Monday, February 9, 2009

A different kind of stamping

Hello, hello!
I did a little bit of 'different' stamping & thought I'd share! :) Now, if you've been following me at all, you know that I don't generally do photo stamps. These little old ladies from River City Rubber Works just crack me up so much that I *had* to have them. I bought some great sentiments to pair up with them (also hysterical!) at the same time (excellent sale, I just couldn't resist). Sorry, the sentiment is on the inside where you can't see it - it says 'If you have nothing good to say about anyone, come and sit by me.'. Hah! I *love* it!

So, nitty gritty time. I masked the edges of a glossy white panel with some sticky notes because I wanted it to look like an old picture. Then I sponged TONS of different colors of Distress Ink (seriously, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Old Paper & Antique Linen) to give it an aged look. Then I stamped the women over that, and then (finally!) used a q tip to smudge in a little Broken China & Tattered Rose on their dresses. It certainly doesn't sound like much work, but it took days before I had something I liked. The lace pattern (from Clearly Inspired) was stamped all askew on purpose so that I had a reason to put the 'picture' down like it was laying on a table.

The other thing that took a lot of time was the flower. I got a wild hair (well, do you really want to know where?) and took a couple of days to make flowers. Flowers with buttons, flowers with the petals from silk flowers @ Michael's (on clearance some time ago - I love a bargain!), flowers with dimensional foam, flowers with Lumiere's and Distress Ink... you name it! lol I can't even tell you what possessed me, but it was fun! Here - have a little look at some of the beauties I assembled. That pink button was paired with petals from several different sizes of silk flowers (cut apart & glued to the back) which were (lightly) colored with Vintage Photo and Brass Lumiere paint. It seemed to go so well with the way the card was coming together that I just had to finish it! Even though I don't usually even *like* pink! :)

I hope you enjoyed this departure from my regular stamping personality!
And... as always, thanks for visiting!


Etha said...

So totally neat!! love what you did with this image, and yes, they are so hysterically funny! I do need a friend like that ;)
Left ya some loving on my blog :)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

That stamp rocks. I love the colour you got. Looks like a stunning painting. Great sentiment, heehee and the lumiere on flowers: brilliant! :O)

lauren said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah! LOVING the old ladies, for sure! being only a very basic stamper myself (& a completely technique-free-zone) i am always WOWED by the amount of care and ink and layers that go into creating something so intricate and fabulous! well worth the time & effort spent, if this is the result! (ps: the custom layered flower accent sets the whole thing off to perfection!)