Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Crafty Individuals week with Michelle and Karen

Michelle and Karen with us today with more lovely Crafty Individuals samples. Both of them are doing the Calendar this year, so you have two samples for your challenge inspiration. 
Both used the new Crafty Individuals masks. I like how Karen outlined hers, it really makes it pop. 
What do you think?

I love the richness of this page but the look can't be achieved without very inky fingers so be prepared!
To create the background I first inked the page liberally with Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress inks.
Then laid the stencil over the page along the bottom, left hand side and top right and brushed Gathered Twigs Distress ink lightly through the stencil.
To finish off the background I edged the card with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.
The image was then stamped in position on the page and again on a spare piece of card using Versafine ink.
After inking the image in the same way as the background I bleached out the head, breast and legs of the wren and mounted it over the previously stamped image with foam pads. I popped a small dot of Glossy Accents on the wren's eye to make it shine.
The calendar sheet was simply inked in the same way and mounted on the page.

To make the page Michelle used 
Crafty Individuals mask: Beautiful butterflies
CI-183 - Bird in Flourish Frame
Versafine Onyx Black


Using low tack adhesive I attached the mask to my card then coloured with Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick & Brushed Corduroy. I over stamped with Impression Obsession crackle stamp and stamped the stalks & birds from PaperArtsy HotPicks 1005 in Versafine Vintage Sepia. I used a brown fine tip pen to go round the birdcage image to give it more definition. The Tando Mini Bird was coloured with the same Distress Inks. The leaves were coloured to match and the quote is computer generated.

Material used: 
Crafty Individuals Bird cage Mask
Artemio Leaves

Using Distress Inks in Weathered Wood & Black Soot I coloured the whole background. Then, using the mask as a stencil I simply drew around it 3 times with a black fine liner. Taking a white pen I highlighted the centre cage only and drew a line around the edge. The sentiment is from PaperArtsy Hot Picks 1005.

Karen used:
Crafty Individuals Bird cage Mask
Paperrtsy Hot picks 1005

Our special offer this week
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From CI-017 to CI-250 included
use code CRAFTY20 at checkout

See you tomorrow


  1. Love the gorgeous inky effects of all these projects today! Really love how Karen used her pens to outline.Michelle's background is fab and her colours seem to glow on the page - love it!

  2. WOW such a great use of stencils. You wonderful girlz and boyz gives me some needs that I didn't knew I have. Keep inspiring me. :-)

  3. Wonderful techniques and all so different! A lot of time and effort, thank you for sharing!...Now to go and get inky....!

  4. Great inky techniques with the stencils...

  5. Fabulous projects today love them all great effects with the pens around the cages really makes them pop!



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