben, Hats 1 & 2, Alphabet Chain
·         Indian Summer paper
·         Ink Pads:- Archival - Watering Can, Black
1.       Stamp three ladies from Hats 1 & 2 onto Theuva card using Archival Black, masking to suit. Keeping the mask in place on central lady, stamp Big Ben with Archival Black.
2.       Colour hair and faces with Polychromos.
3.       Stamp each lady onto chosen sheet of Indian Summer paper twice. Add Clarity double sided sticky sheet to reverse and cut out hats. Add onto stamped images.
4.       Stamp ‘Ding! Dong!’ using Archival Watering Can.

4.       Matching Pair!

·         Stamps:- Cogs from Time Flies set, bag from Handbags set, boots from Shoes set.
·         Ink Pads:- Archival Black
·         Card/Paper:- Indian Summer
1.       Stamp bag and boots twice onto chosen Indian Summer sheet. Stamp chosen cog over both boots and bag images.
2.       Add Clarity double-sided sticky to reverse of all images.
3.       Cut out boots, omitting heels. Without removing backing, place boots onto chosen background sheet to suit and lightly mark where heels should be. Stamp a small cog and the hour hand to create heels. Remove sticky backing and place boot images on background.
4.       Apply one stamped bag to the background by removing backing paper. Cut out the front handle and ‘flap’ from one handbag image. Apply cut out over main image.
5.       Stamp a medium cog three times onto boot paper remnant and repeat with a smaller one.
6.       Cut out and scrunch up all cogs; add to boots and bag as decoration.

5.       Clockwork Canvas

·         Canvas:- 4 x mini canvasses, 1 Clarity 8ins by 8ins canvas
·         Stamps:- Cogs
·         Stencil:- Clockwork
·         Ink Pads:- Silver
·         Paint:- Fresco Finish - Honeydew, Nougat, Snowflake, Sherbet, Vintage Lace
·         Misc:- Black gesso, Texture Paste, Clarity double-sided sticky sheets, gilding wax – gold and silver
1.       Tape all four mini canvasses securely together on the reverse.
2.       Attach Clockwork stencil to front. Sweep through moulding/texture paste. Allow to dry. (Overnight is preferable.)
3.       When dry, separate then apply black gesso over all four mini canvasses. Allow to dry. (No heat guns unless you require this effect – application of fierce heat bubbles the paste.
4.       Dry-brush paint using the stated colours.
5.       Add gilding wax to suit.
6.       Stamp interlocking cogs onto 8 x 8 canvas using silver ink pad or Versamark and silver embossing powder. Add some gilding wax around edges.
7.       Place squares of double-sided sticky onto reverse of mini canvasses and add to larger canvas to suit.

. . . . .And there we have my selection of examples for Maria's shows on Hochanda.
Hope the details help.

Thank you for your visit. 

Happy crafting,

Best wishes,

'The Making Lady'

Clarity Carpe Diem Hochanda August 26 2017

 Hochanda August 26th 2017
Clarity Stamps - Carpe Diem

Hi - details of the examples made for the Hochanda birthday shows on Saturday 26 August 2017 and my first for the main DT. 


  • Stencil:- Town
  • Stamps:- Flutterby, Word Chain 5, Wee Folk 3 Fairies
  • Card:- Watercolour
  • Ink Pads:- Artistry - Golden Turmeric, Blushing Rose, Moon Crater; Archival - Cobalt, Cornflower
  • Misc:- Polychromos
          1.       ‘Smoosh’ the colours onto watercolour paper and spritz liberally with water.                       Mop excess.
          2. Place stencil behind the soaked paper and run through die-cutting machine. (I                   wanted a negative emboss.) *NB I cut the upper frame off the stencil to achieve               a clear outline. Allow to dry. 
          3. Apply Archival Cornflower to Girl and Cobalt to Butterflies. Stamp to suit.
          4.  Colour windows with yellow Polychromos.
          5. Trim. Blend Moon Crater around lower edge to intensify colour.
          6. Stamp Dream and stars using Cobalt onto trimmings. Add to card.

                                                         Hold On Tight!

Stencil:- NDC Trees 
Stamps:- Girl and Butterflies, Carpe Diem
Ink Pads:- Artistry Golden Turmeric, Fancy Fuchsia, Orange Popsicle, Rusticana; Archival                 Black
Clarity Stencil Card – large size cut in half

1. ‘Smoosh’ all colours listed over card; spritz with water allow to drip and mop with kitchen roll. 
2. Attach damp card to stencil and emboss using a die-cutting machine. Allow to dry.
3. Stamp Girl to suit using black Archival. Trim.
4. Stamp ‘Carpe Diem’ and colour. Cut and mount.

Wait for Me!
·         Stamps:- Fly Away, Girl with Butterflies
·         Ink Pads:- Archival Watering Can, Black
·         Indian Summer Paper
·         Groovi Plates:- What is This Life, Jayne’s Postcard Framer, Tina’s Flowers
·         White parchment
·         Polychromos
1.       On Indian Summer paper, stamp Boy and Birds using Watering Can; stamp Girl using Archival Black. Trim.
2.       On A4 white parchment, emboss What is Life frame, extending it to fit trimmed stamped image.
3.       Add the banner from Jayne’s Postcard, shrinking it to fit. Emboss ‘Wait for Me’ using letters from Jayne’s Postcard plate.
4.       Colour using Polychromos.
5.       Pierce and cut.

6.       Add flower. 


·         Groovi Plates:- Ivy Wreath, Poppy Wreath
·         Northern Lights Parchment (Ivy Wreath), Indian Summer Parchment (background), white parchment (poppies)
·         Misc:- Polychromos, Spectrum Noir Blending Fluid and Paper Stumps, white card
1.       Emboss Ivy Wreath onto Northern Lights sheet, omitting the central leaf vein on all leaves. Pierce and cut.
2.       On white parchment, emboss fourteen poppies; colour with Polychromos and blend with Spectrum Noir Blending Fluid.
3.       Cut around outline of seven poppies and leaves and attach to wreath to suit. Cut out remaining poppies – flowers only and add to centre of each flower.
4.       Cut Indian Summer parchment to suit and mount onto white card. Add wreath.

Wishing on a Star.

·         Groovi Plates :- Nested Squares, Nested Circles, Nested Stars, Fairy 2, Swing on a Star.
·         Indian Summer Parchment
·         Misc:- Acetate, Polychromos, Spectrum Noir Blending Fluid, Paper Stumps, Brads
1.       Emboss largest circle followed by largest square then create a smaller inner square on Indian Summer parchment.
2.       Emboss Fairy 2, replacing dandelion with star from Nested Stars.
3.       Create a crescent moon from Nested Circles. Stipple areas of moon. Add stars from Swing on a Star plate.
4.       Add writing (all letters and dots from Swing on a Star plate.)
5.       Colour areas to suit using Polychromos and blend with Spectrum Noir Blending Fluid (learnt at this year’s Retreat).
6.       Pierce and emboss areas to suit.

Thank you for visiting. Hope this has been helpful. 

Best wishes,

'The Making Lady.'