Here's my entry for Tim Holtz's Tattered Floral challenge and the numbers challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. I used lots of my favorite stamps, stencils and inks, and cut 40 flowers using the smallest of the four flowers on the die:
My Tonic pick is a great piercer for adding the brads:
I used an Idea-ology clock, gears, and spinners, along with trinket pins and Glossy Accents to seal in some tiny JB stickers:
Three of Tim's funky keys worked for my tail:
Another peek at the flowers:
And the main body of the kite:
I was in the mood for kites and warm weather because it's been a long winter and I'm ready for Spring. Schools are closed today because 6-10" more snow is forecast. Here's my view at the moment:
Hope you are safe and warm, wherever you are. Thanks for the visit!
Before I say a word about the project, I want to say thank you to all of you who have shared videos on your blogs and on YouTube in the past. What a learning curve this was... I had no idea (none!) how time consuming it is and how much editing is required. Next time I make one it will be much shorter and I'll be wearing a good microphone.
Okay, now... on to the good stuff! I made this canvas for Eclectic Paperie using Dylusions Ink Sprays, one of my favorite Dina Wakley stamps, lots of stencils, inks, paint, washi tape, Prima flowers, and a few other goodies.
I have a new article up at Unruly Paper Arts using some of my favorite Tim Holtz stamps and lots of wonderful stencils. I started by making a stamped/stenciled masterboard on Ranger Manila Card stock, and then cut six ATCs from it using the Sizzix ATC die:
Here's how it opens up:
I used Tim's Distress Stains to dye my ribbon to match the ink colors I used.
The March issue of Unruly Paper Arts is dedicated to Artist Trading Cards... it's called the ATC Extravaganza Issue. I'm submitting this layout for Reader Art Quest #2, which calls for an ATC attached to a project. The other challenge this month, Reader Art Quest #1, calls for an ATC house. Both challenges are open through March 25th.
I've made my layout using black cardstock, 7 Gypsies Tissue tape, a Tim Holtz ATC sized background stamp, and some small accent stamps from Technique Tuesday. I've also used Tim's Idea-ology spinners on some watch faces I inked with distress ink.
I coated the entire ATC with embossing powder and heat set it, as well as the little flags I made out of tape to show my son's ages in these pics. Hope you'll visit Unruly Paper Arts and join in one or both of the Reader Art Quests.
I'll be back on Monday with an ATC mini-album that I made for the March issue as well. Thanks for the visit!
You might wonder if I used the right stencil at first glance, because I didn't use it as a border at all... I chose to use one section repeatedly and randomly across the pages to add interest and texture to my background.
I started by adhering bits of leftover 6X6 Basic Grey papers to a spread in my Dyan Reaveley art journal, and then added layers of Distress Paints. After the blues dried, I dry brushed white in places, and it looked like this:
Next I used a makeup wedge to sponge white paint in places through the Borders stencil:
I used more stencils in the background before pulling out some extra large Donna Downey stamps (Delicate Flowers measures 8" and the word 'dream' measures 4") and inking them with a mix of Archival ink and Distress Paints. I love that the DD stamps are sized so well to fit the DR journal.
I added tiny stickers to spell 'big' and heat set the sentiment below with clear embossing powder:
Washi tape down the middle, more stencils and paint all around:
I really enjoyed using Jessica's Border stencil this way. She has a fabulous collection out with Stencil Girl. Be sure to see her blog and visit the other people in the hop.
Simon Says Stamp and Show is looking for participants to use a stamp they love but don't regularly use, and for this project I chose a small delicate flower from Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 (She Created Art) line. It fits in perfectly as filler between the XL Donna Downey stamps.
What a great day at the Great American Stamp Store in Connecticut on Saturday! Seven women joined me for a whole day of journal play, and it was a lovely group. We took our time and made several pages using layers of stamps, paints, gesso, stencils, etc.
This was an idea from one of my journals for the ladies to work with silhouettes:
I built the page up with layers of paint and inks, and used my Xyron 5" Creative Station
to adhere the magazine clipping of a silhouette:
Here are Besty and Evelyn working on their silhouette pages:
And Debbie, done with her silhouette and prepping her next page:
Susan's fab silhouette and embedded tags pages:
And look what Cindy did with her embedded tags:
So cool how she fanned them in the center! Here she is in person:
Here are some deep thoughts from Dyan Reaveley's sentiment stamps, included on an art journal page that began, oddly enough, last October. I made this page then:
It's one of my favorites. I love the colors and how heavy the page is (loads of extra heavy gesso embedding the tags), and that I used so many different materials, including some very old ones. And also because it made all three of my sisters wonder which one I was talking about!
Once you make an odd-sized page, though, you need another idea for the back of it. Slowly over these last few months I've added bits of 'mop up' to it. Stencils and paint really built it up and then I thought to number the sentiments, like rules to live by.
And don't you love Dyan's sentiment stamps?
If you read the older post you'll see my rave review of Julie Fei-Fen Balzer and how I got the page with embedded tags idea during one of her classes. If you get the chance to take a class with Julie, do!
And if you're in New England and you have time tomorrow, come join me at the Great American Stamp Store for my art journaling class... there's one seat left!
This is my spin on a layout I spied on Pinterest a few days ago by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. If you'd like to see Kristin's layout, it's the newest pin on my Scrapbooking Pinterest board. I used Basic Grey papers that I customized with stamps and stencils.
The half circle on the left is stamped with the Darkroom Door Measuring Tape background stamp, and the one on the right is inked with jet black archival ink through a TCW elevator gate stencil. I used the smaller version of that stencil to add interest to the yellow background paper. I edged the letter stickers with black soot distress ink and painted the wood frame black:
After running all the photos and blue sections through my Xyron®
5” Creative Station, I put the rick rack through the smaller Xyron® 1.5” Create-a-Sticker.
I added faux stitching around the edges, Prima flowers, and Tim Holtz's Idea-ology ornate plate, flowers and brads. The metal brings me to the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week.
What a happy mail day to find a box from Australia, full of fantastic new stamps from Darkroom Door! I had to abandon all plans for the afternoon and get inky immediately. I colored Mr Bright Idea with Distress Markers and a water brush and roughed up his edges with my distressor.
I used the Measuring Tape background stamp to fill my XL tag, and inked it up with a variety of distress and archival inks by Ranger. Tim's sentiment is embossed with clear powder, as is the old fountain pen. I added a key tied on with twine as a note to self - it's key to imagine beyond what you may think is possible.
The design of the Mr Bright Idea stamp blew me away and I thought Tim's sentiment went perfectly! Here's a peek at some of the other goodies:
I can't show you them all as some are sworn to secrecy for a bit longer, but it's very safe to say I'm loving what I've received and look forward to playing with all of them. Linking to Paper Issues and Creative Every Day.