Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Clarity Stamps - Three Knights Stencil

Clarity Stamps – Three Knights Stencil – Maria Moorhouse – April 2019

Materials from Clarity


Three Knights


Stencil – ACC-CA-30095-77
Card Blanks – ACC-CA-30647-XX
Designer – Indian Summer – ACC-CA-30525-88

Ink Pads

·       Artistry – Old Parchment set – INK-AT-50228-XX – Wild Bilberry, Old Parchment, Indian Jamun; Golden Turmeric set – Ink-AT-50225-XX - Lush Lilac
·         Embossing – Versamark – INK-VE-50221-XX


·         Micron Pens – Black – ACC-PE-30778-XX
·         Inka Gold – Gold – ACC-PA-30479-XX, Silver – ACC-PA-30480-XX
·         Mica Powder – Perfect Pearl – ACC-MI-30254-XX
·         Texture Paste – ACC-PA-30522-XX

From Stash

·         Black Gesso with an added dash of pearl mica powder
·         Paint – Pale Gold, Silver
·         Embossing Powder – Chunky Black Enamel
·         Distress Inks – Picket Fence
Example 1

Faux Brass Rubbing
·         Texture Paste
·         Black Gesso
·         Pearl Mica Powder – e.g. Perfect Pearls -
·         Gold, Silver Paint
·         Distress Ink Pad – Picket Fence
·         Inka Gold – Gold Silver
·         Card – Stencil, Black, Card Blank
1.       Tape stencil centrally onto Stencil Card. Spread texture paste over smoothly using spatula or plastic spreader. Remove stencil and clean. Allow image to dry. (I left it overnight.)
2.       Mix a small amount of mica powder into black gesso and paint over stencilled image, right to the edges. Dry with heat gun and allow to bubble thus creating texture.
3.       Re-attach stencil and blend over Picket Fence. Remove stencil, clean then replace.
4.       Paint card with silver paint and remove stencil. Dry with heat gun for more texture.
5.       Apply gold paint around edges and in towards centre. Remove stencil and clean. Dry stencilled image with heat gun as in 4.)
6.       Replace stencil and brush over Inka Gold in Silver. Repeat with Inka Gold – Gold around the perimeter.
7.       Trim away border, mat onto black card followed by white card blank.

Example 2

Ethereal Knights
·         Stencil – Three Knights
·         Artistry Inks – Old Parchment, Golden Turmeric
·         Stencil Card, Indian Summer Designer Paper
·         Micron Pen – 03
1.       Tape stencil onto stencil card and blend Lush Lilac over all. Follow with Indian Jamun towards the edges.
2.       Blend over Old Parchment in centre of stencil, concentrating on the knights.
3.       Swoosh some Wild Bilberry around perimeter for added depth.
4.       Leaving stencil in place, outline with micron pen.
5.       Layer onto two different but toning sheets of Indian Summer paper before attaching to card blank.

 Example 3

Knights in Black Satin!
·         Stencil – Three Knights
·         Stencil Card, Matte Black, Card Blank
·         Embossing Ink Pad
·         Chunky Black Enamel Embossing Powder
1.       Tape stencil over stencil card. Apply embossing ink over, using a brayer. Remove stencil.
2.       Sprinkle over chunky black enamel embossing powder. Remove stray specks with fine point, dry paintbrush.
3.       Heat-set enamel from below to prevent particles blowing over design. Once semi-set, heat from above to enhance glaze on enamel.
4.       Layer onto matte black followed by white card.

Example 3

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Canvas and Pen

Quick Checked Canvas 
(as seen in my example for Clarity Stamps.)

My original example (above) was coloured using black Micron pens but when it came to replicating it for these instructions, I used the pens to hand, which happened to be Pitt Pens - assorted black set - by Faber Castell. In colouring the squares, I found the brush pen much quicker,  with more even and consistent coverage than the Micron pen, particularly on the uneven canvas surface. 

*This canvas took no more than 20 minutes from start to  finish. 

Completed Canvas

  • Canvas
  • Black Fine Liner
  • Faber Castell Pitt Brush Pen - Black

Blank canvas

Step 1
With fine liner pen, draw 1st vertical line a short distance from edge of canvas; rotate canvas by 90 degrees and draw second line.

Step 2
Repeat around each edge, rotating canvas by 90 degrees once each line is added. 

Step 3
Continue drawing vertical lines, rotating by 90 degrees until canvas is filled. 

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7
Choose starting square; colour alternate squares. In this example, each square was coloured with a Faber Castell Pitt Brush Pen. 

Step 8

Step 9

Step 10


Hope these instructions help - AND I'd love to see your results!

Many thanks for looking at my blog.

Best wishes,

'The Making Lady'