Let the Carnival begin

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May 29, 2016

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carnival 002Let the carnival begin! Oh wait, I forgot to dress – or did I? What the hey, who will recognise me with my mask on anyway?

Feeling in a fairly festive mood, having just come back from holidays.  And the best part is – I’m STILL on holiday!

This mysterious lady is from an equally mysterious stamp company, as there are no markings on the woodblock at all to identify her origins. Because of the block shape, I am guessing it may be a “Collections” stamp by Julie Van Oosten, but can’t give you a code sorry. Anyway, I like her.

I stamped her with Jet Black Archival pad onto gloss card that had been coloured with “Cloudy Blue”, “Sandal” and “Pebble” Alcohol inks. I stamped it a 2nd time onto some scrap gloss card, so that I could cut out the nautilus shell, and half circle at top of design. The nautilus I painted with White Opal Liquid Pearls, then went over with Tea Dye Distress pen to colour slightly, before magic mounting onto card. The half circle at top of image I sponged with turquoise and brown inks before fixing to card. The double border around it’s base, I foiled in silver, using a Sailor glue pen and Fab Foils. I coloured the building in background with Tumbled Glass Distress pen and highlighted the arc to left with Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls. I added Patina and Silver Stickles over lady’s necklace.

I cut a few extra strips of shorter length from the background card off and adhered them to the right of stamped image. Dots of Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls were then added to decorate before setting aside to dry. I sponged around the edges of all gloss card pieces with Sepia Archival ink before adhering my card layers together.

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Old Woman

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May 26, 2016

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carnival 004“If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written on the heart. The spirit should never grow old.”

Inspired by my recent travels to Indonesia.

Stamps: Old Woman M2-947 by Stamper’s Anonymous; If Wrinkles S043-K by Wordsworth; Acanthus D-3164 by PSX; Leaf Pattern 4660E by Stamp-It

Stamp lady’s face onto white card in Potting Soil Archival ink. Colour with chalks, pencils or watercolours. Tear around edges and sponge with Sepia Archival ink. Matt onto yellow-green Bazzill card which has been torn around the edges.

Sponge another piece of white card with Tumbled Glass Distress ink pad until covered. Stamp leaf pattern in Tumbled Glass along one edge. Stamp Acanthus in Sepia ink in top right corner. Mount lady’s face into middle of card. Stamp wording across bottom of card in Jet Black Archival ink. Finish layering with terracotta card, then aqua coloured base card.

 

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Long Cool Lady

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August 7, 2015

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Image (28) Here’s one more lady from a bygone era,  though not on the unmounted set with the  others.

 High Society Lady 3257H by Stamp-it.  Wording by Stamper’s Anonymous K4-1631.

 It’s a bit hard to see in the scan, but her dress  has a lovely shimmer to it. I coloured it with  “Sage” chalk, then spritzed  with “Perfect Pearl” PP Mist. The dress was cut  out and layered over stamped image. I used  “White Opal” liquid pearls for her pearl  necklace and to paint her gloves, and some yellow shades to add highlights in her hair.

 

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More Vintage Ladies

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Image (36)     golden era

These are my designs for the other 2 ladies on the si094 set. The lady in red below is Lexie’s rough prototype for a card. Again lots of cutting required (all those flowers). Though very striking,  I’ve found red, black and white is just not a colour scheme I’m comfortable working with.

Lexie's Red Lady

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Vintage Ladies

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Lexie's elegant Lady  Silver Fox Elegant Lady   Stamp-it’s unmounted set094 by Yvette of the Vintage Ladies has always been a favourite of mine. The lady in peach (on left) was dressed by Lexie. I particularly love the material she has used for the dress and the way it is gathered with tiny pearls added. The card is mounted onto Cristina Re’s Deco paper sponged with Distress Spun Sugar, then some Bazzill card for backing. I did a slightly modified version of it (on right), using Distress re-inkers (stormy sky and fired brick) as watercolours instead of the material. Don’t you love the luxurious shawl in the metallic flowersoft?

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