Sunday 24 June 2018

2018 #11 Enshrined: Hidden Treasure with EKC {by Christine Dark}

2018 Topic 11: Enshrined - Hidden Treasure

It's always a pelasure to open up something and get an unexpected surprise! This is exactly that! Lots of tiny details to explore. ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Chris Dark here with you today, and I'd like to share with you my enshrined project. When I saw the topic and also a sneak peak of Kay's gorgeous new stamps I immediately thought of a built up die cut aperture with the little dragonfly inside but hidden somehow. I like the idea of something to open with viewing treasure inside. 

My starting point was master board using a pretty colour combination of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics in Prawn, Butternut Squash, Sherbet, Caribbean Sea, Snowflake, Granny Smith and Infusions in Are you Cerise, BlackcurrantGolden Sands, A bit Jaded, with Kay's beautiful new stamp set EKC18 and her new stencil PS096.(both new products available from stockists now - list here)

Eclectica³ Kay Carley 018 (PS018)

PaperArtsy Stencil {EKC} 096 (PS096)

I do enjoy seeing what I get when playing with these products together in multiple layers, it's very satisfying. I stamped with dye inks over the masterboard, adding brayered white paint before the focal stamping which helped to bring everything together and make the white stamping stand out. I often do this if I feel things are becoming lost in the background colour but I go very lightly and not everywhere so that I don't obliterate everything.

The focal images are stamped in white adding details to some of the stamping with dots of paint and fill in colour in some of the flower heads.  I was pleased that I managed to line up the stamping over and under the doorway I created to hide the treasure within.

The die cut heart is cut from a piece of the masterboard plus two layers of thick corrugated card, the cut out from the masterboard decorates the inside of the door.

A lovely design detail of this stamp set is the sentiment which is widely spaced so that you can easily cut it apart, thanks for that Kay, it's a great idea!

In finishing off the I roughed the edges with a craft knife and added gilding wax but in hindsight I think a plain base layer might have been a nice addition but overall I love how the grasses and other focal stamping are lined up above and below, inside and outside the doorway making the doorway merge in.  

If you haven't joined in with the enshrined challenge I hope you'll give it a go, there are so many ways it can be interpreted and so many styles of PaperArtsy stamps that will suit it! Thanks for joining me tonight and I hope you have a creative week!

Instagram: @chrisd999

To join our challenge and win a NEW Zinski apron:
Simply make something arty relevant to the topic, and link your creation from any social URL (eg. Instagram, Pinterest, Blog Post etc) sharing your original make to this challenge page.

The current topic link Topic 11: Enshrined will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, July 1st 2018, and the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

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Miriam said...

That's a gorgeous project Christine.

Artmadnana said...

I really love your colour choices and superb layering.

Lucy said...

This is such a clever and unique idea, Christine, and so beautiful,

Lucy x

Hazel Agnew said...

This is so beautiful Christine. Xx