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Rubber Art Stamping & Card Making.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Lavinia Stamps Challenge #1- Anything Goes!

I love Lavinia Stamps, so the new Challenge Blog really appealed to me, and the DT is headed by one of my early followers, and a very talented lady, Eileen Godwin!
 I had to have a go at the first challenge, which is 'Anything Goes', as long as the stamps are Lavinia. All the Rules are HERE. You have till the 31st of March to enter this one.

 When I went to the Hobbycrafts, NEC show last November,as well as some Lavinia stamps, I also picked up a pack of Traceys new ready made backgrounds, which come in lots of colours & scenes,called Original Scenescapes and I've used one called Blue Sky for this card.
I used 5 stamps for this piece-
 Tree Goddess Luna,
 Spiral Of Spells,
Miniature Dragon,
Slender Mushrooms, small and
 Believe word stamp.
 Everything was stamped using a Versafine Black inkpad, and the first image stamped was Luna.

You can see a couple of test stampings on my scrap paper, I often do this just to reassure myself I've got it inked properly.

  Next I wanted to add the Spiral of Spells, so to get a feel for how to place it, I placed it uninked over the moon. I decided I didn't want the words to overlap the fairy, and if I could I also wanted the  spiral to be inside the moon itself.

So out came the trusty Stamp Positioner. I stamped onto that, then placed it so I could see what I needed to mask.

Rather than make a mask of the fairy, I masked off the words I didn't want to print on the stamp itself, using Low Tack tape.

Once I had inked the stamp, I tried a test print on my scrap paper- it came out ok, so I re-inked, then removed the low tack tape from the stamp.

     I carefully lined up my Stamp Positioner again over the moon, then stamped the Spiral Of Spells ( holding my breath!).

                   Next I added the small dragon- maybe he's a long way off, or perhaps he's just a baby?- then the slender mushrooms, small, along the bottom.

Now we needed some fairy sparkle!
 I used Black Diamond Stickles to outline Lunas wings, and to add detail to the branches and tips of the mushrooms.

Its hard to see in this picture, it doesn't show up very well. I felt it needed a bit more sparkle, so I gave the whole image a quick blast with Crafters Companion Spray & Sparkle, Iridescent.

 I took another picture from a different angle here to try & show the glittery finish.

After this, I added the word 'Believe'.

I stamped it onto a transparency sheet in Black Staz-on, then traced over the word with pva glue, and sprinkled with  a crystal glitter. Left this to dry out overnight, then trimmed close to the word. A few spots of glue on the back, behind the glitter, secured it to the bottom left of the image.I actually made this word for another project, but it didn't 'work' in the end, so I put it aside. But it was perfect for this one.

Then I matted the image onto Pearlescent Black paper, and trimmed down to a narrow border.

To make the card, I took two sheets of purple pearlescent card. and cut them down to make the shape I wanted.

    I scored each piece about 1 inch in from the left, and matted the image to one panel.

 Next I made two marks where I would put the eyelets, made the holes in the top piece, lay the back underneath, then made the back holes
through the top holes, so they would line up properly.
  If you wanted to add an insert, you could do it at this stage, just before you add the eyelets. Sandwich the insert between the two pieces of card, and punch the holes through all the layers.

Purple eyelets were added, and a length of purple & white dotted organza ribbon threaded through & knotted at the front.


Myrna said...

Oh my what a stunning card. It took my breath away when I opened your blog.
So much work and so much detail.

Alison Scott said...

Beautiful card. Such pretty colours.

Pauline Butcher said...

Fabulous card, thank you so much for entering it into the Lavinia Stamp Challenge, and good luck. Hugs Pauline, Lavinia DT.

gardenpinks said...

Beautiful card Shaz, love Lavinia stamps too :)
Lynn x

MaggieC said...

You have just reminded me that I am getting very low on black card of all kinds. I will be reduced to edging card with black pen. Lovely card, Shaz, should do very well with that one. I have entered the very first Clarity Blog Stamp Challenge - very similar rules - all clarity stamps only. It is amazing how many people do not read the rules and put all sorts of things in. such a shame as many of the are lovely cards but do not fit the challenge. Steve should have come down yesterday, but the snow stopped that, so he is trying for tomorrow. So it will snow on Monday. Have a good week. xx Maggie

Eileen said...

Shaz .... this is a real stunner... thanks for the links, for the entry into our challenge and for such an interesting post. A beautiful card.. so pretty.
Eileen xx

lisa said...

Hi Shaz. I had to come and have a peek after your comments and wow, I love your stunning card. The sparkly Believe was meant for this wasn't it and I love all the mushrooms.
I think this challenge is going to become addictive don't you?
Hugs Lisax

lavinia stamps said...

love the step by step.... great... stunning card, good luck

Andrews Stamping Pad said...

Hi Shaz ,love your beautiful card .Well done on being a guest designer for lavinias stamps.
Andy x

Hellen said...

Super card Shaz - such clever masking too!x