Monday, January 2, 2012

Something Old, Something New

Happy New Year everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I have made for our latest Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge.  This week we want you to show us something old and something new on your artwork. 

I created a little art piece that can be stood, hung or have magnetic strips placed on the back to stick to a refrigerator (jumbo refrigerator magnet - LOL).  I have used lots of favorite oldies (Fabulous Flourishs stampElegant Flourishs dieTag and Bookplates die, LOVE stamp from Stuff to SayPicket Fence distress crackle paint) on this project, but my"old" highlights are the four wonderful vintage buttons sent to me recently by my friend Marcy Kaminski from the En Papillote Arts blog.  She sent me such a beautiful RAK - a huge amount of vintage buttons and lots of yummy lace and crocheted work.  The buttons I used here are from that stash.  

My "new" is the tattered rose created with her newly acquired Tattered Pinecone die and the seam binding dyed just for this project with a blend of Aged Mahogony and Tattered Rose distress inks. I used the tattered pinecone die to cut out a book page which I then painted with white gesso and then dry brushed some Aged Mahogany distress ink on it.  Then later I also dry brushed some gold acrylic paint dabber on the edges of the flower.  I wrapped the flower around a toothpick very much like Tim Holtz does in his tutorial for the tattered pinecone, but left it a little looser and also kept squishing it upward so it is flat on the bottom not elongated like the pine cone is.  

The flourish and bookplate were cut from chipboard and painted with Picket Fence Crackle Paint.  When dry I dry brushed the with Aged Mahogany and again with gold acrylic paint dabber.  The background paper is plain old copy paper that I aged by pouring a little coffee into a baking sheet (with sides so it doesn't run off) and coating the paper.  Leave a few puddles of coffee on the sheet of paper and put into a 250 degree oven for 15-20 minutes (check often).  It comes out looking so cool.  I stamped it with the Tim Holtz music stamp and Sepia archival ink before I poured coffee on it.  After it came out of the oven I stamped the flourish stamp with Versamark and gold embossed it.  I adhered it while it was still a tad damp with Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Matte.  The seam binding dyed just for this project with a blend of Aged Mahogony and Tattered Rose distress inks.

The image is another of my digital layering experiments.  The cherub is from Luna Girl and I erased the surrounding background and layered it over the post card - love the way it came out!

Now it's time to check out what the other designers have made over at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  And our ever generous sponsor is giving awaya  $50 shopping voucher.  You can't win if you don't play so get going on your something old, something new project right away!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the lovely comments!  Wishing you and yours a blessing filled New Year!


Pam said...

Another stunner! You're amazing.

Judy said...

Beautiful! I have used tea and coffee many times to dye paper, but have never used plain copy paper (have tons of that) and never put it in the oven. I'm going to be trying that soon. I also love your digitally collaged image. I've been playing around with that myself and it's a lot of fun. Thanks, as always, for the great inspiration!

May said...

Stunning, I have never used the coffee method, thank you for tip, your work is amazing, wonderful inspiration, Hugs May x x x x

Unknown said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, love all the details. x

Candy C said...

Hi Linda. Your challenge piece for this week is awesome! I love everything about it and loved reading all of your steps in creating such a lovely piece. I am going to have to try that coffee stained paper trick! I love that!! Hope I don't burn down my kitchen! haha You have so much detail in this piece. Even your vintage rose (aka tattered pine cone) has so many steps in creating it. It's all just beautiful! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous layered piece Linda, love the flourish and your gorgeous rose, so much detail and perfect for this weeks theme. Happy New Year. Tracy x

Cindy said...

Love the digital layering, I'll have to give it a try. Lovely piece, wonderful details!

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Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful card, love the vintage feeling.

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my word Linda this is beautiful that design looks stunning so do the embellishment and image this is truly awesome.
Lorraine x

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Super cool creation! I love the main image and the embellishments are just perfect! I'm really loving the buttoned flourish !!

Simon Says Stamp!

Lisa Minckler said...

Hi Linda! :D
This is another stunning work of art and now I'm SO extremely excited to get my Christmas order I just made yesterday. I got the TH pinecone and thought, "hmmm, this could be a rose too." excited to see my vision come to life on your project.
Hope you are doing great in this new year and all is treating you well.
Hugs to you,
Lisa xx

Sarah said...

Wonderful vintage colours and mood Linda! Would make a wonderful Valentine too - loving the flowers and tempted by that die now (pine cones weren't me fave). I hope this new year will bring oodles of blessings, peace and inspiration and time to enjoy being just you! Sarah.

Payne Holler Cards said...

belated Happy New Year wishes...going to teach myself how to maneuver in PhotoShop this year - you are the inspiration!

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