Feb 9, 2014

Carefree Days!

"Build It Up"
Using at least three stamps!
is the challenge this fortnight at FSC

The watercolour background, butterflies and casual image
give me the feeling of carefree and innocent summer days!
So if you are going through some rough weather right about now...
I hope this helps you think of what is on its way soon...

Wendy Vecchi was demo-ing the most gorgeous backgrounds at CHA
~ and I  just had to give it a go...
Ok, so maybe I don't quite have the new re-inkers (yet!)
and had to work out what the Australian version of what rubbing alcohol was...
but where there is a will there is a way!!!

My logic behind this background goes a little like this ~
I have no re-inkers...but what do we use re-inkers for?
For re-inking stamp pads with, of course!
So I swiped a little colour direct from the ink pad!
Next - rubbing alcohol!
I had no idea what this was, so friends on fb came up with 
an antiseptic called "Isocol"
which I found in the health section of the supermarket (near the band aids).

I am totally in love with this technique!!!
My tip is to follow the video as when I tried short cuts it just didn't work.
But the end results are just beautiful.

The main image is stamped...the kids masked 
and then the background inked and flicked with water.
The image is torn, and then I added a little bleach in some sections to tone down the colour and bring the white out to the edge.
The main image is a new one that I got from Art Journey called Precious Moments 
and the words are from a set called Nature Flowers
The butterflies are from a set called Just Butterflies from Chocolate Baroque.

A little flicking of gesso, some TH tape around the edge, a little freehand doodling for a border
 and there you have it.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the theme this time.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.



Bron said...

Love love love it!! what a gorgeous blue tone behind the main image, and the rest of the background looks stunning. The technique sounds like fun. xx

Hayley Kew said...

My goodness the work that went into this is amazing! Gorgeous outcome :) Thanks for sharing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More. We hope to see you back again soon :)

Nikki said...

Great card. Love the background you have created. Thanks for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps.


Kylie said...

That background is so cool! Love the doodled border!! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

Zoe said...

This is fabulous, love the background you've created and the image is adorable. Thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

She King said...

This is beautiful. x

Amanda said...

Looks like you have Wendy's background nailed! Great make with visions of summer days.
Amanda x

Laurart said...

I think it worked perfectly - This is so stunning - I love it!

Viv's Visuals said...

Great technique - it's made an amazing background for the fab stamping Dot. Like it very much!

Meggymay said...

The background looks fabulous, and the beautiful image takes your eye in to it.
Yvonne x

Joan said...

Lovely piece, I love the stamp , had forgotten the rubbing alcohol stuff, have some tucked away somewhere, time to have a play me thinks!

Mrs.B said...

Stunning background Dot - think I need to check this out!
Love the image you've used, perfect with the sentiment.
Avril xx

Netty said...

Knew straight away this was your card Dot, you have a very distinctive and beautiful style.
Annette x


Sandy said...

Such sweet image with a wonderful background!

craftytrog said...

Hi Dot! This is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job with that background.
Alison x

butterfly said...

Really beautiful - the background is glorious (and thank you for the common sense tip about using the ink pads themselves - the only re-inkers I have are black, Coffee and Sepia, so it wouldn't exactly look beautiful if I tried with those!!). Love the image too... fabulous card!
Alison xx

Brenda Brown said...

A stunning background Dot, it looks just like water colours and the stamping over the top works perfectly xx

Mandy Chilvers said...

love this stamped creation. the focal stamp is lovely. Thanks for playing along with Rhedd & Rosie

Ellie Knol said...

Lovely layered stamping!

Terry said...

What is not to love about this one, Dot! That background is so dreamy and the fussy cut kids walking into it just adds to the mystery! Love it!

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Dot this is so lovely and so beautiful.love these two.

maureenjscott said...

That's fabulous, I love it! thanks for explaining about the background! Thanks for sharing at Crafting by Designs Anything Goes in February Challenge! mo dt x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I really love this image, it fits perfectly to the background, a gorgeous card.

Claire said...

Gorgeous card Dot, love that background it looks amazing
Claire xx

Martina2801 said...

Exquisitely crafted ! So beautiful.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous backdrop for such a gorgeous image. Love this card and great design too. Tracy x