Wednesday, 28 September 2016

X is for Xylem

This fortnight on The Craft Barn dictionary challenge the letter is X. I was desperate not to do Xmas and so when I saw the new Carabelle Studio stamps one sprung to mind with possibilities...something a bit more abstract this time. X is for xylem, the system which transports water from the roots around a plant.

The background was made with layers of Fresco Finish paint through the 'Around the World' mask. The 'Circles and Dots' stamp was stamped on tissue, painted white on the back and adhered with gel medium. A second one was stamped and cut into individual circles. Colour was added with Derwent Inktense blocks and finally the Distress Ink was used through the mask on the edges.

Thank you to everyone who has commented on previous posts, either here or on The Craft Barn blog. Your comments are really appreciated.

Materials Used:
Carabelle Studio stamp: circles and dots
Carabelle Studio mask: around the world
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint
Distress Ink
Archival Ink
Derwent Inktense blocks
Multi medium matte
tissue paper


  1. Just love this, the colours are great and the idea brilliant.

  2. Wow! This really pops and a new word too! thanks for joining in the challenge Claire xx

  3. Brilliant! I looked at xylem but had no idea how to depict it. I love the cells/bubbles you've created and great colours too. Elaine x

  4. Hi Claire thanks for popping over to mine. Look forward to lots of visits in the future. Happy crafting, Angela x

  5. Botanical words are a god send to Dictionary challenge players! Love your page and seriously considering those Carabelle goodies...

  6. Stunning! I love that stamp and all your circle layers look great. What a clever choice of word.

  7. A very clever word and love your bubbles :)

  8. Oh this is an inspired choice I love the colours, the images and the background.

  9. I LOVE this, mainly because I learned a new word and the definition, too. It's very well illustrated with those new circles and dots stamps. It is wonderful and colorful, too.

  10. Lovely page, great fresh colours and good word choice! xx

  11. Such a clever way to illustrate your chosen word. You have used your new stamp and mask to great effect and I love the fresh colour palette.

  12. The overall design is fantastic, I love abstract! Know I have to check the meaning of this word....:-)


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