Eastern influences

I have been inspired by the beautiful layering of sponging and  images that Vicky does over at Crafting Clare.  I pulled out my Eastern Influences set and used two stamps and two colours for both the cards posted today.  I masked first, sponged, then stamped the small branch of blossoms  in olive, above and bashful blue below.  I then stamped the larger branch of blossoms in black and added the two sentiments.

I have been asked a few questions in the comments section lately that I will try to answer now. Firstly about the brayer I use. I have two speedball brayers but I have been using the soft brayer lately and have had a lot more success than I had with the hard rubber one.  One of the key steps is to start rolling it completely off the cardstock and move onto the cardstock gradually.  It does take longer this way and use more ink but it makes for an smoother coverage.

Someone also asked me how I tied that teeny little bow on my button on this card.  I don’t know-it just worked the first time and I ran with it!!


Stamps: Eastern Influences, All Year Cheer
Inks: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Basic Black
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory

6 Comments on “Eastern influences”

  1. gibmiss says:

    Hi Heather
    Two Fabby cards ….love them both

  2. Lindsey says:

    These are beautiful, Heather — and inspiring! I might see if I can create something vaguely similar using Elements of Style. I also really like how you masked a centre white section in your second card; it’s an interesting variation.

  3. Vicky says:

    Thank you for the mention Heather but I can’t pretend to have been much influence as your sponging work has always been absolutely gorgeous – an inspiration to me! These cards are beautiful and I especially like the top one with those gorgeous colours and the wide border and overlapping sentiment – a great go-to lay out. Have a lovely weekend! Vx

  4. What a gorgeous technique! LOVE these beauties.

  5. mustavcoffee says:

    Absolutely beautiful Heather, you at your finest, big smiles, Gay xxx

  6. Hi Heather, I’m a french demonstrator. I like a lot your cards. I published a post about your blog in my blog today to do discovering your art in France.

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