Wednesday 10 April 2019

2019 #5 Maps & Plans: Geometric Florals with EEV {by Alison Hall}

2019 Topic 5: Maps & Plans

Alison has produced some masterboard masterpieces with maps and even used an old A-Z. She's thought out of the box to create flowers with geometric design stamps and used buttons to create a real wow for her trio of cards.

Hi everyone, it's Alison Hall (Craftytrog) with you today, and I'd like to share with you some abstract style cards with a floral theme, that I made with Ellen Vargo Eclectica stamps.

I used some map paper for collage, and made a stamped and painted master board, both of which are favourite techniques of mine. Then I was going to use Ellen's floral designs, but looking afresh at her stamps, I decided that using her bold geometric designs to create flowers would be a fun idea.

I began my master board by collaging torn index pages from an old London A-Z onto Regular A4 White Smoothy Card. I adore the texture created from the ripped binding edges!

I lightly added some colour using the fabulous new PaperArtsy Brayer, and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic in Slimed and Seaglass. I wanted to highlight the texture, and I didn't want to cover up the index pages totally. 


Next I used PaperArtsy Eclectica Stamp Set EEV08 with SnowflakeBeach Hut and Green Patina Fresco Finish Acrylic, to add a background design, and that was my master board finished. I'm really loving this fresh Spring colour palette with the vintage paper!

Time to create the focal elements for my cards. I stamped the arch, triangle and diamond designs from EEV01 with a Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad on a map page from my old A-Z. As the paper is slightly glossy, I used a heat gun to dry the ink. 

These stamp designs are super easy to cut out, which I appreciate as my fingers struggle with 'fiddly' these days. Too much crocheting! Hahaha! I later stamped the smaller triangles from EEV03 (not shown here).

Having cut up my master board, and cut out the stamped shapes, here's the first card I created.

I cut strips of map page for the flower stems, adding black gel pen doodles. The quote from EEV10 was stamped onto an index page from my London A-Z, the words individually cut out, then glued on and outlined with a fine black gel pen.

I created a border by stamping the little rectangle from EEV08 with Green Patina Fresco Finish Acrylic around the edges, and for added interest and colour contrast, I glued red buttons to the tops of the flowers.

For my next card, I used the stamped triangles and smaller diamonds to create a floral style design, with a black border this time.

I didn't want to waste the off-cut strip of master board, so I created a more clean and simple design with the stamped diamonds from EEV01, adding buttons, doodled dashes with a black gel pen and another quote from EEV10.

Here's a closer look at one of my cards. I love how the street names show through on the background, and can you spot my mistake? I smudged the ink dashes when I glued on the diamond leaves! Whoopsie!

I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial here, and that you have a go at the techniques I've used. I had fun using Ellen's stamps in a different way. Maps and A-Z's make such wonderful collage material, and I think you'll agree that they're a great stamping surface. I look forward to seeing how you all use maps in your artwork. Have Fun!

Alison x

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Miriam said...

These are fabulous Alison - love the bright colours too.

Helen said...

fantastic Alison! I've not used my Ellen stamps for ages, they are perfect for your cards

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wonderful use of your A-Z Alison! and I love the flowers.

Etsuko said...

This is stunning project Alison!! Your Ellen flowers are great idea and beautiful. Fabulous use A-Z on the background--My A-Z map is full of memories when I visited to London long time ago lol. xx

geezercrafter said...

Very inspiring Alison, off to get my Ellen Vargo stamps out!! said...

I totally love this post just as I do the marvellous designs of Ellen Vargo.
They are waiting in store at Time To Create in Australia to be found by enthusiastic stampers....your art rocks Alison.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what amazing cards! The master board that you created looks so beautiful with the stamps and sentiment you added 😁. I love the pop of red from the buttons too! Thanks for the inspiration, creative wishes! J 😊 x

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are brilliant, Alison, i love those geometric tulips! X

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous ! xx

A Pink said...

Terrific maps Creativity, Alison. Inspired and super effective use of Emma 's geometric stamps . Love them x