Thursday, 11 October 2012

This Seasons Colour by Alan Scott

This project was made using 3 stamps from 3 different manufacturers. This goes to prove that we can mix and match no matter who the maker of the stamps is. The main stamp is one stamp from the set called Ladies Diary 2 by Graphic 45. I also used a JustRite stamp called Elegant Fronds and a Fiskars stamp set called Tartan 'n' Time.

8 inch square blank card made up
Backing Paper of your choice

2 x A4 white Stamping Card 
Selection of Ribbons (I used 2 x 3" either side, total length 6" cut in half - why place ribbon under a topper?)
Dimensional Tape
Good Strong Clear Glue

Spellbinders Die of your choice to cut 1 topper
PanPastels (here I have used Magenta Extra Dark and Ultramarine Blue)
Tin of cheap hair spray

Double-sided tape  
Good sharp scissors
Selection of water colour pens
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Craft Mat
This project was the first time that I've used Pan Pastels in any crafting project. I remember many, many years ago been given the chance to use them however that was a distant memory.

The first thing that we need to do is stamp out the female figure 2 times, the JustRite Elegant Fronds once and the Friskars Tartan once. The figure is then coloured out and then when dry carefully cut out leaving a margin of about ¼ of an inch all round. This is then secured one on top of the other using the dimensional tape. Gently curve the topper to give it a little depth.

Cut the other A4 white stamping paper/card into half. One side will be stamped and then using a Spellbinders die, cut out to make topper no 2 - the other one will be used to stamp the Tartan.

Now then this is when you're going to get a little messy! Place the white card onto a craft mat and using one of your chosen Pan Pastels, lay down a full layer of colour - I used the Magenta as the base. Then using the Watermark Ink Pad, I placed the Fiskars stamp onto my Friskars Stamp pad and inked up the stamp well - you have to be careful, as the ink is totally clear, so better to be safe and go over the stamp a few times just to make sure. Then we stamp onto the card/paper where we have laid down a layer of PanPastels. Using a sponge (you have to use very, very soft pads and I used the complementary colour UltraMarine Blue) with a gentle circular motion, I went over the stamped area. It's just like magic when the impression starts to appear. It's like heat embossing but without the heat! Using the blue, I covered the stamped area and then blended the blue in with the magenta giving a nice blended look that was multi coloured.

Pan Patels are so easy to blend and they are very user friendly, so I can say with some sincerity that if you can, maybe try just one or two. Get colours that you know will work together and you can get mileage out of blending them. When you're happy, give the topper a light spray of good old CHEAP hairspray.

The other topper is stamped onto the other piece of stamping paper that we placed to one side. This was then cut out using a Spellbinders die. I know not everyone has them in their crafty collection, so don't let it put you off. You will find ways to make one topper different from the other in shape. When this had been cut out, I used the blue Pan Pastel to give a little colour. I did highlight with the magenta, however the Magenta is a highlight and not the main colour. I wanted to give a different look but making sure that everything tied in.

he last thing we need to do with the stamping and Pan Pastels, is to put just a faint layer of colour on the edges of our main topper, the figure. DON'T re-colour the pad that you have used, as Pan Pastels go a very, very long way. With the main topper, you're just after giving it a 'vague hint' of colour.

Once I was happy with the overall layout of the elements, that's when I started to place securely onto the card that I had made and backed with a complimentary paper. The ribbon was secured under the toppers with a little glue and then again on the back of the card (or inside front cover). Card Candi's finished off the card.

A simple card that used mostly 3 large elements. It's a card that can be used for any occasion and you can adapt the colour hues to match whatever you have to hand.
Happy Crafting,

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