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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

EXCITING News & A New Clarity Stamp Challenge

Hi there I have some exciting news.  I have joined the ClarityStamp Challenge Design Team Yehhhh!
I think there will be a lot of Gelli Plating going on in my DT work but for the first one I decided to do some inking off my Splodge Mat. The Challenge theme this month is "Winter" and I am pretty sure the beautiful samples by the rest of the team will inspire you to have a go at the challenge.. Three of the DT members have just left due to other commitments so there are three of us who are new to the team, Jo Rice and Amanda Branston being the other two. I would like to thank the ladies who have been on the team from day one for their lovely warm welcome and thank you for having me on the Team  Sally Anne Haines.

Anyway for this months challenge the theme is Winter which was ideal for me because since I saw Jack Vettriano on Breakfast TV last week -  the Artist who is well known for his painting called "The Singing Butler" amongst others -his picture has been on my mind a lot.  Now I don't normally get political but there are a lot of politics in the world of Art apparently and unbelievably Jack has only just been authenticated in the Art world and been offered his very first Gallery Show.  I have always loved this picture of The Singing Butler and think he should have been recognised for his talents a long time ago.  He was lovely on the interview and you could tell this meant a lot to him.

Here is a very quick picture tutorial to show you how I did the background.

Items Used. :
Clarity Mask - Hills
Clarity Stamps Letterbox
Clarity Stamps - Characters
Splodge Mat
I started by taping a border round the edges, then I placed the
Clarity Hills Mask in place.
For the Sky I put the ink on my Splodge Mat and blended it into the sponge
I then dragged down over randomly to get the "Stormy" look to it.
If this is done right you can get a real look of rain.  I was only aiming for Moody skies on this one.

For the Sand I used my all time favourite blending colour "Butterscotch! Adironak Ink
I used the same mask but the other end of it to get the ripples of the sand. Butterscotch
is a great Ink for most blending, it warms up cold colours, it gives a good base for stencil patterns too.
So this is my ClarityStamp Challenge DT work 
 WINTER -" Stormy Sea's"

Well I obviously I can't paint pictures like Jack Vettriano  HOWEVER, I thought I would do my own craft style interpretation of it.  
 I always felt that the Singing Butler was on the beach in Winter and
 I love the beach at any time of year.
Please feel free to leave a comment I always appreciate them and why not  join in
our challenge and show us your interpretation of "Winter".
 The winner of the Challenge will receive a £50 Clarity Stamp Voucher
and the Top 5 will all get a mention on the Blog
Bye for now and Carry On Crafting


  1. Yay welcome to the team matey!!!!
    It's lovely to read the inspiration behind people's work and I love your story about the Singing Butler (I've learned something too!)
    Fabulous inspiration Sam, looking forward to working with you again xxx

  2. Morning Sam, so looking forward to working with you and the rest of the Challenge team....we are going to have Such Fun and learn so much from each other....I love your work and this piece is just another masterpiece...
    Have a great day....x

  3. Welcome to the team Sam. I do love that painting and it was a fun idea to do your version of it. It's nice to see the beach amongst all of the other snowy scenes. x

  4. Firstly, huge congrats on you new position, very well deserved! And wow! What a fabulous project this is, I have to confess I'm not up on art/artists at all so thank you for sharing that! Xx Zoe xx

  5. Great t have you on board Sam - methinks I am going to learn lots of messy stuff from you (I hope). This is a lovely card and I am so glad you explained how you did it. I love your story about the singing butler and its great to see a beach in Winter love it xx

  6. Great t have you on board Sam - methinks I am going to learn lots of messy stuff from you (I hope). This is a lovely card and I am so glad you explained how you did it. I love your story about the singing butler and its great to see a beach in Winter love it xx

  7. It's great to be a part of such an amazing team! Sam your card and story are inspirational! I love your work and it will be such fun working with you. Hugs xxx

  8. So great to have you on the team at last Sam ....Love you work and this one is no exception. Certainly from the top or our hill today this scene look's very familiar.....xxxx

  9. Welcome Sam, great to have you aboard. Wonderful project, must go and look up this artist. Will enjoy seeing all you great projects. All the best.

  10. Fab design Sam, I'm a Jack V fan too and have a print of his hanging on my wall (dance me to the end of time). Love the rainy effect and the ripples on the sand, brilliant x

  11. Congratulations! How cool is that! I love your card, The background is awesome! xx

  12. Hi Sam, congrats on your new DT position - it's fab news!! Looking forward to seeing you at Annette's class next weekend - its been ages :)

  13. lovely work Sam. congrats on joining the team xx

  14. Congratulations Sam, lovely artwork and looking forward to seeing lots more xx

  15. Very well done Sam. You deserve. Love the project and you just get better and better. x

  16. Can I just say a massive thank you for all the lovely comments on this Blog it really means a lot to me. xxxx Sam

  17. Well done on being on the challenge DT, Sam. Really unusual interpretation of the 'winter' theme xx

    1. Hi Janet, yes I do realise that but when I made the card I didn't think about it because I have always imagined for some reason that the beach scene I am talking about was in winter time? AND I did only have 24 hours to produce my DT Card. So on this occasions should we let it slip?


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I am proud to be on the Design Team for Claritystamp & for the Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog and the Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog. I have always had an interest in Arts & Crafts and studied for six years and gained certificates in Arts & Crafts, Interior Design, and Soft Furnishings, I even did a Painter & Decorator course. I was originally taught everything I know by my Mam and I now have a passion/obsession for crafts as I develop my techniques. I archived my Goal and have now worked as a demonstrator too.