Hi everyone. Thank you for stopping by and thank you so much to those of you who have left such lovely comments. I really appreciate them, especially when they are about projects/pieces that are so important to me.
And on that note, here we go with another one!
It's an 'Anything Goes' challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and the Design Team have come up with an amazing array of varied projects to inspire you.
I made good use of The Chemist stamp set to upgrade a plain sketch book into a present for my eldest - he loves to draw/get arty as a respite from his studies
(sound familiar anyone?!)
This cover needed to be resilient as it is intended that this book will be carried around and used for some time to come. Embossing, using stencils and texture paste worked perfectly. No flowers or frills were required but filigree metal pieces added the perfect finishing touches.
You may have noticed this is predominantly green; apart from being my son's favourite colour I always imagine chemicals to have those traditional Halloween type hues to them (along with the odd poison label!!)
The central panel took a little while to perfect - masking/stamping, wrinkle free distress and painting with Distress Stains, followed by a final coat of clear embossing enamel.
Did you know Tattered Rose is a great colour for paler skin shades, and no shirt is complete without Picket Fence, nor any edge without Walnut Stain (in my world!)
The bottles were a little risky. Having been stamped on acetate, I used a mix of alcohol inks to create the main colour. Small sections were then carefully removed using a fine paintbrush and blending solution - tricky!
Finally I mixed some white and black alcohol ink together and painted it into the now blank sections, taking care not to disturb what was already there. A coat of Glossy Accents added that oh so necessary touch of shine and dimension.
Having now used this set for its original intention the plan is to see if it can be reworked to suit other themes and situations. Anyone know a mathematician?!
And just to show you the inside covers got the makeover treatment too using a second set of new chemistry stamps and an embossing folder (with a diffuser).
I do hope you'll join us at Frilly and Funkie to see the other fantastic projects and hopefully enter something yourselves (if you haven't already done so). And if you'd like to know how I created the textured background please join me at Frilly and Funkie this Saturday, 14th September, for a step by step tutorial (including some of my observations on using Distress Paints efffectively).
I'm entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Embossed (three types here)
That's all for now. Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx