Cards for consideration by Queen Kat

I have 3 cards to show today which have been designed and created in response to the Queen Kat Designs Royal Court Call. I saw the call advertised on LindaB’s Facebook and went to investigate. It has been a while since I was part of a design team and I miss the challenge, the brainstorming and of course, the stamps!

Those of you who are regular blogging pals and vistors/followers all know how much I enjoy experimenting, characterisations and sharing my absurd sense of humour, aswell as the how and why I do what I do… So, it should come as no surprise to you all, that this is a series of 3 simple and complex cards, rich in technique and grungey in appearance! The series is called “Variation on a theme”  taken from one of my old Piano books. No more than one whole sheet assisted in the creation of these cards! So, to Entry #1:

"Variation by degrees..."

They, (discontinued Anita’s stamp), look as though they’re reaching for the sun, don’t they? Card bases are all Fabriano Watercolour notelets – A5 size (about 4″x6″) – fab quality and they’ll take a lot of paint, colour, medium, etc. Ideal for grungework! Entry #2:

Slowly swirled, vines and blots – from Home Impressions grunge plate – on an ATC “scraps” background, with a little added artitude, courtesy of a blue metallic Derwent watersoluble pencil and a soft small paintbrush! I use Ranger Archival ink to stamp with – you can’t beat a clear, crisp image and if necessary, I dry it with my heat gun. There’s room along the bottom of this card for a sentiment too…

Lastly, its background reflecting the butterflies in my stomach, entry #3:

Lesson Eight - Chord exercises!

Forgive the play on words – the addition of a “cord” came to me when I realised that I had added dsst to the wrong side of the music! But, it allowed for a little fun, so it’s not all bad. This time, I coloured the Fabriano card with a little watersoluble oil pastel in blues and orange, before stamping the butterflies. The ATC she rises from, was created using the magazine scrunchie background that I referred to in my “African Sunset” post; the angel is from Ria’s Gothic stamp plate and the butterfly background stamp is from Tandastamps in the UK. I used a Derwent Inktense pencil to soften the edges of the music and a black fineliner for accents.

The angel was stamped on book text scrap off my desk and shaded with that Derwent metallic blue pencil and water. I did coat her with Golden’s Polymer liquid gloss – it strengthens the light book paper and adds a subtle gloss. I used dss pads to attach the ATC and the angel and small sticky dots to attach the chord/cord!

I really enjoyed this exercise and hopefully I shall find favour at the Royal Court of Queen Kat. 🙂

As I have used books in music form and for my angel, these  will be my entry for The Three Muses “Books” challenge this week.

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  1. This is very beautiful and I love seeing the stages.
    Wishing you a Creative and Happy New Year!

  2. Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the process. You make magic, my dear! Thanks for taking time in your busy holidays for joining our challenge. Happy New Year!

  3. your cards are gorgeous!

  4. Great cards! Very great cards.

  5. Wow, Rosie, I’m missing words such fantastic pieces.

  6. Rosie, you are the Queen of Textures and you are so generous with sharing your knowledge of techniques with your blogger friends. These pieces are magnificent. Absolutely stunning.

    I hope 2011 will be a very good year for you!

  7. Outstanding! Your art never ceases to amaze me, Rosie. It’s evolving and evolving. I always enjoy my visits here!


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