Friday, 22 August 2014

Playing with backgrounds

Hi Folks, I have some more projects for you today showcasing the Thistle Butterfly/Honeysuckle Butterfly multi-buy stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque

I have really enjoyed working with these pretty stamps, as flowers and butterflies are among my favourite images to use. I have made some slightly different backgrounds for these projects, and one of them was a first time experiment for me!

My first sample was created by using Pan Pastels for my background over a mask, I wanted to create a tartan background to go with the thistle image, it seemed appropriate. (If you do not have a mask, you could just use thin strips of masking tape, it was what I was going to use until I found a mask). I used a pale yellow over my card first, then applied the mask before using a lilac PP and then a magenta toned PP over the top.

I then stamped the image with Coffee Archival Ink and coloured it with Polychromos pencils. I used the floral spray stamp from the Honeysuckle stamp set to stamp around the edges using Lulu Lavender Memento ink. The sentiment is taken from the Amazing Birthday clear stamp set.

My second project was created using water colour paper, onto which I stamped the large honeysuckle image.  I then brushed water over the paper around the image, and sprinkled Leaf Green Brusho over the water. I wanted a very pale background, so I spritzed the Brusho with water, and dabbed it with kitchen roll, to take the darkest patches away. I then dabbed between the areas of the image that were still white with the coloured kitchen roll to add some colour. This technique worked really well, and as a first time experiment, I was really pleased! I used the tiniest amount of Brusho, so these powders are going to last me a long time.

I stamped the image again onto a scrap piece of card and coloured the images with Distress markers and a water brush. I decoupaged the butterflies from the second image onto the main image. I stamped the small honeysuckle stamp from the Elegant Edges stamp set around the edge of the background.

 Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx


Aquarius said...

Two really pretty cards with clever backgrounds. Brusho seems to be taking the crafting world by storm!!

craftimamma said...

Both these are beautiful Judith and your colouring as always is second to none. Love your result with the Brusho! As usual mine are still sitting in their box unopened but hopefully I will be able to find more time to play now the heat is going from my craftroom. It has been too much to bear during the day for weeks :-(

Lesley Xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two beautiful cards Judith, I particularly like the colours of the second card.

Sue xx

Paula (PEP) said...

Both of these focal images are lovely & soft plus loosely free in their colouring which is lovely to see. The first tartan background is a super foil & so apt for the thistle imagery & I love the way you added interest by stamping the floral spray tone-on-tone around the edge.
The second is my favourite with the gorgeous soft colouring of those honesuckly blossoms & I like the way the honeysuckle edging ties in with the focal image. The Brusho background has such interesting shades of green & I love the slightly aqua tinges which really make the yellows & oranges pop.
Paula (PEP)

Elaine said...

Two lovely cards Judith. I have never tried Pan Pastels through masks, mine sit rather unused much of the time, so I must try harder to use them. Your Brusho experiment has worked well, you need so very little of the powder don't you? I would like to find some salt shakers to keep mine in! The background provide the perfect foil for the lovely stamped and coloured images. Lovely work and it is clear you enjoyed doing them. Elaine xxx

Claire said...

Beautiful cards Judith, fabulous backgrounds on them both and such lovely colouring too
Claire xx

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