Friday, 27 April 2012

Victorian Music Hall Card by Alan Scott

This wonderful stamp is from a stamp collection by IndigoBlu called Music Hall. Once again it is a set of stamps that can be combined to make one image or just using 1 or 2 to make a just as impressive image.


IndigoBlu Music Hall Stamp Set 
8 x 8 card made up
Sheet of purple card stock
A4 sheet white card stock
Black glitter card stock
Dies to cut out the Toppers shapes (you may have your Cricut, eCraft etc)
Card Candi - Wedding Bells – Ritz (coloured with a bronze pen)
Cosmic Shimmer Mists – Bronze Blush – Golden Fish – Ancient Blush
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Afraid of the Dark 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Aged Mahogany – Rusty Hinge – Victorian Velvet
Adirondack Ink Pads – Latte –Eggplant - Watermelon – Pitch Black
A4 sheet watercolour paper 
A4 sheet Neenah paper 
Non stick crafting mat 
Spray bottle 
Baby wipes and disposable plastic gloves
Length of contrasting ribbon - think O.T.T when you're looking for this embellishment
Normal crafting stock we all have, scrap paper


Now then, we have to get messy. I have put down disposable gloves - well I did learn the hard way and even 5 days later there is a tint to my fingers! So armed with your gloves, lay out the non stick crafting mat. Using your coloured ink pads, visualise an area of about A4. Dab onto the mat the different ink pads -try not to overlap as you don't want to contaminate your pads. When you're happy, take hold of your spray bottle and just cover the inks with a layer of thin water. You don't want to drown out the ink hue but just enough that will leave a nice colour onto your water colouring paper.

Take the misting bottles and just lay a thin layer of the Glimmer Mists - try not to combine them at this stage. Now take your paper and lay onto the ink. Lift up the paper and look at what you have achieved. If there are white spots, just take the paper and move it about lifting up the ink from the mat. if you have not covered your paper, just repeat what you have done. When you're happy place to one side. Clean up your mat by using scraps of paper - you don't want to throw anything away. I always keep a few white/tan tags to one side to use just for this. If you cant wait for the paper to dry use your heat gun on a low setting. When the paper is ready, using the Music Script stamp start to lay down some imagery. Use the tap and then stamp technique. This is the only time you don't have to be careful and get ink all over the stamp. When you have inked up, stamp onto some scrap paper and then stamp onto the inked paper. You want to have a light layer and the inked stamp does not stand out - it's got to melt into the back ground. Place to once side to dry. Taking an oval die or if you have a die cutting machine cut out an oval and and using good black ink  (I'm so impressed with the Adirondack Pitch Black by Ranger), stamp the image into the centre of the oval. Then using the Tim Holtz Distress inks you have used for the watercolour background, just put a hint of colour onto the oval. This is to tie everything into place. Stark white is sometimes so over powering when it comes to strong colours - it can make the card unbalanced.

Lets now start to build up the background of the card. Using the Flourish that's in the set, edge the purple paper. Again, use the black ink that you're using (try to keep to the same black all the way through a project. If you look carefully some blacks do not print the same hue on different papers). Secure onto the card that you have bought or constructed yourself and carefully trim the edges so that its flush.

Now it's time to cut out the same shape as the Multi coloured paper you have made. Just make sure that the black shape is a bit larger so it can overlap when layered together. Just to give the illusion that you have used brads, I love the Card Candi embellishments. They just glue into place and give that look of brads. Lay the black card onto the paper just off centre height way (you want to leave a space for the lavish ribbon you're going to use). Using the Card Candi, secure one in each ‘Petal’. Repeat the same with the paper that you have created. Make sure that you're going to lay the edge into the ‘dip’ of the black card. Again place the Candi embellishments into place. You will see that l have turned the stamped image on to an angle so that the image looks upright.
Then take your ribbon, secure into place and then make a great big bow - as big as you can make it, its got to be a focal point and not to hide away.
There you have it. A rather ‘lavish’ looking card that's not cost the earth to make. The ribbon came from an old ‘prezzy’ that some one received and were going to throw away. That's what gave me my colour tone. Who would have thought a ribbon and a great set of stamps would lead me to making this card?
Happy Crafting


1 comment:

  1. I'm with you on the pith black ink - it's fab. But I'll put up with inky hands for days rather than latex gloves (shudder). A beautiful card - lavish is the word.


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