Tuesday, 7 August 2018

I like Big Cups by Michelle Henderson

Hi everyone! 
I'm so happy to have been chosen to join this fabulous team, and as the only Kiwi, I'm going to try to do NZ proud!
 I live in Christchurch, in the South Island of NZ, and have been scrapping for nearly 20 years (gulp) with my two sometimes reluctant daughters as the main focus of my pages.
I thought for my first project I would share one of my addictions... (other than crafting!)

Here's my first page...

As I didn't have any gesso to hand, I used watercolour paper as my base, which reacts differently when using inks.

Firstly I covered most of the paper with water, to allow the Colour Artist Inks to flow and mix beautifully. I used a little Citrus firstly, then more of Spice, and finally a touch here and there of Cranberry. I covered about two thirds of the page at the bottom and then a small area at the top to balance it.



I grabbed a coffee ring stamp and used my Versamark stamp pad to make a sticky impression which I then sprinkled with Colour Mica Powder in Espresso. I carefully brushed off the excess.


I also decided at this point to use the Shimmer Brush Marker in Gold and tapped it to spatter a few little spots here and there. I love how shimmery they are, totally live up to their name 💓



I felt it still needed more in the way of coffee stains, so I used a stencil and dabbed on some Colour Artist Ink in Walnut with a wipe. I used the same colour to tint some hessian strip that would be one of my layers.




I thought it was nearly there, just one more thing - so I used a random spotty stencil and added a little Sienna Colour Paste to the left of my photo layer area, and the secondary area at the top of the page.




Things were looking pretty good by this stage, so I assembled my layers and embellie clusters and stuck them down. I almost always include some thread, as it helps to tie everything together. Finally the title went on, along with a spot of journaling.


I hope you like the finished page as much as I do - thanks for visiting!



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