Sunday, 23 March 2014

Reading in the dark

Hi everyone!

    Today I am bringing you the new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. We would like to see your creations feature -


I was a bit stuck with this one at first - mainly because I had no idea where to go with colour - then I thought why not just do a monochrome creation - forget colours!

I used a Flonzcraft silhouette stamp and stamped it in black Archival ink onto a book page (Northanger Abbey - if you are interested!) It seemed an appropriate background for a silhouette of a book reader!

I cut an oval from embossed card and then painted it with silver acrylic paint before dabbing with some french Roast Fresco paint - I always use this paint to add a distressed effect to surfaces, because it is transparent it doesn't cover the original colour and it adds such a gorgeous tarnished effect.

I then brushed the embossed card with Pewter Treasure Gold to highlight the embossing and really bring out the metal effect.

The stamped image was then stuck behind the oval frame

I used TH Tattered Florals die cuts to make the roses. Before constructing the roses I scrunched each flower to break down the card and make it more pliable. When they were creased and bendable I very roughly applied Brushed Pewter crackle paint. I wanted the petals to be streaked with paint so it was a very quick 'smoosh the paint on' job rather than a neat application.
When dry and crackled I dabbed Black Soot DI all over the flowers. The crackle paint resists the ink and the ink also darkened the cracks. Then I constructed the roses.

Because I had crumpled the card before constructing it was easier to fold and bend the petals and glue into place.

I painted some die cut leaves with London Night Fresco paint and then covered with Decoart Crackle glaze. When dry I rubbed French Roast Fresco paint into the cracks to highlight them before wiping the leaves clean.

Silver wire was used to make the hanger.

 Why not come over and join us this time at Fashionable Stamping Challenges 
 Remember we are a stamping challenge so please feature a stamped focal image on your creation.
  You could be the winner of $20 to spend at Flonzcraft Stamps! And of course you could be picked at one of our Catwalk Spotlights!

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  1. Hi Laura. What a brilliant idea to put this image on a book page! And these flowers would have to be the best ones I've seen seen...gorgeous
    Dot x

  2. Awesome, Laura!

    I just sit here and stare at that heavenyl crackling you have done on the leaves and the flowers! Wowowow! Soo brilliant! LOVE your monochrome take on that wonderful theme! I am with Dot on the best flowers ever!

    Claudia x

  3. Beautiful piece, love the fabulous bloom.

  4. Bravo!! What of the prettiest makes I have ever seen Laura - I absolutely love it oh talented artist that you are. Hope the kids are well - it will soon be summer!
    Sandy xx

  5. Oh this is just delightful!

  6. Beautiful art Laura and so inspiring.

  7. Beautiful art Laura and so inspiring.

  8. I love the flowers and leaves with the great crackle effect, beautiful in combination with monochromatic art!! Hugs, Kerstin

  9. LOVE your silhouette, I've just received that stamp too, thanks for the inspiration!

  10. How beautiful. love the colour.

    Moira xx


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