The presence of wonder

Hi Lou here again. Today I really wanted to show how wonderful stamps can look on our work.  I really wanted the stamps to sing so decided to keep a monchromatic theme of black, white and red.

I chose sheet 2 from the AB Studio Diary paper set. using my silicone brush, i brushed and stippled on white gesso to add some coverage and texture to my page

I next chose 3 stamp sets – AALL and Create #27, Finnabair checkered texts, and AB Studio ID-57 and used Versafine Clair black and added stamping in vertical and horizontal directions.

I gave this a quick heat with a heat gun but not carefully so as to leave some areas a bit wet still for my next step in mind. I took a further stamp, Messy, and Tim Holtz embossing ink, and added more stamping. Over this I added a black glitter embossing powder. This stuck also to some of the previous stamping that was still wet. This gave some great texture and 2 variants of stamping.

The die cuts I wanted to add were red in tone so I wanted to colour over the gesso. I chose a red tone of magic paint from Fabrika Decoru.

These are wonderful paints with colour and metallic shimmer. You simple sprinkle on and spray with water. For a bit  different look and a bit more vibrancy, I added flicks of oxide ink in worn lipstick.

Next, I chose some small photos and matted them with papers from the same range. I distressed the papers and added to the photo using foam tape.

I now wanted to add some simple, but very effective decoration to my page. i decided to die cut some tags from the same range and a large butterfly from the white butterfly sheet from AB Studio. The Butterfly was added on 2 layers of chipboard to really make it stand out from the page.

To finish, I added a simple Tim Holtz word sticker onto foam dots.

Here are some close up shots for you.