Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Clarity Challenge March 2017 - "It's a man's world"

Hi there - good of you to pay me a visit.  Trust you are doing ok?
Well spring is on it's way....lots of flowers showing off their colourful blooms, so hopefully the sun will shine a little more often now that we're into March?!?
Our theme for the March Clarity Challenge is "It's a man's world" so I've chosen to go with the Filigraphy Hot Air Balloons teamed up with the fab Northern Lights Designer Paper (from the collection of four - good value and great quality too).
So what you need is:
Filigraphy Hot Air Balloon Stamp Set
A piece of Northern Lights Designer Paper
A page out of an old book
Black & Purple Archival Inks
Cloud Mask, VersaMagic Cloud White ink & blending tool
Contrasting colouring pencils
Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen and a white pen (I used a Posca, but any will do)
Promarker to edge the artwork
5x7 blank greeting card
Firstly stamp the large Filigraphy Balloon onto a book page in Archival Black ink and cut it out - just the balloon, not the basket.
Choose a sheet of Northern Lights Designer Paper and stamp the large Filigraphy Balloon and trim it down to the required size to fit onto the base card.
Using the Cloud Mask, the VersaMagic Ink & a blending tool, put in some dreamy clouds around the balloon (it doesn't matter if you go over the balloon as this will be covered by the cut-out).

Next, stamp the smaller balloon in second generation ink (ink, blot, plot), and use the blending tool and Purple Archival Ink to add some depth and shadow to the artwork before sticking the cut-out balloon in place.  I used a glue runner for this. Colour in some of the balloon with contrasting colouring pencils.  Run a Promarker or Sharpie around the edge of the designer paper and glue to the base card.
Add some highlights with the Clear Star & white pens and that's it finished!
An easy one this month, but I quite like the colours and simplicity of it.
Hope March turns out to be a good month for you, and I look forward to you visiting my blog again soon.  Would be lovely if you left me a message...........
Happy crafting and good luck if you enter the Challenge.  I look forward to seeing your artwork on the Clarity Worldwide Facebook page. xxx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Clarity Challenge February 2017 - "Flower Power"

Hi everyone, thanks for coming to visit my blog.
For this month's Challenge, we have Flower Power and there are countless floral Clarity stamps & stencils, so there's plenty of choice for creating a piece of artwork and entering the competition!
I thought I would go with the January 2017 New Design Club stamp - this is a great club to belong to and for just £5 per month, per club  - either stamp, stencil and/or Groovi, any combination of whatever you fancy.  For each membership, you receive a monthly brand new design with a great inspirational pamphlet from Barbara with a couple of ideas to start you off.  Well worth considering joining up if you're not already a member - visit for details.  This also entitles you to 10% off your Clarity purchases!
So on with my piece of artwork.....
7x7 piece of watercolour paper & an 8x8 base card
Jan 2017 New Design Club stamp No. 123 Rose Vase
Word Chains - No.'s 2, 3, 6 & 8
Bursts Powders by Ken Oliver
Embossing powder - Clear & White
Corner stamp from Sketchy Paris Fashion set
Black Archival, Versamagic Watermark  & Ocean Reef Artistry Inks
Perfect Pearls Mists
Black Promarker, a Stabilo point .88 pen & Watercolour pencils

Firstly, dust the watercolour card with talc and stamp the Rose Vase inked up with the Versamagic. Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat set. (I cut masks for the Rose Vase at the beginning, but decided it was better to use the masking fluid as the masks didn't stick down all the way round in order to protect the whole image whilst using the Bursts).
Paint on the masking fluid and allow to dry before continuing.  Choose the colour Bursts that you want to use - I chose Pthalo Green & Ultramarine mix for the top and Alizarin Crimson & Sepia for the base of my piece.
Cover each section with post it notes where you want the divide where the vase is and VERY LIGHTLY sprinkle the Bursts onto the artwork - a little goes a long way with these powders as they are so vibrant. (Brilliant value and last ages). Spritz with water and watch the magic happen.  Do each of the colour combinations separately and wait for them to dry (As you can see I got a cool second background piece by placing another piece of watercolour paper onto the bursts whilst wet).  You could always speed up the drying process with a heat gun - using this method, if there's enough water on your paper you can direct the heat to get some cool patterns too if you wanted to by blowing the water with the heat.
Wait for the whole thing to dry completely before continuing. Mask off with post its as before and spray with the contrasting Perfect Pearl Mists.  For mine, I used Blue Raspberry at the top and Interference Red & Perfect Copper at the bottom.  Leave to dry.

