Monday 2 January 2012

Roll Up! Roll Up! Come See the Main Attraction!

This weeks theme on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "Something Old, Something New". The old thing in my piece is the leftover configurations element I used, and the new was two of Tim Holtz's recent limited edition Distress Ink colours.

I started by covering the frame I was using with a couple of layers of gesso, applied with a baby wipe so that they'd be nice and thin with no brush strokes.  I dried the frame with a heat gun between layers.

Next, I stamped the "rays" with Festive Berries distress ink and then used a yellow Promarker to colour the gaps between them.  I used a blending tool to cover the frame with a generous layer of Gathered Twigs distress ink, and stamped lots of scratches and splodges, also with Gathered Twigs ink.

I cut the circus awning on the Cricut and coloured it with Promarkers, then coloured the configurations box with an Umber Promarker, to tie in with the background panel (from the Tattered Time stack) and the brown I'd used to age the frame.  I lined the inside of the box with black card and stamped, coloured and cut out the clown and fixed him in place.

I really had a lot of fun completely distressing the frame, lol  My hands were good and inky by the end of it, thank goodness for craft scrubbies! :)

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week! 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! :)


misteejay said...

Happy New Year Dan and what a fab project to start the year with.

Wishing you all the best for 2012

Toni xx

Candy C said...

Dan, this piece is really cool! I love how you used a configuration compartment to create such a neat piece. I will have to try that baby wipe trick to smooth our gesso! Your challenge piece is awesome! <3 Candy

Wendy said...

Love the effect on the frame :-)

Claire said...

Fab piece Dan, slightly scared by the clown, but looks very cool.
C xx

sixofone aka Leah said...

Gorgeous piece. Love it and happy new year

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous use for one of the configuration compartments Dan and so unique. Love your colourisation too and the canopy is perfect. Wonderful piece. Happy New Year. Tracy x

Sue Jones said...

Fab! my sis would be terrified though.

Alix said...

happy new year dan...may it be a super crafty one for you and yours! :0)

Linda said...

You always create the most beautiful things Dan.
Happy New Year.

Sid said...

Eeeek ! Hate clowns really and they are scary but this is a great piece Dan !

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Very cool creation, Dan! I love the stamps and vibrant colors you used!

Simon Says Stamp!

Debbie said...

New Year Wishes! Scary clowns! Creepy, but I love them! Fabulous piece!


Sarah said...

I'm always spooked by clowns but this one does look darned cool! Wishing you a fab year and lots of inky inspiration! sarah.

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