Brushos, Secret Garden, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #20 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week it was the time of Secret Garden stamps… and I had thought that I might end up using the matching dies but ended up with a very flat set of cards instead….

…. flat but really lovely!

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I started by heat embossing the images with white embossing powder… then wetting areas of the flowers and adding the pigments and then spraying and adding more colours.  As you can see I tried three different approaches…. the single flower, the corner and the all over pattern.  I also went for three colour choices.

Then once they were dry I trimmed them down.

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Next I outlined each panel with Promarkers to frame them… and stamped a sentiment.   Then adhered them to the card blank. 

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I LOVE ALL OF THEM!

They all look fabulous.  But how about the stamp set???  You may think it bizarre but I think this stamp set is going into the Lose them pile.  Why? Isn’t the point to see if I like them and can use them I hear you cry?  Well to be honest the only reason I have kept these stamps is because I have the matching dies… but I never use them (I hate lining up frame lits and can’t afford the magnetic plate for the big shot) and I have other flower stamps I could achieve looks like this with and the same for the Art journal page I shared on Sunday… so do i still need these stamps and dies? No I don’t…. so go they should. So I do like these stamps but don’t need them and have others that work the same… bye bye secret garden.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Secret Garden, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #20

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I have nothing prepped in advance which is unusual so decided to play in my dylusions journal and see where my muse too me.  I turned out that I was off to a secret garden!

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The page has this print from a stencil on it to start it off.

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Then some paint scraped over it.  Bora Bora and South Pacific fresco paints.

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Now here comes the stamp set… Secret Garden. A lovely mix of line art and solid flora stamps.  These are the solid ones stamped using some thinned out paint so quite translucent.  Definitely the start of a pretty garden.

I decided to add more layers of stamping and added some touches of distress crayon around the edges too.

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Next I picked up the line art stamps and added some stamping with those.
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I decided they didn’t stand out for me enough and I wanted to add some doodling too.

So out came the Indian ink and white paint pen… and no more pictures until I had finished!

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A lovely bright page full of fun. I really enjoyed doing this.

I must admit I’ve not used the line art flowers in quite some time so going to try and use them for the next project. The solid stamps are great for stamping with paint so think this set might be staying put!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Butterfly, Chevron, Designer Series Paper, Dies, Honeycomb, Lacy Brocade, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Papillion Potpourri, Secret Garden, Secret Garden framelits, Stripes, Use them or Lose them, Watercolor wings

One sheet wonder … errrm three sheets

Part of the Use them or Lose them challenge of the year is to use some of the paper I have stashed. I have been trying to use stuff from the scraps box where possible to try and work through that but there is also the mountain of uncut 12 x 12 sheets of dsp so I decided to do a one sheet wonder type project… although ended up using three sheets of DSP so I could get some variety.

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I didn’t follow a osw cutting guide, instead headed over to Mojo Monday and followed a load of sketches from November and October 2015 to design the cards and cut everything up.  I added two sheets of Primrose Petals cardstock, one crumb cake and one wild wasabi plus a few bits and pieces of scrap cardstock that were hanging around the desk.

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Next I started assembling, embossing, die cutting and stamping… and ended up with 15 cards for the box at work!
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Love how these all came out.

Entering this into the Crafty hazelnut patterned paper monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine