Hi everyone. Long time no see! Ever get those times where you seem to work hard and get nowhere? It's been a bit like that this week but then, on reflection, lessons have been learned from the mistakes made (which is always good). On a positive note I was thrilled to have been put in the Top 3 for the new Crafts Too Challenge You. Thank you to Chris and the team, you made it all worthwhile.
Combining three challenges here;
I was watching one of those Tim Holtz videos on YouTube where he stencils with paint and grabs at stuff (always randomly and unplanned he says) and at the end it all looks amazing. "Don't over think it", he says. It made me feel all empowered and enthusiastic, so I went for it.
Started with my Dyan Reaveley diamond stencil and then a Wendy Vecchi dots stencil dabbing merrily with Distress Paints. Then for some complimentary Distress Inks over the top, and finally some superb postage stamps from The Artistic Stamper Postage No. 1 set. And... panic! It seemed so overpowering as a background that I reached for the gesso and calmed it all down. For this card that action worked well as it gave the whole thing a bit of a 'weathered' look.
I got inspired by a card created by Sarah Engels-Greer for the July Tim Holtz tag (see it HERE). Reaching for some white corrugated card I gave it coats of Distress Stain, Paint and Crackle Glaze (oh yes, and promptly covered it up with the background strips!!) How come so much of what we create gets covered up even though we love the look of it?
Now to pile on some stamped elements over embossed vellum. Well no, I didn't just pile them on, I took ages to decide what to put on and how to position it all before finally being happy with the overall look.
And the result of all of this (well, apart from the card)? Some personal design rules are required and let's see if that makes a difference. I'll let you know! Back tomorrow with something completely different.
Thank you again for dropping by. Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx