Thursday, 23 February 2017

Wild and Free

Yep I'm back again (as promised!!!) with another stepped out sample for you to see how I go about building my layers. This time I have used my brand new stamp set EKC07.




This particular set contains a lot of smaller style of flowers but it is such a useful set to have as not only does this slot in really well with all my other flower based stamp sets it also makes some fabulous wildflower compositions all on it's own. This set is fast becoming a real favourite of mine! Once again you can see there are a lot of straight stems but as you now know (see my previous post) I do this for a reason! Think about grouping the smaller flowers together to form a cluster plus try stamping the flowers so that they join together on one stem to create taller multi headed flowers. As for that little swirl component (bottom right) - it has been designed that so that you can stamp it onto the stems of the smaller dotty type flowers and have it sitting under the flower heads or it can be used just as swirly tendrils.

 Step One (Above): Using a sponge wedge, sponge a 12 x 21cm Smoothy Card panel all over with Chalk Fresco Finish paint then streakily apply Pixie Dust and Tinned Peas Fresco Finish paint with the sponge wedge. Blend where the two colours meet each other.

 Step Two (Above): Stamp some background imagery using Leaf Green Archival. Paint the 'green parts' with Tinned Peas and Inky Pool Fresco Finish paints.

 Step Three (Above): Add dots to the dotty flower heads with Haystack and Chalk Fresco Finish paints using a fine head of an embossing tool.

 Step Four (Above): Stamp the foreground imagery in Jet Black Archival sometimes arranging the stems a little differently on the acrylic block before stamping out so that the flowers aren't all straight! Then stamp some green swirly bits using Leaf Green Archival.

 Step Five (Above): Paint over the dotty flower heads first with watered down Pixie Dust Fresco Finish paint then begin adding dots of unadulterated Pixie Dust to the flower heads with a medium sized embossing tool head.

 A closer look (above) at step five.

 Step Six (Above): Continue adding dots to the flower heads in this way (using the Fresco Finish paints) swapping to Lavender, then Sugar Plum, Chalk and finally back to Sugar Plum to build up layered multi toned heads. Add dots of these colours to the dots on the stems. Heat set the entire panel before stamping and embossing some 'ghost imagery' using VersaMark and Clear Detail embossing powder.

 A closer look at step six so you can see both the dimension achieved on the flower heads and that clear embossed imagery which adds subtle interest.

 Step Seven (Above): Paint the ghost like bells with Gloss Glaze Fresco paint. Now paint a strip using Chalk Fresco Finish, heat set, stamp the wording onto the strip with Jet Black Archival and paint over the letters with watered down paint - choosing colours already used on the panel.

 A closer look at the painted wording for you.

 Step Eight (Above): Adhere to a bigger card blank and edge with a black multi-liner. Apply some Crystal glitter glue accents to parts of the imagery.

 A closer look showing those multi-toned flower heads as well as the 'ghost imagery'.

 This shows how the 'ghost imagery' suddenly appears when the light catches the card as does the Gloss Glaze painted into the bell flowers.


Obviously you could take this card a step further if you so wish by stamping and painting extra flowers onto spare pieces of card, cutting them out and mounting them onto the panel which as you saw from my previous post really adds to the finished result but I wanted to show with this card that a more simplistic approach looks good too. Instead of stamping and embossing those bell flowers with VersaMark and Clear Detail embossing powder you could swap to stamping them with black Versafine and emboss with the Clear Detail and them paint them to add another coloured layer to the panel. There are just so many choices open to you when creating your wildflower art with this set.

I shall be back again on Saturday at midday sharing a more detailed step out of the buddleia card that I made for launch night so please do pop back then!!

Love Kay xx

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1 comment:

Allison Rushin said...

This is stunning, thank you for sharing your step by step design, very inspiring
Allison x