Good morning crafters! So here goes my first DT post for Lisa B. Designs...am I nervous? YEP! I am often told that I prattle on, (what can I say, I get excited!) so please have a read and let me know if you would like more or less of anything!
Lisa's first challenge for me was to play with some Dylusions Paints. Never having really seen them before I was intrigued, but skeptical at first, as to be honest I do already have a lot of paints in my stash! Now, I have to say I am impressed; I have discovered lots you can do with them and we shall be looking at this over the coming month together.
The first thing I did was to pick 3 colours. In an attempt to shy away from my usual comfort zone of pink/purple/turquoise I decided to go for blue/yellow/green. First issue encountered folks: what does blue and yellow make when mixed...?!! Still, I had to chuckle and my realisation sent me exploring how to use the paints in different ways again! I had no idea that depending on your method of application you really could get very different results. Lisa explained this in her September class as well, which is another great reason to pop along, as you can play and experiment with loads of methods and products before deciding to buy the bits you really like.
So, onto the card made...
The first step was to make a 'masterboard'. This is basically a totally free-form large 'board' that you make your own by using whatever you like! Grab all your stamps and stencils and get experimenting - you can't go wrong! You apply layers of paint to create interesting backgrounds, adding detail and interest as you like! For my first one I used some of my old-faithfuls including my Speedball Brayer. I later came to realise that this gives a very different effect to the harder Woodware Mini Brayer. Both are fab, but the Speedball gives a denser effect, taking in a lot more paint. Both are good for different effects! Remember there is no 'wrong way' to make a masterboard.
For the first layers I have applied Lemon Zest Dylusions Paint with the brayer randomly over the whole page. On top of this I have then used Fresh Lime Dylusions Paint and finally, the same again in London Blue. Yes, it looks patchy and streaky, but bear with! As I knew I wanted to have a prominent stamp on my work, I wanted to take some of the colour intensity down a shade. To do this have brayered White Linen Dylusions Paint over the top, giving depth to the piece and allowing me to add some more layers.
Now in come the stencils and stamps for a play... I started with the Imagination Diamonds Background Stencil and used the Lemon Zest paint again to pounce the paint through with a Tim Holtz Blending Tool. I applied the paint all over the board in this way. On top of that I have used the Fresh Lime and London Blue paint to stamp one of the IndigoBlu Itsy Bitsy Backgrounds. The final layer was more of the same two colours applied again, this time using IndigoBlu's Vintage Flourish stamp...phew!
Once the masterboard was dry, I used Indigoblu's Elizabeth Bennet to stamp onto it a couple of times with Black OnyxVersafine Ink, embossing with clear detail powder. Yes, again it looks very dodgy at the mo, but I only want to take accents from the stamp! From the images stamped I cut the flowers out, along with some of the butterflies which are hidden in the background. On a a new sheet of card, I stamped and embossed Elizabeth again and cut out using a die. On top of this image I have decoupaged my masterboard flowers and matted the whole image onto black card, all using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.
To finish the card I have returned back to my masterboard and chosen a vertical slice that I liked, cutting and mounting this onto black card across a card blank. Now the two main sections of the card tie-in. To finish, I have used the butterflies cut earlier and added them to the top section of the card with some pearl detail, along with a sentiment from a Hobby Art collection I am fond of.
Thank you for reading though my post, I hope you enjoyed it and I will be back next week with another card to show you!
Have a great week; the weatherman has forecast a wet weekend, so a perfect time for some crafty time!