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Sunday, 27 November 2016

You are simply the best ...

I just can't seem to stray away from these stamps for too long ... they call me back like a "Sea Siren" although I don't really  resist their urge. I now want Nikky to make dies to match them so it speeds up my making process ... hint, hint Nikky ... ! I haven't played with my pan pastels for absolutely eons and challenged myself today to get them out and have some fun. This is what I came up with ...


I masked off the centre of my card and used  the pan pastels to create the background. I have over stamped with Versamark which removed the pan pastels and left a relief. Next I used a stencil and a rubber to create even more bubbles. I then went in again with the versamark and stamped some more images but this time embossed them. Next came the images and I have used a selection from both the Tropical Underworld and the Tropical Oceans stamp sets.


My images have also been coloured with pan pastels and I have mainly used the colours from the mixed media set. I apply the colour in a wet form using a water brush with a fine pointed round end and once dry go over with dry pan pastels.


To seal the images I either use cheap hairspray or alternatively will emboss with clear embossing powder. The latter can give the images a very vibrant appearence. In this instance it was the rather smelly cheap hairspray. I really enjoyed myself and must get my pans out more often. I am sooooooooo determined to do so that I've left on my desk so they are in my eye line for the foreseeable future.

Loads to do this Sunday as I start round one of the Christmas shopping and have decided to be brave and go to the "real" shops. I'm sighing to myself already as really can't stand all the queues.

Have a great Sunday whatever you are planning to do,

Lou
x x x

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613 Avenue - anything goes
Creative Artiste - mixed media
Just add ink - colour challenge
Crafting with attitude - anything goes

9 comments:

Jan said...

Wow, Lou, this is gorgeous! I love the layers of colour and texture you've added to create your underwater scene! It's so soft, dreamy and peaceful and a beautiful take on out Inspiration photo. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

Andree said...

A gorgeous card. The design is fabulous and the blends of the pretty colours look wonderful. Lovely textures and elements.
Thank you for joining in with the November challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

Jennifer Kray said...

Hi Lou - your colours are vibrant and fun, I love them! x

Wheelie Crafty said...

Wow what a stunning effect you have created, and I agree dies to match the stamps would be awesome... Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner xxx
http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk

Patrice said...

How absolutely beautiful, Lou. Such fabulous colours and texture....I just love the scene you've created here. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week. x

KimB said...

What a gorgeous underwater scene Lou! The colours are vibrant and you coloured all the elements beautifully. Love the clustering of your images and all the inky embossed details. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

Christine Blain said...

I am in awe of the way you've laid down colour on this gorgeous creation, Lou! Great added texture, with embossed elements, too. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week!

Jan Clothier said...

This card is absolutely magic! I love the way you have built the background with different techniques. I've never encountered pan pastels before but they give a wonderful result. This is such a well-deserved win. Congratulations!

Judy McKay said...

Beautiful card. Love the colours and the designs. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again in 2017. Judy DT