Monday, 13 January 2014

It's Springtime at Arty Inklings

Over at Arty Inklings, Anita has set the challenge of 'springtime' but also wants to see some texture, the colour green and some stamping. So I set to work. I knew I wanted to use some tags and I'd also just got my new T!m foliage die and I wanted to incorporate some corrugated for the texture element and came up with the rough design above.

Then I painted and inked and found a bird, a flower and a button.

Then I created a background using paint, ink, stencils and stamps.

I knew I wanted it in a frame, so painted some thin chipboard pieces in black, but it just didn't work, the background was way too busy.

Then Helen Chilton appeared on the PA blog with this technique here.

But again, it was way to bright for the tags. For me they got lost in it.

So then I went to patterned paper from TH retro pad but it was too plain. Gone from one extreme to the other.

So then I tried to combine the two, again not doing anything for me.

I turned the patterned retro paper over and settled for this.

Close up of the LP image in the arch.

The tag with the flower.

The door which you've seen before in a previous post.

And the birdie tag.

And finally the foliage using my new TH bigz die.

I got there eventually!!!


Marianne said...

Nice to see that I'm not the only one struggling sometimes with backgrounds and colours. You made a lovely piece again Sam!!
xxx Marianne

craftimamma said...

You sure did get there in the end Sam. This is fab and love the background you did settle on. Wonderful texture and loving your new die.

Lesley Xx

chrissies said...

Stunning Sam-good to see what you made in the end

Love Chrissie x

Helen said...

Great to see your thought processes and the stages this went through - I love how it ended up though!

Anita Abercrombie said...

Lovely Sam!! said...

Good choice with the background Sam, the finished piece looks great, love the foliage dies cuts.

Sue said...

Love this Sam, and a great choice of background in the end xx

Sid said...

Your experiment paid off, your end result is fab Sam !

Lin said...

You got there in the ned Sam after a lot of flaffing lol!! I really like the background you went for on the end and love that door. The clips to join it together are a gret idea too. Is that the little sizzix birdie?? very cute :)


Alison said...

Lol! Fabulous art Sam! Looks great!
Alison xxx


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