Hi there and welcome to my crafting blog! I am a mother of two teenage daughters and have been crafting for over 15 years. I enjoy anything messy!!! Using inks, paints and particularly rubber stamping. I have followed other peoples blogs for some time now and have decided to create my own blog now and open a crafting family page to hopefully inspire others, you never stop learning......
Good morning!! Well, last week (when I made this card) I was a very proud Mum indeed! My daughter Hayley received her A Level results (taken aged 17 - a year early) of A* A* A so hence - this card was produced!!
I've done a step by step so that you can follow how I got there:-
Started with my usual piece of blank white card stock and using a smoothie, sponged over tea dye Distress Ink.
Then I stamped my beautiful owl (Sheena Douglass), his mortarboard hat (Clarity Stamps) and a further branch (Lavinia Stamps) with perfect medium and embossed with matt clear embossing powder.
So, not as shiny as clear embossing powder but enough to give me a resist from further paints.
A better look at the embossing and I've now added some branches (Inkylicious) and leaves (Darkroom Door).
Then, I sprinkled some brushos on to a square acrylic block (orange, dark brown, light brown and sandstone). Spritzed the block with water and laid my card down on to it to give me a darker background and then of course, the embossing resisted the brusho paints.
I used some of the excess paints on the acrylic block to "paint in" the leaves and some of the lower feathers on my owl. I added some further Distress Inks (aged mahogany, tea dye and rusty hinge) to help balance the colours how I liked them. Then used aged mahogany Distress Ink to sponge through a couple of stencils, embossed his mortarboard hat in black and left the whole thing to dry off.
To finish things off, I used some household bleach to take out some of the colour on my owl (the embossing works a treat to keep the bleach within the image) and got out my Spectrum Noir pencils to finish Mr Owl off so that he looks like he's got feathers!