Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Suzanne Czosek #2 .... Vintage Bottles And Springflowers

"Today I am sharing a card with a few of my favorite things: Flowers, Vintage Bottles, and butterflies. I am also showing you the steps I used to create the background paper for my card. I was inspired by a piece of pattern paper which had me thinking how I could recreate it using some of the lovely PaperArtsy stamps". 

When I create a background I always create a larger piece to allow me to either chose the best part of my background for my project or to have leftovers for another project.  I started with a piece of SmoothyWhite Stamping Card as my canvas.
Stamp the "stripes" using Versafine Smokey Grey Ink randomly across the surface. Next stamp the "circles" randomly across the surface as above. I used a lined acrylic block to help align the "lines" in the stamp which helped me keep my lines parallel to my background. 

Next step was to add a partial flourish script, by appling uneven pressure to only pick up part of the script then I added the ink splats from (HPXTRA 01) across the page randomly using grey ink as above. "I have to say this image is rapidly becoming one of my favourites".

Next I added "moths" from (ID01) floating across the background also using Versafine Ink.  


I then added a hint of watercolor pencil to the circles and butterflies, using a waterbrush to soften the effect.

I cut a piece of the background and stamped the bottle over the background using Archival Ink (Jet Black).  I added a hint of blue watercolor pencil around the edges and shaded under the glass bottle. 

I stamped a second set of butterflies onto the Crackly Tissue Paper, using Versafine Ink, which was then heat set on the tissue paper.  Again they were coloured using watercolor pencils and waterbrush. Next cut them out and attache them to the first layer of butterflies on the background.

I also stamped two sets of the flowers using Archival Ink black onto Crackly Tissue Paper. I heat set it to ensure it was dry before I colored them with the watercolor pencils.

I then cut the flowers out and attached them to the front of the card. 

I hope this project inspires you to dig out your stamps and create your own background papers. See you same time again tomorrow!


  Leandra Says: I adore this soft gentle colour scheme, and how the little touches of grey make each element stand out off the background, what a great tip!

Gillian Says: What a great idea Suzz when you don't have the perfect background papers. The flowers look striking against the white/black background.

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Helen said...

Suzz, this is beautiful - I love the flowers painted that gorgeous pink colour! I definitely feel inspired tonight!

margaret said...

That is really lovely can't wait to have a go at something similar great inspiration, many thanks

Lucy Edmondson said...

The pink flowers look perfect with the bottle. Thank you for talking us through your background process,

Lucy x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Suzz ! I love how you've built up the background and the delicate colours are gorgeous. Sue C x

Craftyfield said...

I am with you on creating background with stamps ! This is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful. The background really makes the flowers stand out.

Rebecca said...

Lovely :)
Happy craftin

Artmadnana said...

Great background - lovely reminder of that set of background stamps! Off to find mine now. Thanks Suzz.

Trish said...

It's really beautiful, soft and delicate. Love, love it!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous background and I love the touches if colour, so delicate and pretty. Great design. Tracy x

butterfly said...

Such beautiful stamping to create a really gorgeous one-off "designer" paper - fantastic! Love the soft watery tinting of the butterflies...
Alison x

Kelly said...

Thanks for the tutorial, your background is beautiful.
Hugs Kelly

Carol Q said...

beautiful Suzz. a lovely ethereal background. the flowers really stand out.

craftimamma said...

Suzz, the way you make your backgrounds is always inspirational and this is just gorgeous. I love the soft grey and the shading to make the images appear 3D. Fab colouring of the pretty flowers too (I have that set in mhy PA collection ;D).

Lesley Xx

betjunroe said...

Wow this is stunning! I can't wait to try this technique! Thanks for the inspiration. Bette

maria's knutselplezier said...

Love this card a lot, its so special !!!


ionabunny said...

Love this. Great tutorial. Off to give it a go

Sue said...

Absolutely gorgeous Suzz, off to have a play now! xx

Sophie said...

Cool und wunderschön...

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