Monday, May 27, 2019

Simon Says - Frame It

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
I created an Art Panel using Dina Wakley Cotton Watercolor Paper, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Sprays, Gradient Dot Layering Stencil with Distress Grit Paste and added a frame to this delightful Idea-ology Found Relatives photo using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Timekeeper BigZ die. I'm always fascinated by these vintage photos, intriqued by the people they feature and the stories they could tell. I can't help but wonder if they are wearing their Sunday best outfits just for the photograph or if this their normal day to day attire - are they brother and sister or just friends. I guess we'll never know but it's fun imagining.

I trimmed Dina Wakley Media Cotton Watercolor Paper to 6.1/2" x 8.1/2", added torn strips of Idea-ology Travel Collage Paper, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte, applied Distress Grit Paste through Tim Holtz Gradient Dot Layering Stencil.
Once the Grit Paste was dry, I sprayed the centre of the panel with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Spray and generously spritzed with water . I tilted the panel to let the ink move around and dabbed off any excess drips with kitchen towel.
I dried the ink, repeated the process with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Sprays, drying between each layer and then machine stitched around the edges of the panel.
Then I turned my attention to creating a frame. I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Timekeeper from Sizzix Matboard and Distress Watercolor Card. I smooshed Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Oxide inks on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and pulled the Distress Watercolor die-cut through the ink. I repeated several times, drying between each layer.
I applied Distress Grit Paste sparingly on the die-cut with my finger and once it had dried, I continued building up layers of colour with Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo Distress Inks until I was happy with the rusty crusty look. I did use my Splatbox but after many applications of the sprays, the die-cut was saturated from sitting in a puddle of wet ink, so I dried it throughly and held the die-cut in my hand for the last few sprays, hence the Incredible Hulk meets Avatar colour on my fingers. On reflection, I should have fixed the die-cuts together before embarking on this particular inking advenure but hey ho, it's nothing that a rub-a-dub session with warm soapy water and a Ranger Scrubbie won't  put right.
I used the Sizzix Matboard die-cut as a template to cut out the Idea-ology Found Relatives photo. I fixed the die-cuts together and attached the photo to the back with Distress Collage Medium Matte creating dimension and stability. 
I wasn't going to repeat my previous "mucky fingers" mistake so with the die-cut clock hands layered up, I spritzed first with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain, dried and continued spraying Peacock Feathers and Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain and spritzing with water repeatedly, drying between each layer of colour until I was happy with the result.
I added the Timekeeper frame to the panel slightly offset to the left, trimmed the excess and fixed it on the right hand side next to the machine stitching.

I added splatters of White Gouache using the Distress Splatter Brush.
I coloured Clear 4mm and 6mm Droplets with Tranquil and Smolder Alcohol Pearl inks by adding drops of the inks to a small container, swirling the droplets around in the ink and leaving them to dry on kitchen towel.
I fixed the droplets to the panel and one to the centre of the clock hands with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
and added Idea-ology Clippings Stickers.

I matted the panel on to Kraft Card and Sizzix Matboard trimmed to 7" x 9".

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Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


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  1. Just brilliant to use the clock face for a frame--a lovely project!

  2. Beautiful project; love the background color and design and the clock face as a frame! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial. I so admire all of your work, Kath.

  3. Oh Kath! I have spent ages admiring this! to use the clock as a frame is an inspiration and the colours and textures are fabulous, I love how you made the clock look like rusty metal, hope you did manage to get the ink off though haha ;-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  4. So beautiful is your project the photo from the original look has transformed stunningly with the background and the clock as a frame really is amazing xx

  5. Wonderful canvas, Kath! Love your thoughts on the old photos, it really ignites the imagination. The grungy and rusty clockface really adds an element of time to your piece. Love it! hugs, Maura

  6. Simply stunning. I could gaze at this for hours... the colours are glorious, the finish on the clock frame is fabulous. There's such a sense of light and movement, and the word strips make me very happy.
    Alison x


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