29 September 2012

A Dancer Abroad

Ever had one of those projects that festers away in your brain for ages, changing before it's even been started?! That is SO the case with this...


If I were to follow in the footsteps of my crafty friend Julie Short at this point I woud tell you about the story of an Antipodean dancer, who has made it to Paris and gets so caught up in her new life she forgets to send her postcard home. But sadly I'm not:)
So instead I'll mention those talented peeps who have influenced this card and let you follow the links to look at their fab work; Trish Latimer (colours/splattering/black and white image), Sam21ski (Picket Fence centre blending), and Mandy (white watercolour pencilling).

And why did it take so long (about 3 weeks of festering)? because I wanted to do justice to a set of stamps sent to me by Sioux Jenneys following the recent Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge comp. I am entering it into their monthly challenge - Splatters and Speckles
along with Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge - Behind the Mask
and  a well timed challenge from the fab team at the Artful Times Challenge - Postcard.

Now some piccies to show a bit of step by step stuff (shows the stencilling/masking)







The bits of cardstock were ripped and stained with the same one I used for the background. Then I added script (Memento Lady Bug) emulsion paint splatters and some more stamping. As it sat drying for a few hours the colours seemed to blend/fade more, and then I added the dancer/sentiment before mounting.


Can you see the shine? BTW, I strongly recommend using Ranger Specialty Paper for this as it seems to stop the various layers muddying each other and extends the drying time too. Time to get this entered into the various challenges as deadlines are a-looming. Thanks for being the best bunch of followers/visitors a crafter could wish for. You can see how much inspiration you give me:) Hugs, Buttons x

31 comments:

  1. What a fabulous back drop for your dancer :)
    Thank you for sharing with us at Artful times
    Von ☺

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  2. Wonderful postcard and great to see how you made it

    Love Chrissie xxxxx

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  3. Gorgeous postcard Buttons..great background. Love the text!
    Lovely in total.

    Have a nice Sunday, Alie :-)

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  4. Gorgeous postcard Buttons - this is why you were in my nominated 5!! I just love that background and your dancer (whatever her story!) looks fantastic against it. Not thought of my postcard yet and missed all the others but I've taken your advice and go for what I can!
    I also love the way you show each step photographically - this is a top notch post Buttons.
    Juliaxx

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  5. Amazing background for your dancer Buttons and again, so generous with your step-by-step.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  6. Fabulous techniques and effects and a final piece that expresses your sentiment beautifully.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  7. Hi Buttons. This is gorgeous x I love the ballerina and was quite caught up in the story. Very inspired my crafty friend . Hugs Annie x

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  8. Fantastic postcard and great layering. I've just bought some speciality stamping paper so I'll have to give it a go.

    The picket fence is fab isn't it!!

    Thanks for playing along with us again this week.

    Sam xxx

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  9. I love your postcard, it is gorgeous.....A x

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  10. Gorgeous layered background - and wonderful to see it all building up step by step... just wonderful depth and texture to the finished postcard!
    Alison x

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  11. Wow this is awesome! I love your dancer and the background! :)

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  12. ...simply gorgeous Buttons, loVe all your inky layers, this is a very striking piece...Mel :)

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  13. Stunning postcard,love how you have layed the colours.
    Janet

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  14. Fabulous background & I love your chosen theme. Hope you make some more to go together. It is something i have thought about for a while. You might just have given me the push i need, but first i have more scrapbook pages to create.

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  15. Stunning, love Sioux's stamps... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  16. Wow fabulous PC, perfect background for the little dancer and I love how you demonstrated the process in pictures. Hugs Sandra X

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  17. Hi Buttons, Wow you have been busy since I last looked.
    This is a lovely inky postcard, a perfect background for your dancer.
    Avil xx

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  18. Ooh! It was so worth the wait! LOL
    Thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper this month with your fab project. Glad you felt inspired to create :)
    xoxo Sioux

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  19. Most of my projects start that way...you explained it well! This is gorgeous though, and I love the whole premise!!!

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  20. Fabulous inky layers on your beautiful postcard! Love it!
    Alison x

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  21. Just beautiful Buttons, what a gorgeous background, I love those spatters x

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  22. wauuw so beautiful and cool teknic
    hugs Pia

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  23. Fantabulous post Buttons - you provide the art and I'll do the story! Seriously your inspiration and fabulous sharing has me dipping and diving all over the Web. Now I should be cross as I am about to spend a wad on some new, I saw you playing with but instead I think of you as being a knowledgeable, albeit far-flung accomplice in stocking Time To Create.
    Standing Ovation please for Miss Buttons!
    Didn't we all dream of being dancers?

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  24. Don't know how I missed this delicious creation. Must have blinked and missed the weekend!
    Just fabulous - love the inky effects and the graceful dancer looks right at home on her postcard.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  25. Great postcard and a stunning background. Glad our Sam was of help in this. Thanks for joining us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet x

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  26. Lovely postcard! Very vintage. Great idea with the silouette ballerina.

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  27. Lovely card and I adore that you shared the "along the way"!

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  28. Great card and instructions, lovely result

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  29. Well, no matter how it came to be - it's lovely - great work x

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