Friday, 19 April 2013

Elizabeth’s Hope By Fliss Goodwin



Hello there, I have a rather floral themed creation to share today with the absolutely beautiful Elizabeth Bennet image by IndigoBlu which was a must have to me being a big fan of all Jane Austen’s novels and I’m probably showing my age here as who could forget the Colin Firth wet shirt moment from the wonderful TV series – sigh!

The Distress Stains have come out to play and I’ve used them again for painting as they’re my new favourite for this happy pastime and no water is involved. 

Here’s What You Need: 

Stamps Used:

Distress Inks – Shabby Shutters, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
Distress Stains – Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Crushed   Olive, Shabby Shutters, Milled Lavender, Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone
VersaFine Spanish Moss Ink
Archival Coffee Ink
Thick Smooth Cartridge Paper (or thick smooth stamping cardstock such as Personal Impressions)
Paintbrushes (I love the Claudine Hellmuth set)
6x6 Kraft Card Blank
Corner Rounder Punch

Here’s How To: 

·       Stamp the Elizabeth image on to the cartridge paper with the coffee ink and when dry, use the Distress Stains to paint the image. I used the Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose for the flesh areas, adding slight shadow with the Milled Lavender (this may seem odd but try it as it works!). 

·       My tip for colouring all areas is to select some complementary shades and build up the colour, starting with the lightest first. For example, the pink flowers used Dried Marigold all over first, followed by Tattered Rose for mid petal outwards, then Victorian Velvet and Picked Raspberry on the very tips.  

·       The secret is to build the layers of colour up, as the stains are much lighter than the corresponding Distress inks due to the water content. I put dabs of colour on to a ceramic plate and pick colour up with a brush. No water is necessary except to clean the brush in between colours if they’re very different. You can also add colour by touching the brush to the bottle dabber to add tiny highlights to your painted image. 

·       Once you’ve finished painting, trim the image panel down and round the corners. Sponge with Shabby Shutters Distress ink round the edges of the image and then add Worn Lipstick to the very edges of the panel. 

·       Stamp the anemone corner image on a square of cartridge paper cut to fit your card blank with the Spanish Moss ink. Allow this to dry and sponge with Tattered Rose Distress ink and add Worn Lipstick to the edges after trimming with the corner rounder. 

·       Stamp the anemone image again on spare paper with the coffee ink and colour just the flowers with the Distress Stains as before. Cut out just the flowers and a few fronds as necessary. Stick these over the green stamped image on the background panel then add the image panel and stamp hope from the Prima set near the top with the moss ink.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x


  1. I'm a Matthew MacFayden woman myself :-)This is so lovely. I like the two tone flowers (good old distress stain) and the touches of turquoise.

  2. Such a pretty piece, Fliss!
    Alison x

  3. Gotta love Jane Austen and Colin too of course. Lovely stamp and a beautiful card.

  4. So pretty and beautifully coloured.

  5. oooohhhh Fliss... beautiful colourings. love it


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