New Beginnings

This year is turning out to be one of new beginnings in many ways.  The resurrecting of the blog started it, then there has been Pixie’s Snippets Challenge.  Now I think I shall be really brave and try my hand at the Clarity Stamp Challenge. 

Just to make it more difficult for myself I have got out my Gelli Plate.  I am still new at all this so please be gentle with any comments.

Ok, here goes.  Firstly I apologise that there are no photos of the various stages but acrylic paint dries very quickly, as I am discovering, and then I got so engrossed in what I was trying to do that I forgot to take any!

The theme for this month’s challenge is ‘New Beginnings’. Looking at the art work already submitted and the ideas from the design team there are a lot of new home, new baby, wedding ideas so I thought I would go a bit obscure and do Spring.  Having decided that the rest evolved as I got going.  I did make one change in that my original plan was to do an ATC but I was not sure if this was allowed so mounted the ATC onto a bigger background and made it a card.

The Gelli Plate print background

So here is what I did.  First the Gelli Plate print background was made using a 6 x 6 Gelli Plate, Clarity Leafy Swirls template, green, yellow, white and blue acrylic paint and a piece of the Clarity card made for the Gelli Plate.  I am still in the experimental stage with my Gelli Plate and I think I may have let the paint dry a bit too much but the resulting print was very subtle and I liked it so decided to stick with it.

I trimmed down the print to leave a narrow white border then rounded the corners.  To remove the white border I blended it with Adirondak Mushroom which is the nearest colour I have to the brown of the Kraft Card.  This was then mounted onto a card blank with rounded corners.

My favourite part showing the blended edge















The ATC

Next I made the ATC.  I stamped a Clarity bare tree with Adirondak Rust slightly to the left of the middle of the card then put in the green hills and blue sky using Adirondak Lettuce and Stonewashed, a stencil brush and a piece of torn paper. It gives a much gentler colour wash than the brayer, more spring like. The blossom on the tree is done with Spectrum Noir pens PP3 and PP4. The ATC was then mounted onto a piece of kraft card with a narrow border. This was attached to the card blank on the left before I used the Clarity Letter Box Kit and Adirondak Rust to stamp ‘spring’ straight onto the card front – a bit brave there!

So there you have it, sorry it has turned into an essay! It would have been so much less wordy with photos, maybe next time!


I guess I should show you the finished card.  Hope you like it.

First attempt at the Clarity challenge



Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Take care and God bless.  Pippa. 

About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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6 Responses to New Beginnings

  1. Naomi says:

    Pippa what a first attempt, welcome to the challenge, I hope you have enjoyed entering. A lovely card and I hope spring will come soon. Best of luck.

  2. LINDA PAGE says:

    Great card Pippa well done and welcome to the challenge. Loving the background and good luck with the challenge xx

  3. Emma Burns says:

    What a lovely card Pippa. Loving the colours. Wishing you the very best of luck in your very first Clarity Challenge. xxx

  4. Beautiful colours and the promise of Spring! Delightful! Good luck in the challenge xxx

  5. SARN says:

    Fantastically arty items here Pippa. Hope you're having fun with the Gelli plate . . . not something I've got into yet!

    Good luck with making your own Art Journal. Thanks for visiting me today.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Yvonne says:

    Fabulous Gelli background. Thanks very much for entering the Clarity Challenge and Good Luck

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