Friday 23 June 2017

NEW {Eclectica³ Scrapcosy} with Alison Bomber

Scrapcosy Vintage Postcards with Alison Bomber

Tonight we have another take on how to use Raquel's gorgeous stamps and stencils by Alison Bomber. The watercolour effects employed by Alison to add colour are super effective, and what do you prefer, brown or black ink? Controversial! Read on....

But first, here's a reminder of Raquel's new stamps and coordinating stencils. 


Hi everyone, Alison here from Words and Pictures.

It's an absolute delight to be with you this evening as one of Raquel's wingmen for these new Scrapcosy stamps.  You probably already know I'm a vintage fan, and I love intricate stamps with a touch of history about them, so these images are right up my street.

You've already heard from Raquel and from Jennie, so I'm mainly focusing on the third of the three new stamp sets.  ESC06 has a definite Halloween twist, though there are plenty of ways to use these throughout the rest of the year too.  But as I was playing I couldn't resist experimenting with the others too, so I've ended up with a lovely set of vintage postcards suitable for several seasons.

Let's take a proper look at the Halloween pair first.  There's a reason these come in twos.  I almost never stamp in black... I almost always reach for the browns first of all.  But since the Scrapcosy images are like something straight out of a botanical dictionary or nature reference book, I thought I really should try them in black, as they would have been printed originally.

But then I thought, "Well, in that case, why not do a direct comparison of how they look in black and in brown?"  And so I did.  And you know what... I'm still not sure which I prefer!  I do like the definition and clarity of the black stamping (Archival Jet Black), and how it definitely has the feel of a vintage illustration.

But I also really love the more faded sepia look (Archival Coffee) - a gentler, more aged look, I think.  Either way, the detail and clarity in these stamps is completely stunning. They're just fabulous to stamp with, as PaperArtsy stamps always are.

I stamped and painted the pumpkins separately, before cutting them out and gluing them in place.  I did a little bit of shaping from the reverse side so that they are slightly three-dimensional.

Scary spider, whether he's in black or brown!

The skeleton is holding on to the advertising banner, curved into his hands for an extra touch of dimension.

And I just adore these gnarled roots/branches - they'll work for either.  In the background, I did some resist text stamping with clear embossing powder... I love how it just tickles the eye with the extra detail.

Let me share a quick look at my other postcards with a couple more making-of details.  First the summery ones using ESC04 (and the text stamp from ESC06 in the background).  I think they have the look of a concert invitation - perhaps to an event in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

I cut my "postcards" from watercolour paper, and I used watercolour paints to "colour them in".  You'll notice I've taken an unusual (for me) leap into pink!  Here are the roses before any ageing/distressing...

And over that I blended some Pumice Stone Distress Ink to give me a more vintage look, splattering it with water for extra wear and tear.

Can I just say - this text stamp is beyond beautiful.  Again, brown or black... either way!

Finally, here's an autumnal pairing using the wonderful botanical fungi illustrations from ESC05 (and the text stamp from ESC04 in the background).

Simply in love with the detail of this specimen...

I really love the oak branch with the shiny acorn too.

And of course that spider from ESC06 works really well in the undergrowth too.  With all three pairs, I added darker tones of Walnut Stain around the edges.

What I love about using the watercolours is that once they are dry they are permanent.  You can apply the inks over the top without any danger that your carefully coloured illustrations will be affected.  So you can distress and splatter with water, and that top layer won't ruin all the hard work underneath.  You can do the same thing with PaperArtsy Fresco paints too, of course - but I didn't have them all with me!

It's been a joy and an honour to play with these gorgeous stamps.  They're already featuring in my traveller's journal too, as well as on tags, and I can see so many more possibilities too.  I also know that there are some of Raquel's new stencils on their way to me here in New York, so I'm very much looking forward to playing with those.  Keep an eye out over at Words and Pictures to see those in action very soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you again sooner than you might think!
Alison xx
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New Products will not be available to purchase from PaperArtsy until late 2017. This means the only place you can purchase is from an official PaperArtsy approved stockist. 

We encourage you to support independent retailers; they offer you valuable expertise and a wide range of product choice outside of the big box stores. Buy in-store or online now from the following stockists:

Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec
(Zinski, JoFY, ESC, EKC, EKD, EEG, ETS, LPC, Infusions, Frescos)

Treasured Memories Scrapbooking, Duncan,BC
(Frescos, Infusions, EKC, EEG, ESC)

Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia
(ETS, Infusions)

Artistree Workshops, Fulton, New York,
(Zinski, EKD, EKC, EEG, ELB, ETS, ESC, Ink and the Dog)

Clay with Me, Colorado
(ELB, LPC, ESA, JOFY, Infusions, Frescos, EKD, EKC, ESC, EEG)

Creek Bank Creations, Indiana
(MN, Zinski, Jofy)

Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky 
(Fresco Chalks, Lynne Perrella, Seth Apter)

Frantic Stamper, Oregon
(Zinski, LPC, JoFY, ELB, EEA, EEG, ESC, EKD, EKC, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps, Roswell, New Mexico
( Frescos, Infusions, LPC, ESA, EEA, Zinski, MN, ETS, HP, Treasure Gold)

Simon Says Stamp, columbus, Ohio www.
(Zinski, JoFY, ETS, EEA, EEG, EKC, ELB, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Stamplistic, Cleveland, Ohio
(Hot Picks, LPC, JoFY, ELB, Squiggly Ink)

The Queen's Ink Savage, Maryland
(Infusions, ESA, LPC)

Seth Apter, New York
(ESA, Frescos)

Stamp Fever, Orange, California
(Frescos, Jofy, Infusions)

Aldridge Crafts, Attleborough, Norfolk
(Zinski, Jofy, EEA, EKD, EKC, EEG, ESA, Frescos)

Amelia's Creative Crafts, Spernal Ash Nurseries, Alcester Road, Studley, Warwickshire
(Jofy, EKC, ELB, Frescos)

Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire
(EEA, ETS, ESA,Infusions)

Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex
(Zinski, Jofy, EEG, EKC, EKD, ESC, ETS, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Blade Rubber Stamps, London
(JoFY, LPC, Frescos)

Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire
(Zinski, Jofy, ELB, EEA, EEG, EKC, EKD, ESC, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Craft World Scotland, Glasgow
(EKD, EKC, JoFY, ETS, Zinski, ESA, ELB)

Crafty Snippets, Billingshurst West Sussex

Craftylicious, Mildenhall, Suffolk
(Zinski, Jofy, EEG, ETS, ESA, ELB)

Dandie Crafts, Caerphilly,
(Fresco Chalks, Kay Carley, Tracy Scott)

Everything Art, Powys, Wales
(EEA, Frescos, Infusions)

Keep on Crafting, Burt St Edmunds, Suffolk
(Zinski, Jofy, ELB, ESC, ELB, EKD, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Loobie Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire,
(Zinski, JoFY, ETS, ESA, ELB, Frescos)

LouLouPurple, Gwynedd, Wales

Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk
(JoFY, EKC, ESA, ELB, Zinski, Infusions)

Paper Story, Norfolk
(Infusions, Treasure Gold)

Rowan Tree Crafts, Carnforth, Lancashire
(Zinski, stencils, ETS)

Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands
(Jofy, EEA, Zinski, ELB, Frescos)

Simply Crafts, Cardiff,
(EEG, ETS, ESA, JoFY, Frescos, Infusions)
(Zinski, EKD, EKC, JoFY)

Stampers Grove, Edinburgh, Scotland 
(Zinski, JOFY, ELB, EEA, EEG, EKD, EKC, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Swanstitch, Deal, Kent

That's Crafty, Romford, essex 
(Zinski, Jofy, LPC, EEG, EKD, EKC, ELB, EEA, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent 
(Zinski, EKD, EKC, ESC, ETS, Frescos, Infusions)

The Craft Barn, Merstham, Surrey 
(Zinski, Jofy, ETS, EKC, EKD, EEA, ESA, ELB, Fresco Chalks, Infusions)

The Craft Box, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
(Zinski, Jofy, ELB, ETS, ESA, Fresco Chalks)

The Craft Den, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
(Zinski, EKC, EEG, EKD Jofy, ETS, Frescos)

The Forget me not Kraft Kabin
(Zinski, JoFY, ELB, ETS, EEG, EKD, Fresco Chalks)

Whichcraft, Wallasey, Merseyside 
(Zinski, JoFY, Fresos, ELB)

Expression Hobby, Marcinelle
(Frecos, Infusions, Zinskis, EDY, EEG, Jofy)

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso
(ESA, Fresco Chalks)

Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi
(Zinski, JoFY, ELB, EEA, EEG, EKD, ETS, ESA)

Toutencolle, Dun sur Avon
(JoFY, Infusions)

Stempeloase Munich
(Zinski, JoFY, ELB, ETS, ESA, ESC, EKD, EKC, LPC Frescos)

Stempelfee Shop
(Zinski, EEA, EEG, EKC, EKD, ETS, ESA, Infusions, Frescos)

Creafine, Papendrecht
(JoFY, ETS, Infusions)

Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden
(Zinski, EKD, EEG, EKC, JoFY, ELB, ETS, ESA, Infusions)

Papillon Hobby, Hendrik Ido Ambacht
(Zinski, Jofy, ELB, EEA, ETS, Infusions)

Scrap & Co, Klarenbeek

Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel
(Zinski, Jofy, ETS, ESA, Lynne Perrella, Frescos)

