Thursday, 26 January 2012

Penny Black- crafty bargains!

Week 185 of the Penny Black Saturday Challenge , and this week we have been challenged to use some crafty bargains!
I found this bargain last week at my local craft shop:
These books are fab to use as they come, but ever the cheapskate, I've cut it up so I can use all the pages individually! Nice thick smooth chipboard gives a great surface to stamp onto, and each page comes with a hole, so something a bit quirky to utilise! I made this.......
I painted the whole thing green, then stamped the flourish also in green, but a darker shade. As I stamped in paint, it gives a lovely raised texture. This texture ends up being beautifully highlighted if you lightly brayer a pale shade of paint over it, as I have done. The foliage and the warbler were stamped in black ink directly over the paint. On a separate piece of card, I firstly coloured it red, then stamped the top part of the warbler image. carefully lined it up under the hole so the images matched up, then glued it into place. Once dry, I added glossy accents to the hole to give that glass like finish.
Edged in red, then added a computer printed word. All done!
Stamps used; 2976K Warbler
                     3938K Hill Flowers,
                     1987M Harlequin Background.
Thanks for looking!
love Trish xxx


  1. Hi Trish....what a lovely piece of work you have produced with your crafty the colours so vibrant....
    Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments


  2. Hi Trish

    I love your bargain .. .. you have certainly put it to great use.

    Loving what you did here .. .. fabby use of the glossy accents too!

    Your work space on your previous post looks amazing.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.

    Love Jules xx

  3. Very pretty--love the "glassy" look!

  4. Gorgeous and I love the colour tones and fabulous use of the glossy accents!! LOVE!!
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Love Emma xx

  5. Hi Trish...gorgeous book...sorry I'm late visiting this week...thanks for sharing your crafty bargain and for joining in the fun at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx


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