Monday 26 May 2014

Tell your story

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Artsy Stamps".  I decided to use some of the hand drawn stamps by Brett Weldele for Tim Holtz. Most of the stamps of men that we see tend to be from reproductions of old engravings or advertisements so I love these for being a little bit different.  I'm sure you must have some artsy stamps somewhere, why not enter this week's Challenge - you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

I started by stamping the central figure with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (I planned to use promarkers and Memento ink doesn't bleed with alcohol pens).  I stamped him again on scrap paper, cut him out and used it as a mask to protect him while I stamped the two other men.  Finally I masked off all 3 in the same way and stamped the crackle in the background.

I used distress inks and a water brush to paint the individual shapes in the crackle, it took a while but I really like the effect!  I used promarkers to colour the green ties and faces of the figures but not the clothing.  I used red and beige sheets from the Seasonal card stack and stamped the figures again, cutting out their clothes and paper-piecing them onto the card.  I used a white pen to highlight the stopwatch and a yellow promarker to colour the case.  Finally I stamped and cut out the sentiment and fixed it in place and mounted the piece on black card, then onto my 5x5 card base.

I made this a couple of weeks ago and didn't notice until earlier today (and others that I've asked didn't notice either) that I'd forgotten to do something with the central man's hand!  Did you spot it? :)

Supplies I used included:

I also used: Mustard Seed Ink Pad, Cracks and Specks stamp set.

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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misteejay said...

Fabulous card Dan. That background looks amazing and so effective as a backdrop for the figures.

Toni xx

Theresa said...

Love the back ground. Great add to the card. thanks as always for sharing.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

These three dapper gentlemen look fantastic combined together and against your crackle backdrop Dan. Fantastic bold design. Tracy x

Meihsia Liu said...

Beautiful colors and stamping. Love your fabulous card, Dan. :)

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Neat piece, Dan! Love your coloring as always :)

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barbarayaya62 said...

Really an artsy work! You really have special talent to create with faces! fantastic project! The background is fabulous too! BArbarayaya

Hels Sheridan said...

Fab card Dan... love the chap's glove too ;o)) Hope all is goodly with you xx

Emma Williams said...

Great artsy card with a fantastic background and great imagery! :)

Anna-Karin said...

Stunning card Dan! That crackled background is super cool and great idea using the three gents together.

Suzanne C said...

Stunning mosaic which complements the rich effect of the gentlemen posed in front! I love how that background is shaded and it has me looking to buy that now!

Words and Pictures said...

The background is so, so cool - and the trio of men look amazing against it. The middle chap is clearly wearing matching gloves - that's all!!
Alison x

Jenny Marples said...

Thanks Dan. Just the creative jump start needed for this challenge! Love your dramatic project. Jenny x

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