Wednesday 10 April 2013

Helen Chilton #3 .... Pierrot On The Promenade

"Today I'm going to use glossy white card and add in some Lynne Perrella images that fit well with the Pierrot theme".

I love the effect you can get using glossy card - crisp images, bright colours. There are lots of different ways of getting the colour on the card - sponging, brayering or, as I've done here, swooshing on a craft mat.

You really need to use dye inkpads and can choose from the rainbow inkpads such as Kaleidacolor, or make up your own palette using Distress Ink Pads. Get out your card and ink pads.

Dab the ink pads onto the craft mat.

Then swoosh the card glossy side down into the inks,You'll never get the same background twice.

Vary how you dab the inkpads on the mat.

Or try it with Distress Stains which produces a more watery effect.

Stamp the main image in black.

Stamp the background in coordinating colours using the Pierrot text from Plate 4. I don't bother with a block.

Plate 4

Add in some of the patterns from the three small tags.

I've tried to balance out the colours -. the blue is quite a heavy colour so I've stamped slightly more on the lower right side and corner.

Then get out your white pen (I use a uniball Signo one which has a good flow) and add highlights to the Lynne Perrella image. You can get really fine detail - in fact it's difficult to know when to stop! If it goes wrong, just rub it off quickly.

After that I wanted to add shading and highlights around the image so I used the text stamp again with black ink for the shadow (bottom right) and white snowflake paint for the highlighting (top left):

I then spent ages trying out different layering up paper  and finally settled on pale lemon green, 'in your face' lime green and black!

The swirls at the sides were cut with a Spellbinders die ( Elegant Posts SKU:S5-032). I just felt it needed something as well as the gems, but I didn't want to cover up the shading.

This second card is simpler but uses the same techniques - you don't have to do anything complicated with this glossy card and inks, you still get great results.
I've taken some of the swooshed card and stamped the image adding in some text and hearts from Pierrot Plates 2,3 and 4:

Then add white pen and gems and round the corners:


I decided to use the same colour layering card as before but varied it by cutting much larger mounts.

The light green card is stamped in black and I've rounded all the corners. Hey Presto! All done!

Leandra Says: Fabulous cards. I just adore the multiple stamped layers you are doing with the BG stamps, and of course the neon colours suit Lynne's stamps perfectly. Even though I think of the Pierrot style as black/ white (in my head), when i see them done with this colour way it really works so well for them too!

{ know we have a new Lynne Perrella series being released at Ally Pally this weekend.....don't you???? .... sooooo excited , they've been coming out of the press today....*squeals* }

Gillian Says: Another LP set to add to my ever growing wish list, the centre image looks fab against the lime background, along with the pops of white.


Helen said...

Now this one I can do without any problem... if I could find my glossy cards!! Love the backgrounds and of course the stamping!

Craftyfield said...

Another technique I need to try...

Lin said...

Wow Helen love this..and I have both those sets so will just have to find some glossy card!! day ff Friday so can't wait to have a go!!

ionabunny said...

Love these cards. You are great with the white highlights and thanks for saying what pen you used. I have tried a few and they aren't always up to the job. I love that these are actually quick makes, once the co-ordinating colours are chosen!! New LP stamps!! Oh my.....

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous! I'm off to look up the white pen as mine never flows. Love the combination of using white and black as highlights, with the bright colours. Have been enjoying doing my wooden block today which has turned into a long project but it has been fun! Can't wait for the new LPs on Sunday!

Lucy x

Unknown said...

Great backgrounds! Love LP stamps... I will add these ones to my wishlist too! Sarah X

Kezzy said...

Wow Helen gorgeous samples I can't wait to have a go. I use my white sharpie that Helen above told me about and it's fantastic. I have five different ones but I alwaysrruined my project with them but since I got the sharpie I'm so loving the white effect lol. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxx

Linda M. Cain said...

Waiting patiently (not) for the new Lynne Perrella stamps! You did a fabulout job here Helen!