Thursday, 1 April 2010

Jungle Fever or Flightless Fairy?

What d'you think of her?? She's called Brite Eyes and she's one of Stitchy's new release images on sale in the Stitchy Bear Stamps Shop. But seeing I'm on the DT I get to play with her.
Actually I've been playing all day... while John made pizza, I've been playing a little bit out of my comfort zone... I wanted to put her into the Jungle, which meant leaves, big leaves...Or animal print (damn, I've only just thought of that!! Oh well, watch out for the next card I make using her!!)
But then I realised she was sitting on rather a big leaf (?!?) or, is it a big leaf or is she a very small flightless fairy?? Anyway, I didn't quite know what I wanted to do, so the best thing for me is to just do something.
I have one Distress Ink (vintage photo, aw, shame) by Tim Holtz, everyone says how fabulous it is, I even have video's on my side bar (but I don't always check them out! scroll down they're near the bottom) anyway, I wanted to do a bit of distressing or blending with this ink, as I'd never done it before, had no idea what to do or where to start, so began rubbing the ink over one of the printed out images, just to give her a bit of shading. Then did the same to some punched out leaves. This of course also meant the paper below was also getting covered with ink and made a nice leafy pattern.
So the next idea was... I made my own backing paper. This was followed by me sticking the leaves into some clear embossing power and zapping them with my heat gun...
The leaves were only punched out from ordinary Tesco's Finest Premium Quality Printer paper 120gsm, not your special crafty paper that costs a lot more but I think they turned out ok.

When I finished the paper with it's smudged on leaves, I scanned it, took that image into 'My Craft Studio' and 'played' with it, made it smaller and then 'tiled' it. Not perfect, but fun...(They say little things please little minds...and mine is very little!!)
Another thing I could've done, seeing I decoupaged the image, while I had the paper in My Craft Studio, I could have placed the image over the printed paper... (hang on, I'll just take a picture) I could've then printed it out and then fixed the cut out image over the top and still had any fine pieces of hair that would've been cut off. (ah, but I didn't do that)
In the picture you can see how the leaves looked before I made them smaller and tiled them.

(click on the photo's to make them bigger)
I have a few more followers so a big (((wave))) to Paddingtondoo Fabulous blog and likes Paddington of course!! Tink over on Tink Time with some lovely Stitchy Images!! Thread bear!!! (I'll find the link later) Yvonne, (Scrappy) from It's A Scrappy World has some lovely cards and must be the best place to go to find so many challenges!! Then there's Mandy who is definitely a crafty Angel, fantastic blog and a very interesting work desk!! Big wave to Angie! lovely makes every time I pop in and another amazing work desk! And there's more fab goings on over on Margie's Creative Projects

Simon Says -Distressing
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  1. Glad Ive seen her Lyn before I go off for the weekend Shes lovely

    Liz x

  2. Glad Ive seen her Lyn before I go off for the weekend Shes lovely

    Liz x

  3. Glad Ive seen her Lyn before I go off for the weekend Shes lovely

    Liz x

  4. Glad Ive seen her Lyn before I go off for the weekend Shes lovely

    Liz x

  5. Wow Lyn this is gorgeous so well worth all that work with distressing it looks fabulous I adore those leaves they look brill.

    Lorraine x

  6. This is gorgeous Lyn, lovely image, I love how you've done the leaves too and the background and the fibre down the side!

    Love, Rose xx

  7. oh great work hun love what you have done with the leaves hugs cheryl xxxx

  8. Ooooh Lyn she's gorgeous, and what a great result from your experiment with the backing paper - it's fab. Love your story too (as always). I clicked the link and watched John making that mouthwatering Pizza! I feel sooooo hungry now, and that wine looked pretty good too!!
    Have a great Easter.
    Love & Hugs, Sylvia xxxx

  9. Hmmm speaking of wine, has lizbit had a few before posting hahaha...
    Oh Lyn, she is more gorgeous then ever, what a beautiful creations..yeah I can see her as a tiny fairy that don't fly for me, had subs tonight, next best thing to cookin' lmao...Happy Easter hun and thank you so much for this..she really is beautiful...

    stitch xx

  10. Well done hun she's gorgeous.
    Sam x

  11. fantastic lyn,love the distressing

    tracey x
    there is a little award on my blog for you
    happy easter

  12. This is fantastic Lyn. I love the big leaves and butterfly.
    Thank you for joining us in the first Sir Stampalot challenge.
    Clare *Littlbear* x

  13. Hi spyder, wow this is fab, love the leaves hun, and your intro is great lol,thanks for the tip on the paper too, speak soon, hugs Liz xx

  14. Great colours, very autumnal. thanks for the step by step, really helpful. Thank you for joining us for our Sir Stampalot Challenge.

  15. Wow Wee
    this is so so special,I love all the work that has gone into it, I love those leaves and that beautiful image.
    incredible card.
    hugs chris xx
    thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge

  16. Wonderful creation, Lyn! Thanks so much for joining us at Sir Stampalot and good luck!

  17. so beautiful, love what you have done with her, stunning! love how you created your background, its really effective...dont you just love sitting down and having a play!


  18. You've made the perfect surroundings for her, a real fantasy island. Thanks for sharing at SirStampalot this month.

  19. Gret card Lynn - fab job with the image - the leaves are perfect! Cheers Claire x

  20. Wow, wonderful card, love the leaves. Anesha

  21. Fantastic card , such a wonderful image and coloured beautifully
    thanks for joining us at the sir stampalot challenge

  22. Such a gorgeous card! love the leaves and the image is gorgeous! thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp, hugs, Jane xxx

  23. This is so cool! I am so glad you took your only Distress ink into use ;o) She sure looks like a little jungle girl!

    Thanks for playing with Simon Says this week.


  24. Oh wow lyn this is stunning, love the flowers and leaves sets her off beautifully,
    Christine x

  25. This is a wonderful creation. Thanks for joining the first Sir Stampalot challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x


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