Friday, 25 February 2011

The Stampman's Swirls and Curls

Morning lovely Bloggers. It's nearly the weekend again. Where do these weeks go too?

It's time for a new challenge over at The Stampman and this time our lovely team mate Sue has set the theme of Swirls and Curls. Bet that got you all excited didn't it. Who can resist swirls, I know I can't. I have to have them on everything.

Here's what I came up with and I made all the paper on it myself and had a lovely, messy time.

Making your own backgrounds is so much fun and also so much cheaper because you already have all the stuff and I generally use cheap printer paper unless it's for the main body of the card when I use either stiffer card or in this case some watercolour paper.

Here's the original sheets for all the things I used on my card.

The first is the watercolour paper sprayed with moonshadow mist Treasure Island Aqua (don't you just love that name). It had a few swirls stamped all over it from Kay Carley's Funky Flowers stamps and I then used a Tim Holtz mask and sponged over it with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks.

There is a lovely shimmer from the Moonshadow mist.

The die cut swirls where cut from a sheet of printer paper that had been liberally splattered with French Country Starburst stains and then scrunched up, carefully opened and left to dry. The colours all blend and go soft and the creases have a beautiful shimmer.

For the flower I used another sheet of printer paper. Put some distress ink on my craft mat sprayed with water and then swiped the paper over it. When it was dry, the Tim Holtz swirls were stamped all over with perfect medium and heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer gold powder.

I cut up the whole sheet and die cut some Tattered Flowers, the extras will come in handy in the future.

The piece of matting was card with bundled sage DI rubbed round the edge and I used the same colour to stamp the swirls on the main card.

Lastly, I didn't have any gold brads so I used some purple ones, dipped them in gold EP and this is the result.

A few liquid pearls were added for a bit more swirl effect, well you can never have enough can you?

All the things I used can be bought from The Stampman so come on show us your Swirls and Curls, the Stampman have a £10 voucher on offer as the first prize.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend whatever you are doing.


SueH said...

A perfect piece of art Lisa.

I just love those flowers!


craftimamma said...

You're right Lisa, swirls are so hard to resist. I love them. I also love making my own background papers (inspite of having a huge stash of bought ones). It's so satisfying to start with a completely blank 'canvas' and build it up layer by layer.

You have done a stunning job on this beautiful card. I particularly like the piece using the TH mask and the scrunched paper die cut swirl is lovely.

Lesley Xx

Rose Petal said...

Hi Lisa. This is absolutely stunning sweetie. I just love the swirls. Happy crafting.
With love, Sandra xx

Lin said...

Beautiful. Love that you have given such detailed instructions.

Lin xx

Jill said...

OMG Lisa, what a beautiful card. You are just so inventive! Jill x

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous, can see those TH dies are going to get a work out over the next fortnight. love your background papers as well. XOXO Zoe

Lynda said...

Wow Lisa - what a gorgeous card - fabulous inking and stamping!

Love Lynda xxx

Von said...

Truly love the look and style of you DT piece :)
Von x

Brenda Brown said...

Thats one gorgeous card Lisa, I love the colours and the way you have made all your papers. The flower is fabulous, what a great take on the theme.
Enjoy your weekend.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Claire Phillips said...

Really beautiful Lisa, a stunning colour combination and I love that fabulous flower! Cheers Claire x

Lesley said...

Ooo lovely. Fabulous background and the paper flower is gorgeous.

Sue said...

Wow Lisa this is beautiful, there's a great feeling of satisfaction in turning sheets of whit paper into wonderful backgrounds x

Ciara said...

This is beautiful Lisa, such soft & pretty colours. I love the tattered florals die and it really suits your design, xx

Genius idea to emboss the brad too!

Enfys said...

What an original piece of artwork Lisa. I haven't been over for a while (sorry!) so have had a lovely browse around. Everything very inspring as always,
big hugs
En xx

Jules said...

Wow Lisa

This is a true work of art. Each individual part hand crafted by yourself.

Very inspirational.

Love Jules xx

Kay Carley said...

Just a few swirls used then Lisa - lol!! Those mists make such lovely backgrounds don't they and those flowers that you die-cut out of it will be soooooooo pretty!! xx


Beautiful tag Lisa - love the swirls and the flower. Hugs, Sylvia xxxx


Oooops - sorry Lisa - of course I meant to say "card", not "tag". The brain cell has left the building I'm afraid!!
More Hugs ~ Sylvia xxx

chris said...

Hi Lisa, amazing work, , so inspiring it certainly looks amazing.
hugs chris xx

Basslady said...

awesome and very noble!

love the flower!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo