Saturday, 8 July 2017

A chance to play with my new modelling cream

We have a lot going on at the moment, get ready for building work to start in a couple of weeks. So my card for the Christmas Card Throwdown sketch challenge missed the first post - fortunately I've just got in for the "still time to play" post.

Here is the sketch we have to work with:

My card borrows heavily from a canvas I watched Maria Simms making at the Clarity Open Day last month (such a great day down in Crowborough). I think she did something similar on the TV too.

Using Clarity stencil card cut to size for a 6x6 card base, I brayered on the champagne Viva Decor modelling cream. I was lucky enough to win a raffle at the Open Day, and got three pots of this cream (amongst other things). The other colours are bronze and gold.

I then started random stamping over the top with a script stamp and expresso adirondack ink, second generation. Confession time, I meant to use archival but pulled out the wrong ink pad and didn't notice! But this one seems to have dried okay, and is a better colour, darker and less orangey.

I added my favourite old holly stamp for a more Christmassy touch.

For more texture and interest, I ran one side through a Tattered Lace embossing folder.

I positioned a snowflake stencil (from Stamps Away) over the background, and masked off around a row of three snowflakes. 

This allowed me to spread the bronze modelling cream through to give my three focal points.

While the cream was still wet, I sprinkled Autumn Leaves gliding flakes over the top, then left to dry.

Unfortunately, the lightness of the cream lulled me into a false sense of security, and I also left my blending mat, stencil and tools to dry - they took some scrubbing later! Lesson learnt - this is a texture paste and needs to be washed off immediately!

Once dry, I gently rubbed away the excess flake, to leave a touch of sparkle on my snowflakes.

I decided to do something similar for the sentiment area, so used the Clarity stripes stencil and a bit more of the bronze modelling cream. Again, the gilding flakes went on when wet.

While that dried I die cut my sentiment from black card - I can't remember where these dies came from.

I thought about using bronze or glitter card, but actually like the plainness of the black, I think it looks better.

I also cut a matt to go behind, from a patterned bronze paper I've had a pack of for ages and rarely use.

Once dry, I rubbed away the gilding flakes again. I'd been a bit heavy handed and smudged the modelling cream, so the sentiment has been strategically placed to conceal that bit.

I added a bit more stamping, and blended the espresso ink around the edge to give a vignette. 

Then it was just a case of putting it together on the card blank, using a tape pen, and a zig glue pen for the sentiment.

This has been my first chance to play with the modelling creams, they're a lovely consistency and give a great shine. I've only used the cream from the lid so far, so hopefully they'll last well too.

To join in with the sketch challenge, go to the Christmas Card Throwdown, you have until Friday 14th July at midnight BST to enter.


  1. Wow, this is just so gorgeous. I love all the shimmer and shine of the gold. Great take on the sketch. xx

    1. Thanks Deb, gotta have bling at Christmas!!

  2. This is a work of art. It's great to see all the stages so you can appreciate the work which has gone into it. The partial embossing adds some interesting texture, I like that idea.

    1. Thanks Alison. My embossing folders are all in a box that I tend to forget about, so I'm trying to make more use of them.


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