Hello all, delighted to welcome you to Words and Pictures today; it's great to have your company.
I'm sharing a card with you today which is inspired by The Stampsmith Challenge this month, which is to work in Monochromatic White (using at least one Stampsmith stamp).
This was a real challenge, and I'm not sure I've cracked it yet - so I hope to play again before the end of the month! But for now, here's my White Witch...
It's stated in the challenge that of course you will need to stamp in a colour other than white, but I'm not generally inclined to meekly do as I'm told!
So I had a couple of goes at using white embossing powder on the bewitchingly beautiful Serena. I thought it looked pretty cool, but then of course you need to stand there altering the angle of the card the whole time in order to be able to see it.
In the end I conceded that they were probably right about using a colour to stamp with - and I stamped her using the blue from the Colorbox Archival Coffee House set.
Much better - now you get to see her properly. I find this stamp absolutely enchanting - I'm serious about Serena being bewitching!
The sentiment is stamped in the same ink. And one of the things I'm really pleased with is the subtle sparkle in the background.
It's a simple spritzing of Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Chalk...
... and you'll spot that the Tim Holtz paper distresser has been in action on the edges everywhere!
The next layer up is white card embossed with the Tim Holtz Distressed Frame folder - and here's where my monochromatism started to get in trouble.
I just couldn't make it work in pure white... so I put some of the same ink onto the craft mat and, using a water brush, I added an extremely diluted wash of it onto the frame. It really is almost white...
I've used the delectably delicate Madera Corner die from Memory Box and glued only in places so that you still get some extra dimensionality from the branches.
Between Serena and the Distressed Frame, there's a little paper doily and some frayed cheesecloth.
Those who know me and my work well will be able to imagine how hard it was to refrain from getting out the Vintage Photo - or at least the Antique Linen - to do some edging on the doily, but I decided to be firm with myself, and left it in pristine white.
I do like what I've ended up with... but I have to admit, I'm not quite sure whether it counts as white on white. Having really enjoyed the challenge, though, I'm willing to give it another go, and see where it takes me next time!
Thank you so much for stopping by... I hope you've enjoyed my White Witch, and if she's now got you in her thrall too, hop over to The Stampsmith and have a look at all their beautiful stamps. I promise you'll find plenty for your Christmas wishlist!
I'm entering this in Monochromatic White, using at least one Stampsmith stamp, over at The Stampsmith Challenge.
The first of all single colors is white ... We shall set down white for the representative of light, without which no color can be seen; yellow for the earth; green for water; blue for air; red for fire; and black for total darkness.
Leonardo Da Vinci
White...is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.
I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.