Monday, 14 April 2014

Those Wonderful Men Who Are Flying Machines


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Winged Things".  That gives you a lot of leeway with the kind of things you might create - birds, butterflies, bees, aeroplanes, angels, the list is a long one!  Why not create something for the Challenge and you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

I decided that I was going to make use of the Tim Holtz stamp set "Winged Things 2", but change things up slightly.  (Actually there's also a "Winged Things" set too, which I don't have, I must rectify that!)

I started my journal page by inking the background with Fired Brick distress ink and then using water to stamp the scratches ("Slight Alterations" set) and frank mark ("I See Paris" set).  The dots from the "Mixed Media" set were stamped with Dusty Concord and Shabby Shutters distress ink.

I drew the checkered border by hand on typing paper, cut it out and fixed it in place.  The "FLY" was from the Simon Says Stamp set "Sketched Alphabet", stamped with black archival ink and edged with a white pen.

The heads are the poor disembodied chaps from the "Steampunk" set - I took pity on them and decided to give them limbs!  The two smaller figures use a body from the "Winged Things 2" set and the larger one has a body from the "Dance Card" set and wings stamped from the "School Desk" set.  All were stamped separately, coloured with Promarkers, assembled from their parts and then fixed in place.  The final touch was the crow, which came from the "Haunted Mansion" set.

Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Paris Memories


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Journey", so I created a page for my art journal inspired by a few hours I spent in Paris a couple of weeks back on my way back from Italy.  Why not create something for the Challenge and you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

This page is 8" x 5", which is the size of the pages in my Dylusions journal.  I started out by blending Salty Ocean distress ink onto my background and then dripping a lot of water on it.  I let it set for a second and then dabbed it off with paper towel.

The Eiffel Tower, man and postal background were all stamped in Salty Ocean distress ink.  I stamped the man again on typing paper, cut out his face and hand and then applied them to my page.  The larger man, group photo and text scrap were all taken from the French Industrial paper stack.  I love how several of Tim Holtz's stamp images are available in different sizes now, (or on paper as here) - it really let's you play around with ideas of scale, which would be difficult if they were only in one size.

Finally I stamped the fleur de lys and the Eiffel Tower - Paris stamps with archival black.  I love the two tone effect from stamping and blending with the same Salty Ocean ink, which gives more than just one tone.

I should really have taken some photos while I was in Paris but it didn't even cross my mind!  To be fair though, I have been there several times so I wasn't seeing the sights for the first time.  Having said that, I did grab a snap of a fancy cake shop window that I was drooling over! :)



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Monday, 31 March 2014

Burn


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Anything Goes", which gives you the chance to shake yourself free of any constraints or limitations and just let your imaginations run wild!  Why not create something for the Challenge and you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

I spoke a few weeks ago about how I try to be so careful with my favorite stamps in an effort not to over-use them.  The last thing I want to do is get bored with something that I previously loved!  That's why, with this art journal page, I went all out to give David a more up-to-date look.  I think the shaved head thing suits him, don't you?  This piece was inspired to some extent by the song I listened to while I worked - Burn by Ellie Goulding - that's where the words in the piece are taken from.

I started out by applying Fired Brick distress ink to my background with an ink blending tool.  The circles from the Psychedelic Grunge set were misted with water and then stamped to give a lighter design.  I actually stamped one set using stamp cleaner rather than water, so see if there was a difference - there wasn't.  Ya don't find out if ya don't try! :)

I stamped David on scrap paper and cut out and kept everything above his ear.  This was used as a mask - I placed it on a 2nd piece of white paper and stamped the head on top of it so that only the bottom part of the design created an impression.  I drew in the top edge of the head by hand and then cut out the whole thing.  Mustard Seed distress ink provided the colour for his face.  I applied it with an ink blending tool and took care not to get any on his eye.  I decided where it would go on my journal page, then moved it a half inch to the right and held it in place while I blended Gathered Twigs distress ink down the right hand edge, darkening the side of the face and some of the background.  

I tore up pieces of Tattered Time cardstock and fixed them to the right hand edge of my page.  While the head was temporarily in place after making the shadow I inked the sun rays stamp with Mustard Seed d.i. and stamped them on the background.  I fixed the head in it's final position at the left of the page and used a white pen to trace along the line created when I used the head as a mask.

The notepaper was stamped onto printer paper, fed through my printer and the text was printed onto it.  I cut it out and fixed it in place.  All the stars (so useful to have it in two sizes!) were stamped with Fired Brick ink onto scrap card, cut out and fixed in place.

That's all there is to it :)  I really love this piece, I hope you do too!

Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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