Monday, June 3, 2013

Elegant Elephant

This week's project is using Distress Inks and a fabulous set of Chocolate Baroque stamps - Indian Elephant.  I've worked this project to fit an 8x8" card... here's your step-by-step...

1.  Ink up your white card square using cut n dry foam and blend together Distress Ink colours - Mustard Seed, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade.
2.  Spray some water into your hand and splat the droplets over your card stock, count to ten then dab off using an old tea-towel or cloth.
3. Ink up the silhouette of buildings using Plum Archival Ink and stamp along one edge as a border.
4. Ink up the floral motif using the Spiced Marmalade and stamp randomly over the background, making sure that some images go off the edge of the cardstock.
5.  Ink up the right facing elephant with Archival Jet Black ink and boldly stamp in the middle of your cardstock.
6.  Ink up the small leaf in the Black and stamp a layer of leaves so your elephant has something to stand on.  Turn them at different angles and overlap them.
7.  Ink up the pretty flower with Archival Jet Black and stamp a few in the top right corner.
8.  Use a waterbrush to brush over the elephant and lift some of the colour off using your cloth.  This will lighten the colour of the elephant to help him stand out from your background.
9.  Add accents in Gold, Silver and White gel pen around your designs - on the elephant, leaves and the corner flower.
10.  Mount onto dark brown cardstock
11.  Cut two lengths of cream lace.  Fix one across the corner of your panel and mount.  Spritz the other with Cosmic Shimmer Bronze Blush and thoroughly dry.  Then stick this under the panel so it will line up with the one already mounted across the corner.
12.  Finally add a few amber colour gems in each corner and you are done!

If this inspires you to create something..  feel free to link in the comments or post it up on our facebook page - we love to see your creations!

If you need some help with how to blend Distress Inks - we are holding a workshop in Attleborough on 26th July. Email me for info!

happy crafting
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