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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

New Lynne Perrella and Infusions Part II

Hello all!  So glad you've been enjoying yourselves with Part I of my sample-sharing on the Lynne Perrella launch night, as well as all the other amazing PaperArtsy releases.  As promised (threatened?), I'm back to share some more of my projects, and there'll be one final instalment in a couple of days.

I'll be fairly quick today (I hope)... we're photo-heavy but not too wordy.  I've some sets of ATCs and a tag to share with you.  As well as launching the Perrella sets, Leandra was also after samples for the Infusions display boards.  She suggested some ATCs would be useful for filling in the gaps, so that set me off on these sets.

First of all, I wanted to get the measure of the colours we were playing with - Sleight Blue, Violetta and In The Navy.  

I stencilled some gesso onto ATC cards and tried out a couple of combinations.  This is the Sleight Blue with some In The Navy.

And here's the Violetta in action with Sleight Blue.

I don't know whether Leandra will have a use for these on the boards given they have no stamping on them...

... but I thought they were pretty with all that gesso texture, so I popped them into the sample parcel anyway.

The next sets focus on one Infusions colour at a time, and now there are stamps involved too.  One of the things I'm learning to love about the Infusions is that even in "one colour" there are granules of different tones - making the whole thing very exciting when you spritz with water and see what emerges.

So here's the Sleight Blue trio, with their little touch of metal.  I love this colour - is it blue, is it grey, is it green?  It's all of them and more!

I adore this little house and handwriting collage from LPC 036... I can imagine it on bookmarks and journalling pages.

You've already seen this splendid woman from LPC 035 in action on my 6 x 6 cards - she's perfect for an ATC-sized project.

And how riveting is the gaze from the centre of this border image from LPC 037?  Hypnotically "eye-catching"!

There have to be words of course - just a couple of them though... Chitchat stickers, usefully giving a kraft accent to match the frames.

I know there are lots of colours within one powder but, looking at those close-ups, I'm thinking a couple of stray granules of Violetta may have infiltrated these!

Now for the pure Violetta version of the trio... metal heart brads for these ones...

I have to say, it's a bit full-on for me in terms of pinkness when you use it in isolation.

I know there are plenty of you who will love it just like this, but for me it comes to life once you start to mix it with the grungier colours.

Violetta is certainly vivid, and the hits of purple are fun, especially when you get these little firework explosions swirling across the paper.

And you do get those brownish granules which were perfect to tie in with the colour of the ink-stamped images...

... as well as working helpfully to echo the kraft frames and Chitchat stickers.

Last of the ATCs... here's your In The Navy re-working of the same design trio.  (How sweet is that little ivy leaf, determined to put in an appearance?)

The making-of couldn't be simpler, really.

A sprinkle of powder (making sure not to cover the whole ATC)...

... keeping slightly in mind the shape of the stamps and where they will sit...

... a spritz of water, and then the Potting Soil stamping of the images.

The Chitchat stickers, metal embellishments, and framing cardstock are all just finishing touches.

Layers of cardstock are also useful to firm up the samples - they're going to have to be fairly durable.

Finally for today I've got a tag to show you.  This only came about as a way to use up one of the lighter secondary stencil prints you saw in the Part I post.

You may just be able to see soft-edged pale Harlequins hovering somewhere in the background, just adding a distressed look to the stamping really.

I stamped this magnificent horsewoman (I'm pretty that's a riding hat) from LPC 035 in Potting Soil and clear-embossed her for added presence.

I added the wonderful eye panel across the foot of the tag with the same method.

Then I used Weathered Wood Distress Ink to stamp the different sections of the panel onto the background.

Using Distress Ink means you get a softer edge to your stamped image.

I think that works well to give a sense of complexity and detail to the background without taking the eye away from the main images too much.

They're not in any particular order.  I stamped one section at a time and mixed them around so they were fairly random; and I wasn't trying to be perfect, so in places they overlap or don't quite meet.

There were still some kraft diamonds hanging around on the table so I added those to the tag along with some simple twine to top it off.

And, of course. just a couple of words to keep me going.

