8 January 2013

A new face

Well folks I've emerged from my crafting 'lab' for a while to catch up on all your lovely work and show you one of my latest creations. There have been a few but I'm sticking with the resolution to show you the best stuff rather than posting everything - quality not quantity, that's the moto.

This is another of the Tammy Tutterow inspired backgrounds (she suggested transferring the DS Picket Fence left on the mask onto another piece of card - genius!) I used a different mask this time, and as it was another open type the embossing powder was removed again 'Tim Holtz stylee'. To add further interest my favourite Artemio script background was added using archival ink.

With such a neutral and detailed background the other elements needed to be selected/placed with careful thought. The starting point was the flower and butterfly made from white corrugated cardboard - this stuff is genius because you can use the softer colours (in this case DI Victorian Velvet and White-Red pearl embossing powder from WOW). The baby Fleur de Lis die cuts made a big difference both of these.

This element took some thinking about. I wanted words, but not 'happy birthday'. The majority of the letters for Sister were die cut but I don't have a large letter die - don't panic! I do have a set of grungeboard alphas, and once the letters are popped out the 'waste' is actually the most wonderful and robust stencil for drawing round or inking through. The backing panel - yep, die cut - also utilised Tim's repurposed packaging technique over the top with the addition of a swipe of archival ink to finish. The glossiness of the acetate helps to draw attention to the word.

Followers may remember I needed a face stamp before Christmas and Santa put me out of my misery with this utterly fabulous Inkylicious one. Isn't it hard making sure when you use an old book page that you position the image so as not to highlight an inappropriate piece of text!! Loads of soft blending here (I'm taking notice of Tim's wise words for his latest tag challenge about layering colours) and the addition of a linen layer underneath added more texture without affecting the subtlety.

Here's hoping this has inspired you to have a go at trying out new techniques and/or products, and if you haven't got them yet I would highly recommend both of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiousities. If you are anything like me you will have forgotten more ways of doing things than you have remembered so it's always handy to have something to refer to when your mind goes blank:)
Off to see what you are all up to now, then it's back to the 'lab' (you'll see why v. soon... )
Hope this finds you healthy after the Christmas bugs and happy, and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Australia facing the possibility of the devastation caused by forest fires. May you and your homes stay safe over the coming weeks.
Hugs, Jenny xx

The challenges I will enter this into include the following;
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team - Your Favourite Stamp (if you scroll back through my posts you will see that script one on loads of projects!)
Unruly Paper Arts Reader Art Quest 1 - Fleur de Lis (thank you to Brenda Brown for drawing my attention to this one - oh, and if you want to see gelli plates in action check out her latest amazing creations.)
Make My Monday - Dry Embossing (there are some wonderful submissions there already.)
Simon Says Stamp - Something New (that would be my new face stamp then!)


  1. Talk about quality Jenny, this is sublime! Seriously beautiful with fabulous techniques used. Don't know which aspect of it to comment chiefly on as the whole creation is stunning! WOW - way to go Jenny! Nicola x

  2. wow Jenny....lots of interesting techniques on this post. I certainly love the outcome :)

    Great idea to stamp on the book pages and I love your use of the fleur de lis....gorgeous.

    Taking some time out as things dry.....Good luck in the challenges x

    Annie x

  3. Oh totally stunning!!! I forgot that it is Tuesday already, off to take a peek! I have to say, the background and detail you have managed to create on this piece is out of this world!!

