22 June 2022

Just Tattoo of Us!

 Hi there, Crafty Peeps, and thank you for stopping by. 

First, a little apology - the blog gremlins have visited and I have no idea what they've done to my header, so it all looks a little strange at the moment. I'll work on it over the next few days.

I've been having a fine old time this week with Jaycee Gaspar's class 'Transcending Tattoo Techniques'. Jaycee is not only a very talented artist and cardmaker, but he is a great teacher. His instructions are always clear and his demonstrations are a pleasure to watch. In this class, over 6 lessons, Jaycee introduces us to the idea of using tattoo techniques in our cardmaking and it's a wonderful concept! I have always been fascinated by tattoo art (though I'm not brave enough to actually have a tattoo) - there are so many styles, each with its own very particular look, and Jaycee explores 6 of these in this class. 

As always, all the products I have used are listed at the end of this post.

Card One

I was most taken with the 'Trash Polka' style, which is done only in red and black ink and results in an almost mixed-media look. I Googled lots of examples and decided that I would use the Inked Lotus as my focal flower, which I coloured with Arteza Brush Pens for a change.  Here's the finished card:

I used the Sphere Stencil and some Memento Tuxedo Black ink to lightly ink the centre background - I blended this black very softly so as to provide some dynamic between the absolute black of the stems and splatters and the background. I used various splatters, dots and rings from the Coffee With A Splash, Dot Art, and A Splash of Color stamp sets, using both black and red inks. 

I stamped onto a light kraft card (as did Jaycee for this style), as this style lends itself to using a coloured background. I felt it might be a little too stark a contrast to ink on white cardstock 

I splattered with white gouache and black ink and used some Nuvo Crystals in Black for a little deep, dark shine. 

The sentiment is from the Inked Lotus stamp set, stamped onto a piece of pale beige card and with a doodled border. I didn't want to mat the card front before adding it to my card base, but felt that it needed something to finish off the panel, so I simply swiped my Obsidian ink pad around the edges of the panel and this gave me just the definition I was looking for. I mounted the lotus flower on to craft foam for dimension and to make sure that there wasn't any white showing underneath, I coloured the cut edges of the foam with a black brush pen.

It had to have a black envelope, didn't it? I'll just have to use a white pen for the address.

Cards Two, Three, Four and Five

It's fair to say that I was really inspired by Jaycee's class, and by all the wonderful tattoo art examples I saw on Google and Pinterest. This next set of cards takes influences from all sorts of styles and I just love them:

These cards all use the Airbrushed Flowers stamp and die set, with additions from my stash for the geometric and clock dies. I also used the Angled Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder, which gives some beautiful texture, and an old stamp from my stash to create the background on the 4th card.

These were very simple cards to make as everything was done for me - layering flower stamps, die cuts and embossing folder - and yet they look quite opulent IRL. 

Here's a closer look at each card:

Card Six

Whilst looking through various images of tattoo styles, I came across Destrutturato style ('deconstructed'), a modern style, invented in 2016 by Mattia Mambo. The tattoos have a 'boiled down pop art aesthetic' and use bright colours and offset designs, as the example below:

I loved this simple graphic style and was inspired to make my own version - see what you think.

I used Crisp Dye Inks and a water brush to lay down the blocks of colour and dried the panel thoroughly before stamping the flowers and leaf clusters. Like Card One, I felt that there needed to be something dark around the panel, so after I had mounted the panel on my card base, I used a 0.2mm fine liner and literally drew around the card panel - again, just enough definition. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my tattoo inspired creations, and I heartily recommend taking Jaycee's class to see what your interpretation might be. 

 Until next time, keep crafting.


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  1. These are absolutely stunning! Always great to see something different but particularly when done so well. You seem to ba able to turn your hand to any style and make it look amazing. You really do show that there is something for everyone in crafting and it's a real inspiration - thank you!

  2. Absolutely lovely cards - I think I need to take this class!

  3. Thank you! It's a great class, I'm sure you'd enjoy it 😀

  4. You rocked it, Peri! LOVE all the samples. Jaycee is an AMAZING teacher!!


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