Monday, 26 May 2014

The Artsy Stamp ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a fun weekend and now ready for the week ahead!! As always, Monday means the start of a brand new challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and this week the challenge is all about The Artsy Stamp. It might be a background, a hand drawn image or maybe, a sketchy texture stamp. Whatever you choose, we challenge you to get out your artsy stamps and play!

Now I've got quite a few "artsy stamps" but as soon as I saw the challenge, I knew exactly which one I wanted to use. As a fan of Brett Weldele's work, I wanted to combine the image with some of my favourite Tim Holtz products and I really hope you love what I've created...
...and this is how I did it!

To begin with I had this frame in my stash which was the perfect size for the stamped image. So, after a lick of Distress Paint around the sides, I cut a piece of paper from the Tim Holtz Collage Mini paper stash to fit the outside of my frame and attached it with Glue N' Seal. I then sanded the edges back to give a distressed, vintage feel to the frame. To create the embossed section for the background, I used the Gears folder from the Blueprint and Gears Texture Fade set and embossed a piece of card, covered with Metal Foil tape. I then applied a layer of Black Soot Distress Ink over the top and allowed the paint to pool into embossed areas before wiping away the excess to create the look of metal. I then added the embossed metal to the recessed area of the frame.

The next stage was to use my artsy stamp, which I inked with Black Archival Ink and stamped onto water colour paper. I coloured the image with Distress Marker Pens, using a water brush to pick up the colour and blending the colours to give light and shade to the image.
I cut the image out and layered it over the top of a painted piece of Frameworks die which I had attached to the embossed metal.
I then wanted to add some dimension and elements to surround my Time Traveler and for this, I stamped a piece of card with a text stamp from my stash and then using the Rosette Die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix, I die cut the stamped card, inked the edges and created my rosette, which I then attached to the bottom left hand corner.

For all the cogs, I covered a piece of Grungeboard with some more of the metal foil tape and used the Gadget Gears die to die cut the metal. I then applied some alcohol ink over the top to create a rusty look and added some Idea-Ology gears and mini gears over the top of the die cuts and attached them to my frame.
To age the Word Band and make it look rusty and vintage, I used some more Broken China, Antique Bronze and Peeled Paint Distress Paint, building up the colours to create the look I wanted, then threaded some paper string through the holes and attached this to the frame.
As a finishing touch, no gentleman would be complete without his monocle. I attached this to a Hinge Clip which once again, I made rusty using Distress Paint and also added a Swivel Clip which I then connected to some dome studs that I'd attached to the frame and let the monocle hang free down the side.
...and that completed my piece for this week!
I really hope you've enjoyed today's photo tutorial of how I incorporated my "Artsy Stamp" within my project and that you loved what I've shared with you all. As always, for more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
Products used:

Distress Inks ~ Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain

Thank you so much for all your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for Emma xx


  1. Fantastic art piece! I love it!

  2. FAB-u-LOUS project, I LOVE that set too


  3. Love these stamps and your project is really beautiful!!!

  4. that guy looks so austere! but the whole combo looks marvelous. i don't have any more superlatives in my head Emma so if you have a stash of those anywhere i wouldn't mind sharing as i'm getting fed up of myself repeating! such a beautiful make.
    a silly question: what do you do with all your makes? do you have a special room to keep them or rather a second house? :) xxx

  5. Gorgeous creation, Emma. Love the beautiful colors and all the details on those embellishments. :)

  6. love the combinations. thanks as always for sharing.

  7. Awesome project. The gears work so well with your image. A masculine beauty!

  8. Absolutely fabulous! I've been working with foil tape lately, and it's so fun! Love how you used the metal gear background and added the foil covered grungeboard gears to the front.

  9. Fabulous masculine piece Emma, love the metal backdrop and the gear added to the rosette. The colour on the word band is fabulous as are the touches of black on the metal. Lovely framed piece. Tracy x

  10. Really, really lovely in all aspects......

  11. Stunning card, Emma! Love the gear with the rosette! The time traveler looks so cool! Hugs, Sandra

  12. Gorgeous piece, Emma! I love the metal background!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. Fabulous Emma! The embossed metal background looks awesome! Love the steampunk vibe!

  14. Emma i love love love your style! you are unique! this is wonderful project! I love how you've colored the stamp and I adore metal background! ! Perfect color style gorgeous! Barbarayaya

  15. That is beyond stunning Emma. It's completely perfect.

  16. What a clever project (as usual)! I really adore the color palette and the sophisticated use of metal. My favorite part is how you mimicked his monocle with the loop and chain on the side of the frame. You are ALWAYS original!!

  17. Fabulous project Emma!! Love all the gears and layers. What a great idea to layer gears on top of the rosette. Great colours too!

  18. the detail in this is amazing! love it!

  19. Devilishly handsome piece! The gentlemen is perfectly reposed against your metallic steampunk setting with the perfect frame and embellishments!

  20. So much delicious steampunk texture and detail - this is so cool, Emma!
    Alison x

  21. Exemplary as ever Emma. Thank you for being such a terrific source of creative inspiration and always creating such outstanding pieces. Jenny x


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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