Elemental Buddha and Desert Flowers
Chocolate Baroque, one of my favourite stamp designers/manufacturers has launched a challenge blog 🙂 Great news!.
The first challenge is a colour challenge:
What a coïncidence! I had a half finished card which I messed up which had blue, yellow and red on it.. maybe I could use that? More on that card later in this post, as it went from messed up to pretty to messed up again…
New try. I thought of the lovely peacocks stamps! So I tried a layout, stamping onto scrap paper.
And didn’t like it – it was somehow too obvious. Peacock Feathers is one of my favourite colours distress ink, so I use it often. Also the peacock stamps didn’t have the magic click this time. (You know what I mean, right? When you look at your stamps, with a vague idea in your head (or none at all, doesn’t really matter) and the stamps “speak” to you, and you “see” what you want to make / which materials you want to use.. The inspiration upon seeing a stamp was lacking in combination with this challenge and the peacock stamp.
Browsing on to other stamps. I found one, one I had used recently in a very pretty card (I haven’t posted that one yet, so this is a reference to a future post). The buddha from the tranquility set!
Here is my entry for the Chocolate Baroque challenge #1, july/august (The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on 19th August GMT, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 27th August 2014.)
- Buddha stamp from Chocolate Baroque Tranquility Unmounted Rubber stamp sheet – A5 UA5SP0458
- Stamp from Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles Unmounted Rubber stamp sheet – A5 UA5SP0413
- 12’x 12′ stencil cell theory from crafter’s workshop
- stencil Botanical leaves from Craft Emotions modelling paste.
- Distress inks I most likely have used (I can’t remember exactly : Shabby shutters, peeled paint, pumice stone, shattered straw, old paper, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, tumbled glass, walnut stain and maybe also broken china.
- Caran D’ache neocolors for colouring the stamped images
- Distress marker black soot for some accents on the “stones”, black fineliner and white gellpen for accents,
- Rangers Queens Gold embossing powder
- paper pen opaque
Some explanation on how it’s made:
I started with stamping the main image, the buddha, then masked it off.
To make the maskI stamp with stazon onto self adhesive window foil, cut it out and then I have a reusable mask – do test the stickyness of the glue first though, sometimes it can be a bit too sticky, so make it less stickier if needed by sticking it on and off paper a few times, rubbing firmly when putting it on.
Next, I stamped the other stamp, leaving some space between the buddha and this stamp, and embossed with Queens gold.This space was intended to create more dimension and to give room to the aura of the buddha, a soft light emitting from (mainly) the head.
I coloured the buddha and other stamp. I know people usually start with the background, but I didn’t this time, as I wasn’t sure about the colours I would use, so I started the other way around. I had masks for both stamps, so I simply masked them off when I went to work on the rest of the card.
tI used the stencils with distress ink first. Then I added the molding paste – the molding paste absorbs the color from the distress ink, mixed with the white of the molding paste so it is a bit of a pastel effect. I gave the modling paste more dimension with the leaves stencil by putting my palet knife flat onto the paste and then lifting it off, creating “peaks”. For the stones (as that what the cells are on this card) I sort of scratched it with the pallet knife. I added some black sooth distress marker onto the stones as the colour was too uniform grey (eventhough I used pumice stone and old paper.)
On the leaves I added some peeled paint, added a touch of paper pen opaque in the hair and a pearl in her hands.
The card is lacking something, I know, and I know what it is: a sentiment in the upper right corner. But untill I know for which occasion I want to use the card, I don’t want to put a sentiment on it. It should be something about peace, or strength.
Oh, the frame (or how do you call the card behind the center frame) was made from white cardstock, using the same colours as the dominant colours in that area, also to emphasize them (the green leaves, grey stones, blue water and yellow air)
Now, about the failed card that I started making prior to this challenge. It kind of failed so it was just hanging there waiting for me to rescue it. I didn’t take pictures of it then, but the inking of the embossed part went wrong (it was more like and inktcircle over the embossed flower rather then only an embossed and inked dandelion).
The background was very fitting for this challenge so I wanted to make something out of it for this challenge – and I was pretty happy with the result. Untill I did the final touch, which kind of went wrong as well. This time it is the stmes of the flowers. No idea yet how to cover that up – maybe leave it as it is, and call it artsy, or cover it with paper strips as stems?
For the buddha card, I think some softer yellow would have been more suitable, as it’s less “tranquil” now due to the bright and intense yellow. I’ll make a short post after this post about the other buddha card I made before this one (I absolutely love the frame I made for that card!)