Monday, October 15, 2012

These are a few of my...

favourite things! What are? Well, paint, stamping, flowers, torn papers and hearts. It's Monday (yes again) and it's time for a new challenge theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show where you get to go mad and freestyle it as it's all about your favourite.
 l really had to have a think and eventually I decided to go for what seemed to be "in' on my desk at the mo. In all honesty that would actually be dust and dirty stamps, but that wouldn't make for a very interesting piece so I went with master-boards.
I have a very eclectic style and have acquired a wide range of styles of stamps over the years... I also have a thing about being consequent when creating and don't really like to mix up too many different stamp designs in one piece. But then that makes it hard to choose as they are all so great... Enter the master-board!
 Now of course a master-board is nothing new but with all the fabulous new colours, products, sprays and journalling influences around I think they could make a come-back. It also is the ideal stamping ground (ha ha) for combining both your best-loved and dormant stamps. The great thing about a master-board is the freedom it gives to just play around building up layers and textures without being too fussy. The idea is to cut it into smaller sections for use on a card or die-cut it like I did.
 l like how the random patterns and colours come into their own once they are cut down. I took apiece of A4 card and went with a base of Sky Blue Studio Paint from Claudine Helmuth, followed by gesso bottle top rings, dots from Mr. Tim and then Wendy Vecchi leaves, flowers and letters... mixing up my use of both paint and ink. 
 I thought some 'hearty' flowers would look good and it would also give me a chance to add some stitched stems as I do love a bit of sewing. I tore up some dictionary papers for the background, gave them a coat of watery gesso to whiten them and added a splash of Dylusions ink for a bit of colour. The Wendy words are stamped on sticky back canvas, mounted on card, to give a bit more texture. A whizz around the edges with the sewing machine and distressing tool and we are good to go.

I hope you like it and can maybe create your own take on a master-board (or you can even demolish a few journal pages if you like...) Just have fun with all YOUR favourites and share them with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show. Join in with lots of other artists and make a bid for the $50 spree!
Now off you go, enjoy the great challenge theme and just be yourself. Thanks for popping by... Sarah.


21 comments:

Anita Houston said...

Master boards make me happy, and make mass creating easy! Love your color!!! This is a fun and happy make!

Helen said...

Love those hearts! The master board is a great way to play.

maria f. said...

So cute and fun. Thanks for the idea of "master board". Creative and practical.

LindaS said...

Stunning cards. I really like the design but especially the hearts are so cool.

Candy C said...

Sarah...love your card! It is so pretty. I love the heart "flowers" and how you've torn text behind them. Really nice design! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love your masterboards Sarah. The heart flowers are very striking and very eye catching too. Love the torn strips in the background and the touches of yellow too. Tracy x x

Kate said...

So pretty, Sarah! I love the flowers and the paint splatters. This card is so you! I love how you can make something simple look so fabulous.
Kate

Suzanne C said...

The pretty heart flowers over your clouds of text is charming! What a lovely design with just the right amount of pops of color!

Redanne said...

A really beautiful creation Sarah, love the Master Board idea. The heart flowers are such a fabulous idea and look wonderful over the torn strips - love it! A x

Kaz said...

Just gorgeous Sarah xxx

Sandra said...

Very pretty card! Those hearty flowers look amazing! Hugs, Sandra

Meme said...

Beautiful Card! love what you did, love the heart flowers. Thanks for sharing.

nathalie crestois said...

nice !

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

A really beautiful creation Sarah
Love it

Greetings Janny

Gillian .... said...

Hey sarah, this is one cool masterboard, love your use of colour and texture. x

Marjie Kemper said...

You sure made the most of your board! What lovely flowers... thety are fab, Sarah!

soapHOUSEmama said...

totally love this!

butterfly said...

Wow - another new thing to try... I've not met a masterboard before! What a great technique, and what a lovely outcome - your flowery hearts are delicious, and I LOVE the book page background!
Alison x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

What a pretty creation, Sarah! I really love the torn pieces and the way you put them together :)


*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Marlena M. said...

This is beautiful Sarah! I love the artsy vibe~

Karen said...

how delightful...