Next, crop the artwork equally on each side and rotate the pieces.  Choose the words to stamp onto the pieces and use Black Archival to stamp them, then clear emboss. 
Colour in the Rose Vase - I used watercolour pencils here. Use the Stabilo pen to define the line between the colours and scribble under the vase for shadow (I used a wet brush to blend the pen lines - it reacts well with water).
Edge the main piece and the outside edges of the other pieces with the Black Promarker and stick the pieces to the base card. With second generation ink, i.e. ink, blot, plot, stamp the Sketchy Corner into the top corners of the centre piece and the bottom corners of the outer pieces. 
 That's it - All done!  (Mmmmm, it's slightly crooked so I may have to remount on another card - lol)
Have fun creating a piece of artwork to enter the Challenge.  The winner will be chosen by Barbara after 28th February, so you have plenty of time to put your thinking caps on to come up with something.  Simple to enter now too, just load your artwork on the pinned post trail on the Clarity Worldwide Facebook page.
Good luck xxx

Thursday, 5 January 2017

January 2017 Clarity Challenge - "Animal Kingdom"

Hi there!  Happy New Year to you and I hope 2017 brings lots of good things your way!

So for the new year, as you will have seen on Barbara's blog, the Claritystamp Challenge has a new location on Facebook where the Design Team will be posting some inspirational pieces throughout the month to give you ideas, and hopefully encourage you all to join in?!? 
Midnight on 31st January is the deadline to get your entries posted. Barbara will then choose a winner who will receive a £50 Clarity Voucher......As you know there's a huge selection of goodies to spend the winnings on!
And so to my card.......
Unlike my usual blog - this one lacks photos - my camera ran out of charge and I'd mislaid the charger.  Happy to report though, a replacement charger arrived today so I'm rockin' & a rollin' again now the camera has power!  The only photos I have this month though, is a start & end photo.

My piece was made using the following ingredients:
Piece of 7x7 Stencil Card
8x8 blank greeting card
Design Club Elephant stencil
Flower Power Stencil
"Elephant" word stamp
Clarity Stencil brushes/blending tool
Versamark pen
Versamagic inkpad
Un-mounted alphabet word chains
Black Sharpie pen for the doodling
A piece of sequin waste or you can use the Dotty Wave Stencil
Black Archival Ink and a selection of pastel Distress or Artistry Inks
Clear Embossing Powder
Perfect Pearls Mist Spray - Colour used is "Perfect Pearl"
(See below for links to the Clarity website for most of the above)

To get the correct place to stamp the "Elephant" word, tape the 7x7 elephant stencil on a piece of stencil card (hinged at the top so that you can lift it), and mark the eye and underside of the elephants belly lightly with a pencil.  Lift the stencil and using Black Archival ink, stamp the "elephant" - placing the first "e" of the word where the eye is marked, and make sure the rest of the word stays within the other line under his belly.  Doodle within the letters with the Sharpie pen and  dust with talc.  Using a Versamark pen fill in the letters and sprinkle with clear embossing powder & heat-set.
Flip the stencil back onto the artwork and using a grey dye based ink with either a Clarity stencil brush or blending tool, colour him in.  Once you're happy with the colour, keep the stencil in place and press a Versamagic Inkpad into the stencil so that you can emboss the whole elephant.  Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat-set.
Next pick various parts of the Flower Power stencil and using dye based inks, randomly add colour to the background moving the stencil as you go, for this I used a blending tool.  Fill in the gaps using either the sequin waste or Dotty Wave stencil and the same colours used for the flowers.
Next, to blend all the colours, (I love to use the Perfect Pearls Mists - they manufacture a great range of metallic colours, but for this project I used "Perfect Pearl"), spray the artwork all over with the pearlized spray - it blends all the colours perfectly and gives a lovely sheen to the artwork.  The elephant looks cool too as though he's been splashing around in water!
Once the work is dry, add "Never Forget" using the alphabet stamps and black Archival Ink.
Trim back the stencil card and edge with a grey Promarker or Sharpie and add shadow around the elephant & letters.  Lastly, doodle round the edge with a black Sharpie pen to frame it.  
Mount on contrasting coloured card or paper, then onto an 8x8 blank greeting card.
Hope you like him.
Now that Clarity has a Facebook page dedicated to the Challenge and has a global audience, I look forward to seeing some Clarity art from all over the world.
Good luck everyone - and most of all, have fun creating your Clarity artwork!
Love and best wishes for a great year ahead.
Carole xxx