I've been making the most of my spare time and I've had my first play with some Visible Image stamps that I got for Christmas. Now I've been after this set for ages and while it was on offer on Black Friday, I decided that I would treat myself to the larger 'Total Chaos' stamp set. I love these stamps and I've seen so many wonderful cards made with them but the flower is huge. I wish I'd ordered the smaller set now as I think that I would probably get more use out of it but this set will be great for art journalling and I really like the background stamps that came with it, so no real regrets with my purchase.
I mentioned in my last post how much I enjoy joining in challenges as they can often take you out of your comfort zone. I love CAS cards but when it comes to making them myself, I struggle a little as I just don't know when to stop. With me, it's usually the more ink or paint the better! I love the 'CAS mix up card challenge' and it's one that I want to join in more with this year. Despite not usually making CAS cards, I've really enjoyed doing this one and here it is.
I started by stamping the flower with Versafine and then heat embossing with a clear embossing powder to stop it from smudging. Next, I made a mask for the flower before blending Tattered Rose ink around the edges. I then decided to stamp some text inside the flower, so I masked the outside of it to do this. It was looking okay at this point but I thought that I would use some of the same ink to water colour selected parts inside the flower. As I'm starting to use my stencils a little more these days, I thought that I would add some small circles to the outside of the flower. Time to add the splatters at this point, so I pressed a grey Memento ink pad onto my craft mat, then spritzed it with water. I then picked it up with a wide paint brush bufore splattering in onto my card. There was just the sentiment to add at this point and I've used another of my new stamps here. I guess this one 'Hope' is something that we all need right now isn't it. I'm happy with my new stamps and I think that I'll add this piece to my art journal. I really enjoyed making pieces of art just for the fun of it during the first lockdown and I think I may very well start doing it again, why not.
Take care my blogging friends and stay safe xx