Friday 14 October 2016

2016 #19 Gothic Arch {by Clare Lloyd}

 2016 Topic 19: Die Cuts
Hi everyone Clare Lloyd here.

I don't own that many dies but rummaged out a couple of my favourites to use for tonight's project. Of course, bright colours just had to be involved so decided on some juxtaposition and went for a monochrome look on the face. 

Step One: First I cut two Greyboard arches using a Tim Holtz die, one I cut into half for the doors on my gothic arch.  Then slapped on some Gesso. Once dry out came Cherry Red and Yellow Submarine Frescos I blended this in with a paintbrush working with horizontal brush strokes. While the paint was still wet I wiped back the colour using my stencil 023 and a baby wipe.

Step Two: Once my blended background was dry I added stamping using Black Archival Ink and a dotty image from my ECL09 stamp. Then some blue archival ink using Mini 18. I formed my gothic arch and punched holes ready to piece it all together with some Prima jump rings.


Step Three: Now for the girl ECL09. She was stamped onto Smoothy card using Black Archival ink. I used a 4B graphite stick but a very soft pencil would work the same I am sure! Softly shade lines around the edge of the face and details of the image. Then blend in a circular motion using a paper stump. The shading becomes lighter as you move into the centre of the face. She was simply cut out and glued onto my gothic arch.

As a finishing touch I die cut a PaperArtsy Tall Heart Die using some Metal Card, added some texture using an embossing folder and painted it with Little Black Dress Fresco paint. Once dry I sanded it back a little to reveal the metal on the dots. This was added to the doors of my gothic arch plus a little more stamping using Mini 72.

 Mini 72.

The grey shaded image looks really great on a bright background and is so easy to create...why not give it a try yourself? I love to see what you do with my stamps and so do share them with me, I like to show other peoples make on social media to spread the word!. 

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Those arches make a great frame for your stamped girl, and the tall heart is a brilliant finishing touch, hiding her away just waiting for the doors to open. Gorgeous colour blending and the colour removal technique with the stencil really pops. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

just love the arches, Clare, and the simple colouring of your girl is a perfect offset to the brightness

rachel said...

beautiful work Clare - love this to bits xx

Carol said...

Great job!!! I'll have to keep this in mind for gifts :)

Lauren Hatwell said...

Lovely project. Fab contrast. Lx

Etsuko said...

Stunning arches Clare!! Love the bright background and great graphite work. xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so gorgeous Clare, I love everything about it! Great way to make a triptych and I love the bright colours and colour removal technique. Your girl is fab!

Lucy x

Artmadnana said...

Ooh I love everything about this Clare. This is one of my all time favourite stamp sets. I love the girl image but I also find the background stamps on the set so useful for journaling. These are my favourite 'go-to' colours too. It was so effective to ghost out the pattern using one of your stencils. Then, of course, you choose exactly the right combo of stamps to create a stunning background. Love the idea of keeping the girl image monochrome and such a helpful tip about the graphite blend. Gorgeous, as always!

Craftychris said...

ooh this is so cool! Love the contrast of the vibrant colours with the monochrome face - genius! xxx

Debs M said...

great make and the black really makes the colours pop!

craftimamma said...

Fab contrast between the brights and the monochrome Claire. It makes the girls pop against the colourful background. I always forget stencils can be used to remove colour as well as add it and it's so effective. Thanks for the reminder.

Lesley Xx

Julie Lee said...

Lovely project Clare - such a fabulous use of contrast. xx

Kirsten said...

This is beautiful, I love the contrast between the background & the face.