Friday, 16 December 2011

A New Technique For The Stampman Challenge

Afternoon lovely bloggers. Well, just a week to go now until the big day. It's been soooo cold here this week but at least we missed the winds. We were just reminiscing back to last year, can you believe we were under mountains of snow. Doesn't look like it'll be a white Christmas this year, I've checked the forecast and it looks like it'll be mild and damp!!

Over at The Stampman Challenge our lovely teamie, Sue, is asking you to think about a new technique you haven't tried before so if you want a break from all the preparations why not have a go. Jill is offering a £10 voucher to spend at The Stampman for the winner.

I struggled to think of something, as you know I love playing with all sorts of things, but then I remembered seeing a demo somewhere recently where they were stamping with alcohol inks. It appears you can stamp with anything if you try hard enough. Anyway, I'd never tried this.

I made a background by putting the inks on my craft mat with some blending solution and then slooshing some glossy card round in it. The I stamped with the gold mixative and sure enough it works brilliantly. Just for a laugh I then tried with the steam alcohol ink and that worked too although it spread out when it hit the blending solution on the paper but I quite liked that.

The dragonflies were stamped and I then tried colouring them with promarkers which did work OK. Vellum wings were added to the big dragonfly and some stickles.

I inked up some pages from an old book with the alcohol inks and pleated them across the bottom on the page, something else I've never done before.

The rest of the design team have created some beautiful projects with techniques I need to try now so don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog for a peek.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend, whatever you are up too.


Lisa Jane said...

oh wow what fabulous effects .. i love the background and the vellum wings of the dragonfly
Lisa x

Jill said...

Hi Lisa, that's a fun technique, I rather like creating an alcohol ink background!
You were lucky to avoid the winds, its still quite blowy here now with heavy showers.... lovely!
Hope you have a good weekend. Jill x

Mrs.B said...

This is a fabulous technique Lisa, I will give this a try. Love the card.
Just catching up and I enjoyed reading the 'golf ball' story - very true!
Love the 'samples' esp the gold embossed leaves.
Avril xx

Sally H said...

that's gorgeous, Lisa! Love the colour combo and those stamps are beautiful. Love the pleating too

Sue C said...

Lovely card Lisa, and stamping with alcohol inks is something I'm definitely going to have to try ! Sue C x

Emma said...

There's really not much I can say about this, other than...STUNNING! :) Beautiful work, Lisa!!

Hope you are well, keeping warm and nearly ready for the big day!
Love and hugs to a wonderful friend and blogging buddy.
Emma xx

Jules said...

Wow Lisa .. .. what a stunning finished result your experimenting produced.

Love the effect.

The dragonfly images look gorgeous and the embellishment across the bottom looks great!

Hope you got your tags made and you feel somewhere near ready for Christmas.

Love Jules xx

Enfys said...

Hi Lisa, just popped over to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year. I just love your card, I have been getting all inked up this week with glossy paper too, didn't look as good as this though!
En xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Lisa, I love your new techniques - they add up to a lovely card. Great idea to colour and pleat the book pages too. I finally got to make the pudding today - not tasted it but it certainly looks the business - check out my WOYWW post for a photo. Thanks again for the recipe. Elizabeth x

PS: love the parable of the golf balls and the coffee - I think I saw that done at a Reith Lecture a good many years ago but can't remember who was the lecturer.

JoZart said...

Love to read about your experiments and see the beautiful results!
Thanks for your comment... it must be a BIG box to hide that Toblerone!! Heh He!
Happy Christmas with those you love and who love you....
Jo xxx