Sunday, 1 February 2015

Clarity Stamp Challenge 24 - "Floral"

Well folks - a new month and a new challenge for all you Clarity crafters out there!
I decided to showcase Clarity stamp "stamps" as my inspirational piece this month.
These stamp-stamps have endless possibilities, but for me this month, the floral theme is the way to go.
To start with, gather together the large 1st Class stamp, the oblong 1st Class and the triangular one, together with the archival black ink pad, the letter box kit, and some masks cut from post-its

Make a collage of stamps arranging as you wish on an 7x7 piece of gelli-plate card, randomly stamping the oblong & triangular stamps in the centre, masking as you go.
Stamp the large 1st Class stamp in the middle at the top and arrange the letter boxes to spell out "Clarity" at the top & "stamps" at the bottom, then stamp the letters in place.  Mask off the boxes and large 1st Class stamp to add shading round them. 
Gradually stamp floral images into each stamp aperture, making sure you mask around each one to prevent the image over-stamping onto the others.  Once they all have an image, mask them all off and gently add shadow using Black Soot Distress Ink on a makeup sponge.  Then stamp the leafy branch around the edge with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink before removing the masks.

Colour in the stamps using Spectrum Noir Colouring Pencils

Mask off the large 1st Class stamp and use the floral border to add detail around the inner edge.

Using a selection of Spectrum Noirs, colour in the boxes.  Then using  the blending tools add Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks, alternating the colours round the edge of the card - (apologies about the side-ways image - as this is all a bit new I can't see where to rotate the photo!)  Anyway - you'll get the idea if you tilt your head to the right.........

Finally, mount on a blank greeting card, and you're all done!

Good luck with your entries - I look forward to seeing them all xxx