Saturday 9 May 2020

2020 #8 Popping Pink: Bloom like a Rose with EEB {by Jennie Atkinson}

2020 Topic 8: Popping Pink

Subtle doesn't mean that there is no complexity. A detailed look at Jennie's beautiful pages shows intricate details thanks to stencils and gel plates. It's also a good study in white space for those of us that sometimes struggle with 'less is more'.
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live The Dream) with you today, and I'd like to share with you a journal page pulled together using some of my favourite pink Frescos and a paper piecing technique using a lovely stamp design from Elizabeth Borer.

I have been sharing a few crafting techniques with my grandchildren through linkups over the internet in the last few weeks and got them started on layered paper piecing with paper dolls (most of us will remember that from days gone by!). This got me thinking that this would be a lovely way of showcasing these lovely stamps as I really am not a great painter! Whilst I love pink sometimes it does need the addition of a crisp clear contrasting colour and I think the use of parts of the stamp using white paper achieves a less cluttered look but still suits my vintage style.

I have used this lovely stamp set from Elizabeth Borer and combined it with a stencil from Scrapcosy for the background papers.

But first a little about my background paper. I have used three great pink Fresco colours Taro Milk Tea, Byzantium and Vintage Lace.

Combining these on the gelli plate gave me three pieces of coloured card stock to create with which should be complementary. I made one dark sheet, one lighter and one which has been patterned with stencils.

Unfortunately these colours look a little different having been taken in my craft room on a darkish day, but at least you can see what I was trying to achieve.

Pushing the stencils into the paints here and there gives a lovely ghostly feel .........

...... and flipping the stencil ensures the text is printed on the paper the right way!

The blooms were then stamped onto the darker printed cardstock and again on white cardstock. These blooms really lend themselves to isolating smaller layers. I chose not to layer them with foam pads as I felt it lost the dynamic contrast.

I also stamped the image onto the journal pages in order not to lose some of the smaller details.

As I really loved the background I kept the decoration to a minimum and completed the page with this lovely sentiment from Alison's 'Magic and Wonder' set.

I really love how all these colours work together and using the Gelli Plate has allowed me to have three different colours of paper to work with. Either of these panels would make an occasion card and would be flat for posting too. The paper piecing technique using a good contrast colour, in this case white, has really popped these blooms and it is worth looking at PaperArtsy stamps within your collection which might really benefit from being used in such a way as it is a technique which can be used with all genres.

My grandchildren (aged six and nine) have already found a few of their larger stamps to cut and layer now that they understand the paper layering technique (what crafting Nana would not give them stamps for birthdays and Christmas !) and I am looking forward to seeing their creations sometime soon. And you don't need gelli plate papers - I have encouraged them to look at their patterned paper to see what they can stamp on.

What could be better than a paper technique which can be enjoyed across all ages and abilities and a means of using up some of our stash! 

Jennie x


Miriam said...

Wow... So beautiful Jennie

Words and Pictures said...

Such pretty delicate pinks, and the paper layering really pays off with those lovely flower petals. And the elegant trimming of the quote works so well.
Alison x

Caty said...

Wonderful spread pages Jennie !! Absolutely Gorgeous background, and so lovely stamsps and colours.
Have a nice day,
Big hugs,

A Pink said...

Gorgeous journo spread Jennie with a lovely depth of detail dressed so beautifully with your delicate blooms x .