The card I made for this week’s Monday Mojo email really sums up the weekend I’ve just had with Lesley and hubby David. We visited the Mull of Galloway, ate in the fantastic Gallie Craig cafe there and climbed the 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Since we came to Portpatrick, I have been getting outside more than I used to and getting my creaky knees and hips moving a lot more. I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t have made it to the top of that lighthouse 8 weeks ago when we first arrived here, so I was feeling a huge sense of achievement, even before I was presented with this:
I think it’s a fantastic idea to reward visitors with a certificate, but I may have to have words with them next time about the type of ink they use to stamp the date – it smudged quite badly!
On Sunday Lesley and I spent the day in my studio getting inky and painty. Lesley had never tried gelli printing before, so I set her up with my 6×6 inch plate and I think it’s fair to say she had a ball!
Of course it would have been rude not to join in.
We also decided to both tackle the Monday Mojo challenge and each create a piece inspired by the email – quite fitting actually as it was Lesley’s workshop which inspired this week’s tutorial in the first place. To see the two cards side by side, you would honestly think we had planned ahead of time to use the same colours and sentiment, but that was pure serendipity!
I began this card by die cutting some cog/gear shapes from masking tissue. I used the holes left behind as stencils and sponged yellow Memento inks through them – I used Peanut Brittle on the largest, and Canteloupe and Dandelion on the smaller two. I then stuck down the die cuts as masks and swirled the same colours very lightly over them using a mix of the same yellows to give the soft shading you see. You can use a sponge, but I prefer a good stencil brush and a swirling motion to get a soft blend. The main flower stamp is from Honey Bee and the floral gears background stamp is from Punky Romance. The sentiment comes from our Words of Wisdom stamp set. There’s a little bit of clear Wink of Stella on the bees’ wings which the photo hasn’t picked up, and I added just a hint of shading to the petals with coloured pencils.
Lesley has put her card on her own blog so hop over to thepaperengineer.blogspot.com to take a look.
I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of the most southern tip of Scotland.
How can we not be happy living in such a beautiful part of the world!
PS: Watch out for new stamps later today launching on the Design Team blog later today.