Monday, 25 February 2013

Loved and unused!


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "the stamp I love but don't use".  I've had these americana blueprint stamps kicking around in my craft room for a little while now and much as I love them, there's just not much call for 4th July stamps here in the UK!  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give them an outing :)

I started out by staining the hinged wooden triptych with Walnut Stain distress stain.  The left panel was stamped with the USA and star images and then coloured with Promarkers before distressing with a little Gathered Twigs ink and a blending tool.  I stamped the ticket from the Odds and Ends stamp set and coloured it with promarkers before fixing it to the panel, which I then fixed to the wood background.

The right panel was stamped with the subway places from the Remnants stamp set and I added a vintage Uncle Sam panel from the Seasonal paper stash to hide the fact that the subway image didn't quite reach to the bottom of the panel.  Finally I stamped and coloured the route 66 image from the Road Trip set and fixed it in place, then fixed the panel to the wood background.

On the central panel, I started by cutting a piece of cardstock to the right size and shape to fit and stamped the "rays" from the Psychedelic Grunge set.  Although I inked the stamp with black archival ink, I used a cotton bud (q-tip) to removed the ink from the centre of each ray so that only the outer edges stamped with any strength.  I then coloured them with promarkers.  I stamped Liberty and the flag in black and then stamped them again separately, colouring them with promarkers.  Before stamping Lady Liberty I used mint green promarker as a background, which was too bold, so I knocked it back with 3 coats of Picket Fence distress stain on top.  Once I was happy with the shade of green, I stamped the statue on top and then cut both it and the flag out.  After colouring the background, I mounted the flag and statue on 3d foam and stuck them in place.  As a final touch I added some red and blue stars from the Psychedelic Grunge set.

Phew, that's about it!  It was a lot of work but it was so nice to finally give these stamps an airing out of their packaging! :)

Supplies I used included:

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11 comments :

Candy C said...

Hello Dan! I love your Americana piece! If I didn't know you were a British gent, I would swear you're an American; how you've captured the sense of the Red, White and Blue with this piece! Love your collection of Tim's blue print stamps and how you've created such a lovely, bright colorful piece! <3 Candy

Suzanne C said...

Fantastic use of the Americana stamps! I can see you might have a limited use for them. :) But you used them beautifully!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan, love your American piece, the red, white and blue looks fantastic on this piece with a touch of distressing, perfect. The triptych is the perfect piece to showcase these images. Tracy x

Andrea Kennard said...

Fantastic as ever Dan, loving this nicely mixed up piece of art, I mean mixed up in an amazing way, you know what I mean x

Sandra said...

Dan, this is one great tribute! Love it very much! Really cool stamp set! Hugs, Sandra

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous project, Dan! I love the bright colors and the way you put it together! :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Maura said...

Well, I think you came up with the perfect solution. Nice crisp images!

Anita Houston said...

I don't know why...I'm a bit strange...but I have to sing out, "Keep on rocking in the free world!" Love this Dan! Americana! Fun! Perfect! You've captured our spirit, the old ways, perfectly!

Carole said...

Love what you created Dan, so many wonderful little touches added that turns this project into AWESOME!

mark gould said...

Great stamping Dan, I love your use of the star burst type design behind lady L and the green BG behind the USA really helps the stamps pop.
Always a pleasure stopping by. Mark

butterfly said...

So cool... these Americana blueprints are so dynamic but as a fellow Brit I wonder how I'd use them... but there's no denying they look fantastic. Brilliant make, Dan!
Alison x

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