The Stamping Cottage, Schaijk
(Fresco Chalks, LPC, ESA,  Zinski, Hot Picks, ETS, JoFY, ELB, Infusions)

Art and Soul Studio, Burrum Heads, Queensland
(Zinski, Jofy, LPC, EKD, EEG,  ELB, EEA, ETS, ESA)

Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria 
(JoFY, ELB, ETS, Frescos, Infusions)

Scrap Matrix, Port Elliot, South Australia 
(JoFY, EKC, ELB, ETS, Frescos, Infusions)

Time To Create, Modanville, NSW
(Zinski, ESA, ETS, EKD, EEG, ELB, ESA, Infusions, Frescos)

Mandy's Card, Taipei
(Zinski, JoFY, ETS, ESA, ELB, EEA, Frescos, Infusions)

TIny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba
(JoFY, Frescos, Infusions)


Raquel Burillo said...

Beautiful Alison!! I don't know what to pick either, if black or brown ink! Black for the mushroom but brown for the roses maybe... It's great seeing then side by side. They are lovely projects!! And I love how you coloured all the images! The banner hold by the skeleton is such a great idea! :) Thanks very much for sharing all these and for helping with the release!! :)

Jennie Atkinson said...

A gorgeous array of postcards Alison beautifully designed and wonderfully and so delicately coloured. Yes ... not too sure about black or brown myself either ! Great to see them side by side though. A wonderfull collection x

Helen said...

I nearly always stamp in black, but know that you love your browns- both versions look fabulous!!

Fliss said...

These are all just gorgeous Alison, such amazing detail and I couldn't choose between black and brown as they're equally fabulous.
Fliss xx

Craftyfield said...

The brown has more of a Vintage look and black is starker... just depends on the style you want to communicate. Both are good, the samples are fantastic Alison!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Absolutely beautiful work Alison. Lx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh my! I love both versions of all of these although I think I do prefer the roses using the brown ink! You have made some truly beautiful examples ! Chrisx

Seth said...

Love these Alison. Such a beautiful range of colors you chose.

Marci said...

Gorgeous! Every single one.

Nikki Acton said...

Stunning vintage creations Alison with these wonderful stamps. Your watercolour effects are brilliant and create the fabulous aged background for your beautiful,compositions xx

Redanne said...

This post is an absolute delight Alison! The stamps are wonderful and I love that you showed a comparison between the back and brown. The skeleton has just gone on my wish list - I love how he is holding the banner and your watercoloured elements on the postcards are beautiful. xx

froebelsternchen said...

What a delightful post - such lovely stamp sets and Alison's examples are just AMAZING!!!!

Unknown said...

Wonderful stamps, love the skeleton, think that's a must have. Love the difference between black and brown inks, great comparison xx

Amanda said...

Absolutely beautiful collection
Amanda x

Jackie PN said...

Wow Wow and WOW!!
Whoever knew scary could be so beautiful?!!
These are just fabulous makes by Alison and the new stamps are sooo cool!! Love love love those shrooms!!
hugs,Jackie ")

Astrid Maclean said...

A super set of cards, making brilliant use of those wonderful stamps! Both the black and the brown versions look fantastic in their own way, love them all! And greaat colouring too!

Lys said...

These gorgeous stamps are marvellous in your hands, Alison! I love the details you never miss to add, the 3D banner is a great idea.

Cocofolies said...

These samples, stamps and comparison is just all what I LOVE...
Thank you Alison. xxx

Corrie Herriman said...

So beautiful !
Corrie x

Dorthe said...

Dear Alison, snapping for air when seeing them all- I love your experiment with the black contra brown inks, and think, too, that the black, really looks like a very old illustration i a magazine. The flower invitations are so beautiful, and oh do I also love your fungi and oak piece- stunning creations all.
Hugs, Dorthe

Dortesjs said...

great cards, i love ilustratuions and flowers ;O))

maj. said...

These are divine!!!

Julie Lee said...

Wow! What a gorgeous collection of postcards! Those vintage skeletons and pumpkins are brilliant and the botanical ones are exquisite! Lovely, lovely work Alison. xxx

Kirsten said...

I love all of these postcards, they're stunning.

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow, what a wonderful collection of samples Alison. Love them. Xx

sarascloset said...

OK, that's it! I NEED every single one of these sets! Alison has done an amazing job using both of the ink tones, but I prefer the black on the Halloween cards, and brown on the beautiful rose cards. Jury is out on the schrooms. All just lovely works of art colored by such a talented artist! You couldn't have picked a better one to show off these new collections!

Etsuko said...

Enchanting card using Raquel's new stamps with watercolor paint. Beautiful vintage colours and great composition. I love them. I'm always guessing about which to choose black or brown ink too. xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are absolutely glorious, Alison! I adore this whole range of stamps and want them even more now.
Lucy x