Good Morning and a happy February to you all .
Our Barbara is on the telly box this morning and this afternoon --YAY looking forward to seeing all the samples and new stuff I wonder what I will be tempted with today? sure as eggs is eggs I will be tempted by something!
Well the January challenge got off to a flying start with our new design team and lots of fabulous entries this month - what a great way to start the year. I wonder which lucky entrant the random picker will choose? I know picking my top favourite five was tough.
The challenge for February is Floral - and I wanted to use this lovely floral stencil so here is my offering and how I arrived at it. I hope you like it.
I know what the challenge is for next month and I know what I am doing - I just hope I get it finished on time or I will have to have a rethink.
I started with a piece of black card and spread grunge paste through the Filigraphy Flower Stencil then left to dry. As you can see I did this on a scrap as I had several attempts at this as I couldn't decide quite which order I should do things in next.
I decided that I wanted to do something in the background with gold embossing so that it would match the guilding I wanted to use on the flower, so I found my crackle stamp and the diamond stamp from the journal set.
I decided that this was way too busy so decided to tone it down a bit but before I did that I had a light bulb moment and added some texture to the grunge paste by using the Remountable Filigraphy foliage stamp to stamp an impression into the flower before it was too dry - I stamped into versamark first just to be on the safe side and then I cleaned my stamps pronto!
Then I went back to the background this time I just used the journalling set.
I then started to add guilding wax to the leaves but realised I hadn't taken a picture .
I continued to add guilding wax to the whole flower.
I forgot to take a pic - but you get the idea! I then used my ebrush and speccy pens the dark greens and the dark reds to colour the flower.
Here is a close up of the flower head.
I needed a matt tat wouldn't look out of place so I cut some whte card, added a bit of guilding wax and went over with the e brush.
I mounted this on another matt of black before sticking it on the card.
I was a bit disappointed that I manage to get some guilding wax on the black background but then I thought it just added to the grunginess.