Sunday 9 September 2018

Ammonite Birthday

Hi everyone.  I needed a masculine birthday card and decided to use a Chocolate Baroque Ammonite stamp.  I live only about an hour from the Jurassic Coast and in Lyme Regis the shops are full of fossils and even their street lamps have an ammonite design incorporated into them, and I do love the shape of it.  Here is what I did.

I decided to try a new to me technique using Brushos directly on to the stamp and spritzed with water before stamping, and it worked fairly well.  I used Brown, Turquoise and Orange sprinkled randomly over the stamp, and I stamped it down on to a piece of lightweight card.  I used the same colours with the addition of a bit of black Brusho to paint over it and add a few more lines and additional colour.  I then fussy cut it out once it was dry.

In the meantime there was so much ink left on the stamp that I spritzed it again and stamped it again on to another piece of white card with the whole image in the middle and then partial images round the edges.  I managed all five times without adding any more Brushos but obviously it gradually faded but I thought the four around the edges didn't need to be bright.  I then added some Distress Inks with a blending tool, using Mermaid Lagoon and Ground Espresso, and then I decided to make the outlines more defined so stamped with  Hickory Smoke, just lining it up by eye as I didn't use my Misti, and as it is a fairly simple shape it was fine.   I decided to keep the colours quite light as I didn't want it to be too dark and heavy.

To be honest I wasn't sure whether to use the background with just a sentiment and use the cut out image on another card, but finally decided to add it over the whole image in the centre using Pinflair Glue Gel to give it a bit of dimension.

When dry I attached it to a 6" square white base card and added the sentiment beneath using Versafine Smokey Gray heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

Thank you for coming to take a look a my blog today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations September Challenge - Something Beginning with 'B' (I have used Brushos).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp on It for Stamptember.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamp It On. (So pleased to be one of the four to be chosen for the Designer Spotlight)
Happy Little Stampers September Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no optional twist).


Liz said...

Brilliant masculine card, Pat. What a great stamp and I love how you've used it. We haven't been to Lyme Regis for quite a few years, but I remember that it's a great place for fossil hunting. xx

brenda said...

Using the Brusho's in that way has worked really well Pat, the colours have dispused nicely and over staming has defined the edges really well, many thanks for joining in with our 'I Spy' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

cuilliesocks said...

What a fabulous card Pat, I love that ammonite image, one that had eluded me. Your technique with the Brusho powders had worked so well and really gives a fossilised look to the image, wonderful male card, Kate x

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

What a lovely card Pat and I like the story behind it. I absolutely love my Brushos but I’ve never used this technique but I definitely will in future. Thank you for sharing this with us at Stamping Sensations and good luck. Sandra x

Karen Dunbrook said...

love the look you achieved with using the Brushos Pat, lovely card mf.
xx Karen

Heather T said...

Pat you got amazing results from this technique! I am not surprised that you were able to stamp and restamp; a little brusho goes a long way!

Mindy Baxter said...

These shells look amazing -- so real. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Good Luck!

Mac Mable said...

Great use of that Brusho technique and the stamping looks great. Wonderful colours and the shell stamp is really special and so is your card x.

Ros Crawford said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!! I love the colours and the stamping is perfect Pauline! BTW thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words... Have a lovely day!

pinky said...

Very cool creation! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

MaryH said...

Absolutely stunning color on these shells. I've never tried this brusho crystal onto a stamp either - but recently saw an image where the stamp had gone into wet brusho, and after 'lifting' a bit, then was restamped. I love the effect you got with this and did you get some wonderful color on the shells. Very impressive! TFS & Hugs

Rika said...

Stunning card!

BożenA said...

Great work with watercolors. Such a nice card!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor.

Sally H said...

A beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations for our B challenge

Helen said...

Your card is wonderful, Pat. Perfect for many occasions. I love the wonderful water colour effects you've created with the brushos. I must give it a try. Thanks so much for joining us over at HLS Watercolour Challenge this month.