As I mentioned in the main launch post over at PaperArtsy, I find I'm inclined to use fewer words than usual on a project where there are Lynne Perrella stamps - they seem to speak for themselves pretty clearly!

Thanks for stopping by again today.  I'll be back with my details of my final samples in a few days - saving my favourites for last, of course - another horsewoman, but even more magnificent!

I'm in snowy NYC for a few days' work at the moment, so apologies if I don't repay the visit for a week or so, but I hope I'll see you again soon either here or elsewhere in Craftyblogland.

Yesterday a strange and surprising creature was seen to pass through our town on horseback. It had the face of a young woman, stuck full of patches ; a perriwig which hung down to its waist; a hat cock’d with the smartness of a young officer; a huge bunch of ribbons fastened behind its left shoulder; a shirt laid in large pleights on the breasts and tied close at the neck and wrists, which, with a vest of white satteen, trimmed with black, had much the resemblance of a shroud.
Richard Steele, mocking female riding habits in The Tatler, 1724

Friday, 20 January 2017

New Lynne Perrella at PaperArtsy I

Hello all!  I'm giddy with excitement about tonight's reveal of the new Lynne Perrella stamps at PaperArtsy.  I fell head over heels in love with these new sets - the Rococo glamour of the flourishes, feathers and opulent fabrics, and especially the leafy garlands and sweeping landscapes which take you on a time-travelling journey back to an altogether more elegant age.  I had an absolute ball creating my samples.  Once I started, I couldn't stop!

There are too many to look at in detail in one post - it would mean a War and Peace length post and then some - so I'm going to divide them up over a couple of posts.

You've seen a glimpse of some of them over at PaperArtsy anyway so, apart from these glimpses, I'll also start showing you some of the samples I not shared over at PaperArtsy...

Lynne Perrella herself shared some thoughts about how she puts a collection together as well as about the specifics of these new sets.

I could hardly believe it when I read Lynne's words about how she put these collections together... those were exactly the journeys I went on as I was playing, as you'll see over the next few posts.

As there are so many samples, I'm trying to group them so that they make some kind of sense, so I'll start with the trio of 6 x 6 cards.  Well, they're not strictly cards... they have no backs, so they're really 6 x 6 plaques.  Regulars will know I find those easier to make than cards.  (I know, there's no rational logic to it!)

And they're not strictly a trio, but they do share certain elements in common, and the backgrounds were all created in the same way.  If you saw my Harlequin Infusions last week (my practice run with the older Infusions, knowing that Leandra wanted us to work with the new ones for these samples), this is also how that background started out.

I started with the Harlequin stencil and sprinkled some Infusions over it at the right hand side of the A4 sheet.  This version has Sleight Blue and In the Navy in the mix.  I spritzed water over and let the powders do their thing, and then flipped the stencil over to "print" the excess on the left half of the cardstock.

I dabbed more of the excess around the edges, and in most cases I got an extra printing on a second piece of card - lighter and more delicate.

I tried out most of the colour ways with our designated colours which gave me lots of backgrounds to play with.

We were using the Sleight Blue, In the Navy and Violetta from the new colours, and we were allowed to add in some Golden Sands from the originals, but none of those backgrounds made it to sample-dom.  (This one is Violetta with Golden Sands.)

I know this is old hat for the many Infusions experts out there - I'm guessing you don't need much persuasion to put the new colours in your shopping baskets! - so let's get on with looking at the stamps shall we?

First up, the elegant, amorous Chevalier (from LPC037)...

Just look at him eyeing all the most beautiful women in the ballroom, deciding who will be the recipient of his heart.

He's on a background of Violetta with Sleight Blue, and I added some kraft diamonds (the waste from one of the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits) with penwork, to echo the stencilled Harlequins in the background.

The detailing on the stamp is phenomenal (he's stamped in Jet Black Archival on Specialty Stamping Paper), and I had a lovely time "watercolouring" him with the Infusions and a little Hey Pesto.

This is before the addition of any Hey Pesto, and that's the lightest possible wash of Sleight Blue around the outside to make the white of his wig pop.

