For lots of reasons, I am very excited about today’s post. I hope you will like it as much as I do. The moment I saw there was a new Stampotique Agatha Stamp (you will remember I am on a mission to bag the whole lot!) AND that it was a Christmas one I knew I had no choice but to get it. Then came the frustration when I found that she hadn’t arrived in the UK which of course made me need it more. Then, very quietly and without a fuss, she arrived at Art from the Heart so, without my usual dithering, I snapped her up the minute I could! Frustratingly, I haven’t had the time to play with her as much as I would like but in the interim, a little project was brewing in my head and here it is:
I am sharing this over at Sunday Stampers, where this week’s theme is love, and also over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the challenge requires you to create a project using a favourite technique. I’m using the “tissue transfer” technique which I learned directly from the queen of Sunday Stampers herself, Hels Sheridan, and I have used it a lot. If you are not familiar, it is the easiest thing and means you can use stamped images on uneven surfaces, such as texture paste, canvas, or textured paint effects. It’s also great for applying stamped images to even, dimensional surfaces too, as I have done here.
The idea for using this technique on paper clay came from an article I saw in Craft Stamper (September 2014) magazine where Trish Latimer had made some cute little houses. Then I saw an adorable character created in the same way by Sam Read and I knew I had to give it a try. The arrival of Agatha Christmas sealed the deal.
First, I stamped the character on to a piece of cardstock and cut it out. Then I rolled out the paper clay (I used white for Agatha and green for the tree) and used the stamped and cut image as a template to cut around so I ended up with a piece of clay that was a similar shape. The beauty of paper clay is that you can sand it down afterwards and, if it’s not too thick, you can cut it with a knife or scissors even when it’s dry. Once the clay was thoroughly dry, I gave it a coat of white acrylic paint.
To transfer the image you need a piece of single-ply tissue – either a make up tissue or the sort you blow your nose on is fine, just separate the layers so you only have one. Using Archival Ink, stamp the image onto the tissue. Now carefully tear around the image, as close to the line as you dare. You can cut it, but tearing gives the best result as there is no hard line. Apply a thin coat of Glue’n’Seal, or similar (I used PVA slightly watered down), to the area where you want the stamp to go and then carefully place the image on top and smooth down gently. Carefully, as the tissue can be inclined to wrinkle or tear, apply another layer of glue over the top. I usually add a second coat for good measure. Then the magic happens – as the glue dries, the tissue appears to disappear and you are left with just the image. Usually when I use this technique, the base usually has colour which then shows through but on this occasion I added colour using Promarkers. The advantage of the glue-sealed surface is that the colours don’t bleed. That’s all there is to it!
I created the tree in exactly the same way but used green clay instead of white simply for the reason that I was running out of white! The base is several pieces of corrugated card, packaging leftovers, glued together, covered with book pages and painted with gesso. I’ve added some candy cane trim, tiny mulberry paper holly leaves and some glittery Stickles berries.
Thanks for buzzing by.