Sunday 2 January 2022

We Love Stamping January Challenge

Here we are at the first Sunday of January 2022 so time for a new challenge over at We Love Stamping. The challenge where you can showcase your stamps and your skill at using them.

This month our theme is:

** Anything Stamping Goes with the option of Wings **

This stamp was a lovely Christmas gift so I wanted to use it as soon as possible, I find that's the best way with new things. Don't be tempted to put it aside as you never know when it might surface again! I stamped it in versafine and then masked the dragonfly and the flowers. Then I used distress ink in various colours to create my background. I also used a stencil on the blue edges to create some interest. Once I was happy with the background I coloured the leaves and flowers with my Polychromos pencils.

I couldn't decide whether or not to colour the dragonfly, in the end I decided not, but I re stamped the image and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it a nice shine. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

You can just about see the shine on the close up photo.

Don't forget there is always a prize to be won. This month the prize is a stamp set by ALL & CREATE which has been kindly donated by Stampers Grove. Why don't you head over to the challenge blog to check it out along with much more inspiration from the rest of the design team? There is also a chance to join us as a guest designer.

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month, all you have to do is follow the prompt and ensure stamping is the main focus on your card.  The challenge will close on the 3rd February at noon.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery and all the wonderful artwork that we are all going to enjoy during 2022.

I am also sharing this at:
Ktafty Chicks #592 - Week 5 anything goes
Time Out #204 - New, my stamp is new


Cardstock: Daler Rowney, Bristol board; Hunky Dory mattastic adorable scorable
Ink: Distress ink; Versafine onyx black; Versamark
Stamps: Creative Expressions, dragonfly delight
Stencils: ALL & CREATE #39

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


brenda said...

Leaving the dragonfly uncoloured works really well Hilary as it really draws the eye in. You are so right about using things quickly, I received some new stamps (early Christmas gift!!) a few weeks back and only got their first inking this last week despite all good intentions.

B x

Mervi said...

Agree all what B said before...
Gorgeous card and especially love the stamp, one for the wish list again.
Great inspiration for the backgrounds.
Happy New Year;-))m

papierelle said...

Wow, this card is stunning!!! There is always a very special effect when the main motif remains black and white. You have succeeded in creating a fantastically beautiful card.

crafty-stamper said...

Stunning card and love the fabulous stamp,love the background and the uncoloured Dragonfly looks perfect
Carol x

Pia S said...

Great effect leaving the dragonfly uncolored, your card is still plenty colorful. I also love how you did the envelope, I’ve never done that, but I think it’s a quick and easy lovely detail.

Zoechaos said...

Such a lovely card your colour choices are perfect and the new stamps are fabulous Happy Christmas indeed. xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Amazing! Leaving the dragonfly uncoloured has been a brilliant idea, it looks amazing as focal point and gives a very elegant feel to the whole creation! Love so much also the blue stencilled corners and the yellow/green tones! A sweet and elegant card!

Melanie Hungerford said...

That is so pretty, I really like the effect of the stenciling you did. Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks!

I Card Everyone said...

If you know me at all, you'll know that Dragonflies are my second favorite winged insect - oh he is a handsome one!
The colors you've chosen for ink blending are fabulous as is the use of that stencil.
A beautiful start to a New Year full of new goodies!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my goodness, this is so beautiful! I do have this stamp and have used it once, but you make me want to pull it out again. Actually I have several new Creative Expressions stamps along this line which I am eager to use. You're so right about how it's better to use new things right away. Wish I'd heeded that advice long ago, ha! I love your stenciled and blended background and the embossing. Your pencil coloring is very nice, too. Lovely inspiration!

Loll said...

This is a "WOW" card Hilary! LOVE the beautiful sponged and stenciled background. Blue and yellow are so amazing together. And what a fabulous stamp. I LOVE the colouring of the daffodils. They are blended so perfectly, you are a master with your pencils! I think it was the right decision to leave the dragonfly uncoloured. It really draws the eye when you look at your card. xx

Bonnie said...

This is GORGEOUS, Hilary! The background is beautiful and I love the stenciled corners! That dragonfly is beautiful and I love that you left it uncolored! Wow!

Linby said...

A stunning card, your composition is just perfect with the addition of the stencil and colours.

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is such a delicate soft and beautiful creation Hilary.

Joyce said...

Such a pretty card, and I am so glad you used your new stamp right away. Your coloring is super. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

Greta said...

Beautiful coloring & love the stenciling!

Mac Mable said...

What a beautiful card Hilary x. The colours are so pretty and I love how you left the dragonfly uncoloured but made it shine x.

Witchcrafted Life said...

What an exquisitely beautiful design, dear Hilary.

The colours are warm, inviting and uplifting, the dragonfly (one of my favourite creatures of all time) is endlessly lovely, and the whole design telegraphs a wonderful + very welcome sense of spring's return.

Absolutely fantastic work, my friend!

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life