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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Colourful Babushkas

Hello everyone, I have a couple more cards to share using this month's Babushka stamp set. I absoloutely love the versatility of this quirky stamp set, and the many possibilities that the stamps offer.

For my first card, I created a wrinkle free Distress background, using Salty Ocean Distress Ink on smooth watercolour paper.  I stamped the three dolls onto some white card using white embossing powder and I also stamped the face areas again onto some spare card using black ink. I coloured the images using Distress Markers and a water brush. I cut the dolls out, and decoupaged the faces onto the white embossed dolls.

I die cut some hexagons, and stamped the flower head from the Breath of Spring stamp set on to the hexagons, again using white embossing powder. I coloured the hexagons using various tones of blue Distress Ink, to match the Babushka dolls.  I ironed off the white embossing from the hexagons using copy paper. I drew faux stitching to the edges of the shapes using a fine-tipped marker. I also added faux stitching around the edge of the background. Finally, I added a sentiment from the Amazing Birthday clear stamp set.

My second card became a Mother's Day card for my Mum. She loves Russian dolls, and always wanted to collect them. When we were growing up, I always remember her hankering after them, but never being able to afford them. So, I thought that it would be lovely to incorporate some of the images into a card for her.

I stamped a window fragment from the Texture Fragments stamp set onto my background, and added gold embossing powder. Before using the heat gun, I stamped the large fragment from the Dusky Damask stamp set using Elderberry Memento Ink into two of the corners of the background, and added clear embossing powder. I then heat set the images.

I covered the background with a blend of pink and purple Distress Inks, before adding a stencil, and repeated the process, to deepen the colours. I stamped the Babushka images onto a spare piece of card, using gold embossing powder, and coloured them using the corresponding colours in Distress Markers, picking the colours up using a water brush. Finally, I added a sentiment from the For Mum clear stamp set.

I will be back later in the month with some more ideas using these lovely stamps,  Thanks for stopping by, xx



2 comments:

Evelyn Browning said...

I love the way you've used the Breath of Spring flowerhead to echo the pattern of the dolls' headscarves - the positive/negative echoing is a brilliant design feature. Your stamping & decoupaging of the faces is a very effective way of bringing these little images to life; I love the originality of this & your use of the Faux Batik technique for the hexagons.
Your eye for shapes is beautifully demonstrated in the second project with the way the stencilled background echoes the rounded lozenge shape of not only the window fragment's external form but the pattern within it, likewise the larger forms of pattern within the Dusky Damask fragments. The rounded lozenge combined with the gold is so evocative of the Russian tradition epitomised in the symbolism of the Russian Dolls. A very special card indeed for your Mum.
Really thought provoking designs.

craftimamma said...

Beautifully co-ordination of stamps to make these two stunning cards Judith! Both have a wonderful mix of colours and background techniques too. I love them both!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

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