This page came about from playing with the fabulous new Background Flourish stamp. It's A6 sized, so I was able to stamp it twice - in Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Pumice Stone - and cover the whole page. I gave the inked stamp a tiny spritz of water for a softer look in places.
The details in the flourishes are gorgeous. I stamped some of my favourite script stamp - Calligraphy Mat #6, as I now have the large size too - also in Pumice Stone to add another layer.
I can't resist a bit of crackle, as you know, so I applied some crackle paste through the Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil and left it to get on with crackling.
With all the vintage flourishing going on, I found myself reaching for one of the Gibson Girl stamps as a complementary focal point. I stamped her on watercolour paper and used Distress Stains and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to tint the background. I toyed with colouring her in, but decided I like how the image really pops in its "naked" state.
Once the Harlequins were crackled I used the same Distress Stains and Glimmer Glaze to add colour to them too.
I think Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade are all in there, as well as the Scattered Straw and Wild Honey, and the Glimmer Glaze was the slightly innappropriately-named Flirty (it looks to me as though flirting is pretty much the last thing on her mind at the moment).
I also used my Pumice Stone Distress Marker to add some shading to the diamonds...
... and the final touch was to add some Treasure Gold in White Fire and Florentine to highlight the crackled texture.
A simple WordBand provides the thought for the page, picked out in Chalk Fresco Paint - a reminder for her not to get dragged down by reality's limitations, but to dare to make the leap of imagination and break free.
And of course there's lots of splatter!
So it's stamping plus crackle plus colour - a step outside the normal colour zone, for sure, but still essentially playing in the journals with my favourite things. I hope you like it.
Thanks so much for stopping by. There's still a week or so to come and play in our Love challenge this February. You don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you get a double entry in the prize draw. Hope to see you there!
Distress Inks - Pumice Stone, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Distress Stains - Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Distress Marker - Pumice Stone