Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Stampotique blog hop celebrating the new releases

Welcome to the Stampotique blog hop!  Thispost will remain at the top of my blog whilst the hop is live.

Kim kicked it all of on the Stampotique Designers' Challenge blog so if you didn't arrive here from 



then please head over here to start the hop (after you've finished visiting me of course ;).  




We are celebrating the launch of the new images released today, which, if you are a fan of our Facebook page you may already have got a sneak peek!  There are lots of images from our favourite stamp designers and we welcome our newest designer, Magda Polakow, who is also a very talented member of our design team.  I've used her raindrops on my altered envelope :)


new release Stampotique stamps used:
raindrops   #5820 Magda Polakow
sunflower lge  #9256 Janet Klein
sunflower medium  #9257 Janet Klein
french journal page  #10015 France Papillon
bike text  #9255 Janet Klein

....and I can see the french journal page being a new favourite!  I have to say though, it was very difficult, choosing which stamps to use to make a project for the hop, there are so many lovely new ones!!  I've already added some more to my wishlist.


Don't forget to leave comments on each of the blogs for your chance to win some goodies - we will be randomly drawing two winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at the Stampotique online store.  The new stamps are available over there now. There's also an extra chance to win over at your final destination, the Stampotique Designers' bloghttp://stampotiqueoriginals.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/call-for-stampotique-creations.html, where there is also a special announcement.



Thanks for visiting!  The next blog to hop to is 



where you'll meet the very talented Corrie Herriman.   Blog hop winners will be announced on the Stampotique Designers' blog when the next challenge is announced, on April 23, 2014. 


new release stampotique stamps used:
Gucio walking #5821 Madga Polakow
barcode #10019 France Papillon
Barcode text #10020 France Papillon
french journal page  #10015 France Papillon

Friday, 18 April 2014

a touch of art journaling

 I hope you've enjoyed the Stampotique blog hop; it's still open for another few days if you've not had chance to join in yet.  I've continued to enjoy playing with the new stamps and this time decided to make a journal page.


One of France's new stamps says

so I decided to use this as a challenge for a page.  I can't say I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with my colour choices, but I did by
- stamping the words and phrases 'cockeyed' rather than vertical or horizontal
- adding doodled marks
- using different inks which blotched and didn't blend in, and leaving them on the page rather than trying to blend them in


I wasn't sure about this page at first but it's growing on me ;)  What would you do to move outside your comfort zone in the projects you make?  I'd love to know.


Stampotique stamps used:

Saturday, 12 April 2014

lavinia stamp challenge #4 Spring Colours

The latest Lavinia stamps challenge is to use spring colours so I dug out my gelli plate again and got stuck in with some yummy greens.  The leaves are just sprouting on the trees around here and have that lovely fresh colour.


I picked up some library cards in Waterstones recently as I thought they'd make a nice change from making tags ...




I inked up my gelli plate and then used my Adirondack 'wild plum' ink pad to stamp my zen toadstools onto the plate.

 

After using a sponge to intensify the greens I tapped my 'wild plum' inkpad onto an acetate block, spritzed it with water then used this to paint in my toadstools.


A few splashes of ink, some extra stamping and a hint of white gel pen later and I was happy with my library card.


The pocket got some stamping to but I decided that I didn't like the two together!


So I put my tags in the pocket ...


... and turned the library card into a card, which took me forever and reminded my why I rarely make cards!!!



Friday, 11 April 2014

a different type of background

For a while now I've felt in a bit of a rut with my journal backgrounds....always doing the same process.  Today, following on from the workshop last week led by the lovely Cath Wilson, I got out my versamark pad and stamped 'sometimes I pretend to be normal ...' over a tag.  I heat set it then added dylusions inks.


Some splashing of water, and extra stamping and I was happy with my background for the artichoke monster.  I used an old map for my background journal page!


Stampotique stamps used:

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

faux batik

Faux batik using clear embossing is a technique I'd seen demonstrated, and knew how to do  in theory but hadn't had a good go at so it was a real treat to spend the day with the "Vicky Stampers" where Cath was teaching on Saturday.  [Sorry Chris, we will make it together one day I'm sure!]


I happily played with this technique on card, tags, and in my journal.  


It was a real treat to spend the day exploring a new technique, using another person's stamps alongside my own, and meeting new people.



I now have a longer wishlist of stamps I'd like!!  I also got to play with some of my new purchases from Port Sunny; the butterfly above is from Indigo Blu and the cow parsley is a woodware stamp from The Stamp Man.  Huge thanks to Cath for letting me be her guest, and all the "Vicky Stampers" for making me feel so welcome [and a special 'hello' to Ann :) ]

Friday, 4 April 2014

ooooo....inkygeliness on a journal page


I carried on playing with my gelli plate and inks for this week's Stampotique project.  What is great about colouring a page with dye ink pad inks is that you can use a journal with thin pages and they don't need gluing together to make them thicker or gessoing!


This time I brayered some inks onto my gelli plate, then placed a stencil on it and brayered some ink through that before placing my journal on the plate and taking a print.


Stamping onto the gelli plate then taking a print off it makes the stamped image look slightly different (and reversed!)


I turned the gelli plate over so I could see where I was placing my reversed stamped image.....


....then added some more 'shrooms' stamped on text paper, and repeatedly stamped 'each life needs it's own quiet place'.


'Owlseeyou' is enjoying his own quiet place!  I gave the page a bit more 'zing' by adding some colour from my ink pads using a sponge.

Over on the Stampotique blog post I have a question for you!

Stampotique stamps used:
Owlseeyou by Kira Nichols
heart tie by Jo Capper-Sandon
Giant Shroom by Jo Capper-Sandon
Mushroom group by Jo Capper-Sandon
Quiet Place by Jo Capper-Sandon


Sunday, 30 March 2014

adirondack inks and the gelli plate

It was the Happy Stampers rubber stamping festival yesterday and I had a fabulous time meeting up with loads of stamping friends (with no local stamp store anymore it's our twice yearly chance to touch base, other than on the internet) ...


... and shopping of course!  I also learnt a new technique.  It had never occurred to me to use my gelli plate with inks so I couldn't wait to try it out at home after Tracey, from Lavinia Stamps, had shown me.  She has made a youtube video, which you can watch here and I took some step by step photos for my third tag.


I apologise for the light, I took these photos this evening.  The beauty of the gelli plate is that you can see through it, so place a tag underneath and use this as a template for where to brayer and stamp.


After brayering with adirondack inks I stamped some Lavinia stamp images, using the same ink pads, then lined my tag up with the tag underneath the gelli plate.


Using a gelli plate gives a different texture to the stamped images.  I'm still learning about how much ink etc to apply so added some more colour using a sponge.


I used my spun sugar distress ink pad to add a pale pink to my tag as I wanted to enter this month's Lavinia Stamps challenge where the theme is 'add some pink'.  Since I'd used some distress ink I splashed some water on in order to lift some ink off.  The 'water' I used was from my water jar on the table, which I'd used to rinse my brushes off, so had effectively turned into watered down acrylic paint, but I do like the effect it gave!!


Tracey's new zen line of stamps are gorgeous and I bought a fair few with my birthday money!!  


I stamped the teasels onto the tag then stamped them onto some white paper so I could paper piece them......


....I just LoVe black and white imagery against a coloured background.


Thanks so, so much for sharing this technique with me Tracey, I just LoVe it!!  I'm entering this tag in this month's Lavinia Stamps Challenge, 'Add something pink'.

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