Nelson Mandela Quote Collage
I had such a good time creating this project using a powerful Nelson Mandela quote on a very large heavy duty tag. These giant Etcetera Thickboard tags come in three sizes and I used the largest, which measures 8.5″ wide X 14″ long. Tim Holtz released them with Stampers Anonymous at the Association for Creative Industries tradeshow (AFCI, formerly CHA) in January.
E is for Enabler
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Did someone say Gears?
I cut a bunch of my favorite gears from a die called Gadget Gears. All three sizes of gears come on this one Sizzix die, and they stack really nicely. I cut the gears out of Eileen Hull’s Mat Board, which is thick and will hold up nicely. I always use something extra strong when it’s going to extend beyond the substrate, as these do.
And what about the colors?
I colored the gears with Tim’s new Distress Oxide Inks. Hmmmmmm….. I sure do like them! I’m hoping to do a video with them soon. If you’d like to see what to do with them right now, here’s a video I made of Tim demoing them at the tradeshow in January. After I colored them I stamped some script text on there, stacked ’em up, and adhered with matte medium. The brads are oldies from my stash.
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I should have spelled out my sentiment before gluing down the Caged Bird die (another favorite), but I didn’t. This left me in a pickle because I was committed to Nelson Mandela’s quote “It always seems impossible until it is done” and yet, I had no room for the word Impossible. Love the irony!
I tried all sorts of options including stamping the letters in a stacked version and going through other letters in my stash. Those new stamps are Tim’s Block Upper and Lower, which I really like and will be using a lot. I still have lots of old school foam stamps and didn’t think I wanted these, but the fact that you can position them on a clear block and see exactly what you are getting (and where you are stamping) makes all the difference in the world. I’ve got to hand it to Tim… he made a better mousetrap with these.
Mix your fonts
It dawned on me that using a whole lot of different alphabets would work just fine. I’ve always liked combining fonts so this was a no-brainer.
The children are from a new Paper Dolls set that Tim Holtz released in January. You get over 100 paper dolls in all sizes and poses in the package, so no shortage of possibilities there. I positioned the seated fellow on one of the new wood Ruler Pieces as it seemed like a good perch.
Use your stash
Just like I enjoy mixing fonts, I enjoy mixing old and new products. The new Etcetera tag is so large that the re-inforcer alone measures 1.5″! I cut some paper to fit it and then adhered old metal arrows on top. Other oldies on this piece are the key hole, filmstrip, metal clock, gears, and spinners. I also included some found railroad spikes and some of the new Aristocrat Design Tape (like washi but varied widths and a bit more tack.) Here are a few more pics:
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