18 November, 2018

GDT AALL&Create: Chess lady Art journal page

I love to create collages using stamps from various sets, but sometimes one stamp is all I need for creating an entire project. Especially if that one stamp is of generous A4 size!
The moment I saw this amazing A4 stamp designed by Bipasha Bk I knew I wanted to create an art journal page with it. 

I first stamped the chess lady on a piece of white paper. The ink I used was onyx black VersaFine; when inking a large stamp I prefer using a juicy pigment ink that does not dry too fast. That type of ink makes stamping very simple and you'll be able to get a good crispy print even without using a stamping platform.

As my ink was an oli-based dye ink, I colored the image using Inktense watercolour pencils. and blended the colours with a water brush. Those bright, intense colours are so fun to work with! Once the image was dry, I fuzzy cut it around the edges. I did not pay too much attention on the finest details and did not even try to get them all cut out properly. The edges would later be re-built by another stamped layer anyway.

I inked the background of my art journal page with two Distress colours, decorated the inked surface with water splashes, and dried the page with my heat gun. Then I re-stamped the main image on my page, pressing the stamp firmly on the edges. In addition to the main image the stamp contains also cool stitchline images, and I decided to use those on the edges of my page. The ink I used was a lovely dark red/purple 'Chianti' colour from VersaFine Clair.

Once the background was ready I glued my fuzzy-cut main image on the page. First the contrast between the main image and the background was a bit too strong, so I added more Inktense colours around the image and on the background. For adding a hint of light I used both a soft, white pastel pen and a regular white gel pen. A hint of white always makes the image pop!

Word stickers are from a Tim Holtz sticker set. I thought the page did not need any larger text elements. :)

I'm really happy with the page. Hope it inspires you, too!

For more information about AALL&Create products can be read *here*.

Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by in my blog!
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13 November, 2018

GDT AALL & Create: Girlz With Heart

Another fun project with AALL & Create stamps!
One month ago I spent an amazing weekend in Egersund Norway: I had the true pleasure to take several classes by Louis Nelson, who's minimalistic, powerful style has always inspired me. She's such a lovely person and a wonderful teacher, and I will remember this weekend for years to come!

Thanks to AALL & Create, I'm so happy that I and other Louis Nelson fans now have the chance to work with her designer stamps. The images are so versatile, and I'm sure I'll use them for cards, art journal pages, and scrapbooking layouts!

This time I wanted to make a monotonous card on craft card base, keeping the colour palette to minimum. This lovely stamp by Louise Nelson is simply gorgeous, and for highlighting its beauty I did not want to use too many additional elements.

I started with stamping and coloring the main image. As usual, I colored two images on the same go :)

For colouring the background I used white gesso and a brayer. Added some stencilled and stamped patterns on top, and finished the background with machine-sewn stitches.

The second angel ended up on a matching ATC:

I'm happy how the projects turned out. Hope you like them, too!

For these cards I used the following AALL & Create supplies:

Stencil #41
Stamps #117, #130, #133

Wishing you a wonderful day!
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03 November, 2018

What The Quack! ATC:s for AALL&Create

Today I'm sharing with you an ATC trio I made using AALL & Create's lovely stamp set #135 (design by Olga Heldwein):

As usual, I started with stamping the cute main images on white paper. Then I colored them with my markers, and fuzzy cut.

For coloring the ATC backgrounds I used 'Salty Ocean' Distress ink. The lighter patterns on the cards is water that I splashed on the inked card. I let the ink react with water a few seconds and then dried the cards with a kitchen paper towel.

Once the paper was dry I stencilled some half moons on the paper. While working, I rotated the stencil a few times by 90 degrees. 

I think the half moons looked like duck feather flying in the air! (stencil #43, 'Lunar Phases')

Before gluing down the main images I stamped a strip of dots with a slightly darker blue ink, and white washed the centres of each card with a very thin layer white gesso. Whitout the white highlighted area my main images would have blended in the busy background. White gesso allowed them to pop!

So this is how the cards turned out:

 I hope my cards inspire you to create somehing fun this weekend. Thanks for stopping by in my blog :)


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