Friday 24 January 2014

Pastel Indigo?

Oh dear - a rather late "Happy New Year" on my blog! A horrible cough and cold put paid to crafting early in 2014 for me, I'm only just starting to feel human enough to venture into the craft room!

As a little kickstart, I visited a couple of challenges I haven't played for ages. This week's challenge at PanPastels is "anything goes" with an extra push to use something other than card as a substrate  (here - challenge closes 12 noon on Tuesday). At IndigoBlu it's "from the heart" (details here - challenge runs to 20th of Feb).

I decided to try a little clean and simple with a side order of grunge and although I made a card I did use a couple of things other than cardstock with the pastels. I stamped the script in Versamark on a little piece of canvas and rubbed Turquoise over it - the colour sticks more intensely to the Versamark than the plain canvas so you get subtle patterning. I use cheapo canvas that's sold for inkjet printing photos for this kind of thing as you don't mind experimenting and maybe wasting some if things don't work out as you'd hoped!

The heart is done with modelling paste through a handcut stencil - I originally intended to go straight onto the card with it but the canvas was a bit too thick for that to work well (because of the "step") so I did it on a separate scrap of card, cut it out when dry and coloured it with PanPastels. It's the first time I've tried it and the "tooth" of the dried paste takes the colour really well.

Lots of reflection here this morning so I'm afraid the pearlescent ink looks very different on the card base than it does on the canvas - it's the same and looks better in real life, honest!

Sarah's Choice by IndigoBlu

Smooth white

Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance by Tsukineko

Diarylide Yellow, Oranage, Permanent Red and Permanent Red Shade PanPastels
Meimeri Light Modelling Paste
Corner Chomper

Thanks for stopping by, I hope 2014 is kind to you!


Artyjen said...

Love the simplicity and the grunge ;) The colours just zing
Those winter bugs sure stop the old creativity!
xoxo Sioux

Kath said...

Interesting effect when stamped on canvas. Very classy card.

Hazel said...

I love all the different media you've used and the various textures achieved - a super card, Joannne (and it's great to see you blogging again) x

Deborah said...

Your experimentation has certainly paid off, Joanne. It looks fabulous. Would make a fantastic man valentine.

Scrapmate said...

Hope you feel better now. I like the colour combo - the turquoise really makes the red pop.

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Joanne, love the simple and grungy look...x

Anonymous said...

Love this Joanne!
Hope you feel better soon,
Alison x

Terry said...

Thank you for sharing your simple but elegant project with the DT from Premium Craft Brands, love the heart, hugs Terry xxx

Kaz said...

I really like this Joanne, very interesting textures xxx

Unknown said...

Thanks for entering this months indigoblu challenge, good luck
P xx

Anonymous said...

Don't understand why I hadn't seen this before - feedblitz isn't always up to the mark lol.
Hope you are feeling much better now. Love the CAS and grungy together and love those colours too. Nice to have you back :)

Kathy said...

Just fantastic. I love this

Tracy said...

Wow stunningly beautiful your project is.
Big hugs xxx

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous too!

Nikki K said...

Fab card, love the simplicity and techniques used. So pleased you joined us this month. x
Nikki K

Linda said...

This is fab ..... one of my favourite stamp sets too. Thanks for joining in with the IndigoBlu challenge .... Good luck! Linda xx

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Beautiful card, love the way you have cornered just 2 of the edges too

IndigoBlu DT