Sunday, 2 June 2013

Up Up & Away! By Anita Houston

Hello Stampers! I'm Anita Houston, of The Artful Maven. WOW! WOW! WOW! I am thrilled and honored to be the Guest Designer here for the month of June, and it was pure JOY to use these exceptional quality stamps for my three projects! Thank you so much for asking me over Jennie!
Since I had so many wonderful images to work with, I thought it best to do a larger project, so a canvas fit the bill. 
I had a lot of fun making this 8x10 inch whimsical steampunkish canvas. The eight different stamp sets I used from The Artistic Stamper made it super easy.
I stamped the clock face from the Tick Tock set in Ranger's Jet Black Archival and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I also heat embossed the Mountain Background after I stamped it with Ranger's Sepia Archival.
I wanted to add some wind to the scene, so I used the swirls from the Tick Tock set and stamped them using Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Dylusions Ink Sprays gave the canvas it's color, and I strategically covered up the spots I wanted to be certain colors so there wouldn't be a lot of blending going on. The Distress Paint and Embossing acted as a resist for the Dylusions, so those parts were not colored.
I had some scrap Metal Foil Tape already adhered to paper lying around, so I used this to stamp the next three images. I stamped the curvy diamond border from the Borders A5 set using Bronze Distress Paint, the key from the Time & Keys set using Jet Black, and the speedometer from the Slow & Fast plate using both the Bronze and Jet Black, which gave this a very dimensional feel.
This little guy was so fun to stamp and emboss. He is from the  Goose & Grease plate.
I used several Distress Paints to color in the Professor, and some Idea-ology bits and a little Glossy Accents to finish out the speedometer.
Using the Sizzix Picture Wheel and Mini Mustache, I die cut some kraft and cardstock to construct the balloon. I coated it with Rock Candy Crackle, added the numbers, inked it, and then added the speedometer, and finally connected it to the now make shift basket with the Professor.  More Idea-ology metal was added, and finally I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black using the Journaling Words 2 and Journaling Words 3 sets.
 
 
Thank you for looking. I shall be back in a few weeks with project #2.

29 comments:

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great design!!!

Greetings
Maria

Rita said...

Wow Anita, what can I say. Wonderful creation and a fabulous tutorial. Hugs Rita xxx

May said...

Fabulous work Anita, Love how you have used the fabulous stamps... Great tutorial too....Hugs May x x x

Vic said...

Fantastic canvas!

Brenda Brown said...

A fantastic work of art, wonderful colours and design.
Hugs Brenda x

Winnie said...

Love your canvas! Such fun images (love that professor!!), and how you did the sky and the fun sun too. Just fab!

Paula Whittaker said...

Stunning project!

Jacqui Blondel said...

I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. Just love the balloon. How clever to use the picture wheel for it. Love the Carpe Diem stamp. The whole canvas is so good!!!!!

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

very very inspired ! (and inspiring as well ;-) !!

Sue C said...

Fantastic canvas Anita ! Love how you've created the hot air balloon, ingenious ! Sue C x

sally said...

Your imagination seems to know no bounds! This is amazing :-)

Sally

Astrid Maclean said...

We are thrilled to have you here Anita, this canvas is brilliant!!! Totally love what you did with the stamps, that hot air balloon is inspired, and the colours are so bright and cheerful! Fantastic project!!

isisimaginings.com said...

I'm so pleased to see you here & this is GORGEOUS.

Redanne said...

Oh I love the Professor in the balloon Anita - genius idea and love how you used the picture wheel too. So much inspiration here! Hugs, Anne x

butterfly said...

Fantastic - so inventive - the "speedometer + picture wheel = balloon" equation is just brilliant! What a fun steampunk canvas full of all your great techniques and ideas - so great to have you with us this month!
Alison x

Netty said...

Loving your fabulous canvas Anita and am sure Jennie is thrilled to have you here. xx

inkypinkycraft said...

This is fab!! Love your style and your makes and this is no exception! Hugsvtrace x

Annie said...

Totally fantastic Anita x I love how you have used the die and the moustache makes it even more quirky a very creative piece.

Lots of hugs
Annie x

Jessica Sporn said...

So so much fun!! I love how you created the wind. And that professor! Reminds me of both professor marvel from the wizard of oz and Goucho Marx! I love how your style and sensibility shines through.

Marjie Kemper said...

How fabulous! Love your windy skies and that awesome professor. What a fantastic whimsical canvas!

Dawn Louise said...

SupeR canvas, the sun and balloon are mega creative. look forward to your other projects x

Maisie Moonshine said...

Love it! MMx

Maura said...

Fabulous! Lovin the steampunk groove!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I can almost feel the wind blowing through my hair...such a fabulously imaginative and fun work of art. The way you layer elements never fails to inspire me. The colors in this are perfection ,too. Wonderful!

Claudine C. said...

Wow, amazing and another wonderful project from you Anita. I love it and how you created the wind, so cool!!!

Artyjen said...

Ab FAb! Love everything about it. A stunning combo of images. :)
xoxo Sioux

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Katy said...

This is an awesome piece of steampunk art! Love how you made it all come together! :)

Chris said...

A stunning piece Anita, the colours and your flight theme are wonderful. Chris :-)