Sunday, 16 August 2015

Soulful Day by Lynne Moncrieff

At the time I was thinking about this weeks post it was continual rain and although it isn’t the most desirable of weather, day after day, strangely there is a beauty to rain against the window and the shimmer created when light bounces off the raindrops.

Thinking about rain and how it can make people feel, I created with a stamped sentiment and ChitChat stickers – soulful day, sit a bit, embrace.  So when the rain falls, we should all just embrace those days, or at least try to!


And ESN05 (substitute with other postal cancellation and script stamps)
DecoArt Americana Chalky Paint – Vintage and Primitive
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics – Blue Oyster and Chalk
Archival Watering Can Ink Pad
Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste
Silver and Pearl Mica Powders (I used a mix of old mica powders but you will find a great selection available from That’s Crafty!)
Seam Binding (substitute with Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon)
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Stabilo Black Watersoluble Pencil
Extras:- Grey velvet ribbon and crochet lace and a lace flower




Onto torn watercolour paper panel apply translucent embossing paste through the Abstract Stone Dinky Stencil (this is my new favourite LOL), working randomly. Try to avoid too much texture where the focal stamp will rest. Leave to dry before moving to the next step.

This step takes a bit of time but it is relaxing. Apply the various paints and Distress Stain Spray, along with generous and continual misting of water, build and blend the colours, trying to achieve light bouncing off the panel. Dry thoroughly before randomly stamping script and postal mark and also stamp the sentiment.


Stamp the tulip collage onto tissue paper with Watering Can ink. This is a large image so gently tear around the stamped image before adhering to prepared panel with Gel Medium. Leave to dry before dipping back into the paints to gently apply some more hints of colour. Sprinkle mica powder, randomly, then mist with water, allowing to dry. This will leave lovely little areas of slight texture as well as shimmer. The misting of water and further paint application creates a diffused effect to the tulip collage which is what I was aiming for, to mimic looking through a window into the garden with the rain somewhat obscuring the vision.


Select ChitChat stickers to work around the sit a bit sentiment to read. Apply a swipe of the Champagne paint over the stickers. 

Finally embellish card with various fragments of trims.


Until next time,



  1. Love this Lynne, love the subtle colours and the textures. What a great piece to recognise the fabulous British summer weather!
    Amanda x

  2. Like Amanda I love this Lynne. The way you colour is so wonderful xxx

  3. You so beautifully achieved the feeling of looking through a window on a rainy day, with your colouruse, dear Lynne, and the highlight on flower and leafe, like seing a a ray of sunshine hit them !! so very fabulous it is . Lovely ,lovely background with your mix of wonderful colours, and the added petite fabric remnants, what a gorgeous piece, !!! Dorthe xx

  4. I so agree with you about the rain, Lynne. Many a time I have just gazed in wonder as the drops drenched the leaves on a tree outside my window and the sun turned the droplets to diamonds. That gently stooping tulip and the wonderful texture captures perfectly the beauty and the wonder of rain. I really love how you have used this stamp, Lynne. xx

  5. gorgeous texture and wonderful neutral tones lynne. great advice too. wonderful. hugs rachel x

  6. Beautifully made - I always love rainy days!
    Sandy xx

  7. Really beautiful Lynne, such gorgeous texture and soft colour.
    Friday was terrible down here and I had to drive home in torrential rain on a flooding road and you wouldn't believe the number of drivers going much too fast and sending waves over other cars!
    Hope your weather is better now.
    Fliss xx

  8. Its amazing how gorgeous a limited almost monochrome palette can be, very beautiful

  9. Stunning & very ethereal Lynne! xxx

  10. Beautifully made Lynne, very elegant and understated, perfect ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  11. So delicately beautiful, Lynne - yes there is a beauty in the rain, but it's a melancholy beauty for me, and you've captured that perfectly with your soulful flower.
    Alison x

  12. Exquisite!!! I love it. Rainy days make me happy. You are so right about the beauty of raindrops.


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