Tuesday, 18 March 2014

From The Jaws of Disaster, part two

Hello crafters, Kirsten here again.
If you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll know how I ended up with this………..


Now it’s time to show you the central image. And you’ll be pleased to know that this is a somewhat shorter post.
I cut a piece of smooth white card stock slightly bigger than the centre of the frame – easier to cut it down afterwards than attempt to fix it if it’s too small – and applied Tattered Rose distress ink through the Daisy Silhouette stencil from That Special Touch Of… by Creative Expressions. When building layers of colour, always start with the lightest.


Next, Lettuce, Oregano & Pool Adirondack inks for the flower heads, the stems & leaves, trying to get different depths of colour. I used small pieces of cut & dry foam to apply the inks, much easier to use than a blending tool. I turned the stencil round for each side – remember there’s no front & back to a stencil, use both sides however you want. And I tried to avoid inking the butterflies, I used Chipped Sapphire DI on them later.


Next, the Sparkle Medium. I used Sage Green & Blue Sapphire with a palette knife, trying to get more dimension to the flowers. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I am not a fan of glitter, but I have to be honest & say that, while SM will never be my favourite medium to use, it does give you a gorgeous result. It took longer to dry than I expected, but that could be my cold craft room. I did use my heat tool to speed up the drying, which caused the SM to bubble up, which I loved – more texture! And it’s messy stuff, you will use lots of baby wipes cleaning everything – make sure you clean your stencils & palette knives thoroughly. But it’s worth it for results like this…..


NB It's quite likely that the new consignment of Sparkle Medium will arrive today, so keep an eye on the website. We'll announce it on Facebook & Twitter as well. And there will be new colours!!

 I cut the image down to the correct size & edged it with Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord & Peeled Paint DIs, added a sentiment on a die cut label & glued it into the frame, with a few adhesive pearls as an extra embellishment.


So, what do you think? I think it works to a certain degree, but that could be because I’ve spend so long looking at it. If I were making it again, I think I would use a very dark purple paint instead of the black on the frame. Might try that on a scrap of card & see how it looks.
Sparkle Medium Blue Sapphire      Sparkle Medium Sage Green     Daisy Silhouette      Adirondack Brights Pool    Lettuce Adirondack Pads      Oregano Adirondack Ink Pad      

Anyway, thanks for looking, remember to comment for the GIVEAWAY. And don't forget the
 blog challenge too, show us your stencilled creations for the chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at LisaBDesigns.co.uk, enough for four pots of Sparkle Medium!
 I’ll be back on Sunday to announce the stencils giveaway winner. Until then, happy crafting.


  1. I love that centre panel - it really pops. I don't like black cards/projects unless it's a good pair of bootleg trousers, but that's my personal taste.
    I do think you are right to leave it alone for now. Pop it somewhere in your craft area so that you see it when you come - after a few times of that you will then know whether you want to leave it or alter it - it's personal taste and what you want to do with and where you want to place it - they all play a big part.
    I do think that a lovely dark rich purple would work beautifully with it and if it was me making it I would have gone dark blue.
    It works because of the colours and sparkle on the stenciled card so I would leave it alone because it is so pretty and will look beautiful wherever you put it. Sorry to have rabbited on so much - I learn't the technique of leaving it alone for a couple of weeks but seeing it regularly from some art classes I took - it really does make a difference, off rabbiting again lol! Thanks for sharing it with us x

  2. Well it was worth the wait to see the finished project. Beautiful. Love the central image and how you built it up using various mediums. Looks gorgeous in the frame. Great result.

  3. Oh good it was all worth it in the end, it looks really good. I did wonder if some gilding wax on those lovely mech parts might be nice ( hope you don't mind ) the sparkle medium is so pretty, what a lovely picture, xx

  4. It's ended up looking really pretty. Maybe the purple would have been better? I think it's because the black is matt, it looks very dense, but I like the different textures. Thank you for sharing. Jan

  5. Love the finished result and the sparkle medium just pops and adds dimension.
    Linda xxx

  6. I liked the frame in purple before it got painted and re-painted but the black frame works too. Lovely depth of colour and sparkle!

  7. Looks great! The frame actually works well with the centrepiece, which is lovely.


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