Daily Archives: August 20, 2016
The object of this challenge is to find something from the August release that inspires me. The hard part is that the stamps and dies have just been released and have not yet have had time to be delivered to me. I like the Tiny Town new addition called Spooky Town so that set the theme of Halloween and I am totally smitten with my Make it Market-Garden Gate Kit so I decided to combine these. It is amazing sometimes what a difference colour makes. I think of the Garden Gate as light, pretty and delicate, but die cut it in black and it turns ominous immediately.
I wanted the sky dark and spooky and yet I wanted the image behind the gate to stand out. I had been thinking about different uses for Microglaze since taking Chemistry 103 from Tim Holtz. It occurred to me that I could use it as a mask to isolate the stamp image from the dark watercolour background. I had a couple of misfires with ink selection (Microglaze smears Versafine just so you know) but finally came up with a technique that worked. I was trying to get a textured circle of Microglaze around the image that would look feathered. I think if I had used a tiny corn broom type brush,it would have worked a bit better, but then I thought about how having a wax coating on half my stencil brushes would maybe not be a good thing for future projects, so I called it done.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink Make it Market-Garden Gate Kit, Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set, Peerless Watercolours, Judikins Microglaze, Distress Markers, Tsukenecko Sparkle Spray, Picket Fence Distress Paint, Strathmore Watercolor paper, Recollections cardstock and base, Stencil Brush, Tim Holtz fasteners