Monday, 9 June 2014

THIS IS LIFE......

Whether you go acrylic or water, gesso or colourful, base layer or finishing touch, we all love a bit of paint in our creations! From stenciling to backgrounds there are so many techniques and so much that can be done with paint. The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge would love to see how you add paint to your designs this week.
This weeks creation is a card I created for my husbands birthday; he spends a great deal of time in London working and I thought the London Sights stamp was perfect for his birthday card. I love using the Distress Paints, perfect for creating mixed media backgrounds and this week I am showcasing Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Paints.
I applied a small amount of Walnut Stain Distress Paint to my non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed with water.
I mopped up the paint with my card stock and also spritzed the paint once again to dilute the colour further.
I love the grungy background this creates! I also cut a further panel for stamping and again coloured in the same way.
With the panel I cut for stamping I also added a further layer of interest by applying Walnut Stain Distress Ink through the Speckles Layering Stencil.
I stamped my focal image onto the panel and added a monocle for further interest, colouring the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint. The Distress Paint is perfect for colouring embellishments. I also dipped the top from the Distress Paint into the Black Soot Distress Paint and added random circles around the background.
I added THIS IS LIFE and an arrow from the Framed Alpha Parts to add dimension to my design. THIS IS LIFE is perfect for my husband's birthday card as working in London is part of his everyday life.
I tucked two smaller tags behind the focal image which I die cut from white card using the Tiny Tabs and Tags die. I added stamping to the smaller tags, adding part of the Union Jack Flag image and Big Ben to the tags, stamping the flag in Vermillion Archival Ink and Big Ben in Black Archival Ink. I also included Alpha Parts numbers to my design.
I stamped LONDON with Vermillion Archival Ink, coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and distressed all the edges on all my stamped pieces to add to the aged feel. I also included some Life Quotes Remnant Rubs for further interest. Background stamping has also been added using the background stamp from the Classics 9 stamp set and Vermillion Archival Ink.
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



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21 comments:

Meme said...

This is a great card for your hubby! I love this challenge, I just might have to play this week!
Great job as always Tracy!

Zoe said...

Fabulous xx Zoe xx

Brenda Brown said...

Love this Tracy, such a great colour combination and wonderful layers. The London themed images are great especially the soldier with the monocled head, brilliant touch. Xx

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Your Husband will love it xx. It is a fabulous card x

Denise x

Cath said...

Another stunner and just perfect for your hubby. Great work as always xxxxx

butterfly said...

What a fab masculine make - the monocle over the guard's face is a brilliant touch!
Alison xx

Suzanne C said...

Love this and I am sure your hubby will too! The image behind the monocle is brilliant! I had to order some of those because you inspired me to! Clever numbering too!

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a beautiful birthday card, Tracy. Love the fabulous colors and details. :)

Paula Whittaker said...

Brilliant!

Redanne said...

This is an amazing birthday card Tracy, I love that stamp set, the monocle is fantastic over the face and I love all the distressing - just gorgeous! Anne xx

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Cool card, love the 3D effects!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

hazel said...

Absolutely fabulous Tracy - I love it.
xxx Hazel.

Sandra said...

Really cool! Love that stamp set! Your husband is gonna love it! Hugs, Sandra

barbarayaya62 said...

Lucky husband! Your card is fantastic, I adore the stamps that you've used and thanks for your great tutorial! BArbarayaya

Emma Williams said...

As a Londoner, this is so appealing to me Tracy and I love any imagery from my home town! Wonderful tutorial as always and your husband is a very lucky man to receive this card! :) xx

Dianne said...

Holy Moleeeeee, I loooooove this, from the fabulous brown splotched, black circled background, oh and the red script, all those ragged edges, shut the front door,the monocle on the guard, I agree with Miss Alison BRILLIANT,all those lovely red tickets, peaking out, curved LONDON on top,love that,all those wooden piece painted black, perfect, this is a brilliantly creative piece of art you call a card, you husband must be so pround how you create with LOVE for him, thanks for sharing, so inspirational,...

Mona Pendleton said...

Awesome masculine project Tracy! Love the London theme! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

Buttons said...

A fantastic card for your husband and a great way to use the painted background. Jenny x

Anna-Karin said...

Gorgeous piece Tracy! I love how you used the monocle, what a great idea. Wonderful colours.

Maura said...

Great masculine card.

soapHOUSEmama said...

amazing as always!!!