Monday, 5 May 2014

Curiosities

Today is 5/5 and since the day and month are very rarely the same number Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge have a special kind of challenge for you this week. It's a challenge where you have got to pick five! Pick five things, TOTAL to create your project or you need to use five of something (papers, buttons - anything!) in your project.
I knew I wanted to incorporate numbers into my design this week and decided to use Tim Holtz Numeric Stamp set incorporated with the Bird Feather Stamp Set. As this weeks challenge is all about the number five I used 1-5 in my background.
The backdrop of my card has been coloured with Weathered Wood Distress Ink, blending the colour with an Ink Blending Tool and then flicking with water to add splotches to the bacdrop. I then stamped the wonderful bird in Black Archival Ink, I then created a mask of the bird from scrap paper, placed the mask onto the stamped bird and then added the numbers around the bird image. I also added the wonderful feather for the bird to rest on, stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink. I also flicked Weathered Wood Distress Paint onto the background to add a further layer of interest and then heated to create a few bubbles. I used a couple of tops from different size containers, dipped the top into Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint and added random circles to the background along with circles added using Watering Can Archival Ink, these circles add yet another layer of interest to the card. Scratchy lines have also been added again using paint and ink.
I also added five embellishment pieces to my design, the first being the Curiosities Word Band, threaded with coordinated twine. Subtle background stamping has been added using the background stamp from the Classics 9 stamp set and Weathered Wood Distress Ink. The second of my embellishments is the Arrows Adornment which I have placed to point to the Curiosities Word Band.
The third of my embellishments is this fabulous white Prima Resin Feather. From this picutre you can also see further background stamping with the Fig. stamp which is also included in the Bird Feather stamp set and I have just stamped Fig 1 to Fig 5 again using Watering Can Archival Ink.
The fourth embellishment is the Alpha Chips added to the top of the card to add FLY. This picture shows the layers I have created on my background perfectly. You can see the subtle background stamping using Weathered Wood ink, the painty circles, scratch lines and darker layer of stamping.
The fifth embellishment is the Monocle from Tim Holtz Idea-ology range, I love these and they are perfect for adding to your art as they are so light. I have added the birds head to mine along with Label Letters to add FLY to the bottom of the Monocle.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members artwork, 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. Tracy x x



Products Used:

Archival Inks - Black, Watering Can

28 comments:

Mona Pendleton said...

Wonderful project Tracy! The resin flower looks great with the beautiful bird image! Love how you dangled the monocle from the bird's beak!

Rita said...

Magnificent creation Tracy. So much to see as well. I love the bird and the way you have used the numbers. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

She King said...

Morning Tracy, what a fantastic card, I love it. I love your attention to detail. xx

rachel said...

gorgeous work Tracy - hope you don't mind - I had to pin this one xx

Redanne said...

Love, love, love the monochromatic look of this gorgeous card Tracy, every element is just perfect. I just love the feather and monocle! Hugs, Anne xx

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Tracy I love the monochrome look and the numbers in the background really set it off. Itis a beautiful piece thank you for sharing xx
Denise x

Emma Burns said...

What a fabulous card Tracy. I love how you have put it all together. Hugs xx

Izzwizz said...

Hi Tracy, I love this! Your background is just fabulous, and I love the way you have the charm hanging from the birds mouth. Great work as always! Maddy x

Sandra said...

Wow Tracy! This is so pretty! Love the graytoned card! The big numbers in the back are really fun and fitting! Hugs, Sandra

Marci said...

The stamping, the layers, wonderful. Love how you used the monocle and the huge numbers.

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! I love the bird in the circle hanging form the beak! So clever and wonderful!

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! I love the bird in the circle hanging form the beak! So clever and wonderful!

Julia Aston said...

What a delightful framed creation! love the gray/blue colors, the splatters and rings of ink and Bird theme!

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Neat piece, Tracy! I love the distressing you did along the edges :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Such a stunning card!
I love the colour palette and the way you have that embellishment dangling from the bird's beak is sensational.
Wishes
Lynne

Anita Houston said...

You had me at the monocle!!! LOVE what you did with it! Great choice of the 5 items...you nailed it!

carol edwards said...

Hi Tracy love this and how you used your 5 items. The monocle is so sweet as is the bird and feather. Love it all, thank you for sharing x

Linda said...

this is just wonderful- I love the monochromatic appeal-reminds me of a vintage etching!

Meihsia Liu said...

Such a beautiful card, Tracy. Love the pretty vintage color scheme and all the fabulous details. Great design :)

Ellie Knol said...

Another great project... LOVE it!

Ana K. said...

Absolutely stunning, Tracy! Greetings from Slovenia

MichelleZ said...

Fabulous piece, Tracy! When I first saw this awhile back, I had to look twice because your background is pretty darn fabulous. You are so good at creating beautiful papers. I always love them. Have you considered licensing them?

Also, I must mention that monocle! Its so fabulous! I love the way it's dangling. Love it!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This is fabulous! I can't believe how vibrant this gray color palette is! The bird image is simply gorgeous and one of my favorite elements is the "fly" ring hanging from its beak. I would've never thought to make a bird head pennant hanging from a bird's beak! Brilliant!

Anna-Karin said...

This is gorgeous Tracy! That background is absolutely fabulous. Love the shades of grey and what a great idea to use the number stamps like that. I haven't used that stamp set enough. Love the bird and the monocle too.

Emma Williams said...

There is so much wonderful detail to feast your eyes on and to enjoy with this card...it's fabulous Tracy and such a fantastic interpretation of our theme!! :) xxx

butterfly said...

Totally brilliant monochrome look - this is wonderful. The bird looks perfect, and I love his magpie tendencies with that stolen monocle!
Alison xx

barbarayaya62 said...

Beautiful monochromatic card! Your use of stamps is so brilliant! Always! In every works of yours the stamps is absolutely important and I like this!!! BArbarayaya

soapHOUSEmama said...

Fabulous! The tone on tone grey gives this such a cool look - like a print of sorts. Gorgeous!