Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Thursday, July 12, 2012

More inky fun

I said yesterday that I was busy making cards that couldn't be blogged yet, but I feel fairly safe in posting this , even though my son's birthday isn't until the end of the month. He is not likely to look on here. 
I recently ordered two Michael Powell stamps online. One is still out of stock so I have to be patient and wait for it, but this one arrived and I just had to get it inked up so I could have a go at colouring it. I used Memento ink as I wanted to use my copic markers. It is quite an intricate image for my current poor eyesight, so I sort of followed the colour guide on the stamp to help me differentiate between the various buildings, though I did add extra colour to the background hills, and vary some of the brickwork. I used a very pale blue Pan pastel for the sky but this doesn't really show in the photo.

When it was done, I trimmed it up and gave it a very narrow frame to match the base card I had chosen. Then I had to decide on the backing paper. In another recent online order, I bought the current issue of Craft Stamper magazine, because I was interested in a technique using highlighters that I read about on Lynne's blog recently. (I used to subscribe to the magazine but the hike in price for international customers is unreasonable, and you are not able to claim subscription gifts, or free offers, even if you are prepared to pay the postage, so I did not renew my subscription, but I do miss seeing it). Anyway, in this month's issue I read an article by Elaine Hughes about colouring a background with alcohol ink pens, and dripping blending solution on it to give a bubble effect, so I tried it, and it worked a treat for making a watery background for my picture. I then used off cuts for the sentiment strip using a Chocolate Baroque stamp. Finally I used another CB stamp for the seagull which I coloured with copics and cut out. It is mounted with 1mm sticky pads behind the post and it's body to bring it just above the panels.
I am entering this in the following challenges:
Celebrate the Occasion Challenge 70: Happy Birthday.
Scrap Creations: Use something bought in the last two months.
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge 8: Sweet summer days.
Make it Monday 97: Anything goes.


Sonia said...

Hi, Hola!~
I find your blog on another site... I'm your new follower.
Wonderful creation. Great JOB! Good Luck!
Greetings/Saludos from Puerto Rico

Jean Straw said...

What a lovely new stamp. You have coloured it well and I like the addition of the seagull, Jean x

Tonya said...

What a gorgeous card! I love what you did with the sea gull. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Celebrate The Occasion!


Di said...

Wow Kate - this is just stunning! Love the alcohol ink effect and your colouring is fabulous.

I also have this stamp waiting to be inked up for the first time - if it's Shore Thing you're waiting for then there are a few of us waiting for that stamp.

Meanwhile, you did a really great job.

Hugs, Di xx

Chris Powell said...

the alcohol ink effects are great.Love the card

BugBites said...

very pretty. TFS with us at CTO this week.

CraftyJAR said...

This is so amazing. There are so many small details in that image. How long did it take you get it all done? Thanks for joining us at CTO this week.

Rene said...

This is lovely! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck,
Rene :D

Saskia said...

Love the background! It's just perfect for the fantastic Michael Powell stamp.

fatmonica said...

It's such a wonderful stamp and you've coloured it so well.I love it!

Adrian said...

Beautiful, thanks for playing @ CTO!

Laura Love said...

This is gorgeous! I LOVE that background technique and will have to try it! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

Jacqueline Smith said...

Really awesome card, love the colouring job. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps!

Anna Jasiolek said...

This is a stunning colouring work you have done! Thank you for joining us at the Celebrate the Occasion challenge and hope to see you back again. Hugs
Anna xxx

Wedgie said...

Gorgeous card, love your colouring.

Thanks for joining us at Celebrate the Occasion this week, Rachel xxx

Shoshi said...

Kate, as usual this is fabulous! I keep saying it, but I'll say it again - how anyone awaiting a cataract operation can do such detailed and beautiful work is beyond me! What a beautiful card. I love the background. I've been on the magazine website and seen the box etc. but I can't find the initial instructions how to use the highlighter pens. I've got some pens and rarely use them for their proper use these days, and would love to know how to use them for art!

Thanks for your lovely comment about my little platypus. I'll try and find somewhere to squeeze him in on my blog! I'm quite pleased with how he turned out, but it's a shame the Perfect Pearls don't really show up on the photo.


Shoshi said...

Thanks for your latest comment, Kate - I thought you might like the alcohol ink card - you are my inspiration where alcohol inks are concerned!!


Dilsaver Designs said...

Such a lovely scene with beautiful coloring, really great card! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO for our "Happy Birthday" Challenge :)

Shoshi said...

Kate - just realised (terrible oversight!) that I wasn't actually following your blog, just hopping over here courtesy of WOYWW! Anyway, this is now remedied. Time you had some more followers, anyway!