Saturday, 21 May 2011

Sweet Pea Stamps & Gesso

It's challenge time again over at Sweet Pea Stampers and this week the theme is Pearls and Lace. The prize is three Sweet Pea Stamps supplied by the lovely Lynette from Sweet Pea Stamps.

I have to say I've absolutely loved this challenge and have used it as an opportunity to drag stuff out of my stash that has been neglected or dare I say forgotten about!!! The rest of the girls on DT have created some stunning projects for your inspiration, so please do stop by their blogs and take peek (links are in my sidebar). Now whilst we're on the subject of the Sweet Pea DT I thought I'd let you know that we are on the hunt for a new member as the lovely Teri has had to step down due to her commitments with Delicious Doodles. If you're interested please email Pascale (her details can be found on her blog or on the SPS challenge post).

So onto my card!

I decided that I try a Gesso resist technique out that I saw posted by those awesomely talented Craft Fairies over at The Craft Barn. I used my faithful old Viva My Paper World Stamps to create the Gesso swirls. The purple background colour was created with Dusty Concorde Distress Inks which I then spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist (sadly you can't see the effect that it gives IRL). For a first attempt I'm really not too unhappy with the end result and will definitely be exploring this technique further as I have a few projects in mind that this technique will lend itself to perfectly!

The image is of course Ching-Chou Kuik's Blue Eye Fairy (except mines got green eyes:) ) which has been coloured with Promarkers. I've added Viva Pearl Pen to the centre of the flowers in her hair and stickled the stars in the corners of the image. The lace flower was made from a cotton lace doily that I cut the centre out from and then hot glued the centre to make petals and attached a pearl button. I then dabbed it all over with some of my new Tim Holtz Distress Stains and spritzed it with water to make the colour bleed. The pearl swirl was created using a Prima E-line template and Viva Pearl Pen. 

Thanks for stopping by today and please don't forget to check out the DT member call.

Claire xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
The Craft Barn - Gesso technique
Aud Sentiments - No sentiment
Crafty Purple Frog - Monochromatic
In A Sweet Pea Dream - Bling it up
Southern Girls Challenge - Lace & Pearls
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle & Shine
Magical Mondays - White and one other


  1. I love the colours in this card. They work really well x

  2. What a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

  3. Such a gorgeous card Claire, love the flower and your background is

  4. Wow the background is awesome :c) xx

  5. Just love thebackground what a great technique!! The image looks super and such a lush flower! Chanelle xxx

  6. This is gorgeous I love the background

  7. Wow! So you tried the technique of stamping with gesso! Saw that and thought I must try it some time. Are the swirls raised? Looks great.

    Good luck with all the challenges. x

  8. Really love your flower. Thanks for playing at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Ali x

  9. Very pretty card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

  10. beautiful my fav colours too. I love the sweetpea stamps and i have cough one or

  11. Hi sweetie this is gorgeous I love love love the background its gorgeous......I may have drooled over your card a bit tho hun, sorry.
    Love the image & she looks lush with green eyes actually better with green eyes, green eyes are lovely.......can you tell I have green eyes lmao.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  12. A brilliant creation Claire, your Gesso resist background is fabulous, beautiful colours and your colouring of the gorgeous image fantastic. I love your flower it's scrumptious!!

    So glad you joined us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge
    Heather xx

  13. Awesome Claire! Love the beautiful image and the purple background is gorgeous. The flower button is just right for the card.

  14. Stunning card Claire, love the colours x

  15. oh wow hun this is just stunning the colors on this are just gorgeous,really love this hun,brilliant hugs cheryl xxxx

  16. beautiful card Claire, the flower is just gorgeous!! :) X

  17. Very pretty. love the DP. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge.

  18. Fab card Claire. Love the colours you have used. The flower looks fantastic, what a good idea.

  19. Gorgeous card! So stunning and great take on the White Plus One challenge. Thanks for playing along with the Magical Monday Challenge.
    Magical Monday Challenge

  20. Fabulous card and great take on our White plus 1 other colour. Thanks for playing along at Magical Monday

  21. Beautiful card, Love the background. thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

  22. Hello again Claire!:)

    I'm visiting your blog very often, but not so ggood to leave comments..sorry!:) I LOVE to see your beautiful creations, and this one is...
    absolutely stunning my friend!! Isn't she just gorgeous and you've coloured her beautifully, love the colour combo and fab dps, glad you shared some of them with us "In a Sweet Pea Dream":)
    Good luck to you♥!:)
    Hugs, Ellen

  23. This is great - isn;t gesso fun to work with? :) xx

  24. fantastic shades of purple and a lovely image too
    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

  25. Hey Claire - had to pop over and say hi - love the card - s'gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining in with Aud Sentiments


  26. I love the technique using the gesso. I love this image must ink her up and I love the flower. Hugs Pascale

  27. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love your pearls and lace. I have Magnolia blog candy on my blog if you are interested. Thanks for joining in the fun at Southern Girls!
    Alicia xx

  28. Lovely card! thanks for entering the challenge at the Craft Barn


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