To show how many colours there are in the Sleight Blue powder, both the main fabric of his coat and that beautifully embroidered cuff are done in "pure" Sleight Blue.  I just happened to get dark granules when I did the coat and greyish ones when I did the cuff.

There are words, of course - some Small Talk stickers outlined with white pen to echo the diamonds around them.

I just love the feathers in his hair (another shade of Sleight Blue there), and the frivolous ribbons he wears to make his shoulders look wider and more manly (!)... I hope he's not also stuffing his stockings with sawdust to make his calves look more impressive.

The skin is done with a light wash of Blush Fresco, and I added the tiniest touch of Violetta to the paint to create the heat of his blushing cheeks.

This next card makes use of the In The Navy/Sleight Blue background you saw above and one of the smaller stamps from LPC035.  I make no apology for repeating some of what I said about this one over at PaperArtsy...

I always love handwritten script in a stamp, and the 1.5 inch square image I've used in this sample has a gorgeous example of it.  I imagined this woman as a character in an epistolary novel (a book where the story is told entirely through the letters sent back and forth between characters).

And there's the object of her love, the recipient of her letters - far distant, in the corner of the frame.  (Maybe he's In The Navy... that's one of the Infusions colours I've used here, after all!)

She's on a frame of book text - encasing her in the novel of which she's a part - and layered up over a secondary stamping in the same Cobalt Archival ink.

And there are tendrils of the story spreading out around the card, taking those words onwards into the world.

I wanted to layer in some kraft leaves too, so that there would be an echo of the frame around the edge of the card.

I also used the script detailing from the centre of the stamp around the rest of the card - the letters are flying back and forth between the woman and her lover.

There's a suitably romantic storytelling tone to the Small Talk words, and hopefully a happier ending than the one in the novel whose pages appear here (Vronsky is your clue...).

I don't want to outstay my welcome, so just one more for now... and we're heading to another of the three new sets - this glorious stamp is from LPC036.

For a sweeping landscape in an imagined literary world, you really can't do better than this fabulous image (probably my favourite of the whole release).

This background started out as Sleight Blue with just a hint of In The Navy (I think...) and I added the Violetta to some of the diamonds later, with a brush, when I wanted an echo of the colour I'd added to her face.

I was trying to find an ink to stamp the image so that it would tone with the powders, and I ended up with a combination of Cornflower Blue with Watering Can, blended on the stamp before printing.

I think it gives her a look of faded Delftware pottery.

You can imagine especially the landscape as the design on a beautiful bowl or plate.  Again, the engraving of the stamp is unbelievably intricate.

The trailing vines and leaves around her head have made their way onto the card itself.

The kraft die-cuts were just dipped in some spritzed Infusions on the craft mat before being stuck down.

I used very light washes of Sleight Blue and In The Navy around the edge of the arch to draw the eye in towards the woman.  It won't give this marbling effect on all surfaces - it's because of the coating on the Specialty Stamping paper.

It was all pretty monochrome until I decided I wanted to give her face a bit of a glow.

It's the light wash of Blush Fresco with Violetta added for the highlights again.  And there's a tiny touch of (sorry, discontinued) Pea Coat in her eyes.  (You could use Midnight as an excellent current alternative.)

Then, as I say, I needed to add some Violetta echoes around the background to draw the piece together.  And the black Small Talk stickers provide the words again - a sentiment with which I am in wholehearted agreement!

I know there's loads going on with releases at the moment - just trying to keep up with all the fabulous samples for the incredible new stamps, paints and powders from PaperArtsy alone is a full-time job! - so I don't want to keep you any longer today.

I'll be back very soon to share some more of my samples in detail.  I'm so grateful and proud to have been one of the designers allowed to play with this beautiful set of stamps.  They really are an absolute joy to work with, so full of history and stories - always my favourite thing.

Thank you to Lynne Perrella for providing so much inspiration (both with her pictures and her words!), and to Leandra and Mark for turning these extraordinary images into such superb stamps, and thanks to all of you for spending time here with me today.  Don't forget there are amazing samples from Helen Chilton as well as Lynne's thoughts about the collection to enjoy over at PaperArtsy.  So much to do, so little time... Happy crafting all!

The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
Isaac d'Israeli