Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Little Bit of Whimsy

Pics and details for my Happy Art Flag entries for Beautiful Impressions in CT this weekend.

I was inspired by the challenge on the EWV group (Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group) to use Wendy's Metallic Paste over some spray ink so the color is picked up by the paste.

I knew I wanted to enter this in the Happy Art Flag contest at Beautiful Impressions in CT this Friday in honor of Tim Holtz's classes this weekend, so I decided to work on a 4" x 6" (dimensions required for each flag entry) piece of chipboard.

I started with heavy applications of Ranger's Adirondack Color Washes in the colors of denim, Lettuce & Stream.  I then lightly sprayed some White Linen Dylusions Spray Ink.

Then, the fun part ... using Wendy's Polka Dotty Stencil For Art, I schmeared some of her Metallic Paste on (carefully remove stencil, and wash immediately).  When it was dry (I gave it about 2 hours to be safe), I thought it was screaming for some alien spaceships!

I hit Michaels in search of a spaceship stamp with no luck.  Then, I realized I was going to the Heirloom Rubber Stamp Festival in Allentown, PA over the weekend, so I figured I'd find one there.  No luck ... not one alien, spaceship or rocket.  None, nada, nil.

I was hosting my scrapbooking club at the local library on Tuesday, and I decided to demo how to make some fun, layered embellishments with the Cricut, and guess what I found by accident?  Yes!

I made a few ships in different sizes, and this is what I came up with ...

I typed the words on my computer and hand-drew the thought bubble; cut it out & popped it up.

Here's the background so you can see how the metallic paste picked up the color ...

I think I'm going to enter this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is "backgrounds" this week.

This is my other entry for the Happy Art Flag challenge ...

I saw on someone's blog (I can't remember who for the life of me!) about using Distress Ink as a background and covering with a layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I thought that would make for a cool underwater background.

I finally used one of the many jars of Mudd Puddles I've been hoarding for the ocean floor.  I also glued on some teeny tiny shells I got in a jar when I went on the Tim Holtz Caribbean Cruise.

I cut up some pieces of Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art and colored them with Alcohol Inks; I heated each of them one section at a time and gave it a little twist.

I needed a great Tim Holtz sentiment ... after all, he'll be judging the entries.  tee hee

I wanted some fishing net, but I didn't have any small enough ... then, I remembered about this piece Tim gave us in one of the classes on the cruise.

I just realized I should have put a little rhinestone for the eye.  Oh well, it's long gone since I mailed it to the store last week.

I used more of Wendy's Clearly for Art in white to stamp this beautiful seahorse.  I was able to heat it and mold it so it could hang out in the middle of my kelp bed.

I'm soooo psyched for the classes this weekend with Tim!  I'll be on my way to CT in the morning!


Marjie Kemper said...

How fun! Love all the texture and especially those green grasses coming up around your seahorse.

Anonymous said...

Oh man!!! Both of these are AWESOME!!!! I LOVE all of the techniques you've used to create these!!!!!

soapHOUSEmama said...

This is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

Lisa H said...

Very cool Stephanie! I think I need to get some of that metallic paste. And actually use that plastic that I've had sitting there for month. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Inspiration Journal!