Monday 5 August 2013


From vintage postcards to old postage stamps, airmail patterned washi tapes to postage patterned backgrounds, this week Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is all about mail. Whether you want to use those stamps, get out some real postal supplies we cannot wait to see what you are up to this week.
This piece was a joy to create from start to finish and everything came together so nicely, don't you love it when that happens. I was clearing out my craft room when I stumbled across a Prima Flowers wood icon box; perfect I thought for this challenge. Secondly was a new purchase in the form of the Mini Bottle Cap and Stamp Movers and Shapers Die, the stamp was perfect for the compartments within the icon box. Thirdly I found one of Wendy Vecchi's Dimensional Sign Boards and the wood icon box was a perfect fit, this piece was obviously meant to be!
The wood icon box was painted with frayed burlap Distress Paint.
Paint the sign board with frayed burlap paint including the trims for the top and bottom. Remember to wipe over the Art Parts prior to painting to remove any of the black residue left during the manufacutring process. I simply wipe over with some kitchen towel.
I took Wendy Vecchi's Simply Wings Art Parts and applied Embossing Paste through the Mini Antiquities Crafter's Workshop template to add texture to each wing. I also applied gold Embossing Paste through Wendy Vecchi's Classic Words stencil to add 'vintage' to the bottom of the sign board.
Cut 9 postage stamps from white card using the Mini stamp die.
Place the Classics 9 stamp set uppermost onto a flat surface; ink the stamp with black Archival Ink and then press each postage stamp onto the images.
The images are a great fit on the postage stamps.
Colour each of the postage stamps with frayed burlap Distress Ink.
Take a white pencil and colour some of the areas on the stamped images to add highlights.
I added the two smaller wings to the centre of the icon box and coloured the embossed areas with Treasure Gold Olive Bronze wax to highlight the texture. I also added wax around the edges of the box and on all the raised textural areas. I also added a few Martha Stewart Heirloom Metal Medallions to my box for added dimension and interest.
Peace, hope and faith wording was added using Chitchat stickers, coloured with frayed burlap Distress Ink.
The two larger wings have been added to the top of the sign board. Wings seem to fit perfectly with the angellic images.
From this picture you can see the Treasure Gold wax I have added to the sign board and the wings and raised areas.
A touch of opulence has been added using Prima Flower embellishments.
I added VINTAGE as a finishing touch to my dimensional piece.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 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. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Classics 9 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Alterations - Mini Bottle Cap and Stamp Movers and Shapers Die
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Chitchat Stickers
Wendy Vecchi Dimensional Sign Board Art Parts
Wendy Vecchi Simply Wings Art Parts
Wendy Vecchi Stencils For Art Classic Words
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste - White, Gold
Prima Flowers Wood Icons
Distress Paint - Frayed Burlap
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
Crafter's Workshop Template Mini Antiquities
Black Archival Ink
White Pencil
PaperArtsy Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Wax
Martha Stewart Heirloom Metal Medallion
Prima Flowers Sunrise Sunset Vintage Flowers
Prima Flowers Sunrise Sunset Vintage Flowers Trinkets



Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Tracy, Loving this project, and thank you for the step-by-step, really gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Julia Dunnit said...

i saw this on Fb and glad I came over for some more looking; now I see the size properly! it's lovely, am a sucker for the postage stamp edge too, so double lovely for me!

Brenda Brown said...

This certainly did come together beautifully, wonderful use of the stamp die and other elements you have included Tracy, love this.
Have a great week.
Hugs Brenda xox

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow this is amazing! I love everything about it! It really looks as if it was meant to be, if for nothing else but to inspire us all! Those stamps are amazing and I love how they fit the die, the whole piece is just fabulous, love it!!

Candy C said...

Tracy...this is such a gorgeous piece! As always, you think out your projects and the end results reflect that so well. Iove your use of the postage stamp die cut and the postage stamp stamps on each one! What a perfect combination! Love the Art Parts and the design of this piece. Love the soft cream and white-ish tones. As always....perfection! Hugs, Candy

wendy vecchi said...

well done! I love the monochromatic look you achieved!

Meihsia Liu said...

Oh... Tracy, this is such a stunning creation. Love all the beautiful stamps and all the details. The color scheme is just awesome! Great design. :)

Suzanne C said...

What a clever and beautiful airmail shadow box! I love the wings you added on here it adds such a lovely touch. Sweet airmail project!

Anna-Karin said...

Such a beautiful project Tracy and a very clever use of the different products. It all goes so well together. Love that the stamp fits perfectly with the stamp die. I've been looking forward to seeing your Prima packaging project!

BarbaraW said...

Tracy, This is such a wonderful project. Love your take on the Simon Says Stamp challenge. Your art is so inspiring!

Carol Q said...

absolutely fabulous Tracy!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Tracy! This project is a work of art! I love all the pretty postage stamps ant the textured wings! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Tracy! This project is a work of art! I love all the pretty postage stamps ant the textured wings! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

Words and Pictures said...

So elegant, Tracy - I just love all those images on the postage stamp die-cuts, what a brilliant idea. And such lovely, subtle glamour with the metal embellishments and the gilding.
Alison x

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Cool creation, Tracy! I really love how you made homemade stamps :)

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Nan G said...

Wow! Fab altered box. Love the postage stamp images! Yea I just received my postage stamp die. I'm off to the studio to work (play). Hugs

Unknown said...

Ditto to all the comments! BRAVA!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Holy cow, girl! I was eating a sandwich when I first saw this and I literally forgot to chew! I ADORE how you used the stamps and I appreciate how you share your techniques so clearly. Really amazing job!

May said...

WOW...Gorgeous creation Tracy, Love the postage stamp images & the colours are wonderful... Love those wonderful wings & the embossed words... Simply Beautiful... Hugs May x x x

Barb Cady said...

What a great idea and a fabulous creation! Loving the colours and the use of the stamp images, brilliant Tracy, and thanks for the step by step how to's! X

Redanne said...

A gorgeous creation Tracy, love that postage stamp die and how the stamps fit so perfectly. Some brilliant 'finds' there and love how it all came together to make this wonderful piece of art. Hugs, Anne x

Sandra said...

What a fun stamp shadow box! I thought it was much bigger when I first saw it. really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

hazel said...

This is a wonderful project Tracy, I love how you've put all the elements together.
xxx Hazel.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

How cool is this? What a fabulous idea! I love the images on the stamps!!!

Anonymous said...

So much fun! Love it!

Michelle said...

Beautiful! The "air mail" theme is one of my favorites. Those "Postage stamps" are incredible!I love your style. Your projects are so inspiring.