Monday, 18 March 2013

William Morris Style

Hello again folks, I'm back as I managed to finish off my creation that I just had to do when I saw the theme at Frilly and Funkie for the fortnight chosen by Jenny (aka Buttons) was William Morris Style and I only just about got it made in time as a spare hour or so appeared yesterday and I decided to get exceedingly inky.
I absolutely love William Morris' designs and spent some of the time browsing the gorgeous images on Google trying to decide what to do. Having noticed that a lot of the designs feature acanthus leaves, I hit upon the idea of using my Kaisercraft Twig and Berry Flourish clear stamp set as the flourish is a little like the leaves.
The paper was supposed to be in shades of green but the first step I used with Versamark as resist didn't quite work so I had to overstamp it and this is the result - a bit Christmassy I admit but I like it!

The resist that didn't quite work used Versamark ink with the flourish and I then sponged on Shabby Shutters Distress ink followed by Bundled Sage and Crushed Olive while attempting to make the flourish design stand out but it refused to play! Might be that the card was too absorbent or something.
It did give a good background colour for the layered stamping though and I stamped the flourish first with Forest Moss then Wild Honey. I then added the leafy berry sprig with Aged Mahogany (this came out quite red for some reason!) and the berries with Pine Needles. What do you think - is it William Morris style enough?

My next dilemma was what to do with the paper as I didn't want to cover it up! An A5 size card turned out to be the answer and I made my own from a piece of olive green mottled card (my last of this colour - sigh). Here's the card and you'll have to let me know what you think.

I stamped down the right side with the flourish stamp and VersaFine Spanish Moss ink and the attached a square of pearly red swirl patterned card distressed round the edges.
I cut a panel from my background paper (as it's 21cm square I have enough to make a couple more things with it or I might just keep it to look at lol) and distressed the edges before attaching to the card.
I stamped the Hero Arts bird collage on white card with VersaFine Deep Lagoon ink and embossed this with clear powder. I then coloured the panel with Distress inks and trimmed down. I added this to a deep teal panel leaving a wide border under the image panel and knotting some deep pink wired ribbon round it.
I haven't yet added a sentiment as I prefer to wait until the right occasion appears.

After a rainy start we now have sunshine so I hope you do too!
Hugs, Fliss xx


Suzi B said...

Fabulous background Fliss... love the bird collage stamp too.
I keep meaning to have a go at this challenge, not got round to it yet!
Suzi B xx

Anonymous said...

Definitely too beautiful to cover up!
The bird collage stamp works with your bespoke background so well.
A fabulous card.
P.S. Very WM in design.

Paper Profusion said...

I think your paper is wonderfully WM style Fliss. The patterns and colours are so apt. The bird collage stamp is the perfect accompaniment. Gorgeous work. Nicola x

Deborah said...

A pattern worthy of Wm Morris!

Buttons said...

Oh Fliss that's awesome!!!!! I love your background, worthy of gracing any Arts and Crafts house (oh you were so right not to cover it up!) And then a fantastic topper too. SO pleased you joined the challenge at Frilly and Funkie with this superb entry. Hugs, Jenny xxx

Yvonne Garner said...

Beautifully done Fliss. Perfection!

Rose said...

This is gorgeous Fliss, and definitely William Morris, I love his designs too, and your bird reminds me of the strawberry thief, a design in a lovely book of William Morris cross stitch designs that I've got, I bought the threads and fabric years ago to make it but still haven't got round to it!

Rose xx

Joan said...

What a fabulous pattern, love it


inkypinkycraft said...

A greatidea and the background is amazing! Hugs trace x

Sally H said...

Wow! Brilliant paper and great image too. Fabulous card

butterfly said...

I can completely see why you didn't want to cover up that beautiful background - the bird panel is the perfect choice! Thanks so much for your lovely comment - much appreciated.
Alison x