I am so thrilled and very proud to be invited to be Guest Designer here at The Artistic Stamper - Thank you so much, it is a huge honour! I spent ages trying to decide what to make and several times the projects evolved, but that is all part of the creative journey and definitely a major part of the fun!
My first creation I am bringing you today started out as just some packaging - plain corrugated cardboard. I now save every piece of cardboard intending to turn it into something. Torn cardboard packaging might be a very humble beginning - but it can turn into a very beautiful creation.
The Adirondack spray gave a lovely textured effect and the result was very much looking like rotted wood - sounds disgusting- doesn't it? - but it was a really lovely organic looking canvas - which is just what I wanted.
Here you can see the wonderful speckled effect created by the ink sprays
I made three panels as decoration for the hanging .One was stamped with butterflies using Coffee Archival ink. The images were then masked before being stamped with a script stamp. I blended some Distress inks over the stamped image - Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo. I then dabbed some embossing ink over the panel, covered it with UTEE and melted it to resemble glass.
After a second layer of UTEE I put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. After this it was much easier to bend and snap. I then dabbed it with some Walnut Stain Distress ink to highlight the cracks.
This panel was wrapped in twine which was then tied into a bow
The other two panels were covered in Gesso and then dabbed with Distress inks like the base.
Waxed Kraft paper was ripped into strips and used on the panels
This panel was covered with a calligraphic script in Potting Soil Archival ink
This panel was stamped with one of the Insect and Butterflies stamps in Potting Soil Archival ink and the calligraphic stamp was used around this image.
Several paper flowers were soaked with watered down Distress Stain in Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo.
Tim Holtz Hinge fasteners were used at the top of the panel and twine was tied around then so that it could be hung up.
Thank you so much for being here to see my first guest design creation - I loved making this and I do hope you like it! I'll be back later this month to share with you some more creations - I do hope you will come back to see them.
Artistic Stamper stamps:
Calligraphic Mat 6
Insects and Butterflies No.1
Other items used:
Distress Stains - Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo
Distress Inks - Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain
Adirondack Colour Wash - Butterscotch and Espresso
Archival Inks - Coffee and Potting Soil
Claudine Hellmuth Studio - Gesso
Tim Holtz - Hinge fasteners