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Thursday, October 09, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Faux Chalk Effect Colouring with Monika

Hi, everyone. It's Monika back again with a couple of projects for you. My first project spotlights a set called Rosebuds and is designed by our own Shirley, The Bee's Knees ... Yay! It's due for release very soon.

Initially I wanted to try and recreate Shirley's sloshing by blending some inks. Well, what can I say, it didn't quite work, I'd better stick with what I do best LOL! Anyway this little experiment lead me to create the following card:

To start off, I roughly decided where the roses were going to be on my card. I then lightly applied some ink using shaving brushes, only colouring the areas where the rose heads and stems are going to be before blending some yellow around them. I then inked up my stamp with red and green, stamped the roses into position and added a little red to their buds. To finish, I stamped my sentiment in red, layered as shown and added some clear gems. As always, there is a little craft-along video talking you through my creative process.

For my second card, I used this month's Stamp Club set 'Joyful' plus the banner from the Vignette: Retro Mod Shapes.

First I stamped the banner and masked it off before using my brush to apply a dollop of green just above it on which I then stamped the wreath. I then stamped some of the sentiments (cheer, magic, wishes) across my banner, removed the mask and stamped the 'yuletide' sentiment in the center of my banner. Blended a touch of red at the bottom, added some faux stitching, matted and layered the panel, and added red glitter to finish. Quick and easy.

Looking at it now, I think it might have been better to colour fewer berries using a red gel pen rather than using the glitter. Nevertheless there are a few ideas in there you might want to pick up and make your own. Here is the little video that goes with it:

Hope you enjoyed today's offering. I shall be back in a couple of weeks...until then, have fun and happy stamping!!!


Stamps Monika used in today's project:

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  1. Ooo! I like the effect. It's very soft and messy. Thanks for sharing!

  2. thanks for sharing how to get that effect- very nice. Love your two cards, especially the Christmas one x

  3. Lovely video, I like the way you add ink, I haven't seen anywhere before! I might try that right away!

  4. I think Your little experiment work here perfectly, love the way you blending the inks with a soft touch. Love both the cards!!! Thanks for sharing the video.

  5. Inking with shaving brush ,inetresing idea ! loved the effect on cards !

  6. very nice cards! thank you for the great videos!

  7. Gorgeous cards and videos that make casing so much more do-able! Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. I like the soft chalky effect. Those rosebuds are lovely. Hugz

  9. oh I love the first video you made Monika so soft color you create...I will take a try..thanks for sharing and second card is very festive lovely colors too Monika..love both...hugs, Monika

  10. Lovely, simply beautiful cards!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!


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