Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Harbour Scenes

Just two new cards to show you today:

I saw this design in Cardmaking and Papercraft a while ago, but knew it was only a matter of time before I caved in and bought the stamps (because I subconsciously bought the red and blue backing card before I even realised what I was doing!) It took quite a while to make, as there is lots of lining up to do, especially where you see the harbour wall going down the steps, and continuing with the fencing. I probably spent an hour practising with the stamps, (using the masking technique) and a couple of days experimenting with water colour pencils and Promarkers. I opted for Promarkers in the end, especially as they don't wrinkle the card and using the chisel end of my pastel blue pen worked really well for the sky. Everything you see here is included in the set of (Hero Arts) stamps, including the seagulls and the waves.

Again I've used Promarkers here, except for the boat where I have used watercolour pencils.
Having read Mimi and Tilly's crucial post recently, where she asks if being more creative has changed her life, I can only say that in my case it's certainly true. I was totally condemned for being hopeless at art at school and obviously didn't take it for 'O' Level. I can't draw or paint, so I would have to say, "Fair comment," but that doesn't mean you can't be creative, does it? I am finding card making opening up a side to me that I didn't know existed, and I am loving it.
I wouldn't say I am a particularly logical person, or very practical, and I've always buried my creative side. Through card making I am taking a lid off a box I thought was very firmly closed, and I'm finding it very liberating.
I liked looking at these cards on my desk and was sad to package them up and put them in the For Sale box, so I am thinking of using this set of stamps to make little pictures that I will frame, then I can look at them whenever I like, can't I?
I have finally made a card for Daughter 1, but she likes to pop in here from time to time, so I can't show you until the end of the month.
There has been a development on the card-making front. I was showing Pongo and Missis some of what I've made recently. Pongo said his mum makes cards, too. She paints water colours of flowers which she makes into cards to sell. He has obviously mentioned to her that I make cards because she rang me on Monday to ask me about mine, and I am taking some over to show her tonight. I don't know why this makes me nervous, but it does. I definitely do not want to go into business with someone, and have to make certain cards, and specific quantities on demand, otherwise my burgeoning creative confidence will scuttle straight back into its hiding place. I'll keep you posted.


  1. Love your new cards. It's a good idea to make them into pictures for yourself. Do you have anyone nearby who could make a box frame? They would look nice decoupaged. I love being able to make things and as I was never arty at school I have always been crafty. I was knitting at an early age, remember knitting my first jumper in primary school using a chunky yarn in powder blue in a fisherman's rib pattern. How I loved that jumper! My Grandad taught me the art of embroidery and latch hook rug making, the only thing I never mastered was crochet lol I've bought some Ippity stamps from Lone Pine Designs (link in my side bar) with some lovely flowers, a house and some Bible verses. I'm going to make some more pictures using them. I've also got a stamp of the Footprints story which I'm going to make up as a picture, watch this space for that as I have a vision of how I would like it to look but that remains to be seen!
    Good idea joining the Little Claire stamp club, it's a good way of building up your stamps without a huge outlay. I would love to join the Clarity Stamps club but I know that I wouldn't use the stamps enough :o)

  2. I love the cards! Do you take orders? :> )


  3. I don't think you have to be particularly arty to enjoy card making - I think you should make something that you find pleasing and enjoyable, and lots of times it just feels right. It's such a boost when people buy your cards, but I agree, sometimes it's hard to part with your favourites (I make two of each!). I find card making theraputic and it's my little bit of "me" time. I get withdrawal symptoms when I haven't got time to get crafty! Enjoy! M x

  4. Very nice, again. Your creativity is wonderful. I do like how you've selected the colors--even if the red and blue was serendipity.

    I really enjoy seeing the cards.

  5. They are great and yes I think you should make some for framing.


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