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!
Artistic Stamper stamps - Flourish Background, Gibson Girls #1, Calligraphy Mat #6
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
I love this new golden look in your journal, Alison. Your mastery of crackle is second to none and it goes so well with that glorious flourish background. This is such a beautiful page. I love those Gibson Girl stamps: you have inspired me to get them out and play again! xxx
Beautiful warm tones Alison, love the simplicity of just one image and sentiment. Loving the crackle and the flourish very much:-) xxx
I agree this is so different from your usual style, Alison but its beautiful. The bg flourish stamp is amazing and the golden hues you have created is stunning.
I love new color on your page, Alison. I do use orange a lot, but love your take, it looks fresh as well as vintage. Gibson girls are our all time favourites, aren't they? :)
Fantastic page with all lovely crackle texture and lovely colors. Thanks for inspiration
Fabulous journal page, love this bold golden colour scheme, I so rarely use my distress inks right now.. must remedy that! Hope the Gibson Girl works out her problems soon!
Love the fab warm colours, a gorgeous page! The many layers add so much depth!
Wow! Where to start? Love my Gibson girls so a big tick for starters then the fabulous background! Love the crackle of course and the golden shades that fade in and out(really love that) but must say the background stamp looks so good here it's a definite for my shopping list! An altogether gorgeous page.......Chrisx
Gorgeous golden glow on a grey wet morning! Thank you for brightening my morning with this beauty Alison :-)
I always learn something from you Alison! This time sprit zing the stamp for softer effect! Love the stamping in the background. I also get very confused with all the different Distress thingymabobs! Beautiful colours and textures....need to get my notebook! In fact, need one called Butterfly inspiration!
Love that inventive background with the lady in between..
I do hope those bright, sunny hues bring the poor lady some cheer. Gorgeous work Alison. Nicola x
Gorgeous page Alison! I love the layering you did with the stencils and the wonderful fiery palette is so appealing! Fabulous choice for your image, hugs :)
Beautiful background stamp and could look at that gorgeous honey toned crackle all day, lovely setting for a Gibson girl. x
Wonderful! The eye is drawn straight to the Gibson girl. Great stamping!
I love the unusual colours on this page, they are so gorgeous around the beautiful Gibson Girl stamp used here!! Fab texture and details as usual Alison, I love it. Coco xx
It is so gorgeous Alison,
The flourish stamp, the amazing crackle on the Harlequins , your beautiful colours,- Love it!!!
A wonderful page Alison.. superb!
WOw, this is stunning, Alison. You should experiment with colour more often !
So, so beautiful, the crackle is fab.
The golden colours are fabulous and I love that you left the beautiful Gibson girl uncoloured, she looks amazing! Anne xx
I thought I was completely sold on your other color palette Alison- but these gold tones are gorgeous and so warm!! I love this! xo
Awesome!! I love the journal! The cover is fantastic. And then the interior is just as wow.
Alison this is fantastic! I love the sunny color tones. Gorgeous details too! Another awesome job!
Really stunning Alison and all the texture is amazing.
Amazing background and composition!
Brilliant loving all that crackle. Dee x
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