Hi everyone and welcome. Think I just might have mentioned in my post last Saturday being lucky enough to have gotten my paws on Ken Oliver's 'hot off the press' Hometown collection, newly released at the NEC - yep, I was excited!
And here's the proof... (how amazing to get to meet the man himself!!!)
Ken mentioned how he saw these papers being used for mixed media projects and that was music to my ears. I had so many ideas buzzing around involving lots of the IndigoBlu paints and stamps I'd been demo'ing that day. And then came the time to put it all into practice; that's always when the nerves set in - will this look right when it's done (there's no template to follow when something is brand new) will I just wreck the designs by overdoing it all, will it then translate when photographed? I'll let you be the judge of that...
The designs are architecture heavy and detailed, so getting the balance right on a 6" square card takes thought. Thankfully Ken has cleverly included a sheet of journalling cards with the same large designs in a scaled down version, so I took the opportunity to layer them so the background could be altered with impunity. Both bases got a layer of gesso and a Snowflake Lace/Goldfinger English Cottage Artist's Acrylic Paint border to work with the tones already in place on the papers. That kicked off the Christmas theme. Then came stamping, Mega Flakes, ribbon and die cuts to enhance the designs (I've included a list of ingredients/links at the bottom of this post). And of course those fiddly die cut shapes became so much easier to deal with using my other Ken Oliver purchase - Stick It! Genius stuff; it not only acts as an adhesive - with a waxy finish to the carrier sheet, it also allows those intricate cut designs fall from the dies.
So what do you think? It's way too hard to get perspective myself having looked at them for so long and your critical feedback is always welcome. With a few more gorgeous sheets to play with it's another one of those creative learning curves to make sure I do them justice.
OK, tomorrow there's a new challenge launching at A Vintage Journey so I hope you'll join me for that, then Saturday is my regular post for IndigoBlu (plus I'm teaching at JGD Crafts in Sutton-in Ashfield for the lovely Janet Humphries). Is it just me or is November disappearing rapidly?!
Thank you so much for joining me today and whatever you're up to, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx
Ken Oliver's Hometown collection and Stick it available at; Craft Obsessions
IndigoBlu products used -
Stamps: Snowflake Lace; Baubles Flourish; Merry Christmas Circle Dinkie; Winter Wonderland; Christmas Script 2 Dinkie