Monday, 24 November 2008

Rubber Stamp Tapestry...

...Jane Gill's classes at the Glitterpot 24th October.
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I've bought Tapestry stamp sets and I've seen samples of cards made using the technique but I'd never tried it. I'm not a stamper but I keep trying as I'd like to be. It's not a technique that I have a natural empathy with so find it difficult but I really enjoyed this, particularly the morning class, which had a Christmas theme.

No cards were made in the morning but Jane had planned that we would make toppers to take home and finish with cards from our own stash. Her idea is that we concentrate on the technique rather than the actual card making. I'm not completely sure of the names of the sets used as but a quick scan of the Rubber Stamp Tapestry site tells me that Holiday Stockings, Christmas Garland and Holiday Garden Border sets were among some that we used for the Christmas toppers. They all mix and match so any of the sets would do just as well. We used Kaleidacolor, Distress and Colorbox inks and plenty of Stickles glitter glues. The stamping was done on watercolour paper and then matted and layered onto Bazzill card of appropriate colours.

The NOEL was stamped using Papermania Clear Alphabet - Standard Font except, the O was left out and a circle template used to lightly pencil an O in as a guide for the stamping. The letters were coloured with Marvy le Plume pens and then enhanced with stickles.

A circle template was used in the same way for the bauble topper.

The tree followed a lightly hand drawn triangle and should have been in a pot but I somehow managed to mess that up 3 times so gave up and had it growing in the ground instead - lol!!

The wreath just followed a circle lightly drawn round an upside down tea mug - or anything the size suitable for your needs.

The afternoon class was on a more general theme. We actually made a whole card this session and 2 toppers. This time we used the Pottery Garden, Moonlit Vase, African Daisy Border, Dragonflies at Dusk and Berries and Buds Wreath sets. Inks were from the same selection used in the morning but no stickles were used on any of these toppers.

The card ... this was made from a large scalloped circle card cut in half and then folded in half. Can't remember the make at the moment but when I find out I'll post. The edges were distressed with ink and then a small leaf stamp used. This was done on the outside and on the inside of the card. The Pottery Garden set was used for this card and the row of pots were stamped directly onto the card and then again on a piece of spare card for cutting out. The cut out pots were laid on card and their position marked then the plants were stamped. The cut out pots were then shaped and added with silicone to give depth. The ground was water-coloured using ink from the pads. A dragonfly stamp was used and a greeting added. Another greeting was added to the inside of the card which was embellished with some of the stamps.

The Moonlit Vase set was used for this oriental looking topper. The vase stamp was inked up with a Marvy pen and stamped onto spare white card and cut out. The foliage was then stamped onto the squares and the vases shaped and added with silicone to give depth. Edges of base card were distressed and stamped and a greeting added. Everything was then matted and layered.

The final topper wasn't totally successful as I didn't make the aperture large enough. The aperture was made by drawing a circle or oval and then the card was stamped, stamping over some of the oval but leaving the centre clear. It was then trimmed to give irregular shape shown. Another piece of card was then stamped with a greeting and some simple tapestry stamping and positioned, using foam pads to give a 3D effect, behind the aperture. Love the effect but the aperture does really need to be bigger!!

My favourite one, over the whole day, has to be the Christmas Bauble topper. Just love it and it was so easy but really effective.



Toni said...

I love tapestry stamps and youve made some georgous cards withthem PAm love the vases and oriental look fabulous

Jan R said...

Sounds like you had a great time Pam and I love what you've made. Makes me think I should get my sets of stamps out again.....haven't used them in ages!

Daisycat said...

Absolutely gorgeous, wish I lived nearer to the Glitterpot would love to go to one of her classes.

Jackie said...

Lovely cards Pam, I will have to book on to another of Jane's classes after Christmas, I have one booked with Gaynor White on the 6th December but then that's me done until January.


Jean said...

Love these Pam. Think my favourites are the baubles.

Anonymous said...

I just love your cards, Pam. I have loads of tapestry stamps, too- I just had to have themwhen they first came on the market, but as with you,I'm not a stamper and they're just gathering dust in my stamp box. Must give them another go.

Alice (Beemer)

Sam said...

What a BEAUTIFUL selection of cards - love stamping and you have just given me even more inspiration.


Joanie said...

All of them are beautiful Pam, but I love the oriental Vases, they are gorgeous.
Joanie x

Budge said...

Great cards Pam you really have done a lovely selection.
Love the shaped card.Also love the christmas ones.

Sylv xx

Liz said...

Gorgeous cards Pam. I love the tapestry stamps but guilty of not using them enough. x

Norma said...

what a lovely set of cards Pam, i love them all, you have made me think about getting mine out again

Norma x

Chris (Wellnifty) said...

All I can say is WOW, all lovely

Chris x

Susan Walton said...

All I can say is....your work is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I LOVE what you have done with my stamps!!!
Susan Walton
Rubber Stamp Tapestry