Saturday, 3 May 2014

Week 8 - The Craft Barn Quotes & Lyrics Challenge

Firstly, thank you to those who have visited this blog to look at my projects over the past months and to those who have left comments - they're very much appreciated. I do try to get round to some of the other challenge participant's blogs but time seems to always be at a premium. So I'm sorry if I haven't visited yours yet.
We're now onto week 8 of the Craft Barn "Quotes and Lyrics" challenge - the year seems to be racing along! You can find the challenge details here. The words for this week's challenge are "hurt" and "knowledge".

As in the previous weeks I have made two postcard size pieces - one lyric and one quote. I envisage that these could (but will not) be sent in the post and therefore the finished article needs to be flat. My scanner has dulled the colours on both my cards but they are more vibrant in real life.

I added an "s" to hurt which is permissible within the rules and used a favourite song of mine, "Everybody Hurts" by REM. A simple Distress Ink background with added stencilling and stamping. The girls were stamped and cut out.  
Postcard Recipe
Base card - Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 300gsm
Xerox Color tech +
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Old Paper
Versafine Onyx Black
Background swirl - Crafty Individuals CI 182
Girls - Crafty Individuals CI 283
Dots - Stamp Addicts
Mini Harlequin - Crafter's Workshop stencil
Words - computer generated - Century Gothic font
Black Zig drawing pen

My first card was pretty basic but my second was much more time consuming. Last weekend I went  to Lin Brown's Artful Canvas workshop at It's Crafting Time. It was a fabulous day and Lin is such a lovely tutor. I haven't quite finished my canvas so cannot show it yet but I thought, for my postcard, I would use the bumping technique we learnt to keep it fresh in my mind. I'm sure some of you will have seen Leandra and Lin demonstrating this at shows and they make it look so easy! If you haven't, its using a stencil to lay down the first coat of paint and moving the stencil just a fraction and then painting with another colour which gives you just a small shadow effect. It's not as easy as it looks - well, not for me anyway.

I covered my base card with a book page and painted matte medium over the top, applied translucent paint, then stencilled on some white dots before painting over the top. I stencilled the leaves before adding more dots. My quote by Bertrund Russell is not showing very clearly but it reads "There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge". I think I can vouch for that by the amount of time I surf the net!

Postcard Recipe
White base card
Book page
Black card
Claudine Hellmuth Studio matte multi medium 
Black Eco-Friendly acrylic paint
PaperArtsy Fresco paints - Snowflake, Pumpkin Soup, Smoked Paprika, London Bus, Toad Hall
Crafter's Workshop Mini - Microbial
PaperArtsy Lin Brown design PS002
Words computer generated - Typewriter font



Anonymous said...

These are both lovely postcards Maggie so much colour and detail especially in the second one but love them both. I must try that technique of bumping as it does look good and have seen Leandra's videos showing how to do it.
Lynn x

thassos456 said...

two different but equally fab pages. love the colours on the second and the image on the first :)

Scrapmate said...

2 wonderful pages & an interesting technique used in the second one.

massofhair said...

Two stunning postcards, love this size to work on! The CI image on card one is a favourite of mine and love the colour palette.

Leandra and Lin make a lot of their techniques look easy but it takes time to practice and get it right. You have done a fab job on your card! :-) x

Sylvia said...

Two fabulous cards, great colours and techniques. Great lyrics and quote.

Sylv xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You come up with the most gorgeous postcards each fortnight. These are both lovely. I'd never heard of the bumped technique before, but, although I don't have many stencils, I'm anxious to try it. I think you did a super job, even if it took you forever. You have made a believer out of me.

Anonymous said...

love both your postcards, the lyrics in the image in the first one,(I had forgotten that song)so true. will have to have a look at this "bumping technique as not heard of it before, but looks really good