Monday 30 September 2013

The Journey Is Never Truly Over It Just Changed Course

Welcome to STAMPtember®, a wonderful creative month with Simon Says Stamp!  Simon Says Stamp are celebrating for the whole month of September by hosting a STAMPtember® event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping.

From phrases to words to simple alphabets, words can add so much to a creation and can also stand alone as a focal point. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge would like you all to embrace all those letter, word and phrase sentiment stamps on your creative pieces this week. Just a little reminder that Simon Says Stamp have changed the name of their challenge blog to Simon Says Monday Challenge but we are still the same fabulous challenge just a new home and name.
Inspiration this week came from the Stampers Anonymous Paris Memoir stamp set which I thought worked beautifully with the postage stamp frame to create my dimensional hanging.
I began by die cutting one postage stamp and five frames using the sized rectangles die within the postage stamp frame to give me the framed pieces.
I coloured each piece with broken china and gathered twigs Distress Ink and then flicked the ink with water to add bleached out areas.
A touch of background stamping using the stamp as is to give a more random feel.
I love background or text stamps for adding subtle stamping in a lighter colour in the background.
The focal images have been stamped in black Archival Ink, I love how the background stamping is still visible.

I love to add dimension with my dies and on this piece I layered the postage stamp frames, stacking one on top of the other to create a shadow box type effect, love it!
Next I cut a 7" x 7" square piece of card and coloured with gathered twigs Distress Ink.
Again flicked the ink with water and then dabbed off the excess water with kitchen towel to leave bleached out areas.
Using a fine detail water brush bleach out some of the areas on this handsome gentleman.
Stamp the fabulous sentiment onto white card using black Archival Ink.
Cut the sentiment into pieces and then colour with broken china Distress Ink.
I then cut a postage stamp from white shrink plastic and stamped the same images to echo those in my larger stamped postage framed piece. Stazon timber brown and black were used for the stamping onto shrink plastic. I then heated with my heat tool to shrink the postage stamp piece.
It is important to remember to punch any hole in the top prior to shrinking.
I added my decorative piece to corrugated card for added texture and interest and then added rustic twine to hang.
The shrink plastic piece has been added to the bottom of the frame along with a brass Eiffel Tower charm.
I also stamped the gentleman onto shrink plastic and added him to my postage stamp frame along with JOURNEY added using Label Letters.
Remnant Rubs Words have been added throughout my piece along with a compass coin which I have sanded to highlight all the detail.
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 and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Paris Memoir Stamp Set, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Words For Thought
Tim Holtz Alterations - Postage Stamp Frame, Sized Rectangles
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Label Letters, Compass Coins, Remnant Rubs Words
Tim Holtz Fine Detail Water Brush
Distress Inks - Broken China, Gathered Twigs
Archival Inks - Sepia, Black
StazOn - Timber Brown, Black

Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Ink Blending Tool
Shrink Plastic
Blue Moon Eiffel Tower Pendant


Helen said...

what a fabulous project, Tracy - love the colours, but all the elements are so well put together. Hope to play along this week,(maybe!)

Brenda Brown said...

I love the colour palette you have chosen Tracy and fabulous dimension with the layered stamp frames.
Have a great week.
hugs {brenda} x0x

hazel said...

This is wonderful Tracy - great design and colour and I love the layers.
xxx Hazel.

Anonymous said...

LOVING all that dimension!!!! Gorgeous!

Candy C said...

Tracy, Tracy, never cease to amaze me. This piece is so pretty! I love the blue and brown together. As you know, I love Tim's gentleman stamp that you've used here. I really love the very dimensional postage frame and how you've used that in this piece. Love the sentiment, too. Your technique is flawless. Even that shrink plastic postage stamp adds so much. Really beautiful piece, Tracy! <3 Candy

Suzanne C said...

This is so cool! I love the layered frame effect. The waterspots are one of the beautiful details you brought to this! The pops of blue are perfect!

Inkypinkycraft said...

Gorgeous colours , love how you have used the shrink plastic for the postage stamp...what a clever idea! Great layers and a wonderful piece xnhugs x

Claudine said...

This is beautiful! I love everything about it.

Lori said...

Wow! GORGEOUS! Love the shrink plastic, and the layering..stunning!

Mona Pendleton said...

What a jaw droppingly beautiful project Tracy! I love the burst of color against all the distressing. I always learn something new every time I visit you! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creative process!

Meihsia Liu said...

Oh... Tracy, ths is such a fabulous creation! I love the pretty colors and stamping on the background. The postage stamp is so cute. Thank you so much for sharing the steps of creating this beautiful project. :)

Sandra said...

Tracy, this is a stunner! Beautiful hanger with so much dimension! Really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

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Really cool tutorial and I love the way you layer for extra dimension, Tracy! :)

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Peanut said...

What a fab project. Thanks for the step by step tut.
xxx Asha Sunny Summer Crafts

Marjie Kemper said...

Tracy, this is absolutely fabulous! Love the rich colors, the depth of the frame, and all your bleaching effects. Off to pin... love it!

Kate Yetter said...

This is an awesome piece, Tracy!! I love everything about it.

Billie A said...

Awesome piece of art. I love all of the details. Wonderful

barbarayaya62 said...

I have already pinned your wonderful work in my boards on Pinterest! Truly a joy for the eyes! Wonderful and perfectly explained the tutorial!

sara j said...

What a great piece....the small postage stamp is just a fabulous addition to the piece! I love the way you've maximized the stamp set. It's beautiful.

Redanne said...

A truly stunning hanging Tracy, the richness of the colours is gorgeous, love the dimension of the postage stamp die, your spritzing and flicking is superb - a brilliant piece of art. Hugs, Anne x

Carol McCready said...

Great project, thank you for the inspiration. Love the tutorial; I was wondering how you put it all

Anna-Karin said...

This is fabulous Tracy!! Love the stamping, dimension and all the details. The shrink plastic piece is so clever! Love that you repeated the other postage image, but in a smaller format.

froebelsternchen said...

AMAZING is this!

Annie said...

Love this Tracy....wonderful colour combination throughout but I love the colours on the postage stamp. Great idea to make your embellishments using shrink plastic and the gentleman is so cute.

Very inspiring and thanks for sharing


Annie x

Joyce said...

What a fabulous project.

Joyce said...

What a fabulous project.

Words and Pictures said...

Glorious colours - my favourites! - and such amazing details... that shrinky stamp is gorgeous. Great layering of the dies to create the fab frame too - another wonderful make, Tracy!
Alison x

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW the time it mast take to do all those layers, Truly amazing! Tracy You really are an Artist extraordinaire!
Hugs Lynn

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Tracy! These colors are some of my all-time favorites and you have made them look as good as they can get! Truly loved the combo of images and techniques in this one and I always appreciate your great tutorial pics. Nice hovering Pinterest buttons, too! ;)

Dianne said...

Miss Tacy you are the BOMB, this art work is FANTASTIC, love those colors, the layered piece is fabulous, well it's all just FREAKING FANTASTIC, you blow me away, outstanding work, thanks for sharing..