Friday 28 August 2015

2015 #16 Colourful Cards {by Anneke de Clerck}

Topic 16: Circles

Hi everyone Anneke here, joining you this evening with a post about circles. I love to include circles into my work. I have lots of circle stencils, polka dot stamps and I use these all the time. I often punch circles out of paper scraps/vintage book paper and add these on my cards, art journal pages, canvasses.... Circles add interest to a background and are very suitable shapes to create flowers with.
This evening I want to walk you through the making of a set of colorful cards. Hope you'll enjoy it.

When making cards I often work in series, it's nice to have a stash of cards at the ready when you need them.  

I picked some paints out of my collection of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Tinned Peas, Limelight, Candy Floss, Caribbean Sea, Beach Hut, Wisteria, Blue Oyster, Banana and Smoked Paprika.

First I painted strips of tissue paper. I worked with opaque paints as well as translucent paints.

I cut the tissue paper into small strips and glued them to a 4 by 6" (10 x 15 cm) piece of paper with gel medium. I used smoothy white stamping card (340g), that paper can withstand gel medium perfectly well. After drying I flipped over the excess of paper to the back and attached it with more gel medium.

For the card in the middle I used a combination of 4 colors, for the others I used all the colors.

Next I stamped circles to the background with a glass using Snowflake paint. When creating stamped designs like this I always start in the centre of the card and work towards the edges.

For the following step I used a spiral stamp from the EEG07 stamp set. There are lots of awesome circle stamps in that set!

I used my fingers to load the stamp with Snowflake paint. In my opinion this is the easiest way to put just the right amount of paint to the stamp.

I overstamped the background with circle stamps from the EEG07 set and StazOn Teal Blue.

I stamped a flower with one of my favorite flower stamps from the ELB01 set and a combination of Smoked Paprika, Candy Floss and Limelight paint. I cut stems out of paper that I painted with Snowflake first. 

I arranged the flower and stem to the card. I used a small stamp from the EEG07 set to create extra flowers. I stamped a border with Archival Ink Jet Black

I colored the sculpted borders with Snowflake paint and added accents to the stamped circles using a white pen.

I finished the cards off with more circles.

At the end I changed the color of the flower centres and stems. I stamped the flower from the ELB01 set again with Archival Ink Jet Black, cut out the centre and attached it to the colored flower. Glued a black stem on top of the white one. These black accents make the flower pop more.

If you are not into busy, colorful backgrounds you could add a wash of Snowflake to the tissue paper background first. Or you could use one color or shades of one color for the background. I'm sure strips of the colors Blue Oyster or Wisteria would look great too. Stamping spirals in each circle would be a lovely variation as well. Lots of options :)
I hope I could inspire you to join in with the  current challenge. I would love to see what you come up with.
Have fun!

Thanks for watching!

Wow, another beautiful post Anneke! You always seems to manage to make thing look simple when there is a lot more going on in such clever layers! Thankyou! ~Darcy

We would love you to join in with challenge #16: Circles If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE. 
All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Circles link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Sept 6th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Lucy Edmondson said...

You've given me so many ideas here, anneke, love your cards,

Lucy x

Hazel Agnew said...

Brilliant post! Very skilful and love Emma's stamps. Comes together beautifully! Love it! X

Helen said...

great cards, so colourful and pretty, and lots of ideas.

Kirsten said...

Love, love, LOVE these cards! They are gorgeous.

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Beautiful cards, Anneke

Ruth said...

Great idea to have circles on stripes of funky colours. Such fun cards! Ruth x

Julie Lee said...

Lots of inspiration and such a fresh approach. Lovely cards. xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! These are absolutely beautiful. I love the stripey tissue paper. What a great effect. Lx

Emma Godfrey said...

These cards are gorgeous - love the colours and your style!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Very beautiful designs, great colours, yes we really love your work!!!


craftytrog said...

Beautiful colours, flowers & circles...what more could a girl wish for?! A wonderful set of cards Anneke, very inspiring!
Alison xx

Claire said...

Love this very bright and cheery style - beautiful cards X

craftimamma said...

Beautiful bright cards! I am such a coward when using bright colours, lol!

Lesley Xx

Susan Battensby said...

Beautiful cards, lovely colours, must get this stamp set, it's is so versatile.