Sunday, 2 October 2016

Clarity Challenge 44 - "Circles or Squares"

Hi Folks - lovely of you to pop by.
I'm so annoyed with myself as I'd typed my blog earlier and clicked on "publish" without clicking "save" first - and guess what.....IT DISAPPEARED.... no draft to be found anywhere! and technology don't mix too well sometimes I'm afraid.......
So, the October Challenge using Circles or Squares - I decided to use both.  The little ditty on the card was inspired by an entry in my autograph book Mum bought me many, many years ago when I was leaving my infant & junior school.  Friends, teachers  and family wrote in it and Mum's sister (Auntie Win) visited that year and wrote this in it, so Cousin Jen in Canada, this one's for you......
2 Y's u r,
2 Y's u b,
I c u r 2 Y's
4 Me!
I thought it fitted together well with the Wise Owls stamp set.........
7x7 Stencil Card
Archival Black & Deep Purple
Adirondak Eggplant & Artistry Mild Blueberry
Clarity Stencil Brushes
Circle Box Frame Stencil
Wise Owls & Mask set
Spectrum Noir Colouring Pencils
Letterbox Alphabet
Black Micron Pen & White Sharpie
Blending Tool

First take a 7x7 piece of stencil card and tape the Circle Box Frame stencil in place.  Brush through Deep Purple Archival Ink (no other reason to use archival ink other than I particularly like this colour).  Mask off around the inner square and stamp the Wise Owls using Black Archival.  

Cover the stamped image with the mask (supplied with the stamps), and add a moon mask.  Brush over the two shades of blue, then remove all the masking   
Apologies for the lack of photos for the final stages, but it's quite simply colouring, stamping the spectacles & letters, outlining and shading.....
Spectacles are stamped in Black Archival, the letters in Deep Purple Archival and outlined with the Black Micron Pen. 
The centre owl was coloured using Spectrum Noir Colouring Pencils.
Shading under the owls, branch & letters were done with a dark grey colouring pencil & above them with the White Sharpie.
The square borders were outlined with the Micron pen and I drew varying sized teeny-weeney circles between the lines to fill them in.
Finally, darken the inner edge of the large square and the outer edge of the small square with one of the purple colouring pencils to give the illusion this part is set further back than the owls in the centre panel.  Use a blending tool to shade the edge of the card with purple and mount the artwork on a blank base card. 
Search through all your Clarity goodies to see what inspires you and get creating so that you can join in the fun and be in with a chance of winning a £50 Clarity Voucher. 
You have until midnight on 31st October to enter - all the rules can be found on the Challenge blog if you are unsure of what's required.
Happy crafting!
Carole x


  1. Oh my goodness, this is amazing, I love the whole design but it is the colours that really caught my eye...just wonderful....I love it.....xxxx

  2. A lovely choice of colour and I do like the sentiment - I still have my original autograph book where this is an entry! ;~}

  3. Great card Carole; such a striking colour. I particularly like your trademark drop shadows and doodling; you are so very clever. Xxx

  4. Thank you so much ladies for visiting my blog - means a lot, and makes it very worthwhile :-) xxx

  5. A clever idea Carole, the colour you've chosen is fab. Like Shelagh I still have my old autograph book with this sentiment in it! x

    1. Thanks Angela. It's such a shame that in this electronic day & age that autograph books seem to be a thing of the past. It's lovely to look back and see the written word from our nearest & dearest. x

  6. Very nice Carole love the colours and stencil work x

    1. Thanks so much for visiting Julie and leaving me a message.
      Hope you're doing ok and that your hands are not too painful.
      Take care x

  7. Very nice Carole love the colours and stencil work x

  8. Love this stamp and how you have used. I love looking at all your art work. Xx

    1. Many thanks Carol, that's very kind of you to say :-) I love the new sewn cards you are making with the material. They should be winners on your craft stall :-)
      Sending you crafty hugs x

  9. What a beautiful card. I love the rhyme-so fun. Great colours, image and style. Fabulous piece. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. Hugs xx