Saturday, April 29, 2017

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Take Five

Hello, and thanks for joining me on my final appearance as April Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter.  I'm so glad April has five Saturdays - I got an extra week to play with these lovely W&W goodies :)

This week I've been playing with the Scenery: Stripes 2 stamp set.  I wanted to make patterned backgrounds, so I started by transferring the stamps onto a large acrylic block, and kept them pretty much in the order they appear on the stamp sheet.  I grabbed three Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Evergreen Bough, then inked, spritzed and stamped.  Spritzing gives a loose watercolour effect to the images, which is what I like!

I stamped four panels all the same, then I started playing around.  So, going clockwise from top left round the photo below:
The first one I left as is.
The second one I re-inked the stamps in the same order, rotated the card 180 degrees and stamped so that the pattern reversed.
The third one I inked in Versafine Onyx Black, deliberately not getting full coverage so that it didn't completely dominate (it's going to be a background after all), then offset stamped.
The fourth one I inked in Versafine Onyx Black, again keeping the coverage grainy, rotated the card 180 degrees and stamped.

Ok, so now what should I do with them?  As they stand they don't look too promising, but as soon as you lay images on top of them, the strong patterns recede into the background as your eye focuses on the foreground.

Cue some cute pairs of creatures from Big Hugs With Evelin T Designs, and some fab sentiments and speech bubbles from Sketchy Thoughts.  And the co-ordinating cutaways, Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs Cutaways and Sketchy Thoughts Cutaways made it really easy to pull these cards together quite quickly.  Each panel was trimmed first to fit my base card.

So, first off the block were the giraffes, watercoloured with the same palette of Distress Inks.  I used Memento Teal Zeal for the bubble to get the granular effect of the speech bubble to show.

Here's the second card.  Again, I used colours from the same palette for the animals.  When you use a limited colour palette it doesn't matter that animal or people colours are unrealistic.  In fact, it helps to give cohesion to your design.

For card No. 3 I chose to go with a coloured base card for a more vibrant look.  I stamped the speech bubble with Distress Ink, and you can see that the definition of the image is lost, but you get an overall graininess instead.  I added the minimum of colour to the elephants - just a hint of shading - to balance out the background patterns and the speech bubble.

On this final card I spritzed the Distress Inked speech bubble before stamping, which gave a smoother coverage.  On this card and the previous card I kept the darker colour to the bottom so that it could ground my images.

Well, that's it from me as Leading Lady for April.  I hope you've enjoyed my performances and I hope they've inspired you in some way.

I'd like to thank Shay for allowing me to hog the spotlight for the last five Saturdays, and for her generosity in donating a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store to give a way on my blog.

And if you want to be in with a chance of winning it, all you have to do is leave me a comment on my blog post.  To be in with FIVE chances of winning, make sure you've also left a comment on my first post here, my second post here, my third post here and my fourth post here.  You don't have to leave a comment on all five posts to be eligible, but you'll increase your chances of winning!  And while we're loving the love you're leaving on the W&W blog, they don't qualify, so you do need to comment on my posts.

The winner will be chosen randomly from all comments left over the five posts by midnight Wednesday UK time, and I'll announce the winner on my blog on Thursday.  Good luck!


  1. Love all your backgrounds and the "wild" feel of the design to go with the animals. And love the sweet elephants & their adorable heart trunks.

  2. Lovely cards once again, Shirley! You've done them proud at W&W, Jo x

  3. Love your backgrounds and the way you turned them all into cards. What a great way to stretch your supplies.

  4. You've been a fabulous Leading Lady, Shirley! Thanks for all the inspiration! Today's cards are perfect timing as the stripes just arrived at my house this week!

  5. Fun background set! They tie in nicely with the animal stamps you used! I've enjoyed your Leading Lady month! Thanks for sharing your creations with us!

  6. Super cute cards :) I love the baby animal images and the backgrounds you've created are wonderful, I would like to try that technique too. It looks great.

  7. Great finale!!! Stunning backgrounds!!! Love your sweet cards!!!

  8. Love this idea on how to make these awesome backgrounds. Perfect for animal images:)
    Thank you for showing us so much creativity during the last few weeks and for inspiring me to try new techniques:)

  9. Thanks for a month of wonderful designs and tips on using the W&W sets! These backgrounds are fun and versatile and the sweet critters make me smile!

  10. Very cool backgrounds for these adorable critters.

  11. I Love all your fun backgrounds Shirley. Your finished cards turned out beautifully. TFS my friend. Hugs..

  12. these are so fun! it's been a great month with you. thanks!

  13. Great backgrounds and cards! Thanks for showing us how you made them.

  14. Thanks for sharing these techniques. I really like the ones on which you added black and I want to give this a try. Great job!

  15. What cool designs
    and they all look
    fabulous! Have so
    enjoyed all your
    posts and seeing
    your creations.
    Carla from Utah

  16. Love the creative way you stamped the 4 different card fronts! Clever!!!

  17. Wow....such creative use of those backgrounds! Love the colors and patterns. Pairing them with the sweet critters was genius.

    Thanks for a fabulous month of inspiration!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  18. These are just wonderful! Love how you changed each one up a bit.

  19. Love all the ideas you've shared - the cards are all wonderful and so cute!

  20. Loving the layered stencil backgrounds!

  21. Wowzers! These cards are all so cool! A "must have" for those hard-to-make guy cards!!! Picking a's the last card - love the cute mama/baby image!

  22. Love the backgrounds you've created Shirley!! And what fun cards. Congrats again on being W&W Leading Lady. Great job showcasing their products! xx

  23. Cool and graphic with a touch of sweetness, Shirley ... fabulous! Thanks for all the W&W inspiration for the last five weeks! Hugs, Anita :)