"Things with Wings" is the title of this month's Clarity Stamp Challenge for January. I had several ideas but I am going with this one, which I did this morning in the class down at my local Craft Shop - Pink Tulip Creations at Studley.
This was my version of the class card, but I used all Clarity products as you can see.
Distress ink pads - Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans and Broken China
Stencil - Sam's Eggs
Clarity Stamps - Small butterfly, Small Allium Head, Long Grass, and the Butterfly verse
Distress markers - same colours as the ink pads
Clarity Stencil Brushes
Quickie Glue pen and Glamourdust
The inking of the card started from the centre with the lightest colour and gradually working to the edge where it was the darkest. I used Sam's Eggs (really loved using them, Sam Crowe) to give the texture feel in the centre, both in the yellow centre and more lightly on the blue, always brushing from left to right.
Then, using Versafine, I stamped the verse (love this one and so apt) and the little Allium heads, first and second generation ink, and the tops of the Tall Grasses around the edge.
The butterflies are actually stamped on separate card (I used those little Gelli centre cards - I love those), coloured in and cut out. This was where I was not too sure that I had picked the best butterfly (many of you know how much I love cutting out and this is really quite tight at the bottom of the wings). The original design used just two colours, more as a wash over the butterflies, but I gave myself a bit more work by going in to all the little areas with the Distress pens.
The main topper was then mounted onto white card and the butterflies mounted on top of that. I bent the butterflies before sticking them to give them some shape and movement and then added a little Glamourdust to highlight them.
I have not used Versafine very much until today but I was impressed how well the combination of that with the Clarity stamps worked.
Apart from the cutting out, I really enjoyed myself. I love blending ink and stenciling and colouring in. I could sit and colour in all day quite happily. I need to play more with the Distress pens to sort out blending one into another. More time needed, as always.
PS Can anyone find the bit I forgot until it was too late? No prize, just satisfaction, sorry.
PPS I am also entering this card in the challenge over at craftingforallseasons.blogspot, where the challenge at the moment is "Things with wings"