Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Monochrome Plus One Challenge for The Artistic Stamper

It was nice to see all the "Lovely Ladies and Gorgeous Girls" created for last months challenge, some were vintage, some cute, some arty :)
So..... how do you feel about this one then?
"Monochrome plus one other colour"
Yes it's a colour combo challenge for June over at The Artistic Stamper Creative Team ;)
As soon as I see that particular combo prompt I have to force myself not to add red every time!!
Hey! I could not help myself! LOL

I started by stamping a variety of backgrounds in different colours of Archival.
....I used black, crimson and this point I did not know what direction my piece was going to take!

Anyway........after I decided on the red option ;)
I used the houndstooth background stamped in Archival crimson as the first layer
(I used second stamping 'cos I did not want it too in your face!)
The next layer uses two different papers the dots background simply stamped in black and the baroque background stamped in crimson and then coloured over with Distress Ink aged mahogany. elegant don't you think?
The dancer was stamped in black and I then cut just a portion of the image out using a scalpel knife. works best for this...I find I end up creasing the card as I cut if I use scissors!
All of these layers were matted onto white card that had been coloured with Distress Ink black soot and attached with double sided tape....adding a bit of red ribbon to disguise the join where the two papers meet and a decorative brad.
The rosette....
.....ah! Yes...I have succumbed and bought both the original large rosette and the new die that cuts two smaller ones!... using the smallest rosette from the mini rosette die with the large rosette middle on top stamped in Distress Ink aged mahogany and coloured with the same.

I had a happy accident with the rosette as I had cut it out of some decorative paper but when I put it against the layers it was glaringly miss matched.....I was so miffed I sort of threw the rosette back on the desk and it landed upside! I really liked the way the score marks show up on the white and to help it blend in a bit more I added a bit of aged mahogany to the edges :)) It's a small thing but it made me happy!

Oh! By the way I am soooo looking forward to adding some of the new colours of Archival to my stash 'cos I like the effect of stamping in Archival and then colouring over with Distress or Adirondack dye inks ;)
Here are a few combo's I played with...

...Adirondacks pool and sunset orange...Distress walnut stain, faded jeans, wild honey, shabby shutters and brushed corduroy.
I like subtle tone on tone ones the best and I've taken a picture to compare the difference between stamping with Archival and then colouring over and colouring then stamping with Archival.....I hope you can clearly see that the Archival first gives a more blended look and the Archival on top (the larger sample) a more defined look to the pattern.
......which ever way you want it I think it looks fabby :)


Make sure to take a look at the "Monochrome plus one other colour" creations the rest of the team have made and here are the DT member links for you.

The rules are simple... all you need to do is make a piece of art, be it a card, ATC, wall art, altered art, scrapling ;)... just remember that it must include some rubber stamping and the theme... and... if you use Artistic Stamper stamps on your entry you will be entered into the draw twice! The prize is £15 worth of stamps from the Artistic Stamper shop... along with the KlingOn to mount them onto.
I hope you get chance to play at the challenge... it is open until June 30th and the winner will be chosen by shortly after :)

Thanks for looking and happy stamping
xoxo Sioux


  1. oh wow love this hun what an amazing card the stamp is just brilliant and love the bottle top its just a perfect finish to one,stunning card hugs cheryl xx

  2. I do love this image you have created!!! Love this creation, especially the polka dots!! ... Lovely to see all your backing papers you have created, cant wait to see what you make with them!

    Hugs Juls

  3. Uhooi,,
    Waw,, It works beautiful, creative and good,,

  4. Beautiful card, and what a good idea for all those backgrounds...they look fantastic. S xx


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