I did promise myself that I would not leave things to the last minute this year. Failure already. The images on these cards are both from the Crafters Companion Flower Fairies series of CDs. I did not want to use the rather fussy backing paper, nor did I want them on a plain white background. So my solution was to make a wrap for the card, and brayer and sponge a background, using Adirondacks.
The first one is the Almond Fairy - both cards are decoupage, shaped and then glued with Pinflair Glue Gel. I added a little extra green under her feet to"ground" her in the very plain landscape. The sentiment is a Clarity stamp, deliberately faded and uneven.
Card number 2 is the Lavender Fairy, done in much the same way. However, whereas the first card almost put itself together, this one was a right pain. The fairy herself was fine, but the background just did not work. On the second attempt, I managed to get a big splodge of dark blue in just the wrong place. By then, I was in a hurry to get to the post, so it was out with the tree stamp (Clarity again) and the leaves to go on it. I managed to stamp it in just the right place to disguise the smudge. I don't think it is too bad. I used the same sentiment from Clarity.
It was good to combine techniques and ranges of media, and I think they work together. Certainly, the Splodge Away mat makes brayering so much easier and effective. I just need now to be more organised and allow myself enough time to get things right and without panicking over mistakes. What chance do I have, do you reckon?