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Stamp Carving with Stencils

Life Book Week 2 – Playing Tag

It’s week 2 of Life Book 2015 and we have a bonus project this week, which is nice. It gives people some who might still be working on week 1, a little breathing room. This week we’re Playing Tag with Roben-Marie Smith, who is part of Art to the 5th, the wonderful group of ladies that run the Documented Life Project. We were to create a tag using a word that we’ll be carrying with us through out the year. As you know from my previous posts, my word for the year is Release, so that’s what I used for my tag. 2015-01-06 18.25.49 I’ll show you how you can create your own to hang in your craft space or pin to your inspiration board, any place that you might need a gentle little reminder of your intention for the year. 2015-01-06 17.55.24I started by spraying a tag with Dylusions ink. I used Cherry Pie and Pure Sunshine, then dried it with a heat tool. Don’t worry if it begins to curl up on you, as it dries it will flatten itself out. 2015-01-06 18.01.39 Using one of my own hand carved stamps and StazOn ink, I stamped around one edge. 2015-01-06 18.04.06Using a white Molotow marker and a white Uni-Ball Signo I added a few doodles. 2015-01-06 18.05.28Next, I gave my tag a few splatters of Golden Fluid Acrylic in White Titanium and set it aside to dry. 2015-01-06 17.53.48 Using StazOn again, I stamped a bold flower stamp and an arrow stamp onto old book paper. The stamps are from Paperbag Studios. The two that I used are from Roben-Marie’s Media Essentials #1 set and Rae’s Missigman’s Natural Elements set. 2015-01-06 18.02.17 2015-01-06 18.13.39After cutting them out, I glued them to my tag and used a Stabilo Marks All and a water brush to go around the edges and make them pop. 2015-01-06 18.18.02Next, I took the tag to my sewing machine a gave it a little wonky stitching around the edges. 2015-01-06 18.21.59I added a few more doodles, used a “Scratches” stamp from Darkroom Door to add a bit more texture, looped a bit of Sari silk ribbon through the hole and finished it off by adding my word for the year. 2015-01-06 18.24.572015-01-06 18.25.18 2015-01-06 18.29.26 2015-01-06 18.24.322015-01-06 18.27.35Thank you for looking, I hope you found the post of value. Wishing you a wonderful and art filled week!

Recycled Art

What’s a girl to do when she receives a delightful Harry & David Gourmet Gift Box? Why, take out the packaging and create art, of course!

I enjoy the challenge of creating something out of ‘nothing” and it’s always nice to seize an opportunity to repurpose recyclables.

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These are the materials that were used to package the contents of the gift box, just look at all of them!

My Beloved couldn’t resist a chuckle as my inner craft hoarder emerged and I excitedly unwrapped pears and smoothed out their wrapping. I was especially excited by the gold foil & just couldn’t wait to use it. I really can’t say at this point what excited me more, the edible goodies or these “found” ones, but I’m leaning towards these, my trashcan treasures!

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For this layout, I gathered up my found objects, some of my hand carved stamps, acrylics and a few of my favorite pens and I just played.

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I got great texture from incorporating layers of the gold foil and paint.

IMG_7717Hand carved stamps and paint pens create visual movement.

IMG_7716A couple of text stickers for my sentiment.

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It was an enjoyable page to create and I have to say, that although its but a small contribution, it feels good to further my current recycling efforts and incorporate some of it into my art.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

 

 

My First ATC

I was recently part of a hand-carved stamp swap in the Stamp Carvers/Printmakers group on Facebook and received a fun little background stamp carved by the lovely Theresa Magladry. She named it “Wonky Circles”.

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Part of the swap was to create a piece of art using the stamp that our swap partner sent us and send it to them. I was excited to put it to good use so I decided to make my first ATC.

I created this one, which I call “Metamorphosis”, using Ranger distress inks, a Dyan Reaveley border stamp, some bits that I had in my stash, Authentique text stickers that I talked about in yesterday’s post and of course my awesome new Wonky Circles stamp!

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You can see the cool background pattern created using Wonky Circles. Thank you so much Theresa; I hope you enjoy the ATC. I LOVE the stamp and know that it will be one I use time and time again!

A quick little side note for any ATC artists. I found this stamp, by Donna Salazar the other day, which you might find handy.

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