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Friday, 4 November 2016

Quintessentially English....................

Good morning!

The lovely ladies at Indigoblu have asked me to produce a piece of artwork for their challenge  reminder today.  The theme this month is "monochrome" so come on.....have a go, it's a lovely theme - to play with a single colour and see what you can do with it!  Remember to use your Indigoblu stamps and have lots and lots of fun!

Ok, I took lots of photo's of how I made this card so lets take our journey and see how I got there:-

I had decided straight away what stamp I would use for this lovely theme ("Valerie") and that I wanted to show her in a mirror - she looks to me to be gazing in to a mirror don't you think?!

I stamped her out and covered her in masking fluid.  Then I worked on her image in the mirror - I took a piece of mirri card (good quality), inked the stamp well and picked the image up on my brayer then rolled the image out on to the mirri card, releasing the image reversed and sealed it with clear embossing powder.  I then die cut a frame out and blended distress ink around it.  At this stage I also worked out my card layout and how I could have Valerie at right angles to the mirror.

So, while Valerie was masked over, I played around with the background having used a wet baby wipe to blend the distress ink over the card and then I wet my fingers and dripped water on to the card, let it soak in for a while and then lifted off with some paper towel.

I then worked on my mat that would go behind the main artwork - I often do this when I'm waiting for my work to dry more thoroughly!  I sponged the distress ink on to the card and then to add to the effect dragged the card through some distress ink that had been stamped on to my non stick mat and sprayed with water - nice and smokey. I then allowed this to dry naturally.

So, coming back to my main artwork, I used an Indigoblu stencil and spread some clear embossing paste through it, let that dry and once dry I came back in heavier with my distress ink this time and "brought out" the pasted areas.  I also sponged through the stencil on the other side with distress ink and through another stencil with some gesso. Then rubbed away masking fluid from Valerie.

These are the only inks that have been used on this card, the versafine was particularly for fine details when using my stamps.

I blended some distress ink with water and shaded in the image.

Then I assembled everything together making sure that the mirror image was completely level with the original stamped image. The sentiment of "Quintessetially English" was stamped also.

Here you can see how I creased the card so that it was more like Valerie was looking in the mirror.

I was very happy with this card, blue monochrome and very classy don't you think?

Don't forget, get out your Indigoblu stamps and join in their challenge this month - we are all looking forward to seeing all your wonderful ideas!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the challenge!

Leanne xx


  1. This is such a fabulous card Leanne and I love the idea of her looking in a mirror. The background is amazing and I think the colour is perfect with the image. It really is a beautiful stamp and you've really made the most of it. Take care and have a lovely weekend. Sandra X

    1. Thank you Sandra, I'm glad you like it. Have a lovely weekend too,
      Leanne xx

  2. A fabulous card Leanne and a brilliant idea to have Valerie gazing into the mirror. Wonderful background and a great design.
    Avril xx

  3. What a clever idea ... love it! Thanks for playing long with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx