Wednesday, 19 August 2015

STAMPlorations Blog Hop - Fond Expressions 2


Welcome back!  It's Day 3 of our STAMPlorations blog hop, and today we're showcasing Shery's set, Fond Expressions 2.  Love that mix of fonts!


I smeared Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, and Fossilised Amber) over a piece of mixed media card then polished it in with a piece of kitchen roll (which is how the streak of Fossilised Amber accidentally got into the sky - but it looks pretty!).  I was a bit too enthusiastic with the Black Soot Distress Mini when it came to stencilling the geese from the Some Birds stencil, as some of the ink leaked under the stencil, so I just extended the outlines with a black pen where necessary.

Time to get commenting - here's what you can win:


  • FIVE (5) commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win the stamp set featured for the day.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate.

You can find loads of fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team here.  Come back tomorrow for another set :)


36 comments:

  1. WOW, this is gorgeous! I've never heard of this technique but the results you achieved are stunning!

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  2. Exquisite designed card, and just love that so 'true' sentiment...colours are so gorgeous.xx {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}

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  3. Love this Shirley ..... the colours are gorgeous and the sentiment is so true! xx

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  4. Oh yes, this is right: everybody is stronger than he think!!!
    And your card is wonderful!!!

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  5. LOVELY! Happy accident made it look realistic!

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  6. Wonderful background - love the stencil - have to check it out.....

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  7. Love this Shirley, the background looks fabulous. Carol x

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  8. Great water coloring! There are no accidents in crafting ... lol

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  9. You are SO GOOD. At everything. All the time. I want to be you when I grow up. That's all.

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  10. Shirley, I love the background you created. Can you tell me what 'polishing' did to the mixed media card?

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    1. Bonita, Distress Inks leave a slightly oily/greasy residue - even though they are dye inks, you can actually heat emboss with embossing powder if you are quick enough. Polishing with any type of cloth/tissue does two things: it blends adjacent colours smoothly and at the same time it absorbs the residue and any excess ink. Try it out, you get some lovely results!

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  11. Beautiful inking technique for creating the stylish background. I would never have guessed that the geese were not perfect!!

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  12. Fabulous silhouettes against a stunning background, Shirley ... beautifully polished!! Hugs, Anita :)

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  13. This is lovely Shirley. With fall and hunting season around the corner - just perfect. Thanks bunches for such a great inspiration. j.

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  14. Breathtakingly beautiful, love every little detail and the gorgeous colours you used! Brilliant work Shirley will pin this to one of my inspiration boards. It will inspire me the next time I want to create some landscapes, thanks for the blog hop and great inspiration Karen Karen x

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  15. Fantastic background scene! Great colors and blending!

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  16. Stunning background and such beautiful colors - so rich and gorgeous!!

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  17. Just gorgeous and what an incredible background!

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  18. At first glance, I honestly thought your card was a photo..it is absolutely gorgeous Shirley! Your ink blending blows me away! Thanks for sharing some treats with some lucky folks :)

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  19. What a beautiful card it is Shirley!!! Lovely scene!! :)
    Thank u so much for the fun hop!
    Suchi xx

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  20. What a stunning way to illustrate the sentiment - a striking and impressive card!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  21. Fabulous card Shirley! What a gorgeous scene...LOVE it...

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  22. stunning mf...love how you did the bkg, make for a fab scene!

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  23. Beautiful background for your flock of geese and sentiment Shirley. TFS your detailed description too. I have this sentiment set and Love them all. TFS my friend.

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  24. Your background is so stunning, and it looks like it's all carefully thought out, nothing on it looks like a mistake to me! So beautiful!

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  25. Amazing beach scene! Adore your sponging and fabulous card! ☺ xxx

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  26. Amazing beach scene! Adore your sponging and fabulous card! ☺ xxx

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  27. Amazing beach scene! Adore your sponging and fabulous card! ☺ xxx

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  28. Absolutely love this scene card! Fantastic big sentiments!

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  29. What a scenic beauty, totally amazing with your gorgeous background with this big and bold sentiment!

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  30. Gorgeous scene! We're already seeing and hearing the geese flying south...signs of the seasons changing. I didn't realize that polishing after sponging would enhance blending! Going to do that next time...heaven knows my sponging needs all the help it can get!
    hugs~c

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