Saturday, 20 June 2015

3D Boat Collage–Using Chocolate Baroque Seashell Collage Stamps

Boat Project

I made this fun project as a birthday ‘card’ for a male friend of mine. I love the poem and this set of stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

Materials Used

  • Template from Dreamies CD – Something to Treasure.
  • A4 Kraft card – 4 sheets to make the boat.
  • White stamping card, scrap papers and old dictionary (to make Tide book).
  • Piece of string made into a rope, 3 pearls, bit of old chain, old vegetable net bag.
  • Small rectangular dies and tag die (Heartfelt Creations – Cut, Mat, Create and Luggage sets), Seaweed die (Create and Craft Couture – Sea Siren set) coloured with alcohol marker (Spectrum Noir JG6). These could be substituted with similar dies or punches.
  • Distress inks (Ranger) – Vintage Photo, Old Paper, Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone, Broken China and Stormy Sea.
  • Archival Dye based ink – dark brown – for stamping the images.
  • Fine red and brown marker pens, glitter markers in various colours (Marvy Twinklette),
  • Glass mat (or preferred stamping surface), Ink blending mat (SplodgeAway), sponges and water pen for colouring.
  • Woodgrain clear stamp (My Minds Eye) – but could use patterned card printed from the CD instead (to make the boat).
  • Seashell Collage Stamps - Chocolate Baroque

Seashell Collage

I keep sketch books to catalogue my stamp collection. This is the page showing the stamps in this set.

Creating the project

Boat template

  1. Created the boat from Kraft card following instructions provided on the template CD – before piecing and gluing I stamped the woodgrain texture using Vintage Photo Distress ink. I added an extra bench seat to enable attachment of embellishments.
  2. Made a little Tide booklet from scrap paper and old dictionary pages. Also used some scrunched kraft card to create a small area of sand to display shells and embellishments.
  3. Stamped all the images onto white stamping card and cut out. Dies were used to cut out the sentiment and create the tag.
  4. Images were then coloured with distress inks using an ink blending mat and a water brush or sponge. Subtle sparkling highlights were added to the shells using glitter pens. Added faux stitching with pen around the poem and tag to give a frame.
  5. Put it all together using foam pads and 3D glue gel. The tag was left hanging so that it is possible to add a message to the recipient on the reverse.

Dog Walk–Stampscapes Scene

Dog Walk 3 (2)

I love using stamps to create a scene – I just to drift away into an imaginary world.

Materials Used

  • Coated glossy Clarity card (Claritystamps) and scrap copy paper for masking.
  • Dark brown and black archival dye based ink for stamping (Marvey Matchables).
  • Mixed Distress inks (Ranger) and watercolour pens for colouring (browns, greens and blues).
  • Make up sponges for applying colour.
  • White gel pen for adding highlights (Uni-ball Signo).
  • Dark brown fine pointed ink pen for adding extra details (alcohol ink Artist Sketching Pen – Kuretake).
  • Brayer (Speedball) and ink blending mat (SplodgeAway).
  • Glass mat (or your preferred stamping surface).

Stamps Used

dog walk 1

  • Background Trees – Central tree (Creative Expressions – More Trees), Tree on right (All Night Media – old wooden block). These could easily be substituted with other tree stamps.
  • Foreground Foliage – Ferns (unknown brand), Grasses and wild flowers (Creative Expressions – Meadow Flora). Again any foreground foliage could be substituted.
  • Tree Foliage – from Elusive Images Tall Trees set (now Chocolate Baroque).
  • Scene Building Stamps – All from Stampscapes: Large mid ground trees (Tree Trunk Trio, Birch Trees and Tree Trunk), Rocks (Rocks Duo Small, Rock 1, Rock 2, 3 Rocks and Grass, Rocks and Grass Large), Pebbles (Pebbles), Fencing (Fence, Old Fence), Dog Walker (Dog Walk), Flying Birds (Gulls), Sedges and grasses (Sedge Filler, Tall Grass Small, Tall Grass, Grass Texture).
  • Additional pebbles stamp (old block from Art Impressions) and grass sprigs (unknown brand old stamp) – these are not essential so use what you have.

Creating the Scene

dog walk 2

  1. First stamped onto copy paper, roughly cut out and arranged them to plan out the design.
  2. Carefully cut around the larger mid ground trees (Stampscapes) to use as a mask.
  3. Used the brown archival ink for stamping and building the scene. This is permanent when dry and is not affected by over painting with water based media (and does not bleed with alcohol ink like solvent based pigment inks).
  4. First stamped the large trunk on the left, covered with a mask and stamped the trio of trunks (so that they appeared behind the larger trunk).
  5. Next stamped the the birch trees. Covered the image with scrap paper and stamped again to extend the trees to the top of the page. Touched up the join using the brown marker where needed.
  6. Masked all the trees and stamped the background trees.
  7. Made a circle mask for the moon. Brayered the sky area with blue distress ink. Lifted out a little ink with damp tissue to create clouds.
  8. Stamped some foliage onto the birch trees, the fencing, and the distant grasses etc. so that they appear behind the main trees.
  9. Removed all the masks, stamped the dog walker, birds and more tree foliage.
  10. Continued stamping the path, rocks and grasses. Using the larger elements and rocks towards the front, and smaller further back to create distance. Note – the Stampscapes grasses and sedges work in a clever way – just layer them up and they blend together to create textures of the rocks and grasses. No tricky masking needed.
  11. Stamped the bottom edge with large silhouette grasses and ferns using black ink.
  12. Coloured the image with water based inks and watercolour pens. The inks need to be applied sparingly to the shiny coated card as it is not designed to take a lot of water. I put colour onto the blending mat and picked up onto make up sponges and applied in thin layers with gentle blending. I used bluer greens towards the back and more vibrant yellow greens in the foreground to create depth.
  13. Finally touched up the foreground foliage using watercolour pens directly. Then added additional highlights throughout the image where needed using the white gel pen e.g. highlights on the tree branches and rocks where they catch the light.