Now, on Wednesday I said that I had something new to play with and I have been doing just that. I received lots of lovely stampbord that I had ordered and have had a bit of a play.
If you are unsure of what it is (and I only heard about it recently) it is a hard board surface covered in layers of finely compacted clay that provide a really smooth surface ideal for taking all sorts of mediums. But the really cool thing is that you can also scratch back layers of the clay once you have coloured to create a really different sort of effect.
There are some great projects and more info about it over at Projects4Crafters, which is a blog by Fiona who I saw demonstrating this product on the television, so please click on the link if you want to find out more.
I am going to enter the project that I made into the following challenges...
* Creative Carte Blanche - Anything Goes but include something you haven't done before
* Crafty Girls Creations - Challenge 14 Anything Goes
* Creative Artiste Challenge Blog - Anything Goes Mixed Media
So to begin here is a photo of the main items that I used...
I wanted to dive straight in with the stampbord so started by decorating the bigger square...
I inked up the board using meadow, stream and gold alcohol inks. Then stamped and heat embossed parts of a border stamp from Bee Crafty.
I used the finest blade in the set of scraper tools that I had got with my kit to scrape back some of the colour to add highlights to the design. I could then have coloured those in another colour but I wanted the contrast between the black and the white.
I then decorated the smaller square in the same way, using some small flower stamps from Cardio but just with archival black ink rather than embossing...
Thank you for reading and have a lovely weekend whatever you decide to do,