Happy new ye… eh…. happy February!

As usual limited time and energy, and time available was spent crafting not blogging.

So again, a post full of cards I finished earlier. Some cards were started a while ago (a year?) and finished this autumn, but not shown here yet. So picture heavy blogpost again!

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Image from Connie Fong – Sweet Pea Stamps (now closed), stencil Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn

Aurora from Santoro - Willow series and Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn.

Santoro Willow and Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn.

The hair of Mademoiselle Snow (Willow - from Santoro London) is Wild Honey distress ink, same as the leaves.

The hair of Willow (from Santoro London) is Wild Honey distress ink, same as the leaves.

Lavinia clearstamp zen tree and Chocolate Baroque text stamp (I think). Apply distress ink on a sheet of paper, spritz with resist spray (I used homemade one with decoupage glue and water), let dry and then add the next shade of distress ink. Hmm I think I had stamped the tree first and made a resist to cover it (self adhesive window foil).

Lavinia clearstamp zen tree and Chocolate Baroque text stamp. Apply distress ink on a sheet of paper, spritz with resist spray (I used homemade one with decoupage glue and water), let dry and then add the next shade of distress ink. Hmm I think I had stamped the tree first and made a resist to cover it (self adhesive window foil).

 

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Travellers Rest

I’m in love with some new stamps. Not that it’s a new brand, but I’ve just really discovered them. It’s the Santoro stamps. Not the more famous Gorjuss stamps – those are too cute to my taste, but the more melancholic/nostalgic Mirabelle and Willow stamps.

The difficulty with translating art to stamps is that nuances get lost – a stamp needs lines. Sure, rubber stamps can have gradients in them, but then you “print” it in one colour. To get the colourfull look you have to colour the stamped image, thus there need be “white” spaces to colour. And thus the artwork needs to be abstrahered enough to have lines in which to colour, but not so much as the original feeling of the image is lost.

When I first noticed these stamps I was wondering what the stamped image would look like. How would it be “simplified”? Would it still resemble the artwork, and would I be able to get the same effect?

My first venture was ok. The face part is the trickies bit, especially adding just a tough of rouge on the right spot. My first Willow does have a bit too much eyeshadow, but she still has to learn how to do her makeup properly ;). The first (few) images I try to copy the artwork as I still have a lot to learn about colouring, I’m not precise and have to learn the lighting “rules”. So the first step in learning is to copy.

So here is my next result:

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I think I stamped with versafine onto some thicker paper here.

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The Santoro Mirabelle Travellers Rest clear stamp, the stamped image and the back of the packaging.

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This is as far as I  got with the first try.

I did make a card with the stamp. I didn’t want hard black lines as outlines, as it would interfere with the colour of her hair.

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The background was made with acryllic paint, I couldn’t go with my distress markers over it so I applied some Gesso nonchalantly onto the image.Daqadoodles151026ma143854124

Now it is ready to be coloured. (not sure at which point I stamped the tree).Daqadoodles151125wo1556n6684

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The tree is a Lavinia Tree clearstamp. The white outlining ended up being a bit too thick (those sharpies just give too thick lines. Ok, and it’s to cover up the red lines too, as you can see I didn’t precisely stamp over it with grey.

I really like the flowing hair, it’s that Japanese nostalgic, dramatic sad drawing style. I used to be a huge fan of Candy Candy in my childhood – the first “Manga” series. It had lots of drama in it. The manga you see often now is not my style. I prefer that Candy Candy style. I sometimes play some pcgames and like the small independend developers games (called indie games) – they usually stray from the beaten path in some way, be it art or gameplay. There is wonderful artwork there, which this style reminds me off as well.

Now this can’t really be considered a “cute” or very “girly vintage” stamp, right? I consider it more to be a stamp which geeks (like me) would like, a bit more manga maybe. There’s one card I made with the Mirabelle “ask me to dance” stamp which was very pretty – even made with patterned papers!

(Oh dear)

Yup, maybe I do like patterned papers, and maybe I CAN work with them…

To be continued…

Fantasy Lavinia

I’ve gotten some new stamps from a brand called Lavinia. I had liked their stamps for a while, but they are not available as rubber stamps, only clearstamps so that put me off a bit. I prefer rubber stamps as I do not have to worry about the kinds of inks I use on it, e.g. Stazon is not advised for clear stamps (it contains a solvent), but what other non-solvent ink is there that can stamp over acryllic paint and is waterproof after drying?

Still I went ahead and ordered some. I also want to try and work more with sprays, as I don’t use them often or find it hard to use them with stencils (hardly ever get a nice image). Yesterday I learned something important: Take an empty mister, put a little bit of water in it and spray your ink spray into it. Shake, and spray. The colour tone is much lighter, making it easier to work with. Anyway, didn’t know that before.

The cards:

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Although the next one isn´t bad either, like a misty place in the forest. I´ve used the Zen-plant stamp here and the Tree Root.

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The last has got some mistakes, like the upper right corner (I just noticed) – I can glue it in place though. Other thing is the fairy Freya, I stamped her but it didn’t cover enough. I stamped again, this time putting something under the paper, not just the cutting mat, I think I just put a cloth underneath I think? Not sure, but this time the image transferred better, but not exactly at the right place. Let’s call the ghost image a special effect 😉

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I also tried a mirror stamp technique, as I saw in a shop they have a special stamp with which you can mirror another stamp. I thought, let’s try it by stamping onto my acryllic block and put that on the paper. Didn’t work extremely well, I won’t repeat it, but the effect is ok. What did I do? Mirror the root of the tree, so it looks more like  branch from a tree then a tree itself. Stamps used: Zen-Plant, Freya and Tree Root.Daqadoodles150415wo084037008 Daqadoodles150415wo084029009