Scrapbook Sketches

I often use sketches to begin the design process of my scrapbook pages, and this is one I particularly like.  In fact, I like it so much that I have made two pages using the same sketch.  It is interesting to see just how differently the two pages have turned out, considering that the layout is pretty much the same.

On this first page, I have done some watercolouring straight on to the Designer Series Paper.  First, I stamped the images in Stazon and then  watercoloured using a blender pen, just using a small amount of ink and as little blending as possible to make sure that paper wasn’t damaged by the watercolouring process.

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Eastern Influences.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper, Baja Breeze Carousel Note.

Inks: Black Stazon, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Brown, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red.

Accessories: Blender Pens, Scallop Edge Punch.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 -2009 Stampin’ Up! 



This second page uses one of the Stampin Around Wheels, which I have rolled across the patterned paper before adding the photos. I then stamped the small trees using the rock and roll technique, and two step stamping, onto Confetti White cardstock and cut them out.

Stamp Sets: Trendy Trees, Funky Forest Wheel.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Papers, Kiwi Kiss Carousel Note.

Inks: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red.

Accessories: Stampin Around Wheel, Handle and cartridge, sponge daubers, piercing tool and mat pack, white gel pen, scallop edge punch, paper snips, rub ons (retired).

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!

Some Watercolouring

Yet another new stamp set…… and yep, it was another one I just had to have 🙂 !  Watercolouring is one of my favourite past-times and this set is all about watercolouring.

I decided to do something completely different with this card, instead of using one of the patterned papers for the background paper, I have made my own using stamps and sponging to create a soft and pretty background, perfect for this cute little girl!

I am holding a class this Thursday evening where we will be doing some watercolouring using this stamp set, so if you wish to come along please email me asap.

Stamp Sets: A Kind Word, Eastern Influences, Pocket Silhouettes.

Cardstock: Watercolour Paper, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss.

Inks: Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Creamy Caramel, Lavender Lace, Brocade Blue, Blush Blossom, Regal Rose.

Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small circle punch, 6.35mm Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Blender Pen, Aqua Brush.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!

Eastern Influences

One of the new stamp sets from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue is called Eastern Influences, and it was another that I just couldn’t do without 🙂  It is just gorgeous and another one that I can see myself using quite a lot!  The original idea for this card came from here, but as always I have modified it and really like the end result.  The cardstock I have used for the main image was a bit of an experiment – I have used textured cardstock instead of Watercolour paper, even though I did some watercolouring.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it seems to have worked well, it has that textured look which I like in this instance.  To make sure the paper didn’t buckle with the watercolouring, I used a blender pen and only a really light layer of ink, and used darker colours to get some depth and shading rather than blending over the same areas.   I really enjoyed making this card because I got to play with lots of my new, yummy stuff! 🙂  Hope you like it too.

Stamp Sets: Eastern Influences, On Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Patterns Designer Series Papers in Pink Pirouettte.

Inks: Black Stazon, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Always Artichoke, Basic Brown.

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Small and Large Oval Punches, Blender Pens, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, 1.59cm Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose Marker, Colour Spritzer.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images Copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!