Friday, 16 May 2014

Believe – Positivity Journal

When Astrid came to stay I told her about my little positivity journal – it was she who had inspired it – and while we were out shopping together I bought a couple of new stamps, this gorgeous long birdcage is one of them and it wasn't long before I had a play.
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Background – distress paints peeled paint, broken china and picket fence daubed onto the page and spritzed with water then dried. Next I sprayed with some goosebumps (haven’t used that for ages) dried it with a heatgun and then sprayed with white linen dylusions ink and spritzed with water, this gave a fabulous mottled effect when dry.
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To create more depth I used Dyan Reaveley's basic backgrounds alphabet stamp with cornflower blue archival
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and then my favourite Tim latticework stencil with broken china DI.
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Now I needed some contrast so I used another new stamp
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– handwritten script by inkylicious to give some more depth and added a few scraps of tissue tape.
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The bird cage was stamped onto some card on which I’d used the wrinkle free technique and added some distress paints over it and I drew some white pen lines to add highlights. This was cut out edged with walnut stain and adhered to the page along with some left over trellis framework die-cut piece.
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To finish I added the quote, some small remnant rubs which I distressed with my new Prima distressing tool and then some black soot marker and DI around the focal image to create shadow and help it stand out more on the page.
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I am really quite pleased the way this turned out, the goosebumps created real texture and then the masks and text stamps created depth and interest over the mottled colours.

I shall enjoy doing more of these pages when I get home as they don’t take too long but they keep you focussed and involved allowing Mr Mojo to do his job.

I didn’t get to create a Creative Guide project this week for the new challenge ‘All about Him’ chosen by Anne, but I hope you will be able to pop over to ‘A Vintage Journey’ see what the other amazing Creative Guides have made for you and to get some wonderful inspiration for cards and items for the men in our lives.

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda xxx

36 comments:

massofhair said...

STUNNING colours, beautiful stamps especially the bird cage and loving all the white lines you have added to create depth and shadow. Truly inspired :-) xxx

Sue said...

Hello Brenda,
I needed a bit of this positivity creating my last two cards for a certain Dt next month! I do envy you catching up with like-minded artists, it must be so inspiring, I was going to start this journal along with Astrid, but life got in the way. Anyway enough about me. What a great page, the birdcage is fantastic along with your words, but it is the Bg that has my mouth salivating; it is a wonderful example of how to mix stamps, inks and paints. Well done.
Smiles:)
Sue

Rita said...

Fabulous page Brenda. Love that birdcage. Hugs Rita xxx

Amanda said...

What a fabulous page, love your background. What a great birdcage stamp and love the white highlights you've added to it.
Love
Amanda x

Margreet said...

Beautiful page Brenda....and the stamp of that birdcage is awesome!
Enjoy your weekend!
xxx Margreet

Sue C said...

Fabulous page Brenda, love the bird cage and the background is gorgeous! Sue C x

Valerie-Jael said...

Another stunning piece Brenda! Valerie

sally said...

Lovely page! Step by layer....great info on how it was done :-)

Sally

Chris Warner said...

Wow! This is stunning Brenda, fabulous background and texturing - whoo-hoo! Now, when you showed me that birdcage stamp I remember not being terribly impressed with it - you've made it work, work, work, it's fabulous! What a wonderful layout with really clever artistry, what more can I say? Chris xxx

Deborah said...

I love what you'e done with the birdcage, Brenda. Inspiring!

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Brenda I LOVE this so much!!!! The effect of the Goosebumps is incredible!! Such a stunning, stunning background! But the way you have added that cage really finishes it off to perfection! Love how the shadows around it make it really pop, and the addition of the white adds such a stunning arty feel. Love that quote too! So this now is my latest favourite of yours lol..... I really love it to bits!!

Have loads of fun with Terry on Monday!!

Samantha Read said...

Quite simply wonderful Brenda, wishing you a lovely weekend :) xxx

The Sparkly Fairy said...

This is great Brenda. And a fab tutorial too! Have a lovely weekend x

Julie Ann Lee said...

This caught my eye and I just had to hop over and look at it in detail. What a glorious work of art it is! The texture is fabulous and that bird cage stamp is so worth having - I love the white highlights you added. This is one of the loveliest things I've had the privilege to look at in a long time. Thank you for sharing your positivity and your creativity. Julie Ann xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely page , the cage is one of my favourite stamps I love it and it sits beautifully here . Love the white highlights and the touches of frameworks die . Lovely. Tracy x

Theresa said...

love the colors. and the birdcage stamp is fun. thanks as always for sharing.

Redanne said...

I have just had to leave the computer for a moment - to find out where I put my Goosebumps... this is a fabulous page Brenda, full of texture and beautiful soft colours and that birdcage is stunning - love, love, love this!! Hugs, Anne xx

Jane said...

What lovely texture you created Brenda. The birdhouse is a great stamp which you have really brought alive. Your positivity journal is such a great idea and something to fall back on when you need some inspiration. A brilliant quote too and one I very much agree with. Looking forward to seeing you really soon..not long now ;0) xx

die amelie said...

A beautiful background, Brenda,

and a lovely page! Love it!

Claudia x

kit cochran said...

Absolutely stunning piece of art. This is my favorite piece you've made. The depth is amazing. I really appreciate the time you took to take the pictures and explain the process. Thanks for sharing and for the detailed tutorial. Blessings be.

Paper Profusion said...

Incredible background Brenda! Truly wonderful, beautiful piece. Nicola x

Netty said...

Love your beautiful page Brenda, also love your new birdcage stamp which has endless possibilities. Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Pam said...

Wow, I love this! The background is incredible.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I can't find other words than

GORGEOUS or BEAUTIFUL---

it is sooo amazingly beautiful...
love all abot it Brenda!

Pops Origami said...

Very nice andsuch detail. Love your it very much. Thank you so much for allwoing us to see it.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Gorgeous, such a wonderful creation. Love the textured look.

Deborah Wainwright said...

This is fantastic I love it xx

butterfly said...

Completely stunning, Brenda. The background is just beautiful - I could just dive in, there's so much depth in all those layers. The birdcage is one of my favourite stamps (don't use it nearly enough!) and I've never seen it look better than with that gorgeous inky background and fab white highlights. A wonderful, wonderful page!
Alison xx
Hope you're having a brilliant time in the US - and that you have a ball with Terry tomorrow xx

Crafty Humphreys said...

Love it Brenda. Really like the white highlights on the birdcage, makes such a difference. Never heard of a goosebump spray - will have to check that out! Suz xxx

Terry said...

Oh I can see why you fell in love with that birdcage stamp. The way you used it, is stunning and I love the shading white outlines! Gorgeous background on this positively fabulous page! Almost there!! Hugs!

Sarah Anderson said...

Absolutely stunning piece, love love love it, that background is amazing and the birdcage just gorgeous

Jools Robertson said...

This is so beautiful, I love the colours especially on the birdcage with the white highlights
I've seen this stamp many times before but never as beautifully

Jools x

Coco said...

This is absolutely fabulous, so so so beautiful also!!! Love this Brenda, missing time too much so far to write it to you but kept this post into mind! :) Have a great week-end, hugs Coco xx

Juls said...

fabulous creation, love every detail!! Hugs Juls.

Marjie Kemper said...

Lovely background and what a neat elongated bird stamp... I've not seen that one before, and your white lines are such a great touch on top of that stamp.

1CardCreator said...

Wow, this is stunning, I love that stamp, just gorgeous and all the detail in this, the white you added and the way it looks fussy cut there is just amazing. ~Diane