Hello Everyone. Well we all know how quickly this year has gone so I’ll leave it at that. I do hope you’ve had a good October and have been happy crafting. Have you started your Christmas cards yet? I haven’t, I’m really late this year and I do hope I get a start on them soon.
So here we are again with a Claritystamp Challenge. This month we’re asking you to pick a favourite challenge from the past. That’s a lot of different ideas for you and we’re really looking forward to seeing what you choose.
For my first sample I’ve gone with the challenge Anything but a Card from March 2015.
As you can see I’ve used one of Clarity’s jigsaws along with the Wee African stamps.
I positioned the sun mask and Post-It Note to create the horizon, before adding colour using a blending tool and Distress Ink – Festive Berries and Mustard Seed. I found that a blending tool made the colour deeper than a stencil brush would.
I then used the Post-it Note I cut the sun from around the blank sun and added Mustard Seed with a little Festive Berries to give a burning sun as it set.
Add colour to the bottom half of the jigsaw using Distress Ink – Festive Berries, Mustard Seed and a little Ripe Persimmon.
The images From the African and Wee Africa stamp sets were added with Versafine Onyx Black. You might like to test out the positions of your images on copy paper before stamping onto the jigsaw. I started with the African man and then added the animals and trees.
I made zebra masks from Post-it Notes, stamping the front one first before adding the zebra behind. Shadows were added using a grey Spectrum Noir pencil. Be careful when stamping as the stamps may slide on the jigsaw and the jigsaw may lift when removing the stamp.
This finished jigsaw can be used in many ways. Added to a black canvas, a card base or broken up and presented as a jigsaw. I broke one of my puzzles up and stored it in a box.
I cut two pieces of card 14 cm x 14 cm (to make a 10 cm square with a 2cm depth).
Score the base card at 2 cm on all four sides. Score the lid card at 1.9 cm on all four sides. Fold and crease along all the score lines.
At each of the corners you will have two score lines. Cut along one of these and on the remaining flap cut a small triangle, this will help the square lie flat when fold against the side of the box.
Add finger holes on the sides of the lid using a small circle punch.
My topper is 8 cm x 8 cm and created using a torn paper mask, stencil brushes and the same inks as on the jigsaw. The Wee African stamps were used to create a little scene and shadows added with a grey pencil. A line was added to the edges with a black Sharpie.
I hope this has given you an idea for this month’s challenge. We love seeing all your makes and there is also a chance you could win a £50 Clarity voucher.
Stamps: Claritystamp Wee Africa sets 1 and 2, African stamp set
Other: Claritystamp Jigsaw; Red card from stash; Distress Ink – Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon; Versafine – Onyx Black; Stampin’Up! Large and small circle punches; Sharpie pen – Black; Artistry and Ranger blending tools; Post-it Notes; Spectrum Noir Pencils