Saturday, 23 July 2011

Fun with inks

Assuming Mr Blogger is playing fair, this post should pop up when I am in Venice and all going to plan, tonight attending the Arena di Verona to see my all time favourite opera Verdi's Aida, under the stars...........I've not dare ask what happens if it rains !

And Monday we sail up the Adriatic Sea stopping at Croatia and Montenegro, then into the upper Med bound for Egypt, Turkey, Athens and the Greek Islands.

Emma is our lovely hostess this week at Allsorts where we continue our "Free and Easy July" theme and our sponsor this week is Sir Stampalot. I have a bit of masking to share using two different techniques. The one above have been brayered, sponged and stamped thought an oval aperture using a further mask to create the moon. Inks used are all Adirondack dye based, the good old speedball brayer and stamps are a mixture of Art Impression and Creative Expressions.

To create my second card I masked the edges and two centre sections of a piece of Farbiano watercolour card, then with the masks in place lightly sponged the edges of the three central sections with TH Victorian velvet before stamping Hero Arts CG222 music background with the same ink. I then stamped Judikins Poppies (sorry no code) with versafine black, embossed with detail clear and added pink seed beads to the poppy centres. After removing the masks, I mounted onto coordinating card.


  1. The cards are so calm and tasteful! Just like all your projects :)

  2. Love them both! But the first card is so special!! Love your creative projects a lot!

  3. Wow! You're making magic with inks!Beautiful!

  4. Atunning cards Brenda. Enjoy the opera, sounds fabulous xxx

  5. There are magnificent! The first is a picture of a great artist! Congratulations!

  6. Both cards are stunning, I can't choose a favourite :o)
    Jackie xx

  7. Hope you're having a lovely time! Those poppies are fabulous, and I adore the color you've used for them.

  8. Fabulous perspective on the first card. Love the black poppies and the background, I don't know how you come up with so many different styles. I hope it stayed dry for the opera.

  9. well before i start you know which is my favourite lol!!
    Hope you are having a wonderful time and tonight should be so wonderful.. and romantic lol
    Have fun
    Lisa x

  10. What a beautiful card and nice colors.

    Nice weekend.

    Hugs Astrid.

  11. oh hun these are brilliant just love,the scenes,you have created on the first one and just love,the detail on the second,just brilliant,hugs cheryl xx

  12. Wow! Love 'em both! Hope you're enjoying your hols & come back relaxed and refreshed.

    Lynne x

  13. Hi Brenda
    Love your Two cards ...especially the Poppy one....lovely wory...hope you enjoy your Hols

  14. So beautiful! Breathtaking actually! I really must learn to use a brayer, if my end result could be half as nice as yours I'd be pleased.
    Hope you are having a marvelous vacation.
    Blessings Bernie

  15. Absolutely terrific cards, I love the second card in particular. The masking is fantastic. Hope you enjoy the opera and hope it doesnt rain!! Lee xx

  16. Hope you are having a FABULOUS trip Brenda, can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!? Montenegro too huh? Thats on my list to visit, please share some pics ??? xxx

  17. Hope you're having the time of your life journeying around in the Mediterranean:)

    Thanks a lot for sharing your techniques about masking, inking and stamping. I didn't know much of that before, but now I feel I might try it out, thanks to you.

    Outi xxx

  18. These are both beautiful! I love the whole 'feel' of card #1 but #2 is my fav - I love the panels with the poppies stamped over - Gorgeous!

    Carol x

  19. Oh so wonderful cards Brenda. Lucky you being in Venice again. My friend stayed there at the beginning of the month for a week. Jealous of both of you. :-) Enjoy the cruise.

  20. Both these cards are stunning Brenda! The scene on the first one is so gorgeous and would look wonderful framed and on my loungeroom wall. I love how you stamped the poppies over the panels on the 2nd card - brilliant!

    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday - it sounds awesome!!


  21. Both cards are just lovely! Hope that you are having a marvelous time on your holiday. I'm having fun just reading about it!

  22. Both cards are gorgeous, but have to say my favourite is the the top one, the style and the tonal colours used are perfect...hugs Kath..

  23. Brenda your trip sounds fab.... I am jealous Lol

    Your cards are stunning. Have never tried brayering ... don't think i'd be much cop with it, but your card is inspirational x

    hugs sally x

  24. Hope you are having a wonderful break! Just starting to get back to normailty after the horrid hacker. It's so great to catch up with all your wonderful projects! Cheers Claire x

  25. Hope you are having a lovely time - sounds amazing. My favourite of these two has to be the poppies: the background is such a super idea & I love the detail of those seed beads. In the first your layering of those corners is beautifully effective too.
    Paula (PEP)

  26. Brenda hope your having a wonderful time, your holiday sounds fabulous.

    I adore the first creation, the scene you've set is amazing and I love your details.

    The poppies are stunning and the masking and inking is so effective.

    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  27. These are terrific!! The first is my favourite! I hope you're enjoying your holiday!! Ruth x

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  29. These projects are amazing!! God bless you every moment as you live the MS life & may He heal you fully or partly. I suffer from Lupus with kidney, heart and brain involvement, sjogren's, gout and neuropathy, etc. I have two brothers who suffer with MS. I agree without my computer, my computer & crafting friends and my wonderful crafting and art projects; I would be lost.
    You are very gifted, keep up the good fight and keep on crafting and making art!!! Hugs...

  30. So gorgeous Brenda, I love the green one best, so beautiful.
    Hugs Jacee

  31. Oh my goodness, these are stunning!

  32. Hi Brenda,
    two amazing cards but confess i like the 1st best never tried this brayering for fear of it basically not turning out as great as yours!! lol x
    cool card
    Suzie qx
    sounds like you are gonna be having lots of fun! hope the weather held outx

  33. Muitoooo lindo.

    Amei suas artinhas!


    Bjotas sonoras.


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