12 Days of Clarity – day 5 May ‘wicker texture’ stamp

Welcome to my crafty blog, on day 5 of my little ’12 Days of Clarity’ challenge, using the 2020 Claritystamp New Design Club stamps. Today’s cards use May’s ‘wicker texture’ stamp, and is another one that I have actually previously used! It’s featured in my blog ‘Vespa Dreams’ posted on 21 Sept – here’s a taster. The sharp eyed among you will see that the January Club stamp featured as well…

On to today’s first card. I decided it would make a good ground effect, so stamped it onto white card using ‘bundled sage’ Distress Oxide, and then added a couple of tall trees, stamping in Archival fern green for foliage and potted soil for the trunks. I’m not sure what set these are from – I’ve had them for quite a while and can’t see them on the Clarity website.

I watercoloured the trees using Adirondack ink in ‘meadow green’ and ‘espresso’, adding a smudge of green at the base of each tree to ground them.

I finished the card with the serenity prayer, from one of the poetry stamp sets. I smudged it a bit when stamping it!! The topper then went onto a 5×7 card blank.

I went a bit more grungy for the second card, which is not my usual style! I started by masking off two sides of a square piece fo which card, and stamped the texture stamp in Adirondack ‘latte’. I wanted to use it as a border on two side, but making the most of the irregular edges

I then added the ‘leafy swirl’ stamp in ‘bundled sage’ and the small dots from the ‘dots and spots’ texture background stamps, which I stamped in second generation ‘cloudy blue’ Adirondack.

I found the butterfly stamp, that I’ve also had for years and is now part of the ‘leafy swirls’ stamp set. I stamped it in ‘cobalt’ Archival and then watercoloured it using ‘bundled sage’ and ‘ripe persimmon’ Distress Oxides. I blended the colours a bit on the wings to tone them together. I cut the butterfly out by hand and then glued it onto the topper, before adding the sentiment (another really old one) and attacheing it to a 6×6 card blank

This card is really different from my usual style, but I quite like it. Maybe time to try this a bit more!

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