I'm so sorry I didn't do my blog post yesterday. I would like to say it was because of a horrid hangover...however it was literally down to feeling horrible still. We did have a good party, and a few glasses of fizz, and I managed to get up for a walk with my friends and the dogs to the beach - but by the time I got home I was fit for nothing. I gave up, had Night Nurse, and, thankfully, a good nights sleep. I'm now on day 4 of not having a voice. Can you imagine, me without working vocal cords. It's driving me mad. There are loads of people with the usual winter lurgy, so I know I'm definitely not on my own. Anyhow, at least today I felt like crafting - and blogging.
I was chatting about the stamps I decided to use, just the other day. I'm not sure who I was chatting too, unfortunately. These are lovely stamps from Hero Arts, and were so popular when I worked at Dawn's shop. Honestly, we couldn't keep them on the shelves. They are classy, and beautiful. And the reason I love stamps, they are such a good investment. They last such a long time, and still look fabulous.
I wanted to do something different for the background again, so picked one of my masks:
And stippled through it using Tim Holtz distress paints. This will give a lovely stippled effect:
When you remove the mask, it does look really effective
However, look at all the lovely paint left on the mask
As a crafter, there's no way we can leave this paint. So, I spritzed it with water
I then placed a piece of card over the top and pressed it down to soak up the paint
and then, there's the paint left on the mat!!
I had a stamped image that was just sitting there, so I dumped it onto my mat
Love this! I blasted it dry with my heat gun
And then matted it onto the background I created, as the colours will match perfectly. I then stamped a sentiment.
I then got my lovely Hero Art stamps ready
And stamped one onto plain white card
I also stamped the image onto some of the scrap which has part of the paint on. I much preferred this to be honest, as it had more interest. I coloured the hat in with a glitter pen. I then decided to stamp the Style is Eternal stamp along the bottom of the card, and added paint and glitter
Which I completely fell out with, and decided to chop it off. I mat and layered my image using craft metal, which can easily be textured with embossing folders, or just scissors
Now, I layered the sentiment, and the image, and added a ribbon knot to the left, and little gems at the bottom of the card
See, it looks much better at the bottom of the card now doesn't it.