Wednesday 15 August 2012

Back To School

Time for our monthly blog hop with Artistic Outpost and this month our theme is BACK TO SCHOOL.
The Secretary Pool plate was the perfect option for me this month with the alphabet being perfect to create my background. I stamped the alphabet several times in the background using manganese blue archival ink and I toned it down a little with watered down Gesso, to give a wash effect and it feels just like chalk, perfect for a back to school piece. I also added machine stitching in rows to appear like lined paper, leaving loose threads at the end for further interest.
I then stamped the young girl image from the Kudzu Kafe plate, colouring her with Distress Markers, adhering her with silicone to give a little dimension. I then stamped the alphabet once again and added a strip in front of my girl. For further interest I added paperclips and stamped pencil. For added dimension and texture I also included letters cut from mountboard using the word play die, adding embossing enamel for texture. I stamped into the hot enamel on two of the letters using the background samp from the Secretary Pool plate. I also included three mini numerals, coloured with alcohol inks.
My blogging friend Candy sent me some wonderful goodies in the post including the fabulous mini chalkboard clip you see on my card, perfect for this piece. I added "back to school" using a picket fence Distress Marker and coloured the background with alcohol ink.  To complete, I added three small wooden pencils tied with natural twine.

My fellow Design Team members have created some fabulous pieces, pop along and be inspired along the way.

Artistic Outpost are also holding a fabulous Referral Program, the theme being ANYTHING GOES/ANY OF THOSE AO IMAGES. Why not pop along HERE for all the details and there is a fabulous prize on offer too.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Enjoy the rest of the week. Tracy x x 


Sandy said...

Oh wow Tracy what a wonderful school project.
Love all the stamps and details.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

I LOVE what you did here Tracy. That girl image is a hoot - she certainly doesn't look thrilled to be going back to school! I love the way you included the mini numerals and coated your chipboard with UTEE. The texture on the B&D is amazing. What a cool piece of work you have created for our hop this month!


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

PS - forgot to mention the stitching and it is certainly worth the mention. Another very cool element on this terrific card!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Love the secretary letters here...they are perfect!!! Great card Tracy!

Lori said...

Very nice piece Tracy! Love the metal numbers and so forth...the colors are splendid too!

Sarah Anderson said...

Fortunately for me 'back to school' doesn't happen for a couple more weeks or so :) Love all the lettering on this piece, especially the embossed letters...FaB!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Oh wow! what can I say, you rocked that hop GF! Very Cre8tive!

Lisa Somerville said...

Fab color scheme! Love how you created the BG with the images from the Secretary Pool plate! Wonerful added texture on your letter!

Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful piece Tracy with a great background and such great images for the theme.
Hugs Brenda xox

JansArtyJunk said...

Oh this is wonderful Tracy, love the image and those numbers/letters but the little chalkboard is a fabby touch! Jan x

Gaby Bee said...

This card looks fantastic, Tracy!

Just saw your last few made so many beautiful things while I was away! Love all your latest creations:)


Alison said...

gorgeous piece tracy, I love those embossed letters! x

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! Love the textured letters! The colors and effect on the letters and numbers is awesome.

Words and Pictures said...

Thought I was going mad just now... distinctly remember raving over your gorgeous letters with that amazing patina, and the twig pens - and then realised it must have been over at AO!! Anyway, it's all doubly true now!!
Alison x