Saturday 18 February 2012

Monochrome Magic...In Shades of Blue

Hi, I hope you're all having a good weekend, unfortunately they just don't last long enough.  I think the working week should be 3.5 days, but on the same pay of course :-).

By the skin of my teeth, I have managed to create something for the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge, their theme is "Monochrome Magic" and closes in a matter of hours.  I have used a bare plywood frame measuring 6.5in x 6.5in to create a picture in shades of blue:

The frame has been painted with Craig & Rose Chalky Emulsion in Pompadour then stamped with script and harlequin stamps.  I have coloured some text dp with Faded Jeans DI, sponged through a sequin waste mask with the same colour, and edged with JB Spice Tin, then attached down the sides of the frame. 
The beautiful image is by Paper Artsy and has been stamped with JB Spice Tin onto the same inked dp as I used on the frame.  I have tinted the flowers on the image with some ink mixed with water, and added clear Distress Stickles onto the darker leaves.  The centres of the flowers are blue chipboard circles covered in crackle glaze.  I have also used the harlequin stamp and sponged through the sequin waste mask around the image, and added glossy accents inside the clock part.  I've covered a navy blue chipboard bracket also with crackle glaze and attached an inked flower covered in stickles, and then a watch face/timepiece.
The navy blue glittered heart was triple embossed with clear UTEE to seal the glitter in - it's made it look as though the glitter is encased in glass - I love how this has turned out.  The idea for this came from Shelley Hickox at Stamptramp (thank you!) where you can check out her fabulous tutorial for this technique.

I'd also like to enter my picture into the Crafts & Me Challenge, as they have a theme of Distressed at the moment, and Simon Says Stamp And Show, who have a theme of Anything Goes

That's all for now, I'm off to scrub my fingers again as they're still a very pale shade of blue, despite many washings, and look as though they're gonna drop off with the cold!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Maria x


Marina said...

This is a beautiful project - worth getting smurf fingers for!

Gerri Herbst said...

Such a pretty blue project!

Terry said...

Hiya Maria, thank you for sharing your beautifull project with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and SHow, I love what you did with the frame and the image inside the frame is beautifull Good luck, hugs terry xxxx

hazel said...

Another beautiful piece Maria, I love everything about it.
xxx Hazel.

Candy C said...

Very pretty card! I love the shades of blue you've done on this. Very pretty background colors and edges. Your cutout is very effective and the stamped image you've used inside of it is so sweet. Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Kim x said...

Lovely project Maria, thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.
hugs Kimx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Maria, thanks for your lovely comments on my blog and for egging me on with the GIn !!! Love this beautiful project, absolutely stunning ! The stamping is just amazing and the blue tones are gorgeous. Another inspiring piece of art from you. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck.


Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

This is gorgeous Maria, I love the colours and the sparkley embellishments and the clock face are beautiful
Lindsay xx

anna christensen crafts said...

Hi Maria, this really is very beautiful, I love it!

Gio said...

Lovely frame!