Monday, June 11, 2012

A whim of whatever...!

Another Monday and another week to explore a great new challenge theme from Simon Says Stamp & Show! It's a fabulous 'Anything Goes!" theme so indeed... why not just follow your whim for whatever!!!! Ink, paint, paper, sprays, die-cuts, stamping, cute, Grungy or funky - this is your week to show it off and play along...
There's been a flurry of celebrations for our Queen Lizzie and just recently I saw the Olympic torch run past my very street... You just can't help being swept along in a bit of British flag waving, Patriotic pride and euphoria. So that was my inspiration to get inky. With a stiff upper lip of course!
I just got a new stash of Ranger's Glossy cardstock so my Alcohol inks weren't that far behind... I decided to make a set of three cards using the wonderful Loverly London and London Underground sets from Artistic Outpost.
l used Pool and Red Pepper Inks and applied them in three different ways to achieve my background. Firstly I used the applicator tool to pound my cardstock, then I softened the colours by adding a little Blending Solution and then I dropped some ink directly onto the card for more intensive areas.
Then... I stamped lots and lots of the images over the card using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink followed by a blast with my heat tool to make sure it was dry. There's so many great stamps in each set and they are really fun to mix and match! This Gent sure reminds of an English actor. Hmmm, might be Simon Callow... What do you reckon?
l then cut out my images roughly and spent hours moving them all around until I was finally happy with each card. I went for six pieces per card and tried to create a good balance between the images and words.
l trimmed a few of the images down slightly (like the postcard/flag) so that the shapes worked well together and then I mounted them on black card for extra depth and effect.
I mounted them on very white card which works well with the Glossy cardstock. My card bases are unusual shape and size but I do like the chunky, larger than normal look! I just need to make my own envelopes for them now! So there you go, a bright and funky start to your Monday! Hope you think they all look rather spiffing and jolly nice...

It's time for you to get creative now. Remember there's this great $50 voucher up for grabs AND it's a free-style week - so I'm looking forward to a wave of fabulous makes.
Cheerio darlings, one must be dashing oorrrfff!

Sarah.

21 comments:

Connie said...

Very cool post! You have a very creative soul. I especially love your Splattered on all sides, post. Wow. You have an incredible blog.
I am your newest follower. Come on over for a visit. Connie :)

Helen said...

Gorgeous art for some great celebrations (though it was 60 years on the throne, not her 80th but I don't suppose she'll mind...)

Annie said...

Really love these cards Sarah. The ink effects are brilliant and I love how you've mounted them on the black.
Hugs,
A x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...superb work Sarah loVe the colours & brightness, a total eye catcher...Mel :)

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great collage in bright colors...London is calling :-)

greetings, Alie :-)

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous darling, love the different intensity of colours you have achieved with the different applications. The two co,our work wonderfully for your patriotic creations and the images are some of my fave. Love them. Tracy x

Redanne said...

Wow, wow and thrice wow, these are gorgeous, love that combination of colours and they look fabulous with the black stamping and borders. Absolutely gorgeous and a superb way to celebrate all our recent and yet to come festivities!

Candy C said...

Sarah...your very British cards are really cool! I love the designs on each of them! All of the stamps you have chosen are some of my favorites. I really love the white background and then how you've mounted each of the brightly colored images on black cardstock. As always...your work is so insightful and creative. Your little one should be arriving soon! Can't wait to hear! Best wishes to you all... <3 Candy

Craftychris said...

Stunning! I love the effect, need to try this. My alchohol inks are very neglected! xx

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great collage with ver nice colors
Sarah

Greetings Janny

Carol Q said...

they look stunning!

Gillian .... said...

Hi Sarah, loving your three red/white/blue themed cards, the intensity of colour is just fab, hope you're keeping ok. {{hugs}} xx

Lori said...

Wow, really stunning pieces Sarah! Love what you did with the AI's! Spectacular!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Looking really good there! You have quite the command with alcohol inks.

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabaroonie, Sarah! So vibrant and bold... I love them!

Anita Houston said...

These AO images are fantastic on your Alcohol Ink background!!! Love your memorandum of the Jubilee! Fabulous art and great patriotism!!!

Marijke said...

love this collage, great colors

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the artsy feel of your cards. They kind of have a mod look to them. Blessings!

Terry said...

Hey there Sarah, love love love your Britisch project for this weeks challenge, love the colors that you have used and mixed with the alcohol inks they really give the stamps a great look, fabulously done. Hugs Terry xxxx

May said...

Fabulous makes.. love the alcohol background and fabby stamps... I thought this week we would have a new wee member... when is bump going to show up!!! take care Sarah.. Hugs May x x x

thefrugalcrafter said...

that is absolutely faboulous!!!