Purple haze

Violet creams, Parma Violets and Crème de Violette (a violet liqueur which makes a  fabulous cocktail called an Aviator). It was the colour of all these edible goodies that I held in my head whilst ratching through my stash in order to find things to use in my project for this week’s  Sunday Stampers challenge which has the theme of violet/purple. However, as I was lacking in non-edible violet goodies I opted instead to use Seedless Preserves – the distress ink that is, not jam.


The base is some chipboard that I covered with an old book page. One of the drawbacks to my having a de-clutter is that, in the time it’s taken to do it, some of the things that were destined for new homes have been retrieved for me to use in my crafting. The book, something to do with the Rhine, has impossibly small script which makes ideal for using here.


I used Scattered Straw distress ink all over and then applied some Seedless Preserves through a diamond mask.


You could probably guess that I would use one of the Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamps and you would be right. I stamped this in black Archival. Then I cut it out and stuck it on to the canvas. I used a black Stabilo All Pencil to outline the heart.


To finish, I dusted on some more Seedless Preserves around the edge and then rubbed on some Enchanted Gold gilding wax.


Originally I’d planned for a much more vibrant, “in your face” purple look for this piece but am quite pleased with the more subdued tones that I ended up with. However, as this was still drying I discovered some lavender paint and so did a second version using more or less the same techniques.


I painted over the text with white and lavender paint, wiping it off with some kitchen roll. Then I applied more lavender paint through the stencil.P1070017

I rubbed on Enchanted Gold gilding wax all over before adding the heart which this time was stamped in Picked Raspberry distress ink.



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Purple haze — 12 Comments

  1. I do love those string stamps, they always look gorgeous. I can’t decide which of these two I like the most, it is hard to choose because purple is a favourite colour of mine. Probably the one on the book page.

    Have a good day.

    Dionne xx

  2. You had me at…..Violet creams, Parma Violets and Crème de Violette, all sound divine. Must try the Aviator. You amaze me each time I land on your blog. Each project is just fantastic. Love this especially for the colorway you’ve chosen. Gave me a chuckle to read “kitchen roll” as my British grandmother called it that, sounds so much better than paper towel as called in the states. Great job.

    • Thank you Sandra that is so kind. Let me know if you’d like a recipe for An Aviator! I never thought about kitchen roll, although people do call it kitchen paper or kitchen towel and, as you probably know if you had a British grandmother, paper towel would be what you would use to dry your hands in a public toilet (would that be rest room?). Funny old thing, language, isn’t it?!!!

  3. I love them both, beautifully done! But lol oh lol, my eye happened to fall on the word “Ursuline” on the book page… well, let’s say the nuns are all about giving love, aren’t they? 🙂 xx Wen

    • You have hawk eyes Wendy and too funny! Funnily enough the text shows up better on camera than in reality. I have previously had to cover up some inappropriate text, strangely from a book about the royal family!!!

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