Well it's back to work today after almost two weeks holiday, which have passed so quickly and I've been busy the whole time with commissions, house stuff and of course the Jubilee! I can't say that I have any where near caught up as intended, but it's going to be hard to go back!
Anyway, today's card was one of two cards I made at the weekend from a male cousin and a male friend. I saw these Michael Powell stamps featured in Docrafts magazine and was immediately drawn to them. When I visited Out of the Blue in Chipping Sodbury, they had this one just in, so I had to buy it and try it!
For the card base I used cream card. I then cut a slightly smaller black piece of card and matted and layered with another cream piece of card. Before adhering to the card blank, I randomly stamped the map from Sam Poole's Nautical Journey stamp set,using Adirondack Latte ink: I also stamped the wheel and ship from the same set. I heavily distressed the entire background using a mix of Vintage Photo and Antique Linen. I then used a measure of vintage bakers twine across the front, stamped a greeting from an LOTV sentiments stamp and die cut it using Spellbinders Labels Four Small.This was lightly distressed with Antique Linen.
I coloured the picture with Flex-markers. I don't use these that often and if I do, they are usually mixed with Promarkers, the latter being the dominant. I like them a lot, but I only have a few starter sets. My investment over the years has been with Promarkers and it's a bit expensive to collect different types. Having said that, by blending these pens, I managed the entire picture using just flexes! I wanted to give it more of a watercolour feel than I think I could have achieved with Promarkers, but I do see the future of images with this stamp as...bright...monotone...sepia...who knows!?
I see this as a Cornish harbour scene and have coloured it as such...it could be anywhere in the UK, it's just that being a West Country gal, Cornwall is my idea of seaside and fishing villages! What I wanted to aim for was a fresh image with light, pastel colours and a background reflecting Cornwall's "Pirate" heritage...treasure maps and sailing ships.
All the stamps in this collection are gorgeous and I particularly like the beach huts, which I think are on order!
Because I have to leave my craft room for my office Monday morning, I am scheduling this post and am now away to tidy my craft desk so that I can at least pick up where I left off...the one good thing about Euro 2012 is that I won't feel guilty disappearing to my craft room on an evening!
Take care and thanks for stopping by,Carole X