Monday 8 February 2016

Alternative Wildflower Spring

So excited when my Wildflower set of stamps by Tim Holtz dropped through the letterbox yesterday. I had to go out so didn't get to them till last night but I couldn't resist using one of these gorgeous silhouettes with some embossing powder and in sneaked my alphanumeric dies as well. I thought if Tim is 'mixing it up' this year it gives me a fabulous opportunity to look deeper in my boxes and find some my older supplies and think about the early techniques too.

1. I started with my background of antique linen, bundled sage, tattered rose and stormy skies distress inks on my craft sheet, spritzed them with water and did the dip and dry technique to create a watercolour background.

2. I then lightly stamped with watering can archival ink - don't ask me why that colour, I was just playing and used whatever came into my head.

3. I then stamped again with embossing ink and used the black super fine detail embossing powder.

4. And finished with some weathered white embossed images on the top.

Next came out my alphanumeric dies and I created my own block word using blue and black papers. You can see I kept the middles of the blue P and R to fill the holes after I had inserted the the letters.

Spring and black seemed very 'alternative' to me (hence the title) so I decided to get out the black seam binding and make a shabby ribbon and found a 'wonderful' dark muse token to pin to it. I also punched one of Tim's butterflies from a scrap of a practice background and ran it through the 'cracked' embossing folder then dripped some watery black distress ink through it but it seeped into the whole butterfly. Hmmm silly me of course it needed a waterproof backing so I did no more than turn the butterfly over, daub it with tattered rose distress paint and then ran the black ink through it - I needed to keep it light in tone otherwise it would have detracted from the style. I also used Tim's 'birds in flight' strip die for the little bluebird.

Gosh I have 'mixed it up' and really quite like the effects.

I noticed my friend Jenny's gorgeous embossed card for her Frilly and Funkie DT sample so I am popping over to link this up to their 'Enjoy your Embossing' challenge, I have used both heat and dry embossing on this card so it fits perfectly. Gosh it feels so good to do that as I haven't entered a challenge for such a long time.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx