Monday 11 May 2015

2015 #9 Eternal Star {by Alison Hall}

2015 Theme 9: Words

Hi everyone Alison here, joining you this evening with a post about stamping simple, colourful backgrounds with opaque Fresco Acrylic Paint. A background like this makes a great base for adding some co-ordinating embellishments, made with the same colours. I have made a card, using Sara Naumann stamp set ESN13, and some pretty blue and purple shades of Fresco Paints.

Step One: I stamped the phrase from ESN13 repeatedly, diagonally down from the top left to the bottom right of a 5 x 5 inch piece of Smoothy Stamping Card. I used Fresco Acrylic Paint colours Blue Oyster, Wisteria, Smurf and Lavender, using a brayer to apply the paint to the stamp.

Step Two: Next, I stamped up some Tissue, using the music from ESN13, and Jet Black Archival Ink. I used a torn piece of this as a layer on my card.

Step Three: I made up a brayered background, using the four Fresco colours used above, then stamped the star from ESN13 with Archival Ink. I then cut out the star.

Step Four: I wanted some smaller star embellishments, so out came the Shrink Plastic. I used clear shrink plastic, lightly sanded the surface with a sanding block to allow it to grip the paint, then sponged on some Blue Oyster, Smurf, Wisteria and Purple Rain Fresco Acrylic. I stamped the stars with Jet Black Stazon Ink, cut them out, and used a heat gun to shrink them.

Step Five: I put my card together, gluing a torn strip of the stamped tissue across the middle of my background with Ranger Matte Medium, then adding a piece of white crochet lace. I glued the large star over some scrunched up silver thread, then glued down the shrink plastic stars. I sponged the edges of the card with Lavender Fresco, then finished with some sprinkles of aged silver embossing powder, before attaching to a 5.5 inch card blank.

I hope you'll join in with the PaperArtsy 'Words' Challenge, and have a go at stamping with Frescos, the trick is not to load too much paint onto the stamp, and using a brayer to apply the paint is a good way to avoid this. The Sara Naumann Eclectica Stamps have some great words and phrases to use on your entries.

Alison xxx

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Love the choice of colour family used as the backdrop for your "words" Alison, looks fab against the white cardstock. The placement of wording, stars and torn music scrap works perfectly creating a clean and simple look.

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Helen said...

This is really fabulous Alison, I love the repetition of the stamping in the background and the stars look great!!

Julie Lee said...

A lovely interpretation of Sara's beautiful plate, Alison. I love the background using the words like this - a great idea and your colour choices are fabulous - oh yes, and hurray for shrink plastic! The stars look great! xxx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Ooooh! That's lovely Alison. So simple but it's super-effective. Lx

craftimamma said...

Excellent example of using a wordy stamp to create a lovely background Alison. Love the colours too.

Lesley Xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Fabulous sentiment, completely complemented by your great design! great colours and stars are just fabulous! x

Words and Pictures said...

What a stunning card from Alison - the words and stars are beautiful, and the colours are perfect!
Alison xx

Fliss said...

This is really gorgeous Alison. The repeat stamped background is fabulous and a great contrast to the stars.
Fliss xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is great, Alison; your stamping is so perfect you're a great advocate for using the brayer to load the paint,

Lucy x

massofhair said...

Wonderful card Alison, your use of words, shrink plastic and bright colours is a triumph! Will give the brayering paint onto a stamp technique a go, like the idea very much:-) xxx

Kirsten said...

That is gorgeous! I love the background.

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous, love the background and great design.
Linda xx

Unknown said...

YOU ARE A STAR for sure Alison creating this wonderful project. Thanks bunches. j.

Miriam said...

Love this - in fact - I just adore this stamp set too!

Gemma Hynes said...

love the techniques you have used to create this card, very inspirational