Monday, July 11, 2011

Thread Up That Needle, Folks!

Thanks for starting your week out by stopping by my blog.  It's time for another Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. This week we want you to show us some stitching - real or faux.  The Huck Finn set from Artistic Outpost is my latest stamp acquisition and I thoroughly enjoyed using it.  I decided to create a bit of refrigerator art for my project this week.    I started with a 6x6" piece of chipboard and a #8 manilla tag to build a little collage on.  After covering the chipboard with a piece of natural colored card stock, I stamped with a number of stamps from the set, somewhat randomly using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and then ink distressed it with Vintage Photo.  I applied a liberal coat of Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte and smooshed crumpled white tissue paper onto the surface, pressing down all the high spots with my fingers until it was somewhat smooth and then rubbed a bit more multi medium into various areas until it was a nice slick surface.  While it was still wet, I misted it with my homemade Vintage Photo glimmer mist and then dried it with my heat tool.   To finish it, I took Vintage Photo Distress Stain and really darkened up the edges with it.  

For the focal layer, I photocopied a map of the western hemisphere out of a vintage book.  (Unfortunately I covered up North America - it looks like Huck is about to go adventuring in South America - LOL).  I stamped Huck on a piece of canvas with Ranger Archival Ink and ran a couple of zig zag stitches around the outer edges.  

For the tag, nautical images were randomly stamped with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and then ink distressed with Vintage Photo.  Using the archival ink again, I stamped onto a piece of vintage muslin and stitched it onto the tag.  For embellishments, a sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Kraft Glassine paper secured with a Memo Pin and burlap thread.  A Muse Token was also added along with a random piece of hardware to which I applied Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Power to give it a rusty look. 

I had fun with this project.  I'll add a couple of strips of magnet to the back and it will make somebody's refrigerator or metal file cabinet very artsy.  Okay, that's enough about my project.  How about hoping over to Simon Says Stamp and Show to check out the design team's makes for this challenge.  Every week, this team produces amazing art work.   And again this week, just like every other week, our awesome sponsor Simon Says Stamp will be giving a random player a $50 shopping spree in their on-line store. That's definitely a prize to aim for!

Thanks again for stopping by.  I love to hear from everyone so don't be shy about leaving a comment.  I appreciate each and every one of them!


newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Sure will make a great fridge magnet , I love it so rustic and so much detail and texture. Like how you did the BG .

Candy C said...

Linda...this is brilliant! I just love it! Love the Huck Finn stamps and how you used them in this great refrigerator magnet! Really wonderful creation! <3 Candy

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Gorgeous work, Linda!! I love the matching card and Tag and the way you made it look so old and distressed is really cool :)

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Kathleen said...

Hi, I've just come across your blog via Bev rochester, WOW! Your creations are just amazing. I've become a follower too can't wait to see more of your stuff.
Hugs kat xx

sasa said...

Hi Linda - knew you'd be right at home with sewing. What's all this machine phobia from the others??? Love your creation. These are great images, so beautifully stamped and wonderful vintage tones. Love the extra tag and the circle of paper on the top part. Hope the break has given you a boost! I have NO idea what to do for next week at all. nada....

Nancy Ward said...

Today I posted a link to your blog.

Nancy Ward

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How wonderful, love the colors and images.

Marjie Kemper said...

Love your stamping and stitching, Linda. Especially the way you've attached the "discover" piece. Fab idea to make it a magnet!

Ali said...

Your work is absolutely beautiful Linda, love your blog (can't wait for my hat pins to arrive!!).

Ali xoxo

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