So down to business.....a romantic one for all you lovers (& crafters) out there!
Best Ever Craft Mat (Mine is on order as we speak - looked fab on Paul's HOCHANDA show)
Blank 8x8 base greeting card
Clarity Stencil Card x 2 (& any small scrap card for mopping up stray-spray)
Water Spritzer Bottle & low tack masking tape
New Design Club - 7x7 Heart Stencil
New Design Club - Elephant Heart
"Celebrate" from Word Chain 3
Wee Folk 6 Wedding - The wee entwined hearts
Cosmic Shimmer Ink Spray Mist "Clover"
Perfect Pearls Mists "Perfect Copper"
Spectrum Noir "Essentials" colouring pencils
Black Archival Ink & Tim Holtz "Victorian Velvet" & "Mowed Lawn" Distress Inks
Medium Charcoal Pencil
Black Micron Pen, Pink & Grey Promarker, Bronze Uni-Ball Pen
(See links below to the Clarity website to help you find products available direct from Claritystamp)
I've been trying to use some of my "older" Clarity products rather than using the "on-trend" ones, so I chose a pretty NDC Heart Stencil and attached it with low tack masking tape to spritz my chosen pink & copper colours through it.
I hate wasting ink - when I removed the stencil, there was quite a lot of ink on it, so I lightly spritz it with water and placed it ink-side-down onto a second piece of stencil card - when removed, this gives you the negative image.
There was quite a bit of stray ink on the craft mat too, so rather than just wipe it up, I dabbed a piece of scrap card onto it.
There you go, a nice background card for a future project - "Waste-not, want-not" as the saying goes! Next, stamp the NDC Elephant Heart using Black Archival into one of the stencilled hearts....that's the glory of "all-things-Clarity", they're so inter-changeable!
Colour in the headdresses of the elephants with Spectrum Noir pencils and using the copper pen, fill in-between the lines of both elephants, and add a few dots around the headdresses.
Add a charcoal shadow under them by lightly drawing a thin line with the charcoal pencil and blend downwards with your finger - Darken as necessary.
To finish off, I drew random sketchy lines around the square outline with the black pen, then did the same with the pink Promarker. Underline the lower part of the large & small hearts and the word with the grey Promarker for shadow. Using a ruler and the pink Promarker edge the stencil card with a thin line, then add some twine and a bow to the stencil card.
Using the blending tool, take your base card and lightly add some Meadow Grass green ink around the edge. Mount the finished artwork on the base card & that's it completed.
So this is my first February inspiration for you. I hope you have some fab ideas for this month's Challenge, but if you're struggling a little, check out the rest of the Design Team samples. You can click on the link in the Clarity Challenge Blog to see how to create all the other samples. For next time I will re-set the links to my Team mates on here again, as they all seem to have disappeared!
The Team will be adding some mid-month examples too, so feel free to re-visit us any time.
Look forward to seeing all your entries. Although it makes our task more challenging to choose the Top 5 when there are loads of entries, it's wonderful to see all your artwork. Let's see if you can beat last month's bumper amount of entries....Spread the Clarity Challenge word!
Happy Valentine's Day for the 14th - Have a fun time with your loved ones.
Thanks for visiting me today, and I hope to see you back again soon xxxhttp://www.claritystamp.co.uk/Information/Search/19138-/Best-Ever-Craft-Mat