Fairy Meadows. Another “How To Do It” article from Sarah Anderson.
The Art of Moodling
If you’ve seen the beautiful fabric heart kits at shows then you’ll be familiar with the curved backgrounds that inspired our newest stamp range.
In turn, it was these textile projects that inspired this card, with machine stitching added to provide texture.
Step by Step Instructions
Take a square blank card and trim a square piece of watercolour paper to fit in the centre.
Sprinkle Brusho onto a glossy surface such as an ink blending mat or a glass worktop saver. Use blues towards the top of the mat and greens below.
A tip for ease of ‘sprinkling’ – make a hole in the top of your Brusho ink pot and plug this with a map pin when you’re not using it!
Spritz the powdered ink with water.
Place the square of watercolour paper down on the wet ink and press.
Applying Brusho inks to paper in this way creates some lovely textures and white spaces.
My preferred way of using Brusho Inks is the one just described but I was recently asked why I did that so I thought I’d demonstrate the difference in effects.
Spritz the watercolour paper with water.
Sprinkle blue Brusho inks at the top of the paper and greens below.
Spritz the powdered paper with water.
I love the white space and texture with the first technique. I also get a lot more out of my inks as I can get two or three ‘prints’ from the glass worktop saver.
Use Brusho to make some yellow and green papers.
Stamp the Hill Border stamps on these papers using the Adirondack ink pads.
Use the blending foam to fill the white space on the square of paper with the distress inks.
Splash water over the inked square then blot it off with kitchen roll.
This gives a lovely effect.
Cut out the Hill Borders and place them on the square of paper, making sure you leave enough space between each ‘hill’ to fit the words in between.
Stamp the words, the top of the Fairy Thistle and the fairies as shown using the Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad.
Use green thread in your sewing machine and stitch along the edges of the ‘hills’. Your stitching doesn’t need to be perfect, wonky stitches add to the effect! I stitched over each line a couple of times.
Stamp Hill Border in Adirondack Sunset Orange, and Hill Border Bloom in Adirondack Meadow on white watercolour paper. Cut out the flowers as shown and adhere to the card.
Add acrylic gems and glitter.
I repeated steps 17 – 21 with the other square of paper; here you can see the difference between the cards.