Today we’re kicking off a new challenge at eclectic Paperie working with Altered Books. I started by gluing together a few pages in an old book, cutting out a window, and coating the top page randomly with a turquoise paint glaze.
The Wendy Vecchi yahoo group has a Four Letter Word challenge (a nice one!) and I used Tim Holtz’s new heart stamp from the Valentine Blueprints set for my four letter word. I stamped it on a painted/stenciled heart, cut away the blueprint marks, and heat embossed it with clear powder. I used the #14 stamp from the same set on this project, also without the blueprint marks. (Note: I love the blueprint stamp collections and will use them ‘whole’ on other projects, but it’s good to remember you can use selected parts of any stamp as well.)
I used loads of Tim’s and Wendy’s Studio 490 stamps to layer up my background using Distress Inks and edging everything with Ranger’s black paint dauber. Speaking of paints… have you seen Tim Holtz’s new Distress Paints?!?!? I ordered the whole set from Eclectic Paperie and they arrived last Saturday… I am like a kid in a candy store. Loads of projects in the works with these! They really are very different than any paint I’ve ever worked with… you can see Tim demo them here.
My last step was to attach my heart to the page with XL eyelets using my Crop-a-Dile and string, and then to paint the subsequent page orange so the heart would really pop. I’ve had that tool for ages and I still use it… I love that it cuts right through grunge and heavy book board.
Simon Says Stamp has a fairytale theme this week and when I googled fairytale quotes I found love to be a resounding theme. It sure is the happy ending! “Love is the Only Gold” (Tennyson) was the one that spoke to me.
Splitcoast Stampers has a new mixed media challenge, looking for Yin Yang – a combo of shiney and matte. My paint is matte and the embossed heart is shiney.
Many thanks for the visit! I hope you’ll pull out an old book and join us in the eclectic Paperie challenge.