Saturday, 20 February 2016

Birthday Blooms - monochrome - pastel pencil

Long before I started to make cards, I used to paint.  My favourite medium was pastels but I had a go at everything.  Consequently, my craft room is a bit of an Aladdin's cave holding just about everything except ... I was going to say "the kitchen sink" - but it has one of those too!

I was inspired today by a tutorial posted by Melanie Muenchinger, about creating a sketchbook look with stamps, to get out my old pastel crayons and combine them with the Birthday Blooms stamp set. 

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Birthday Blooms stamp combined with pastel crayons

I stamped with Archival Basic Black ink onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then used the black and the white pastels to colour the flower and create a background and shadow for it.

It was a bit of a messy process because I have always liked to smudge/blend pastels with my fingers!

Once I'd erased all my fingerprints and washed my hands I gave it a spray with fixative before I adhered it to the front of the Basic Gray card.

Soft pencils, charcoal,  watercolour pencils or crayons would also work for this effect.

I'm currently working on a watercolour version, using inks, that I'll show you (if it works!) next week.

I hope you like this one - I really loved making it!

'Til next time
Stephanie


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22 comments:

  1. I think it's truely amazing, a real piece of art. You are talented. Thank you Nicky

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicky! I promise it looks more impressive than it actually is though!

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  2. This is so beautiful. I can't believe it's a same stamp I have.

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  3. You have brought back high school memories! I was a charcoal girl in those days, amazing project

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    1. Thanks, Sue! .... charcoal would work too! :)

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  4. Awesome Card Just love the monochrome look. Awesome Work. Angexx

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  5. WOW! This is a beautiful work of art, Stephanie!! Brings in a whole new dimension to stamping!

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    1. Thank you RaeDeen! I was so happy to read elsewhere that you have given the technique a try. I'd love to see your project, if you feel like sharing!

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    3. Stephanie, Here is my first attempt at this technique: http://stampingforhisglory.blogspot.com/2016/02/sketchbook-look-rose-wonder.html

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  6. Thanks for sharing Stephanie. I always love seeing your projects, but this one in particular is stunning.

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  7. Stephanie...I'm totally blown away by this card...just ran across it on SCS and would love to learn more about the technique with a possible video and step by step instructions? I'm totally a visual learner and would be ecstatic if I could follow along with a video and then a printed instructions for later on when I actually sat down to "play...This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love it, love it, love it!!

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    1. Hi Jojo - thank you for your lovely comment and request! I think I may have mentioned in reply to another lovely comment (thank you!) that it is my intention to provide a video - I'm just technologically challenged so it's taking a while to sort out equipment and how to do it! Keep watching this space though - it will happen!

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  8. This is beautiful! I love both versions... Can't wait for the video version as I too am a visual learner... LOL Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and I hope I don't keep you waiting too long for the video!

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate your lovely comment.

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