Monday, 23 June 2014

FRIENDS

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is challenging you this week to use those products that don't get used nearly enough. Perhaps it is a stamp or maybe it is a particular ink colour or technique. This is your chance to be inspired and get it used and share!
I have recently spent many weeks decluttering and tidying my craft room and theTim Holtz Traveling Friends stamp set kept catching my eye, a stamp which has been inked for the first time with this project. I was drawn to this image as being a dog owner the image reminded me of my dog Mitzi and me as we are the best of friends, there is no companion like her.
My piece of art actually began with the Postage Stamp Frame Die which I thought was perfect for showcasing the best of friends image well that's what I call them anyway!. I die cut the Frame from white card and then stamped the image in Black Archival Ink. I then added the sized rectangle to the Postage Stamp Frame and die cut five frames to layer one on top op the other. I coloured four of the layers and the stamped image with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and I flicked the stamped image with water to add water blotches to the background. I layered each frame to create dimension and the top frame was covered with Wendy Vecchi's Gold Embossing Paste and once dry I then applied a good coat of Crackled Texture Paste. I absolutely love the crackles this gives. To highlight the fabulous crackles I then applied a coat of Walnut Stain Distress Stain which seaps into the cracks, I love it.
Before affixing the framed piece to the panel I applied White Embossing Paste through the Tim Holtz Numbered Layering Stencil to echo the number within the stamped image. Once the paste was completely dry I then painted the background with Walnut Stain Distress Paint and dried with a heat tool. Too add some contrast I flicked some Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint over the background and I also added some stamping in white using the background stamp from the Traveling Friends stamp set. I also added a couple of mini canvases to my design, this one showcases the wording 'TOGETHER' using Tim Holtz Alpha Parts Framed, which I thought was perfect for the image of the boy and his fury friend. I also added touches of Olive Bronze Wax to the wording and the mini canvas, and I also included an arrow pointing to the focal image to echo what the wording 'TOGETHER' means.
I added 'FRIEND' to the bottom of my hanging using Alpha Chips again adding a few touches of Olive Bronze wax to the edges. I also added a touch more background stamping using the background stamp from the Classics 9 stamp set.
I added the focal image once again but this time to a mini canvas, stamping onto a piece of tissue paper. The mini canvas was coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Stain prior to adding the stamped tissue piece. I also added a 'love' Chitchat sticker to represent the love between the two friends.
To complete, I added a heart charm to the bottom of the mini canvas.

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:

Tim Holtz Alterations - Postage Stamp Frame Die, Sized Rectangles


23 comments:

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Tracy they look like beautiful friends. I love all your dimension of the whole project but especially love what you have done with the frame.

Denise xx

She King said...

Wow Tracy, this is fabulous...I love it..it all looks fantastic, but I love what you have done with the frame...Gorgeous. :) xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous piece Tracy, love how you put it together. That TH child with dog stamp is lovely!!

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Tracy, this is THE BEST, I love the image, the background is smashing,that crackled frame is gorgeous, then adding it again in the canvas was brilliant. I can't wait till this comes in my post, I have 2 friends who love their dogs too,it's jus gorgeous, thanks for sharing, made my day, have a wonderful day... ((( BIG HUGS )))

Cath said...

Tracy I love this. Thank you so much for your wonderful detailed instructions and photos and when my mojo returns I will have a play. PS I will let my bank manager know that you are responsible for my current low bank balance..lol x

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful friendship collage! I think that image is friendship and your canvas is just wonderful!

wendy vecchi said...

wonderful vintage ART!

Rita said...

What a beautiful creation Tracy. Love the vintage feel you have used. Enjoy your Evening. Hugs Rita xxx

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your gorgeous vintage creation, Tracy. All the embellishments and details are so beautiful. :)

Sandra said...

Beautiful piece! Love it! And what a fun stamp! Hugs, Sandra

Candy C said...

Tracy...this is so cute! I love how you've used Tim's Traveling Friends stamp on this. That crackled frame is very cool and I like all of the other embellishments you've used as well. The little upside down mini frame with the dangling heart is so cute. I also love the arrow and "together". As always, a unique, beautifully done piece of art. <3 Candy

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Neat piece! I love all of the embellishments :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Brenda Brown said...

Terrific design with wonderful colours and elements, love this Tracy xx

Redanne said...

The treatment you have given to the frame is superb Tracy! I love the way you have used the image twice too. This is a beautiful piece of art. Anne x :)

barbarayaya62 said...

Tracy I love your ability to use these colors! A wonderful job, I really like everything! BArbarayaya

Dodie said...

Wow! This is amazing, Tracy! I am impressed with your description of the steps you took to create this!

butterfly said...

Great to see that stamp come to life for the first time - and the crackled frame is absolutely to die for!
Alison xx

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Awwwww! What a heartwarming tribute to Mitzi! I love when art makes a personal connection to our lives and I could really feel that coming through on this. I thought your use of the postage stamp frame and the mini canvas was brilliant!

Anita Houston said...

That frame is something else! LOVE it! So eyecatching! Cool project!

Anna-Karin said...

The crackle frame is amazing Tracy!! Lovely piece, and great work with that sweet stamp.

Emma Williams said...

Another wonderful piece, which is so "touchy feely" I adore the crackle frame and I love the use of the stamp, it just works so well! :) Hope you have a great weekend lovely.... xx

Buttons said...

Believe it or not this is a stamp set I've not seen before and I LOVE it! The theme this week has seriously revealed some TH treasures amongst his back catalogue and I fear some shopping too!! LOVE the way you've used it on this multi layer canvas to tell a lovely story and that crackle frame is to die for! Another round of applause Tracy. Jenny x

soapHOUSEmama said...

love all the details on this!