Thursday, 16 February 2012

Babies Booties

I thought that it was about time I posted some of my work in parchment paper.  It is a craft that I really enjoy and the finished work can be stunning and you do not see it quite so much.  It is also great to make something different than card sometimes.

The booties that I have here are on parchment paper that has been coloured  with Pergamano Dorso colours.

I belieive the pattern was taken from a book but as I got the pattern some years ago, I am not too sure.  

It is quite quick to make - for parchment craft. There are only two pieces to the pattern and one of these - the sole of the bootie - has very little work on it.

I first colour the parchment paper with the colour I want and then with white ink draw the outline of the bootie and the sole of the bootie.  I then draw the flowers on in Tinta ink in a contrasting colour and emboss the flowers.  In white ink, I draw the stitch line around the bottom of the sole and the edge of the top and strap of the bootie.  I then pierce the parchment using a grid.  Once all that is done, I cut out the bootie and then glue the two pieces together, shaping the bootie.

It is a lovely gift to present to someone on the birth of their child. To personalise it, I make an inside to fit the bootie and then emboss the name, weight and date of birth on it and stick it inside the bootie.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Colouring with Copics

After taking the LOTV Masterclass in May, I decided that it would be time to put into practise what I had been taught.  I used a variety of stamps from Sheena Douglass, SWALK, Beatrix Potter, LOTV and Stampavie to give a good selection of both large and small areas to colour.  Most of them have flesh and hair as I think that if the most difficult to colour at times. 
I also coloured a couple with different colours just to give a different perspective to the images.  The first image is a SWALK stamp from Crafter's Companion and these was one of the images that I did in two colourways.  The second image is at the bottom as I found it too difficult to try and put the pictures side by side.

The second image is from Stampavie and I also coloured that in different colourways.  I liked this stamp due to the amount of flowers that is in the image which gives plenty of practice of colouring very small areas.  The other colour image of this is also at the bottom of the post.

The next image is from Sheena Douglass and has lots of large areas to colour.  I have coloured this in quite a few different colourways but only have the photo of this one and I prefer blues anyway.    This is an ideal one to colour if you only have limited colours as you do not need too use to many to get a nice coloured image. 

This image is from LOTV and I really like the cuteness of their stamps.  Also you can use more colours in this one and this was one that I really enjoyed colouring in.  I always used to think of colouring in as something all children did - until I tried it and realised that there is a lot more to it than just using the one colour and going for it!

The last image is from Crafter's Companion Beatrix Potter Collection and I used this as a practice image as it had needles rather than flesh to colour.  I need to try and get the right feel to this one with it being more spiny than normal faces.

I was pleased with these images but also know that I have still to improve but at least now I will stamp and colour as at one time I did not like to use rubber stamps at all apart from stamping greetings.  It is all a question of confidence and when you think about it - the worst that can happen is that you put it in the bin!!