Hi everyone and thanks for joining me. Over at Snazzy's Design Team blog they have an 'Inspired by Finnabair' challenge. As her style of work has inspired me for some time it seemed appropriate to enter.
This doesn't look like many of the entries, granted, but I love the way she works with layering elements around a focal point (usually a photograph) and then duplicates a smaller version along another edge - as she has done in this layout. The central image for me was some masked/embossed stamping using an Indigo Blu set. It was the first time I'd used glossy and Distress powders side by side and the timing on heating them was tricky. The antique gold card was also recoloured with Pan Pastels which was able to glide smoothly over all the embossed elements. The scissors were also embossed (Ranger Verdigris EP) after having been fussy cut.
I rather like the sewing pattern (an Andy Skinner stamp on tissue paper coloured with DI Antique Linen). Other elements include Old Paper DS splats, some die cut paper/kraft glassine, lace, ribbon and more stamping. To me it reflects the eclectic mix of ephemera Finnabair uses all the time. The edges were embossed with clear embossing and again, Pan Pastels were rubbed over to highlight them. I love that if you put too much on you simply take an eraser to it (which unfortunately you can't do with inks).
It was an enjoyable experience creating this - using white without having to be paranoid about having to keep my fingers ink free all the time! It also taught me a lot more about what is/isn't possible with various media. Hope you are inspired in some small way by what you've seen and I would highly recommend those of you who haven't seen her work that you take a look at Finnabair's blog. Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny x