Monday 3 June 2013


Simon Says Stamp and Show are asking you to be inspired by the letter 'S' this week. S could be for stamping, stains, stars, stencilling and so much more. Share a technique, title your scrapbook layout with a title beginning with 'S'. From shabby chic to stamped to a seaside theme, there is a great deal of inspiration from the letter 'S'.

Bird song was the inspiration for my dimensional piece.
The first thing that came to mind was bird song when I thought of the letter 'S' and of course stamping, being a rubber stamper it was the obvious choice. Hero Arts Timely Bird is my focal image showcased in a dimensional arch cut using the Arch Frame die and the coordinating Sized Arch die to create the frames.My colouring medium this week was PaperArtsy Mermaid Fresco Finish Paint. I also added some stencilled leaves using Wendy Vecchi's Lovely Leaves stencil along with White Embossing Paste.
To begin I cut my layers to create the dimensional arch and then painted each layer with Mermaid Fresco Finsih Paint.
I used one piece of the 7 Gypsies Tryptich Arch kit as a backdrop for my dimensional arch and added stencilled leaves to the edges and then set aside to dry.
I adhered all the layers to my arch together and added a layer of acetate adding a touch of stamping using the Hero Arts Timely Bird stamp to the acetate using black StazOn ink.
The bird has been stamped onto the bottom layer using black Archival Ink and the stamping on the acetate adds a shadow of the image in the foreground. I also stamped onto the top frame using parts of the same image.
I added some mini numbers to the arch along with Prima embellishments from the Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets range and a rusty key to one edge of the frame.
BIRD SONG lettering has been added to my piece cut using the Block Talk Alphabet die and for further dimension I also included some Studio Calico wooden birds.
I painted over all my embellishments with a coat of Gesso and then added the Mermaid PaperArtsy Fresco Finsih Paint for the top coat.
To lift everything and highlight all the texture I rubbed over my piece with PaperArtsy Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Gilding Wax.
The Gilding Wax adds a lovely opulent feel to my piece and highlights all the fabulous texture ad dimension I have included.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show 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:

Hero Arts Timely Bird Stamp
Tim Holtz Alterations - Arch Frame, Sized Arches, Block Talk Alphabet
PaperArtsy Mermaid Fresco Finish Paint
PaperArtsy Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Gilding Wax
Wendy Vecchi Stencils For Art Lovely Leaves
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
7 Gypsies Board Kit Tryptich Arch
Black StazOn Ink
Black Archival Ink
Prima Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets - Mini Flowers, Flowers, Mini Numbers
Prima Flowers Rusty Keys
Studio Calico Birds Wood Veneers
Claudine Hellmuth Gesso


Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Tracy, WOW, love this project, the colour is so lush and gorgeous, the 3-D arch is stunning with the acetate and stamping, and the embellies finish off this 'work of art' beautifully. Gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Suzanne C said...

I love that hint of shine on the acetate in the window. Beautifully layered arch with the bird peeking through! Gorgeous!

Dianne said...

Oh my goodness look at that bird all in its glory surrounded in the fabulous arches, the depth is amazing love the color, being a magpie I have to say this is one of my favorite thing you have made. Its darn near impossible to pic anything as my fav since all of your work is OUTSTANDING. Thanks again and have a wonderful day..

ria gall said...

Hi Tracy
this is a great piece I love how you have stamped on the acetate to give depth and shaddow. The blue is such a pretty colour and the gilding wax works really well.
A great piece of art, I love it

Candy C said...

Tracy...this is such a lovely piece. I love the Mermaid Fresco paint. Such a lovely, fresh and springy color. Your design is so dimensional and very cool! I love the idea of stacking several of the arches. That really looks fantastic. I love the bird on the acetate sandwiched in between a layer of the arches. Wow! That is such a cool look! All of your embellishments are perfectly placed. This is just lovely. <3 Candy

Inkypinkycraft said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous make!! what cool layers and as always gorgeous details and attention to all the embellishments!! love this x hugs trace x

Brenda Brown said...

A Stunning piece Tracy with Superb dimensional layering and the mermaid paint is Splendid. (three s's for you :))
Have a good week.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Jean Bullock said...

Saw this on the Simon Says blog and wanted to let you know how awesome it is.

Words and Pictures said...

Your layered arch is so gorgeous, and I love that you stamped on acetate - very cool. Love the gilded lettering and texture too!
Alison x

Jenny Marples said...

Gosh don't those layers make such a difference. Love the acetate layer and the way it plays with the base and frame. Inspiring again Tracy. Hugs, Jenny x

Sue said...

Tracy this is perfect! That little bit of Treasure Gold really highlights the textures xx

Unknown said...

Tracy this is just beautiful. Love the colour and the stamps are just stunning. Perfect! Hugs Debbie Ravenhill xx

Redanne said...

Hi Tracy, this is jaw droppingly gorgeous. Love your layering, the colouring and the stamping onto acetate. The gilding wax looks amazing too and really lifts the already gorgeous Fresco paint. Hugs, Anne x

Hanneke said...

What a gorgeous creation! I really like the colors and theme. Hugs, Hanneke

hazel said...

Everything about this is wonderful Tracy.
xxx Hazel.

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Love this card, Tracy!! I love the layering and the way you embellished :)

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Anna-Karin said...

Wow Tracy, this is just wonderful! LOVE how you used the arch dies here (I used mine for the first time yesterday). How clever. And that bird stamp is a perfect focal point. Gorgeous details and colours.

Anonymous said...

What a treat - the dimension is so amazing and I love the stencilled leaves.

Kim Dellow said...

Totally gorgeous Tracy! Kx

Monique said...

What a beautiful piece. I looooove the color, the stamping the arches and all the embellishments. It's gorgious.xx

Sandra said...

Stunning piece, Tracy! Love the arches and the beautiful stamping, and the gorgeous blue color! Hugs, Sandra