Thursday, 1 October 2015

Clarity Challenge 32 - "Stencils"

Hi everyone - nice to see you back again!  Hope you've all been enjoying the sunny days we've had over the last few weeks? 
For October, our Clarity challenge is giving the Design Team a chance to showcase some fab Stencils to give you some inspiration, and there's some very different ideas from some of my team mates, so there's plenty of choice, and so many possibilities......
For my design this month I've used one of the newer stencils "Circles Box Frame", and to accompany it, the fab "Grace" from the "Elegance & Grace" ballerina set as seen on HOCHANDA last Sunday - Hope you caught the shows!

8x8 blank greeting card & a piece of A5 Chromo card
Adirondack Inks: Eggplant, Stonewashed
Black Archival Ink
Distress Inks: Black Soot, Broken China, Worn Lipstick
Cling film & water in a spritzer bottle
"Circles Box Frame" Stencil, "Grace" Ballerina & mask, "Amazing" from Word Chains Set 9 & the stars from the Wee Folk 3 (Fairies)
Low-tack masking tape
White, Silver & Black pens & a blue Promarker
Perfect Pearls Mists - & the colour I used is "Perfect Pearl"
Brayer, Clarity Stencil Brushes & Blending Tool

If you've been reading Barbara's blog (I strongly recommend it if you haven't - it's a great light-hearted read), you'll know that the piece of Chromo card I've used (available from Claritystamp), was brayered with a couple of blue inks, then a piece of cling film was spritzed with water and laid onto the card and left to dry (Top tip - Be patient!......Go and put the kettle on while you're waiting and make yourself a cuppa!)

Trim the Chromo card to 6x6 and place the stencil centrally to find out where to stamp Grace, then mark in the corners where her head and feet will sit.

Stamp on Grace (not literally of course) using Black Archival ink, placing her head and tippy-toes in between the pencil marks, then mask her off.

Replace the stencil using low-tack masking tape and using the blending tool, dab through the stencil to get the pattern onto the card, using a little less above Grace's head.  Drag the ink in gently with the make-up sponge.

Spitz with the Perfect Pearl Mists - they're so lovely and well worth investing in!

Remove the stencil and curve "Amazing" on the mount, then stamp in Black Archival above Grace's head!

Next, using a guillotine cut the corners at 45% so that the finished artwork fits onto your base 8x8 card.  Use a black Micron pen to enhance the circles of the stencil (only up as far as Grace's arms), then using the silver pen embellish the design by colouring "Grace" on the skirt and outline "Amazing".  Give Grace some nice eyelashes and a lovely smile with the black Micron pen.
Use the blue Promarker to colour in the bodice of her dress, but be careful not to touch the outline as this will make the line art bleed. 
I never took a photo, but you also need to add shadow around Grace, so I masked her again and used a makeup sponge and Black Soot Distress ink to do this.

Brush the edges of the artwork with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.......& I felt the need to spritz again with the Perfect Pearls I did!

Thought I'd take a couple of photos to show the card once it had it's final spritz - I love those Perfect Pearls Mists (I couldn't resist buying all the colours available - they add a lovely subtle finish to the artwork), and they catch the light beautifully.

Stamp the base card with the stars using Worn Lipstick and Broken China Distress Inks, then mount the artwork diagonally and trim the base card back to within 1/2" around the artwork.

That's basically it.....I hope you like the end result - I think I may well be making this design in different colours too?

By the time you get to my blog, you've probably already checked out the rest of the Design Team's artwork, but if not, there's some fab inspiration there to spur you on to get creative, so take a peek.
I hope you'll put your thinking caps on to have a go at this month's challenge.....There's some very talented crafters out there, and I'm sure you're one of them, so don't be shy to showcase your work, we'd all love to see it!...There's a £50 Clarity voucher up for grabs for the lucky, randomly selected winner.
Not only will this be a Challenge Competition for you to enter, but every month, it sure is "a BIG Challenge" for us too, to choose our Top 5 favourites!!  Have fun creating and I'll be looking out for your artwork.
Until my next post, hugs to you all xxx