Sunday, 1 September 2013

Clarity Stamp New Challenge - Vintage

It's all go this weekend, The Classroom Show yesterday, today's shows and the start of a brand new blog challenge over on the Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog, No 7 already!
The entries each month just keep getting better and better, such a high standard and very inventive ideas.
I have to say I was a bit stumped with the theme of Vintage for this month and consequently time was pressing on to come up with something.
So I decided to use this hanging Bird Cage from
Candy Box Crafts which I've had for a while and really wanted to come up with a twist on the usual vintage style colouring.
Firstly I used a piece of sponge to paint the front of the cage with a pastel pink emulsion paint from a tester pot I had.
I really like using Ranger distress embossing powders so I used this in Tattered Rose with the Clarity Stamps small Leafy Swirl stamp on top of the painted cage.
I had already decided to use the NDC Lovebirds stamp and the large Butterfly and thought the Bird does not Sing and part of the Butterfly Montage stamps would work well too.
The images were all stamped using distress inks and embossed again with the distress powder.
It doesn't show up too well in the photo but the powder gives a lovely vintage feel and texture and it gives a random finish hence the distress.
I mounted the birds and butterfly onto torn paper which I coloured and distressed.
The images were layered with foam pads.
I've also used die cut leaves, Sweet Lilac Paper Flowers, lace and twisted torn paper all of which have been coloured and distressed.
The flower and leaf cluster on the bottom also as a selection of stamens attached and the feather has had a touch of distress ink.
I wanted this cage to look like it had been tucked away in an attic and perhaps the lace and
embellishments were remnants or keepsakes from memorable things.
I was really happy with the way this turned out and the vintage colour and feel it has to it.
Well I hope you enjoy the shows today and all the inspiration the design team have come up with and I hope this will inspire you to take part in the Clarity Challenge.
I'll take some close up images of this and post them later so you can see in more detail.

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