Monday, 19 March 2012

Handmade Background

Time for our weekly dose of inspiration from Simon Says Stamp and Show and this week we would like to see those HANDMADE BACKGROUNDS.

I'm on my travels this week and by hot air balloon too from the new Tim Holtz Remnants stamps, set against a background created adding Tim Holtz Nostalgic Tissue Tape; one layer of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Classic Teal paint, random layers of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and then a top coat of Claudine Hellmuth's Traditional Tan paint to create a unique background. Add into the mix the handsome gentleman from Tim's Steampunk set and a little Idea-ology Sprocket Gears and Light Bulb.

Using petroleum jelly acts as a resist and you can see in the background here the areas that have resisted the top coat of paint. The turquoise areas are those that have resisted the top coat of traditional tan paint. I have added a fragment embossed around the edges with tea dye Distress Powder adding one of the handsome gentlemen from Tim's Steampunk set. No gentleman is complete without a lightbulb of course and here I have added one of Tim's mini bulbs to his head to add to the steampunk feel.

I cannot resist a little dimension stamping the top of my balloon onto vintage paper, sponging the edges with Distress Ink evergreen bough to tone in with my background. I have then added my layers to the balloon, adding a little more interest with sprocket gears.

I love the stamp in the background from Tim's new Remanants set, perfect backdrop for my images and I love the added texture the embossing powder gives.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.


Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 



20 comments:

Heidi said...

This is deLIGHTful Tracy. I'll have to try your vaseline resist technique. I love the look it have your piece!

Sandy said...

Wow Tracy what can I say ???
This is extraordinary. Fantastic idea and the design rock. xoxo

inkypinkycraft said...

this is fab, right up my street, just love the colours and details, well just love it really!!!! hugs trace x

Helen said...

I have just given in (!) and bought this stamp set - absolutely love what you have done with it.

Cath Wilson said...

Beautiful colours, Tracy and wonderful design, plus one of my favourite techniques - lovely x

Rita said...

Fabulous work Tracy. I am just starting out into the world of distress and altered art, so thank-you for telling about the resist technique. Hugs Rita xxx

Candy C said...

Tracy, your steampunk piece this week is fabulous! I LOVE the Vaseline technique you have used on Tim's tissue tape! It looks fantastic! What a great background for your way cool dimensional balloon and gentlemen in the fragment! Great piece! <3 Candy

Lisa Somerville said...

Fab steampunk piece Tracy! Love how you created your BG and the wonderful added embellies!

Artyjen said...

Love the look of this and the dimension ;)
xoxo Sioux

Robyn Phelan Sharp said...

I do believe this has a spring punk flair to it as well!

lynne said...

Peeling paint technique is always such fun, messy but fun and always worth those gooey fingers.
This is fabulous Tracy, really appeals to me.
Wishes
Lynne

Lynn Stevens said...

petroleum jelly, Who knew? The background is FAB. Great piece Tracy. Love the balloon too.
hugs Lynn

Carol Q said...

fab. gorgeous background Tracy and I love your choice of shape for the project.

Sue said...

This is wonderful Tracy, I love how you have layered the baloon, and this new stamp set is definitely on my wish list x

trisha too said...

Wonderful, Tracy!

:)

Marjie Kemper said...

Love your gorgeous BG and that steam punk balloon is fab!

Marlena M. said...

Wow, this is so cool!

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! Love the 3D hot air balloon and the background is so cool!

hazel said...

I love everything about this Tracy - it's fabulous.
xxx Hazel.

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous piece, Tracy! I really love the 3 dimensional effect you added to the balloon!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!