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Today’s Clarity Show on Create and Craft

I watched Barbara’s shows today and want to say that C and C waste a lot of her time. They do not need to keep stopping to show the item numbers as most items sell out anyway.


why can’t they just run the numbers across the bottom of the screen during the shows once they have shown you them at the beginning. It was 34 minutes into the first hour before Barbara started her first demo.

Then they moved onto other stuff that had nothing to do with Clarity, sticky pads and ribbon. Most of us know about such things.


maybe I am being a bit harsh on C and C but Barbara is usually left dashing to finish something or has to not finish it because they have run out of time.


Rant over


Clarity Workshop 2012 Project 2

I posted this yesterday but it disappeared so here it is again

Our second session was taught by Annette and we used the Split Tree Kit that Barbara had used in one of the Classroom Lessons on C and C.

We stamped the split  tree in the centre of some Clarity Card and then added some cotton wool , teased into small wispy bits , soaked in Versamark ink to make the clouds, a mask for the moon and a torn mask for the sky and the land. Brayering gave us the sky and grass and we used a make-up sponge to add colour to the ground area.

We drew two wires usinga black micron pen and drew two birds on one of them. We then added leaves and blossom to the trees.

Split trees and Birds on a Wire

Clarity Workshop 2012 Project 4

Our final project was by Barbara and was her attempt to break out of the mantra that everything has to be perfect. This was more of a freestyle project. We used bubble-wrap and versamark, brayering, spritzing and  cling-film to give us a background.

We then used a templtae of the Parisian Skyline and used make-up sponges to add colour to give us a silhouette of the skyline.

Some of us overstamped using a selection of Clarity Stamps but I chose to leave it as it was. I may add some stamping at a later date. I am going to try this using the London Skyline – watch this space.

Parisian Skyline

Many thanks to Barbara, Annette, Dave (who manned the shop) and Heather who helped out and made copious cups of tea and coffee. A great day was had by all ( and theyhad to do it  all again for the Friday workshop)

Roll on  2013

Clarity Workshop 2012 Project 3

Suitably refreshed we moved on to Project 3 which , in my case, turned out to be two gay fishermen in Love( it was supposed to be lovers in a boat but I picked up the wrong stamp.)

Anyway, we stamped and embossed the LOVE frame in the centre of our card. We then stamped it onto some cop paper and cut out the cenytre of the O to make a mask for stamping through. This was placed over the gold image and we  used two small masks to give a moon in the sky and one in the reflection. We  brayered the sky and then brayered over some crumpled paper to give a pattern for the water. This was brayered over the bottom half of the O.

The lovers , or in my case fishermen, were stamped into the O and the mask removed. A post-it note as used to cover the whole of the image before using the same techniques to rayer a sky and water around the Love image. When removed and a wiggly gold outline added it gives the effect of being matted onto another piece of card. A couple of doves were stamped to finish it off.

Love and the Gay Fishermen

Clarity Workshop 2012 – Project 1

I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Barbara on Thursday 21st June 2012.

It was a wonderful day filled with enjoyment, laughter and some great instruction from Barbara and Annette. We strated with some pattern-buildong using one of Barbara’s versatile corner stamps and themoved on to our first piece of work.

This was a flock of sheep and the Twiggy Frame. First of all we made our masks for our sheep and then we stamped and embossed the twiggy frame with black EP  and then used the Versamrk pen to go over the twiggy part. We then stamped and masked our flock of sheep before brayering over the whole piece of card to make sky and the landscape .  (Barbara makes this look sooooeasy on the TV but it takes a bit of practise) The versamark on the twigs resisited the ink to leave them white. We covered the sheep and the snowy bit with paper and spritzed the sky with water and blotted it with copy paper- this gave us a snowy effect.Before removing our sheep masks we added some colour around their legs to ground them.

After removing the masks we were left with a flock of white sheep in a snowy landscape. Not perfect but I like it.

Flock of Sheep with Twiggy Frame

Bikers Card

This is a card made for a friend who is off on a ride from Southampton to the Gambia on a Honda C90. He is riding on a group who are off to a hospital in the Gambia to help out and leave the bikes for the medical staff to use. Among the group is a dentist who will be doing free dental treatment, as well as bricklayers and IT people.

The card is stamped with ClarityStamp motorbikes- the large one and the mini one, using DI in Brown Corduroy,white  Velvet ribbon coloured with the same inkpad and a sentiment form Craftwork ards.

Bon Voyage Will

Bon Voyage Will

Claritystamps Workshop

I recently had the good fortune to be able to attend a workshop by Barbara held in Sedgefield- 10 minutes from home by bus. A whole day of tuition from Barbara , ably assisted by Annette (ex Graphicus).

I had never used a brayer before, well only for inking up very detailed photoreal images , and was looking forward to learning how to do it. I have watched Lesley Wharton do it before and thought WOW – how fabulous. Well- here was my opportunity to have a go.

I arrived in Sedgefield at 8.40 and found lots of other crafty ladies there and by 9.00am we were sat at our tables raring to go.

Barbara started us off on Pattern building using one of her corner stamps and soon we were making squares in which you could stamp a greeting and then we did the pinwheel – I found this a bit complicated but when you get the hang of it it is fairly easy. The gap in the middle is still a little too large though.

Pinwheel using a Clarity Corner Stamp

We then moved on to using the brayer -yippee.

We started by stamping the SIlver Birch Trees onto Clarity card using black archival ink and then used a versamark pen to ‘colour in’ the tree trunks.They were then embossed in clear powder. A mask for the sun/moon was then placed over the top and then the brayering was done over the top of it all using a Big and Juicy inkpad to load the brayer. The clear embossing acted as a resist and any ink on the trees could be buffed off using a tissue. Small foliage stamps were used around the edges of the card to give a forest feel. I have a few lines on my image where the brayering wasn’t quite right but I can cover them if I stamp a sentiment onto another piece of card and mount it over the top. I have a piece of card with the same colours brayered onto it.Not too bad for a first attempt.

Silver Birch

We then moved on to the first of two pieces using reflections.

This involves inking  a stamp and rolling the brayer over it to transfer the image to the brayer which is then rolled onto your card, in this case more Clarity card, to give a reversed image.  The card is then turned round and the image stamped the correct way and Voila!! you should have an image and it’s reflection.  For the boy fishing we used two masks for the moon and it’s reflection. We loaded the brayer and then rolled it over some crumpled paper which had been opened out. Then the brayer was rolled, just once, over the bottom of the image to give the water effect- brilliant!. Then we teased some cotton wool into small wispy pieces and pressed them onto some versamark and then onto the top of our card to give clouds. When you press these down- using a piece of paper over the top- the versamark is left behind when you remove the cotton wool. The brayer is loaded with ink and rolled over the sky. The versamark acts as a resist and you have a blue sky with a white moon and clouds.  Hurrah!.  I added Barbara’s inimitable wiggly black line around the image to give a frame.

Refelctions- Fishing Boy

The second attempt at reflections was done using Watercolour paper and Water-based inks. The image was inked and the brayer rolled up it again and then brayered onto the watercolour paper. The image was stamped the right way up to give the top part of the picture. Masks were made for hills and ink was added using make-up sponges. This was also done for the reflections in the water. The Stars were added and the sentiment. A paintbrush and water was used to soften the images and to make the reflections a bit more watery.  Another fairly good attempt but the reflections of the hills need more work. I also want to add some glitter to the star in the sky and the tops of the trees.

Reflections - Christmas Trees

Our final piece was a complete scene- one which Barbara has done on TV. It took quite a while to accomplish as it used masks for the moon, the snowy hill and the cottage. We tore a mask for the hills and dotted the sky area with a versamark pen to give the effect of falling snow. We added a mask for the moon and then loaded the brayer. With the masks in place we brayered the sky from on.e corner and then turned the picture around and brayerd from the other corner to give a shaft of light through the middle. The snow emerged as the versamark resisted the ink. The cottage was then stamped over the hilly mask so it appeared behind the hill and then a mask was added over the top of it. The trees were stamped either side to give the effect of being behind the cottage and another stamped further up the hill. A tree was stamped in the snow and its shadow stamped at an angle. The fence and waypost were added and the little grassy tufts were stamped just using the edge of the tree stamp (using a bit of copy paper to cover the white snow )  The masks were removed and Santas sleigh and the reindeer were stamped over the moon and the cottage coloured with promarkers.  Everyone’s  finished picture was different as we all placed our elements in a slightly different way.

Snowy Scene

All in all a very good day. I came home with a pile of paper with aborted efforts but as Barbara said- it’s only a piece of card or paper. None of the above efforts are perfect but I came away with lots of ideas and enthusiasm – Thanks to Barbara, Annette, Heather and David. Here’s looking forward to next year.

PS  I have already got the second kit for Barbara’s classes on Create and Craft- here’s to the first Saturday in September.