Wednesday 5 October 2016

2016 #19 Woodland Nymph {by Donna Gray}

2016 Topic 19: Die Cuts

Hi everyone, Donna Gray from Inky and Quirky here excitedly joining you this evening with a post about Die Cuts. I love using an assortment of die cuts to add interest and texture to a creation and when I saw the new Seth Apter one’s it set the little arty cogs in my brain whirring away with possibilities! So I thought I’d use them teamed up with some wonderful Lin Brown stamps to do an Autumnal theme with a woodland nymph keeping to all the russet colours. 

 Step One:​  Use a large piece of That’s Crafty white/greyboard and start to brayer on the colours of Fresco paint in Tikka,Tango,Zesty Zing and Chartreuse randomly to create a light background for the stamping. Start adding some stamps from the fab ELB29 set using Archival ink in Coffee, this keeps the background muted as I didn't want it to overshadow what comes next. 


Step Two:​  Next it’s time to start drawing the wood nymph…...yes she does look a bit strange at this stage but don't worry it gets better! Use Fresco Nougat as the base of the skin colour, Fresco Tinned Peas for the eyes and Fresco London Bus for the lips, define the features using a brown Faber Castell Polychromos pencil. The body was painted with a mixture of Fresco Zesty Zing, Seaweed and Brown Shed, I wanted to create a sort of tree trunk effect.

Step Three:  Take a sheet of PaperArtsy Smoothy paper and sprinkle some lovely Infusions on, use a mixture of The Sage, Lemoncello,Orange County and Are You Cerise and spritz with a good spray of water until the colours start to mingle, dab with a kitchen towel if needed before heat drying. Now it’s time to start stamping up some leaves using the leaf stamp from ELB29 with a mixture of Archival and Memento inks, still sticking to that Autumnal colour palette, lots of lovely fussy cutting there! At the same time I also cut one of the Seth Apter dies (Drip Drop set cut from more Smoothy paper) and used the same mixture of Infusions.

Step Four:  I ​used some more die cuts, this time from Tim Holtz’s Sizzix Garden Greens die, and coloured with more Infusions in the same colour range as previous. In the end I only used the leaf pictured on the right as the other one just didn't work for me and as you'll see on the picture of the final creation I substituted it for another Seth Apter die (Ring Around) which I coloured with Distress inks in Barn Door, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade.The same Distress colours were used on the die cut from the Drip and Drop set with a little bit of stamping with the circle stamp from the ELB29 set.

Step Five​: Now you start pulling all the pieces together. Use the drip drop die cut to form a circle around the wood nymph’s head and then layer up the leaves around that (I added a little Barn Door to the leaves to redden them up a bit). I used stencil PS002 Lin Brown and pounced Mowed Lawn Distress ink through it to create a little more depth on the background.

Next take a couple of stamps from ELB23 and ELB29 and use on the nymph’s ‘body’, stamp and cut the leaf stamp separately and pop behind the leafy garland. Take the gorgeous tulip stamp from stamp set ELB23 and colour with a mixture of Zig clean colour pens in red and orange shades, fussy cut out and again place one in the nymph’s garland and attach one on top of the die cut leaf. For a finishing touch add a couple of Tim Holtz chit chat stickers and use one of the new Ranger Enamel Accents in white to add a little pop here and there against the Autumn colours.


Step Six: ​ Here’s a close up of the face and some leaves. I added a couple of drops of Decoart Media Liquid Glass to the leaves so they look like they’ve just caught a little rain drop.

I really hope this has inspired you to get out your stash of die cuts and use them up, they are so versatile and can be coloured and textured with a whole range of products depending on what you want to create. How about drawing your own wood nymph too and maybe create one for each season, now there’s an idea ;)

Donna Gray 
Blog:Inky and Quirky

Ooh just gorgeous Donna, these colours are stunning and Lin's stamps are perfect for this, they really fit well with the die cut shapes and over all theme. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

great use of dies Donna. Love the autumnal colours too.

Deborah Wainwright said...

How fabulous Donna, love it. Hugs Debsxx

Kirsten said...

This is great, I love the colours.

Amanda said...

Autumnally fabulous, great colours and use of Seth's die's. Also loved to see her face build up. Great make
Amanda x

Unknown said...

Fabulous make, my dear Inky! So glad to see you here! Loved reading your post. Thank you! Xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Super inspirational project Donna and fab use of your dies.
Julie x

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a beautiful project Donna. Lx

pearshapedcrafting said...

So beautiful! Chrisx

Fliss said...

Absolutely gorgeous Autumnal creation Donna. Love all the details and your wood nymph is fabulous!
Fliss xx

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous! xxx

craftimamma said...

Wonderful piece of art! Autumnal colours are my favourites and together with Lin's gorgeous stamps this project ticks lots of boxes for me. Your wood nymph is just stunning!

Lesley Xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments everyone, made me very happy ;)
Donna xx

Words and Pictures said...

Oh, she's delightful - what a brilliantly quirky idea!
Alison x

craftytrog said...

Donna, so great to see you here with your gorgeous nymph! Love those pops of white you added too! xxx

Etsuko said...

Gorgeous project Donna, fabulous Autumn atmosphere. xx

Gibby Frogett said...

oooh fabulous artsy mixed piece Donna - she's awesome!
Gill xx

Julie Lee said...

What a lovely autumn project. I love the colours and the beautiful face. Really inventive use of die-cuts. xx