Thursday 19 October 2023

Curious Cats

Personally I am far more of a dog person than a cat lover but the Visible Image Curious Cats stamp set is a purr-fect addition to my stash for making cards for my many cat loving friends. Those eyes are just incredible!

I began by stamping and embossing the face on a square piece of watercolour card. 

I used drawing gum to cover the areas I would later be colouring, and allowed to dry .

Once the gum was dry I coloured the card by laying Distress Oxide ink on my craft mat, spritzing with water and dabbing the card into it until I was happy with the coverage. I repeated this in the same colours on a larger square of card.

Once dry I used watercolour paint to colour the eyes and nose. Using a water brush I added oxide brush strokes from the nose to represent fur. Some white highlights with a gel pen helped to make thoos whiskers pop. I also stamped the sentiment on this section. 

On the bottom of the larger card I stamped and embossed the small cats and cut the Framed Fibres layering die in brown. I cut sections from this to place either side of my main image to add some texture and detail. I mounted the squares in the same colour card to tie the whole thing together. 

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Friday 13 October 2023

Free Your Imagination

This week's project for Visible Image uses the magical Free Your Imagination stamp set and A to Z stencil. Such a cool combination!

It's been a while since I have used my gel plate, so I decided to play around with it to create a circular background for this card. 

I began by adding a thin layer of Paynes Grey paint to the plate with a brayer and laying the stencil over the top. It's important to remember to reverse the stencil so that when the print is pulled it's the right way round. 

I lay a piece of card over the top and rubbed the back carefully to lift the paint from the empty spaces. This gave me a great monochrome print to use another day.

I carefully removed the stencil and brayered on Salvaged Patina distress paint and white acrylic paint. 

I am always  excited to see what emerges when I pull a gel print, and this was no exception. It turned out exactly as I had hoped!

When the paint was completely dry I stamped and embossed the bird in the corner. 

On an inky mop up sheet I stamped the ink bottle, quill and book. I stamped the book twice and fussy cut the top pages to decoupage to add more dimension.

Before I adhered these and the sentiment I stamped some ink splats around the bottom to help pull the whole piece together.

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