  4. This really is quality Alison!
    Gorgeous details...the face is so special with the effects too.

    greetings, Alie :-)

  5. This is a beautiful piece of art Jenny, such a lovely face image - wasn't Santa kind! Love the soft colouring you have used. X

  6. That really is a beautiful face stamp Jenny and you have used it beautifully :)
    Von ♥

  7. It's so nice to see you again, friend! This is absolutely STUNNING! LOVE the different images and all that gorgeous dry embossing! Thanks for joining us at MMM! Hope you join us again next time, too! ;)

  8. So many techniques Jenny but what an absolutely gorgeous result. Love the addition of the acetate and also the linen, they both add so much to your creations. I can't wait to see what else Santa brought you now....... Hugs, Anne x

  9. Beautiful card and love the face image. Thanks for playing along with the New Something challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

  10. This is beautiful, I love all the textures and inky layers...another beautiful and accomplished make!! HugsTrace x
    ...and yes I love treasure gold!!..shhh..but I have ordered a couple more ..they fell in my basket ...honest!

  11. Awww! Jenny this is terrific I love it. There is something quite atmospheric about this piece, it is so beautiful. All those great textures.
    Thank You for your comment on my Blog. To get a compliment like that from the Master Of Stunning Works I am in Seventh Heaven, I will be floating on a cloud all day.
    Have a Fantastic Day

    Patricia xxx

  12. Hi Jenny, I have just joined your Site from the mention on Patricia's Summerhouse Crafts Blog. I absolutely love this card, the techniques used have produced a truly stunning card, love the colourways and the face on a book page is fascinating and ethereal. Truly stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  13. Very beautiful card-love the colours and all of the stamping on it.

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

  14. Stunning colours and textured look for the bg. The fleur de Lis for the body of the butterfly is a great touch. X

  15. Hi Jenny, STUNNING work, such a gorgeous card, brimming with creativity, love it to bits. XXX

  16. This is captivating!

  17. I think all your goods are BEST! Don't sell yourself short! This is exceptional and I am pinning her! Love the multi techs, and the vintage feel! And yes...I'd love to swap out some time!!!

  18. Hello Jenny
    Another fabulous project. I like the effect of the acetate a very underused material sometimes in the crafting world. I am with you regarding the text on book pages, forgot to check countless times. Hugs Mo x

  19. Such amazing layers of texture and detail - the face looks just wonderful stamped onto the book text, and that fleur de lys butterfly is just brilliant! Wonderful work, as ever...
    Alison x

  20. What a beautiful amazing collage!I'm really excited of all the textures and decoration.Love this very much.
    Hugs Anja from germany

  21. Absolutely another gorgeous and beautifully detailed creation! Love this!

  22. Totally amazing! I love this - Victorian Velvet is one of my fav inks at the moment and was in my Christmas bundle - the results I have had with it so far have been no where near as good as this though! I have the same thought as you - I am determined that from now on I will only post what I consider to be good work rather than post everything I make (There are 5 tags sitting on my desk that will never be blogged!) Though to be honest, I have NEVER seen you post anything that is less than top quality talented amazing work on your blog! Lots of love Laura xxxx

  23. This is just fabulous, your sister will love it. I must take your advise and USE my TH Cmpendium.. I bought it but never use it!.. dur!
    Thank you for joining us at MMM
    Suzi B x

  24. oooh! Fabulous card ;) Thanks for playing at the Artistic Stamper this month.
    xoxo Sioux

  25. Gorgeous!!! Absolutely love how you've staged this for the photos too. I love what you've created here and the most elegant embellishments. A fleur for the center of a butterfly...genius!! So glad Santa brought you the stamp you needed too.

    Love your work!!
    Lisa xx

  26. A superb piece of art Jenny and the complexity of your design and layers and layers of techniques are so inspiring. Your blog is chocked full of the most exquisite creations, I'm enjoying looking through. Off to scroll some more............Chris :-)

  27. I adore the colour scheme and the depth to your piece is wonderful. This is one of those tactile pieces that you just want to pick up and have a good look at. Gorgeous face image.
    Love the way you've added further interest to the button too.

  28. A stunning creation! So powerful! Thanks for questing with us at UPA!

  29. This is so pretty!! I love the pink and neutral!

  30. Guess who's still catching up with the comments Jenny!
    A totally awesome creation. Such fabulous soft colours and the textures look amazing.
    So glad to see you at MMM.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


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